LAboratoire de Spectrochimie Infrarouge et Raman – UMR 8516
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Presentation of the Laboratory

LASIR (Laboratory of Infrared and Raman Spectrochemistry) is a joint research unit of the CNRS and the Lille 1 and Lille 2 Universities (UMR 8516). The Laboratory is principally linked to the Institute of Chemistry and secondarily to the Institute of Ecology and Environment of the CNRS. It is one of the three main pillars of the Michel Eugène Chevreul Research Federation (FR 2638) which brings together chemists and physicists around the theme “Chemistry and Materials.” The Laboratory is located mainly on the scientific campus of Lille 1 in Villeneuve d’Ascq. An annexe is situated the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lille 2 in Lille.

The main domains of research of the Laboratory deal with Physical Chemistry and in particular with molecular spectroscopy applied to the study of complex physico-chemical systems using advanced spectroscopic and modeling methods. Activities developed in LASIR concern Section 13 of the National Committee of the CNRS and Sections 31, 32 and 85 of the National Council of Universities.

LASIR initially developed its expertise in the field of vibrational spectroscopies (Raman scattering, infrared absorption, neutron scattering) and associated instrumentation. Today the scope of expertise of the Laboratory has expanded considerably and covers also electronic (UV-visible absorption, fluorescence) and magnetic (NMR and EPR) spectrometries as well as molecular modeling and chemometrics techniques.

The research activities of LASIR are developed within two research teams rated A at the last AERES evaluation: “Photoreactivity and dynamics in condensed phases” and “Spectrochemistry of complex media“. These research teams are assisted by shared support services involving spectroscopic facilities, technical workshops and administrative services (see organization charts).

The Laboratory consists of 70 staff members of whom 45 are permanent and 25 temporary. These last are mainly students and postdocs. The permanent staff is divided almost equally between CNRS (12 researchers and 9 ITA) and University members (20 professors or assistant professors and 6 BIATOS).

In terms of research training, the Laboratory welcomes students from the “Chemistry” Master of Lille 1 and from the Erasmus Mundus “Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry” Master as well as engineering students from Polytech’Lille. Concerning doctoral training, LASIR is backed by the Doctoral School “Science of Matter, Radiation and the Environment” (SMRE, ED 104) of the PRES “Université Lille Nord de France.” Members of the Laboratory are heavily involved in teaching and organization of such training.

The laboratory partnership policy is focused on developing research with both private companies and with public organizations, agencies and authorities.