• Chemistry and Materials

Materials and transformations unit (UMET)

Research unit - UMR 8207


Our research covers a wide range of scientific topics in the field of materials science, such as synthesis, shaping and functionalization of materials, study of deformations and transformations under various stresses, characterization of structures/microstructures, study of microstructure/properties relationships in relation to conditions of use...
Our unit is composed of six teams developing highly experimental research combined with multi-scale modeling / simulation studies. The research objectives of these teams are quite diverse and cover both fundamental and applied aspects.
The fields of study include materials for mechanical use, therapeutic materials, stimulable materials, food and biomaterials, surface treatment and functionalization, behavior under irradiation, dehydration and grinding, fire behavior, and even the understanding of the behavior of minerals in the earth's mantle or in extraterrestrial environments. The fields of application are thus varied, with many connections with other disciplinary fields (geophysics, pharmacy, biology-health, mechanics, ...). We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Patrice Woisel


Bâtiment C6, Avenue Paul Langevin
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille


Materials and transformations unit


Effectif total : 208

Personnel de recherche : 94

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 32



• Science of materials
• Synthesis, shaping and functionalization of materials
• Deformations and transformations of materials
• Physics of molecular materials
• Molecular materials for pharmaceutical use
• Dynamics of planetary interiors
• Extraterrestrial materials
• Plasticity of the materials constituting the earth's mantle
• Characterization of structures / microstructures
• Polymer materials
• Recycling of polymer materials
• Fireproofing
• Biomaterials
• Surface contamination (food and microorganisms)
• Multi-scale modeling / simulation
• Microstructure / property relationships in relation to conditions of use
• Surface treatments
• Materials for mechanical use
• Therapeutic materials
• Stimulable materials
• Agrifood materials
• Behavior under irradiation, under dehydration and under grinding
• Fire behaviour

Example(s) of projects

• Design and characterization of new generation insulating joints for the railway industry
• Multiscale modeling of zirconium alloy deformation under irradiation
• Fatigue of Fe-Si steels for alternator-starters
• Behavior and prediction of lifetime
• Development of flame retardant textiles for aircraft
• Hygienic design of lines and equipment and improved cleanability

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Université d’Artois, Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Université de Rouen Normandie, Université Paris-Sud Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Est, École nationale supérieure d'arts et métiers, École Normale Supérieure, Sorbonne Université, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Université de Lorraine, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, École normale supérieure de Lyon, Université Clermont Auvergne, Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut Laue Langevin, Université de Montpellier, Université de Bordeaux

Stanford University (USA), University of California (USA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA), Texas A&M University (USA), Argonne National Laboratory (USA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), Université de Sherbrooke (USA), Université de Yaoundé (Cameroon), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa), Indian Institute Of Technology Madras (India), National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Southern Queensland (Australia), Saga University (Japan), Yanshan University (China), Beijing University of Chemical Technology (China), Zhejiang University (China), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Shanghai University (China), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Université de Saida (Algeria), Università di Trieste (Italy), Politechnico di Torino (Italy), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), University of Silesia (Poland), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Glasgow (UK), University of East-Anglia (UK), Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals (UK), University College London (UK), University of Greenwich (UK), DTU: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), GFZ, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (Germany), Universität Münster (Germany), Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Ghent University (Belgium), University of Mons (Belgium)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Cousin Biotech (Laboratoire commun COUS’UMAIN), Néo-Eco et Valorplast (Equipe mixte PYROCAT), CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas), INGREDIA, Framatome, AstraZeneca, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Cubic Pharmaceuticals, BASF, France Rail Industry, Sappi Maastricht B.V., SCK CEN, Servier, Safran Composites, EDF, CEA - Paris-Saclay, Flamac, Materia Nova, NV Bekaert SA, Roquette, CREPIM, Imabiotech, IRT Railenium, SNCF, VALEO, LBI, ORANO, AKKA Technologies, Michelin, Imerys, Bouygues, Sabic, AIS, Tarkett, Maestria, Avio, Ecomeris

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Health / wellness
  • Chemistry / Plastics (Glue, Plastic, Rubber...)
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Modeling the behavior of minerals in an aggressive and complex environment
• Evaluation of fire behavior
• Elaboration of materials to make it fire resistant and durable
• Development of composites with thermoplastic and thermosetting matrices
• Life cycle analysis
• Development of tools and methods for the characterization of structures and microstructures
• Development of polymers with biological properties
• Development of biomaterials
• Multi-scale characterization of surfaces, interfaces and coatings
• Design of functional coatings (e.g. paints with thin coatings by dry or wet process)
• Development and microstructural study of metal alloys
• Assessment of fatigue damage to metal alloys
• Design of high performance metallic materials
• Assemblies and surface treatments
• Methodological developments in metallurgy
• Advanced characterization of mineral plasticity by transmission electron microscopy
• Non-stick / antibacterial material design
• Design of equipment whose geometry limits adhesion and / or promotes the release of soiling
• Implementation of management of innovative processes and transformation lines producing few potentially fouling compounds
• Implementation of eco-efficient transformation-cleaning-disinfection procedures

Consulting services

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


We possess a wide range of equipment and analytical tools:
• Equipment of synthesis, titration and formatting (Grinders, Electrospinning, Atomizer, Freeze dryers, Titrators)
• Textile finishing tray, including finishing ream, coating table, scarf and oven
• High pressure platform: piston cylinder type pressure, various type diamond anvil cells and sample preparation and handling equipment.
• Sintering: the equipment allows vacuum sintering, with a 200 kN cell, up to 1700 ° C.
• Extruders for the production of polymers.
• Heat treatments: ovens and ovens covering a wide temperature range up to 1750 ° C, some being in a controlled atmosphere.
• Separative techniques platform: centrifuges, chromatography (HPLC, GC / MS, etc.), a pyrolyzer,…
• Sample preparation tray for metallography and electron microscopy: cutting instruments, embedding instruments, polishers, optical microscopes, ultramicrotomes, ion beam preparation instruments.
• Surface analysis and treatment: profilometers, AFM, contact angle measurement, measurement of surface plasmons, UV-visible irradiation unit, ...
• Thermal analysis: DSC covering a wide temperature range (from -180 ° C to 1500 ° C), thermogravimetric analyzers, dilatometers, ...
• Spectroscopies: several UV and UV-visible spectrometers are available, a Mössbauer spectrometer, infrared spectrometers.
• Physical properties: instruments for measuring the properties of thermal conductivity, piezoelectric, dielectric, etc.
• Mechanical properties measurement platform: mechanical test, ranging from simple uniaxial traction to bi-stretching of polymer films.
• "Fire resistance" platform: fire test benches, smoke density chambers, thermal cameras, etc.
• Food technology platform: several instrumented test loops to study the microbial, chemical and physical processes involved in the formation and release of biofilms.

Detailed list of equipment: http://umet.univ-lille1.fr/Instruments/list.php?lang=fr


Affiliated institutions / organisations


Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Textiles, composites, materials