Research units


Institute of Chemistry - UMR 7177

The Institute of Chemistry is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 7177) shared between the CNRS and the University of Strasbourg. Mainly located on the Esplanade Campus at the heart of Strasbourg, the laboratory gathers around 300 persons: researchers, PhD students, Postdocs, technical and administrative staff. Thanks to its many topics, the laboratory is multidisciplinary, chemistry being the centre.

The research, carried out in 16 groups, gathers theoretical and synthesis chemists, physicists and biologists. It endeavours to push the knowledge frontiers in the field of chemistry and to rise to major challenges such as environment protection, new energy sources as well as the discovery of new therapies. The perspectives of applications and industrial development of this basic research are important in the field of energy, pharmacy or food-processing industry.

Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering (ISIS) – UMR 7006

The ISIS Institute is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 7006) shared between the CNRS and the University of Strasbourg. Its mission is to promote top level scientific research at the interface between Physics, Chemistry and Biology. For this reason, the Institute is strategically placed on the Esplanade Campus nearby the Faculties of Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences and reports administratively to the Vice president of the research of the University of Strasbourg. The Institute features three types of research laboratories: the Senior labs, the Junior labs, and the Antenna labs, which are both public or private.

  • The Senior labs are headed by internationally renowned scientists and are financially supported by the French Ministry of Research and Technology and by the “Grands Organismes de Recherche” within the framework of the contractual policy of the University of Strasbourg.
  • The Junior labs have been created to host young scientists who are given the opportunity of starting an independent career and developing original and innovative research. The junior group leaders are expected to diffuse out of ISIS at the end of their appointment, which cannot last more than six years.
  • The Antenna labs are open to private or public partners willing to carry on part of their research activity at ISIS. These labs are hosted under limited-term contracts.

Chemistry of Complex Matter – Institut Le Bel – UMR 7140

This is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 7140), which aims at controlling the molecular organisation by commanding the interactions between motifs at the solid state. The identification and the implementation of tectons, the characterization of assembling process and their dynamic, the relationship between structure networks and function networks are the topics which are studied in this unit.

Institut Charles Sadron – UPR 22

The Institut Charles Sadron is an Internal Research Unit (UPR 22) of the CNRS, associated with the University of Strasbourg. This Institute was created in 1954 to answer the demand for fundamental research in the field of the emerging polymer industry.

The main research axes focus on:

  • The polymer chemistry and engineering
  • The polyelectrolytes
  • The polymer interfaces
  • The molecular and supramolecular auto-assembling
  • The combined systems and nanocomposites
  • The biomaterials and the complexes of therapeutic value


These researches lean on the large spectrum of scientific and technical competences gathered in the Alsace Material and Nanoscience Cluster.

Immunology and Therapeutic Chemistry – UPR 9021

This is one of the three Internal Research Unit (UPR 9021) administered by the CNRS and located in the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) on the central campus in Strasbourg. The aim of the research carried out in this group is the study of molecular and cellular features of the normal and pathologic immune system with the objective to design new therapeutic ways of specific immune-intervention in autoimmune, tumoral and viral diseases.

The general strategies aim at modulating cellular or molecular receptor-ligand interactions. Used approaches include fundamental immunology, cellular and molecular biology, organic chemistry and pharmacology, structure-function studies, physiology, cellular imaging and manipulation of animal models.