CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux energies alternatives) is a French public research organisation, which is a key player in research, development and innovation and employs more than 16000 people in nine centres spread throughout France. Its mission is to develop knowledge, knowhow and to ensure technology transfer in a large variety of civil and defence industrial applications, such as in the areas of nuclear and low carbon energies, defence and security, biotechnology, technologies for health, environmental protection, microelectronics and optoelectronics. In 2017, Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate identified CEA as the most innovative public research organization in Europe. The Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (IRIG) is part of the Fundamental Research Division of CEA. It conducts research in biology, health, nanosciences, new technologies for energy and the environment and cryotechnologies, with a strong expertise in nanomaterial production, characterization and safety assessment.
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