Université PSL

Who are we ?

​Speaking of the Industry world and Research, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes used to say that « both have everything to gain by working together ». Regarding the frontiers between scientific domains, he stressed that we should be able to overcome them in order to make each scientific domain more successful and fully exploit their potentials. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Institute – IPGG – has been created along these lines of thought: its goal is to bring together, in a cross-disciplinary domain (microfluidics), experts from various disciplines (physics, biology, chemistry, technology), and develop both fundamental and applied research. Industrial domains interested by microfluidics are numerous (food industry, medicinal field, cosmetics, oil industry, instrumentation, ...).

Two-time future investments (PSL Equipex & Labex), IPGG brings together all of microfluidics research activities on the Montagne Sainte Geneviève. – Paris. IPGG was inaugurated on 14 March 2016 in the presence of the President of the French Republic François Hollande and the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. IPGG come from 4 top-flight research institution : ESPCI Paris, Curie Institut, ENS et Chimie ParisTech.

The IPGG invested early 2015 a new building located at 6 rue Jean Calvin in the 5th arr. from Paris. This 5,900 m² building is home to 6 of the 15 IPGG teams, the incubator of the ESPCI, a 150-seat amphitheater...

The Paris City Hall has renovated this building.


Invested in setting up the institute
3000 m² 
of Space for research
Jobs generated by our startups


​IPGG is a LABEX, an EQUIPEX, UMS 3750 and Carnot. It is supported by the « Investment for the Future Program ». It is run by a steering Comitee (COPIL), which plays a deliberative role on the funds granted to the Institute.


  • ​Le COPIL (steering committee) with eight members, all researchers of IPGG & chaired by IPGG director.
    • Institut Curie : Matthieu Piel & Pascal Hersen
    • ESPCI Paris : Andrew Griffiths & Anke Lindner
    • ENS : Damien Baigl & Rachid Thiam
    • Chimie ParisTech : Fethi Bedioui & Michael Tatoulian
    • Membres extérieurs : Charles Baroud & Anne-Marie Gué
  • le COSTRAT (strategic committee) made up of the ESPCI Paris, Curie Institut, ENS et Chimie ParisTech directors.


    • ​Management committee is composed of:
      • Michael Tatoulian -CEO of the Carnot IPGG Microfluidique
      • Rémi Waché - Business development manager
      • Karla Baala - Representative of PSL

​This committee ensures the proper functioning of the Carnot IPGG Microfluidique. It takes place every month.

  • Strategic orientation committee is composed of:​
    • Michael Tatoulian -CEO of the Carnot IPGG Microfluidique
    • Bruno Rostand – Representative of PSL
    • Representatives of the institutions:
      • Yong Chen – ENS
      • Andrew Griffiths – ESPCI
      • Michael Tatoulian – Chimie Paris Tech
    • Industry representatives:
      • Jean-Pierre Burnouf – Sanofi
      • France Hamber – Fluigent
      • Philippe Salamitou – Srett
    • Invited members:
      • Rémi Waché – Business development manager

The role of this committee is to determine the strategy and the policy of the Carnot IPGG Microfluidique. It determines the allocation proposals of the contribution based on external expertise. It takes place twice a year.

​Nobel Prize in Physics in 1991 for his work on liquid crystals and polymers, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes left his mark on science. Born in 1932, he was alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes also worked as a research engineer at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in the 50s. In 1957 he obtained the title of Doctor of Science.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes became the Director of the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de le Ville de Paris [Graduate School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry] in 1976 and for 25 years. His unflagging desire to convey knowledge and share his discoveries impelled Pierre-Gilles de Gennes to teach throughout his life: at the Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay [Orsay School of the Sciences], in primary schools and colleges after receiving his Nobel prize, and at the Collège de France, where he held the condensed-matter physics chair until 2007, the very year when he passed away at the age of 75.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes crossed the boundaries of numerous different scientific domains: from fundamental science to industrial applications, including physics, chemistry, or biology. In France, he designed a modern way of doing a more concrete and free research. Worldwide, he had a strong influence on a generation of researchers.

Bearing his name, the Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes expresses the state of mind in which it will develop its actions.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes