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The Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (LCMCP) is a mixed unit between the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and the CNRS, with 49 permanent scientific staff, 16 engineer/technical/administrative staff and 25 PhD/postdoctoral students (in 2007). The LCMCP depends on the UMPC, CNRS, ENSCP, Collège de France and Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). Since 2005, it is directed by Dr Clément Sanchez, Research Director at the CNRS.

The research activity of the LCMCP mainly focuses on the use of the inorganic sol-gel technology to synthesize oxide materials from solution, with the aim of controlling the whole synthesis-shape-nano/microstructure-properties process. This activity is organized following 5 main topics: hybrid materials and inorganic nanomaterials; materials, biology and biomedical applications; magnetic and optic resonances in solids; Materials for optics and applications; materials for energy and environment. These topics are conjointly developed by 7 research groups. In the 2003-2007 period LCMCP researchers published 583 SCI-included papers (53 % with impact factor > 2), 20 book chapters, filed 28 patents and gave 166 invited international conferences.