• Chemistry and Materials

High throughput screening unit for accelerated formulation (HT-SMARTFORMU)



The HT-SmartFormu platform is a unique technological and scientific platform dedicated to the Formulation application sciences and to Sustainable Formulation. By using advanced characterization techniques, novel experimental methods, new technologies, prediction and modeling tools, robotic systems, and recognized expertise, HT-SmartFormu develops and proposes to researchers and companies innovative solutions for the understanding of physicochemical phenomena present in the complex matrices of formulated products, for the search for alternatives to petro-sourced or regulated raw materials, for the accelerated development of new formulations and their evaluation in use.


  • Véronique Rataj
    Team manager
  • Christel Pierlot
    Technical manager


Bâtiment Chevreul, Avenue Paul Langevin
Campus Cité scientifique

Chiffres clés

• More than 72 publications over 5 years
• 18 PhD students, 10 engineers and post-doctoral fellows
• More than 15 collaborative projects per year (academic and industrial)
• 9 patents filed, one of which is exploited
• About 15 industrial partners
• Training of about 40 students per year specialized in formulation


Effectif total : 4



• Advanced literature survey
• Eco-design of functional compounds
• Characterization of physicochemical and application properties
• Solubilisations (solvents, hydrotropes, surfactants) and Hansen solubility parameters
• Classification of oils and surfactants (EACN and HLB by the PIT-slope method)
• Robotic accelerated formulation and optimization with design of experiments
• Tools and methods for prediction and modeling
• Evaluation of performances in application
• Continuous training

Example(s) of projects

• Development of new cosmetic products (creams, gels, solid forms, etc.)
• Evaluation of the HLB of surfactants by the PIT-Slope method
• Determination of Hansen solubility parameters of cosmetic oils and sunscreens
• Determination of the dispersibility parameters of titanium oxide nanoparticles
• Solubilization of perfume in aqueous microemulsions
• Prediction of solvent properties by COSMO-RS
• Synthèse et caractérisations de nouvelles molécules tensioactives biosourcées
• Development of new biosourced emollients as alternatives to silicones
• Oxidizability of oils and fragrances and protection by natural antioxidants

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Université de Lyon, ICSM Marcoule, Université de Reims, Université de Rennes, CRPP Bordeaux

Ghent University (Belgium), University of Mérida (Venezuela), University of Regensburg (Germany), Sofia University (Bulgaria), University of Antananarivo (Madagsacar), Yokohama National University (Japan)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Many industrial collaborations

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Health / wellness
  • Agri-food industry
  • Education / Training
  • Chemistry / Plastics (Glue, Plastic, Rubber...)
  • Cosmetics
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Characterizations of surfactants
• Surface tension measurements
• Flash point measurements
• Measurements of Hansen's solubility parameters and dispersibility parameters

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.



Nom Modèle Marque
Robot chemspeed Flex powerdose/ Chemspeed
Turbiscan (multiple) AGS/ Formulaction
Foam analyzer DFA/ Kruss
Microfluidizer LVI/ Microfluidics
Silverson mixer LM5/ Silverson
Sonotrode upt200/ Hielsher
Viscometer Anton Paar
Turbiscan (simple) Formulaction
Rotating Drop Tensiometer SDT/ Kruss
Surface analyzer MSA/ Kruss
Force Tensiometer K100/ Kruss


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Centrale Lille

Unit(s) of attachment

Competitive cluster


Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Chemistry and Materials