601 CNRS researchers have obtained a European Research Council (ERC) grant since 2007. This enables them to conduct exploratory research of their choice over a five-year period - all of which in exceptional conditions!

Costantino Creton
From Chemical Bond Forces and Breakage to Macroscopic Fracture of Soft Materials
Synthetic Chemistry and Materials (PE5)
Sciences et Ingenierie de la Matière Molle (SIMM)
Institute of Chemistry
“With this grant I can conduct a truly interdisciplinary project.”
More than just obtaining a grant, it is important for me to be able to choose the subject I work on. My idea is to transpose the methods used in biology to materials chemistry. Certain molecules emit light when they are broken down or subjected to a force: we will use them for the first time as markers in resistance tests. By uniting four disciplines — chemistry, physics, biology and materials engineering — we can apply sophisticated optical methods to novel materials developed and synthesized by our team. The combination is highly innovative and very promising! As project leader, I correlate all the results produced, which is highly stimulating in a field that tends towards hyper-specialization. With this ERC grant I can conduct a truly interdisciplinary project, which is not always easy. Interdisciplinary work means being willing to learn from those around you!

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