Aviation: innovative materials thanks to MOLIERE,
the new joint research laboratory
Saint-Cloud, France, July 5e, 2021 – Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of CNRS, Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, represented by Bruno Stoufflet, Technical Director, Michel Deneken, president of the University of Strasbourg, and Pierre Mutzenhardt, president of the University of Lorraine, represented by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Villieras, Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the University of Lorraine, today officially launched the joint research laboratory “Innovative Functional Materials for Aviation” (MOLIERE). Its objective is to design new materials for future aircraft in acoustics, electromagnetism and anti-icing..
On this occasion, Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, declared: “For the aeronautics industry, mastery of innovative materials is a key differentiator for many commercial and defense products. Whether it is for the internal acoustics of our Falcons (absorbent materials), the stealth technology of our combat aircraft (materials for electromagnetic discretion) or the safety of all our aircraft (anti-frost materials), we must absolutely keep our advanced. I am therefore delighted with this partnership with the CNRS and the Universities of Strasbourg and Lorraine, all of which have world-class researchers, methods and tools.“
Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of CNRS, said: “Our two research laboratories involved in this partnership with Dassault Aviation have internationally recognized expertise in materials. I am very happy to see more than twenty-five years of scientific cooperation with Dassault Aviation once again come to fruition, this time with the creation of a joint research laboratory. This signature is part of the steps taken by the CNRS to strengthen our relations with companies which notably involve more than 170 joint laboratories in activity, such as the joint laboratory MOLIERE created today.“
To Pierre Mutzenhardt, President of the University of Lorraine: “I am delighted that this partnership is materializing, emphasizing the importance of bringing together complementary experts from academic research and businesses to meet today’s technological, economic and societal challenges. With its ambitious objectives of innovation at the frontiers of our knowledge of materials, the MOLIERE laboratory also highlights Jean’s high level of expertise. Love Institute, one of our joint research units with the CNRS, and of our researchers in the universities of the Grand Est region.“
Michel Deneken, President of the University of Strasbourg, underlines the added value of this cooperation between the worlds of public research and business: “I am proud to see this long-standing partnership culminating in the creation of a joint research laboratory. the MOLIERE laboratory aims to respond to the economic and environmental challenges of aviation. I am convinced that the complementarity of the expertise of public research laboratories in the Grand Est region will meet Dassault Aviation’s strategic need to develop new value-added materials.
A joint research laboratory is a means of establishing a long-term research partnership between the CNRS, its academic partners and a company in a given field on the basis of a jointly defined roadmap. The MOLIERE laboratory aims to create materials with high added value for aeronautics, breaking with current materials (new properties and functionalities or improvements to existing properties, material savings for example), thanks to a multi-scale approach combining theoretical , digital and experimental. aspects. The durability of anti-icing materials will also be a research focus at MOLIERE, as they are of great importance for future commercial aircraft in terms of reducing the energy required for in-flight de-icing.
The joint MOLIERE laboratory will rely on the means of simulation, manufacture and multi-scale characterization of two research laboratories: the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS, CNRS / University of Strasbourg) and the Jean Lamour Institute (IJL, CNRS / University of Lorraine). The IPCMS has recognized expertise in nanomaterials and nanosciences with cutting-edge activities in electromagnetism. The IJL is renowned for its expertise and its influence in nanomaterials and metamaterials, in particular for acoustics.
The MOLIERE laboratory is supported by the French Defense Innovation Agency and is established for four years, with the possibility of renewal.
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ABOUT DASSAULT AVIATION:
With more than 10,000 military and civilian aircraft (including 2,500 Falcons) delivered to more than 90 countries over the past century, Dassault Aviation has developed world-renowned expertise in the design, development, sale and support of all types. aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets, military drones and space systems. In 2020, Dassault Aviation achieved a turnover of 5.5 billion euros. The company has 12,440 employees.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF STRASBOURG:
The University of Strasbourg currently has 57,000 students. With 35 departments, 70 research units (UPR, UMR, EA), a service and research unit (USR (MISHA)), six mixed service units and six federative research structures (including three in partnership with the CNRS) , it is renowned for its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary training offer covering all disciplines of higher education. Teaching is provided by some 2,800 teacher-researchers, including four Nobel Prize winners, and more than 5,000 external contributors. It conducts world-class research, making it the first European university for its impact on innovation (Nature Index, 2017) and one of the top 150 universities in the world (Shanghai Ranking 2018).
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITYO DE LORRAINE:
The University of Lorraine is a public higher education establishment made up of ten scientific centers totaling 60 laboratories and nine colleges representing 43 educational establishments including 11 engineering schools. It employs some 7,000 people and welcomes more than 60,000 students each year. Find all the university news on factuel.univ-lorraine.fr and on The Conversation France.
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