Lyon Polymer Science Engineering (Lyon-PSE)

is a research and innovation cluster created in July 2015. In 2019, it will bring together ten industrial groups (Arkema, Elkem, Hutchinson, Michelin, Nexans, Saint-Gobain, SNF-Floeger, Solvay, Toray and Total), three SMEs (Activation, Addiplast and Processium), and four research laboratories (IMP, C2P2, LPMA and MATEIS). The LPSE research cluster was born from the desire of industrialists and research laboratories to co-develop innovative scientific themes that meet future needs in the field of polymerization and polymer materials. The members of the Lyon-PSE have set themselves the following objectives :

• To be the French pole of reference at an international level in the field of polymerization and polymer materials;

• Ensure the sustainability of long-term partnerships in order to maintain and promote high-level fundamental research, while strengthening applied research for innovation and new disruptive technologies;

• Benefit from the training of managers and technical staff adapted to industrial, research and teaching professions,

• Pool the specific equipment of the various Lyon-St Etienne campuses via technical platforms (e.g. Axel’One and ICL and Carnot I@L platforms) set up or under construction.

Finally, this cluster aims to be one of the emblematic flagship projects for the construction of Excellence at the University of Lyon in the coming years. The cluster’s collaborative research activities began in 2017 and focus on the following four scientific topics and two cross-disciplinary activities :

T1: Online analysis

T2: Chemistry and Polymerization

T3: Reactive extrusion and complex mixing

T4: Sustainability

A1: Circular economy

A2: Artificial intelligence

Currently, seven collaborative research projects within the framework of LPSE activities (direct funding by industrial partners) are underway in the IMP, C2P2 and LPMA laboratories. It should also be noted that several of the industrial partners in LPSE also have specific, direct partnerships with laboratories within the framework of direct collaborations, or publically funded ANR or FUI projects.