Carnot Innovation Chimie Carnot (I2C)

Innovation Chimie Carnot (I2C)

The Carnot Institute I2C brings together 8 research entities from Normandy on the 2nd territory of the chemical industry in France.

With a strong expertise in synthesis, analysis and formulation, I2C capitalizes on this chemistry value chain as a privileged partner to support innovation for the pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, food, bioressources, cosmetics, energy and environmental sectors industries.

Economic sectors

Beauty products
Chemicals and materials

And also

Fashion and luxury
Health technologies
Waste processing and recycling
Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
PhD Students
Global budget
32 M€
incomes with industry
3,8 M€


Innovation Chimie Carnot I2C Carnot Institute
Normandie Université
Esplanade de la Paix
CS 14032
Caen Cedex 5

+33 (0)6 40 41 89 44

Email contact


Together, let’s make chemistry research a springboard for business innovation

3 skill centers working in synergy 

1. Synthesis department: An unique expertise to support innovation in synthesis in the sectors of pharmaceutical chemistry and fine chemicals, agrifood and cosmetics.

  • Methodologies in synthesis with improved performances and extended applications
  • Sustainable chemical synthesis
  • New molecular tools for diagnosis and therapies monitoring (fluorescent and MRI probes, bimodal probes, radiotracers for PET imaging…)
  • New drug candidates (design, synthesis, screening and drugability) and biopharmaceuticals

2. Analytical chemistry department: Cutting-edge equipment and innovative methodologies to address the analytical challenges of companies.

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis methods dedicated to chemistry, materials and biomolecules
  • Multidimensional analyses for physicochemical and structural characterization of complex matrices
  • Statistical tools for data processing as part of global analytical approaches
  • Miniaturized systems for on-site analysis
  • Optical and molecular imaging, tomography, AFM
  • Quantum chemistry and molecular mechanics

3. Formulation/polymers department: A set of skills at the frontiers of chemistry and physico-chemistry for formulators to design and optimize innovative products with controlled properties

  • Solutions, dispersions, emulsions and gels (processing, technological additives…)
  • Galenic formulation and drug delivery, crystallization and polymorphism
  • Colloids and dispersed systems (rheology, mixtures, ingredients, organoleptic properties)
  • Polymers, biopolymers and composites with controlled properties (active, adaptive, functional polymers, nanocomposites)

Target markets

  • Pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals
  • Agrifood and bioressources
  • Cosmetics
  • Energy and environment

Easier access to top level facilities

  • C2I-OrgA (Methodology in synthesis and analysis
  • Medicinal chemistry platform and chemical Library
  • Cyceron (Biomedical imaging)
  • Pissaro Proteomics Platform
  • Cosmetomic
  • Materials CNRT


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Some major equipments

  • Mass spectrometry
  • High resolution NMR
  • Separative sciences
  • Imaging


  • Synthetic chemistry – Catalysis- Innovative technologies – Medicinal chemistry, bio-organic and radiosynthesis - Synthesis of recombinant proteins in plants and microalgae

  • Strong expertise in mass spectroscopy, NMR and separative sciences (chromatography and crystallization)

  • Formulation / Structuration – Biosourced polymers – Functionalization / Chemical modification of polymers – Chemistry / Properties Relationships – Rheology – Stabilization / ageing – Expertise in chemistry and physicochemistry of complex media


A partnership adapted to every stage of R&D

  • Consulting and expertise
  • Service delivery
  • Project engineering
  • R&D partnership
  • Cifre PhD
  • Creation of joint laboratories
  • Implementation of national and international collaborative research projects
  • Technology transfer
  • Hosting researchers and on-site training

Structure description

  • An unique entry for better access to all the know-how of this value chain, while facilitating contracting and monitoring of partnerships
  • Teams involved into quality endeavours (ISO 9001) aiming at a continuous improvement process for better performances with our industrials partners.
  • Scientific consortium of 8 research entities backed by 3 labex (SynOrg, EMC3, Iron) and the Normand Institute of Molecular, Medicinal and Macromolecular Chemistry (INC3M)
  • Teams fully integrated into the regional socio-economic fabric (Chemistry Biology Health Technopole,  Cosmetic Valley, Polymers Technologies)