Carnot ISIFoR

Sustainable engineering of georesources

ISIFoR federates the academic research dedicated to the subsoil energy and environmental issues in the Greater South West of France.


Core business

Natural resources

Hight competences

Mechanics and processes
Construction, civil engineering, landscape planning
Soft sciences
Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
including PhD Students
Global budget
64,2 M€
incomes with industry
9,3 M€


institut Carnot ISIFoR
Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Présidence
Avenue de l'Université
BP 576
64012 Pau Cedex

Virginie BUIL
+33 (0)5 59 40 77 96

Pierre CEZAC
+33 (0)5 59 40 78 30

+33 (0)5 40 17 52 89

Email contact


ISIFoR guides you in your R&D projects dedicated to energy and environmental issues related to the subsoil.


An ecosystem of competences dedicated to geosciences

ISIFoR gathers almost 700 researchers, research professors and engineers, to the initiative of its eight academic research partners: The University of Pau & Pays de l’Adour, the University of Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, the National Polytechnic Institute of Bordeaux, the National Center for Space Research (CNES),  the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institute of Research for Development (IRD). The institute benefits from a unique ecosystem, close to the competitiveness cluster POLE AVENIA and to numerous companies related to the oil & gas technology, geothermal energy or carbon dioxide underground storage. This synergy permits ISIFoR to be a nationally recognized centre of creativity in the Greater South West of France.

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Our technological challenges in the oil and gas industry markets

ISIFoR focuses its action according to three technological challenges:

The efficient use of conventional resources, the development of new resources as well as the control of the environmental footprint. To meet these challenges, ISIFoR relies on its leadership in the control of fluids (water, gas, oil) in the complex deep subsoil environment (pressure, temperature, complex fluids, fluids/solid interfaces). ISIFoR can also relies on its social sciences competences in energy governance.

ISIFoR and the challenge on energy transition

Starting from exploration/production of hydrocarbons in the Greater South West of France, ISIFoR opens up and stands out in:

  • The new energy markets of subsoil: deep geothermal energy, CO2 and energy storage.
  • Environmental issues associated to subsoil energies: environmental monitoring, the water cycle, etc.

Target markets

  • Oil and gas
  • Energy
  • Environment

Know-How and Skills

  • GEOSCIENCES: reservoir characterization, monitoring, high performance scientific computing, basin analysis, seismic and seismotectonic imaging, thermochronology, gravimetry, fluids interactions-boulders, experimental geochemistry.
  • ENGINEERING SCIENCES: Physical chemistry of oil fluids and interfaces, fluid mechanics, multiphase flow, geomechanics, fracturing processes, enhanced recovery, heavy crude oil, acid gas, wastewater treatment, heat transfer, high voltage method, CO2 sequestration, safety procedures and organization of production.
  • MATHEMATICS: numerical simulation, functioning safety, statistical analysis and data analysis by imaging, modelling and mathematical analysis, porous media.
  • CHEMISTRY: analysis, characterization and dating, microbial oil degradation, surfactant and polymers for enhanced recovery process (solubilisation - emulsification), experimental geochemistry.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES: environmental impacts of human activities. Contamination of natural habitats, social and political dynamics, human health hazard.

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A research turned towards the enterprises

The aim of ISIFoR is to encourage the development by the companies innovation on a growing oil market and on new markets like geothermics or geological storage. To meet this objective, ISIFoR develops partnerships with industrial stakeholders encompassing jointly supervised doctoral studies, short-term feasibility and proof-of-concept studies, and long-term partnerships (Joint Research Laboratories, Professorship). A special attention is given to the proper assistance to research, development and innovation projects carried out with SME's (small and medium sized enterprises). ISIFoR is dedicated to optimize their efficiency.

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