Carnot Chimie Balard Cirimat

The Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute provides companies with R&D support in Chemistry, Materials and Processes. We address environmental and societal concerns in the energy, health, cosmetics and transport industries. We offer innovative solutions to our partners, drawing upon our expertise in green chemistry and processes and in materials with enhanced properties. The comprehensive coverage of these areas by our research groups and the access to four state-of-the-art technological platforms allows us to meet any challenge.

Economic sectors

Chemicals and materials
Energy systems
Health technologies
Nuclear energy

And also

Aeronautics Space
Automotive and mobility
Beauty products
Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
PhD Students
Global budget
39 M€
incomes with industry
8 M€


École Nationale Supérieure
de Chimie de Montpellier
240, avenue du Professeur
Émile Jeanbrau
34296 Montpellier Cedex 5

118, route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse Cedex 4 France

Yannick GUARI
+33 (0) 4 67 14 42 24

Deputy Director
+33 (0)5 61 55 61 74

Deputy Director
+33 (0)6 37 47 62 84

Email contact


Excellence in chemistry, materials science and processes at the service of industry


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Developing together tomorrow’s chemistry, materials and processes

  • From needs analysis to integrated solutions, we support companies in their R&D projects.
  • We use the multidisciplinary expertise of more than 800 researchers to bring innovations to market.
  • Our research partnerships have a high added value through a balance between basic and applied research.
  • The network of 39 Carnot Institutes benefits our partners, by allowing an interdisciplinary approach. It is also a guarantee of professionalism and results.

A strong commitment to accompany our industrial partners:

  • a single contact point to identify the appropriate research teams to address your needs;
  • traceability, confi dentiality and protection of the results;
  • transfer of technology and expertise;
  • accredited quality procedures for the contracting and management of the research partnership.

Targeted industries

  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medicinal
  • Aeronautics and space
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Metallugical
  • Nuclear
  • Petrochemical
  • Environmental

Discover our high-tech platforms

Our institute offers a unique collection of technology platforms that support the R&D carried out with our industrial partners. This state-of-the-art equipment is used for synthesis, characterisation and shaping in the chemical and materials sciences.

  • Balard Analysis and Characterisation Platform (Montpellier)
  • SynBio3 (for the synthesis of bespoke peptides and polymers; Montpellier)
  • National Spark Plasma Sintering Platform (Toulouse)
  • ChemLab Industrial Pilot Plant (Montpellier)
  • Additive Manufacturing Platform (Toulouse)
  • Equipment for the scale-up of materials synthesis 
  • Synthesis (Toulouse)

At each platform our partners benefit from a personalised support and the expertise of our technical and research staff.

Multidisciplinary research in key activity sectors:

  • Energy: alternative fuels, fuel cells, hydrogen vector, electrochemical storage and conversion, structural materials for the nuclear power industry
  • Health and Cosmetics: drugs, vectors for drug delivery, biomaterials, pharmacological tools, medical devices
  • Transportation (aeronautics, space, rail, automobile): structural materials, coatings, components
  • High-performance Materials: metals, alloys, nano-materials, ceramics, polymers, fabrication methods, durability
  • Sustainable Chemistry and Processes: substitution of hazardous chemicals and metals, alternative solvents, mecanochemistry, biomass conversion and valorization, upgrading of wastes and coproducts, wastewater treatment

5 oversight research institutions: