University of Bordeaux (UBx) is the third largest university in France, with over 52,000 students, including 2,000 PhD students, 8,000 foreign students, and nearly 3,000 academic and research staff. Most of its research labs are joint research units with national research organizations. Fifteen LIA (International Associated Laboratories) participations have been identified and eight are underway including one with the University of Kyoto in Chemistry/Material Science for September 2015.
UBx, labeled a “Campus of Excellence” by the French government in 2011, as such UBx and its partners were awarded significant funding to support their international profile and excellence, both in research and in education. This program, “IdEx Bordeaux”, offers numerous opportunities for international mobility (among them, a very attractive visiting scholars program that aims at fostering the development of international collaboration, particularly in the field of research). Chemistry is among the most active research communities of the Bordeaux campus, gathering ~400 faculty members, permanent and postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and engineers working on disciplines ranging from molecular, macromolecular, solid state and biological chemistry to soft condensed matter and materials sciences. Several example initiatives include The Advanced MAterials by Design Laboratory of Excellence – LabEx (AMADEus ANR-10-LABX-0042) is one of the programs of excellence supported by the French government in the field of chemistry. This LabEx has the ambition to become a worldwide-recognized major cluster in materials science, engineering and technology, carrying out scientific research and innovation at the interfaces of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. Materials are key components for the products manufactured by almost all industrial sectors. Thanks to highly experienced research teams offering a unique combination of scientific competences, the LabEx expects to achieve major breakthroughs in three main fields: (i) Organic electronics, in order to switch from silicon-based to organic semiconductors, which are much more flexible and can be formulated in the form of inks; (ii) Metamaterials, which are artificial composite materials with extraordinary electromagnetic and acoustic properties; and (iii) Bioactive materials, which may serve as matrices to conduct tissue regeneration, and to support cell transplantation in implants by means of tissue engineering. Bordeaux hosts an industrial chaired professorship Arkema, a leading French chemical company. It also maintains “ChemInnov”(http://enscbp.bordeaux-inp.fr/spip.php?rubrique63) a technology transfer platform, and “CANOE”( http://www.plateforme-canoe.com/where-we-are/) a scale-up facility. It should be noted that the massive 2011 government investment also brought renovated housing and now a tram system directly links the university with the historic old town. Bordeaux is a region of its own, world-renowned for wine, food, and the influence of the Atlantic and nearby England.