Design, synthesize new compounds, format and characterize materials to discover, master and optimize specific functions…

Mario Maglione has been Director of the Institute since August 2, 2012. Formerly Deputy Director of the Institute, he succeeded Claude Delmas who is continuing his research work at the Institute as Emeritus Research Director. The executive team is completed by deputy directors, Jean-Marc Heintz and Aline Rougier, and an administrative manager, Michel Ménétrier.

CV briefly …
After a thesis at IBM Zurich in 1987, Mario Maglione joined the CNRS in 1988 as a Senior Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Physics of the University of Burgundy, Dijon. In 2000, he moved to the ICMCB as leader of the group “Ferroelectricity” team following the retirement of John Ravez.
From a background as Physicist and specialist in bulk ferroelectric materials, his research activities have recently evolved towards other morphologies such as composite thin films and nanoparticles, mainly due to strong interactions with materials chemists at the ICMCB.

Message from the Director
The Institute for Solid State Chemistry Bordeaux (French: Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux, ICMCB) was founded in 1995. It is part of the CNRS, but is associated with the Science and Technology Department of University of Bordeaux, and also maintains close links with the local engineering school Polytechnical Institute of Bordeaux (IPB) and the technical college Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT, now part of Université de Bordeaux).
The ICMCB focuses on three research areas: Solid State Chemistry, Materials Science and Molecular Science.This complementary combination, and the resulting synergies, has contributed to the national and international reputation of the ICMCB in Materials Research.
Furthermore, the ICMCB associates even its fundamental research activities to potential or existing applications. Our interest is not limited to ideal materials and their intrinsic properties, but specifically includes interfaces, surfaces and composites. An important role in this aspect plays our activities in nano-materials and meta-materials. Research also covers all length scales from atomic clusters over nano-particles to macroscopic bulk ceramics and single crystals.
In order to cover its wide field of materials research, the ICMCB has at its disposal all important techniques for chemical and physical characterisation of materials. Computer simulation has also become an important part of our research effort in recent years.
Due to the interdisciplinary character of our research, we have developed numerous collaborations with physicists, geologists, biochemists and medical scientists, both national and international.
Our industrial partnership is also strongly developed. In collaboration with a number of large French and international companies, we search for new materials, or optimize existing ones, for current and future applications.
We also cooperate with many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), typically in application related projects which aim to enable new technologies. Most of our SME partners come from the Aquitaine Region of France, and the ICMCB has succeeded in the creation of a number of start-up companies.
Successful research depends on experience and know-how, but also on creativity and enthusiasm. The ICMCB thus aims to maintain a blend of experienced and young researchers. Education of young scientists for academic and industrial research remains one of our central activities. Producing graduates of the highest quality especially for industry is an essential contribution to a modern knowledge-based society. As a consequence of its wide-ranging activities in materials research and education, the ICMCB is an active partner of several networks in the Aquitaine Region and on a European level. The ICMCB is an important contributor to the strategic goal of the Aquitaine Region which aims to become an excellence cluster in Materials Research.

Mario Maglione (Director ICMCB)