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The Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute (CBC Carnot Institute) is a group of public research institutes committed to partnership research with industry.

Given the Carnot label in 2006 by the Ministry of Research, our institute draws on the recognised research expertise of more than 800 researchers in the areas of Chemistry, Materials and Processes.

A renowned institute for research in the chemical sciences and engineering

Mobility and transport, health and cosmetics, environment, energy: our institute develops innovative solutions to your needs in these strategic fields and contributes to your competitiveness, whether you are a small, medium or large enterprise.

The CBC Carnot Institute was formed by the fusion in 2016 of two existing Carnot Institutes: the Cirimat in Toulouse and the Chimie Balard in Montpellier. Together we have more than 800 researchers and 320 Ph.D. students (of which 27 are on industry fellowships) working in R&D articulated around 5 research themes. > See our R&D offer

The research teams are part of 4 CNRS-university research institutions :

  • Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier – ICGM
  • Institut Européen des Membranes – IEM
  • Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron – IBMM
  • Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d’Ingénierie des Matériaux – CIRIMAT

Our institute depends directly on 5 educational institutions: CNRS, National School of Chemistry of Montpellier, National Polytechnical Institute of Toulouse, University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier, University of Montpellier.

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A one-stop shop for your R&D projects

As part of the Carnot Network , we offer our industrial partners both services and expertise, leading to a high added-value to their products.

Our operational team will accompany you in the management of your research and development project, from its initial stages to placement on the market and technology transfer, providing you with a simple, centralised and flexible relationship.

Innovation beyond borders

Located in the Occitanie region of southern France, the CBC Carnot Institute works with industrial partners throughout France and abroad.

World-renowned on the academic level, we aim to obtain the same recognition from foreign companies and to promote our expertise, savoir-faire and research outside of France.

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