The research activities developed at the MAPIEM laboratory deal with :
– the biofouling control by environmentally friendly coatings
– the monitoring of protection (anticorrosion, antifouling) and ageing of heterogeneous systems
The research areas extend to the study of the degradation of materials and their loss of properties, the development of innovative solutions to improve their performances (new binders, 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 regroups scientists specialized in material chemistry and physical-chemistry, organic chemistry and biology, organized along two main Research Topics: "Biofilms & Antifouling" and "Durability & Functional Materials". Into these main topics and in a transversal way, 6 Areas of Expertise are developed in the lab:
- Antifouling Surfaces (AFS)
- Microbial & Chemical Ecology of marine Biofilms (MCEB)
- Molecular Aspects of the Inhibition of marine Biofilms (MAIB)
- Anticorrosion Systems (ACS)
- Interfaces / Interphases : Ageing and Adaptability (IIAA)
- Ion and Moleculary Imprinted Polymers (IMIP)
A wide range of Scientific Equipments required for the development of these research topics are available in the laboratory : 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...) .
Some researchers from the MAPIEM laboratory are also involved in an international research team in polymer and environment, called "ERIPOLE", created in 2013 with researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Sciences-National University of Vietnam in Hanoi.