Saint-Gobain partners with French laboratories to create off-site material damage control lab

Saint-Gobain partners with French laboratories to create off-site material damage control lab

(IN BRIEF) Saint-Gobain, MATEIS and LAMCOS laboratories have partnered to establish a five-year off-site laboratory called MATILDE, which aims to control damage to inorganic materials in different environments. MATILDE will develop innovative strategies for identifying damage and designing materials and microstructures through a combination of skills in materials, shaping processes, microstructural characterization, and numerical simulation. The laboratory will contribute to developing more efficient materials that are sustainable and have a reduced carbon footprint in line with Saint-Gobain’s sustainable innovation strategy. The collaboration strengthens historical links and active cooperation between Saint-Gobain, INSA Lyon Foundation and CNRS, and aims to support the development of training programs in sustainable development, social responsibility, and digital technologies.

(PRESS RELEASE) COURBEVOIE, 21-Mar-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — The CNRS, INSA Lyon, Claude Bernard University of Lyon 1 (UCBL) and SaintGobain have joined forces to create MATILDE, the joint laboratory dedicated to the study of inorganic materials and their damage mechanisms in their use environment. The aim is to improve the service life of these materials and their carbon footprint. To meet this challenge, this off-site laboratory will bring together experts in materials science from academic and industrial research.

The MATEIS¹ (INSA Lyon/UCBL/CNRS) and LAMCOS² (INSA Lyon/CNRS) laboratories, and three Saint-Gobain research centers – Saint-Gobain Research Provence, Saint-Gobain Research Compiègne and Saint-Gobain Research Paris  are combining their expertise to create the joint off-site laboratory MATILDE, for inorganic materials: Innovative strategies to control the damage.

Set up for 5 years, MATILDE aims to learn how to control damage of the materials in different environments by developing advanced methods for identifying damage and innovative strategies for designing the material and its microstructure. Its originality lies in the combination of skills in materials, their shaping processes at the laboratory or industrial pilot scale, their microstructural characterization on the one hand, and skills in numerical simulation on the other.

“This collaboration with CNRS, INSA Lyon and UCBL will contribute to the development of more efficient materials, while reducing their carbon footprint and the use of the planet’s resources. It is therefore in line with Saint-Gobain’s sustainable innovation strategy,” said Anne Hardy, Saint-Gobain’s Director of Innovation.

This joint laboratory strengthens the historical links and cooperation already active between the partners. For example, Saint-Gobain, a sponsor of the INSA Lyon Foundation, is supporting the development of INSA Lyon’s training programs, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, social responsibility and digital technologies, as part of the “Materials for a Sustainable World” training chair. Saint-Gobain also has a number of active joint research structures with the CNRS, such as the CANOPEE laboratory created in 2020, which focuses on reducing the carbon footprint of high temperature manufacturing processes.

“The CNRS is proud to contribute alongside its partners to the creation of the MATILDE joint laboratory. This is an additional asset for providing answers to the ecological challenge. This partnership will also strengthen the strong and fruitful links on this subject with Saint-Gobain, leader in light and sustainable construction. MATILDE will provide a structuring and long-lasting collaboration framework to study the damage of inorganic materials and thus improve their service life”, declared Jean-Luc Moullet, Deputy Director General for Innovation, CNRS.

“This new joint laboratory with Saint Gobain will enable us to conduct long-term research, from upstream to applied work in response to scientific, societal and environmental challenges. Saint-Gobain can thus benefit from the scientific excellence of two internationally recognized laboratories in materials science and contact and structure mechanics, MATEIS UMR CNRS 5510 and LaMCoS UMR CNRS 5259.

This joint laboratory is completely in line with the institution’s strategy, within the Energy, Environmental, Ecological Transition and our research strategy which promotes a systemic approach to explore issues by combining the disciplinary skills of several laboratories”, said Marie-Christine Baietto, director of research and development at INSA Lyon.


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