Groupe de Physique des Matériaux

Laboratory Director: Philippe PAREIGE


Laboratory presentation:

The laboratory "Groupe de Physique des Matériaux GPM)" is joint research unit (UMR 6634) between CNRS (link is external), l'Université de Rouen and l'INSA de Rouen (link is external). At the CNRS, it belongs to the physic's institute (INP) and seconderaly at the Engineering and Systems Sciences Institut (INSIS).

The laboratory (4 500m²) is located in the premises of the Faculté des Sciences de l'Université de Rouen (4 000 m²) and the INSA de Rouen (500 m²), in the campus of Technopôle du Madrillet, south Rouen.

The laboratory gathers 130 people (55 researchers and professors, 20 engineers, technicians and Administrative,40 postgraduates and 15 postdocs, visiting researchers and bachelor degree /master degree trainees.) The laboratory is internationally recongnized for its works on three themes:

  • Scientific instrumentation: the atom under intense radiation and field
  • Science and Mechanics of metals and alloys: the atomic structure
  • Nanostructures of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: from the atom to the function

To these themes adds emerging NanoCare work at the interface between physics and biology (characterization of nanoparticles and their impacts on health and the environment) and the activities of the laboratory LECAP, centered on the study relaxations and dynamic cooperatives in macromolecular complex materials. A merger between the two GPM laboratory and LECAP envisaged in 2017.

GPM laboratory website


The GENESIS project is initiate by the GPM laboratory as part of the Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir Equipex, funded by the ANR. 

This project is coordinated and administrated by the Université de Rouen, one of the guardianship of the GPM laboratory, and especially by the GPM Director: Philippe PAREIGE.

The GENESIS project of Rouen has benefited of a real support from the Région Haute Normandie, the CREA, the Université de Rouen and LABEX EMC3, controlled by the CNRS, and of course the ANR (Projet d'Investissement d'Avenir-EQUIPEX).


  • A real-estate project

Construction works started at the end of September 2014. The construction of the extension of the laboratory (GENESIS building) was completed on July 2015. November 2, 2015 was marked by a press release, with the visit of the GENESIS platform building from Pierre-Henry MACCIONI prefect of the région Haute Normandie, Nicolas MAYER-ROSSIGNOL, Président of the région Haute Normandie, Cafer ÖZKUL, Président of the Université de Rouen and professor and director of the GPM Philippe PAREIGE. This day was covered by a press visit.

The inauguration of the building will take place on July 2016.

  • An instrumental platform

GENESIS is elaborate as a real instrumental platform for nanoanalysis effects of radiation in materials, open to national and international collaborations.

The instruments that compose the GENESIS plateform at the GPM are: the Scanning electron microscope (SEM), the Transmission Electron Microscope, Atom Probe Tomography

Staff list working on the GENESIS platform