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A new building for the LPCNO

Monday the 1st of June 2015 , INSA Toulouse inaugurated the new LPCNO building with the presence of Bruno Chaudret, Directeur du LPCNO, Bertrand Raquet, Directeur de l’INSA Toulouse, Bertrand Monthubert, Président de l’Université Toulouse III– Paul Sabatier, Alain Schuhl, Directeur de l’Institut de Physique du CNRS, Christophe Giraud, délégué régional du CNRS Midi-Pyrénées, Martin Malvy, Ancien ministre, Président de la région Midi-Pyrénées, Pascal Mailhos, Préfet de la région Midi-Pyrénées, Préfet de la Haute-Garonne et de Madame Hélène Bernard, rectrice de l’académie de Toulouse, chancelière des universités.
This new research building located on the campus of INSA Toulouse intended to host five laboratory research teams (Nanomagnetism - Quantum Optoelectronics -Nanostructures and Organometallic Chemistry - Nanotech - Physical and Chemical Modelling) and the experimental platforms of the laboratory. The scientific approach is characterized by a double ambition on one hand to conduct a fundamental research at the highest international level and on another hand to collaborate directly with companies or to create start-ups to develop new applications. This strategry can be summarized by “moving the frontiers of knowledge and preparing responses to the technological and economical issues of the society of tomorrow ".
Covering an area of ​​around 850 m2 and involving nearly 75 people, the laboratory has activities about the synthesis, the modelisation and the study of the physical properties of nano-objects, which are, for ten years, an emerging field at the frontier of solid statephysics and molecular chemisty. The LPCNO has a very strong experience in optical spectroscopy, nanostructuring, nanomagnetism, transport measurements synthetisis nanoparticles and molecular modeling. From an architectural point of view, the LPCNO project is implanted between two buildings of thesixties. Concrete is declined in his brut state. Its simplicity is in contrast with the more complex and more technical research world. The ground floor level is the knowledge base. The first floor and its concrete shields are open doors to explore new horizons. The gateway creates a link between the old and the new buildings. It is adorned with a cladding made of expanded metal, the design of which is a reference to the structured frame of nano-technologies.

This project has been funded by Europe, the French state and the Midi-Pyrénnées region.