The main research activities developed at MAPIEM laboratory deal essentially with polymers and heterogeneous materials with a polymer matrix (coatings , composites…), with specific functionalities related to the marine environment (resistance to aggressive environments , corrosion protection , anti-fouling properties, hydrodynamic drag reduction...).
The research areas extend to the study of the degradation of these materials (aging) and their loss of properties , the development of innovative solutions to improve their performances (new binders or matrices , nano-structuration, nano-composites, surface modification of fillers, design and incorporation of original biocides…).
This scientific approach also includes the study of the different mechanisms involved upstream (elaboration and properties of interfaces/interphases), and downstream (biofilm adhesion, corrosion protection), as well as their numerical modeling.
The laboratory consists of scientists specialized in material chemistry and physico-chemistry, organic chemistry and biology, organized along three research axis: “Polymer materials with controlled architecture", "Biofouling and natural marine substances" and "Controlled interphases and durability of heterogeneous materials".
A wide range of observation techniques (OM, SEM, AFM) , thermal and thermo-mechanical characterization (DSC, TGA, DMA), chemical analysis (FTIR, HPLC, SEC, NMR, MS…) and biochemical analysis (BFRT, PCR...) required for the development of these research topics are available in the laboratory.
A international research team in polymer and environment, "ERIPOLE", was created by agreement in June 2013 between some researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Sciences-National University of Vietnam in Hanoi, and some researchers from the MAPIEM laboratory at the University of Toulon (UTLN).