Who are we?

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Institute – IPGG - is a community of researchers working on microfluidics and its applications.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes said that the boundaries between scientific disciplines had to be overcome in order to make these disciplines more fruitful and to exploit their full potential. This is the spirit in which the IPGG was created: bringing together complementary expertise (physicists, biologists, chemists, technologists) around a transdisciplinary theme (microfluidics) in order to develop fundamental research and hatch applications in health, energy, agrifood, cosmetics, instrumentation, etc.

A two-times winner of the 2010 Investissements d'Avenir (Équipex and Labex PSL) and renewed in 2019, the IPGG was inaugurated on 14 March 2016 in the presence of the President of the Republic François Hollande and the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

The Labex IPGG is one of the major research programmes of the PSL University, demonstrating the dynamic process of building PSL around a research activity of excellence.

This pooling of knowledge and expertise has made the IPGG one of the world leaders in the field of microfluidics, with numerous prestigious partnerships in both the academic and business worlds. The institute brings together 20 research teams attached to the Institut Curie, Chimie ParisTech, the Ecole Normale Supérieure and ESPCI Paris, all 4 members of PSL, the University of Paris Sciences & Lettres.

Since 2015, the IPGG has occupied a new building located at 6 rue Jean Calvin in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. This building includes 9 of the IPGG's 20 teams, the IPGG's technology platform, the PC'up incubator of ESPCI Paris-PSL and a 150-seat lecture theatre.

The motto at the entrance to the building reads 'Change mentalities'. This is a tribute to the pioneering and adventurous spirit of the institute's members, who wish to break free from the dichotomy between basic and applied science.

Thanks to the generosity of the Paris City Council and the support of the ESPCI Paris, this IPGG campus was renovated and brought to life.


• The CODIR (Management Committee) is made up of a director, Annie Colin, Professor at ESPCI Paris-PSL, and her deputy, Stéphanie Descroix, CNRS Research Director at the Institut Curie, accompanied by an administrator, Perrine Franquet. This committee is supported by a scientific council made up of researchers from the teams of the various IPGG institutions.

• The COPIL (Steering Committee) is made up of eight IPGG members, all researchers, and two external members. It is chaired by the Director of the Institute and her deputy.
  • Institut Curie: Matthieu Piel & Pascal Hersen
  • ESPCI Paris: Andrew Griffiths & Anke Lindner
  • ENS: Damien Baigl & Rachid Thiam
  • Chimie ParisTech: Fethi Bedioui & Michael Tatoulian
  • External members: Charles Baroud & Anne-Marie Gué
​It is dedicated to the calls for projects and the evaluation of the Labex IPGG.

• The COSTRAT (Strategic Committee) composed of the general and scientific directors and presidents of the IPGG's supervisory bodies

• The SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) composed of international experts in microfluidics
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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 la 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.