Created on 1st January 2011, the Institute of Analytical Sciences (ISA) is one of the largest european centers of research, training and expertise in this field. Located close to the scientific campus of Doua (Lyon – Villeurbanne) within the « Cité Lyonnaise de l’Environnement et de l’Analyse » (CLEA), the ISA is a joint research unit (UMR 5280) affiliated to the CNRS (The National Center for Scientific Research), the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the Ecole Normale Superieure at Lyon (Higher Education School).
The institute brings together more than 200 scientists and technical staff with a range of expertise from theoretical chemistry through modelisation, biochemistry, analytical chemistry to physics. ISA has also a wide and cutting edge equipment even world-class instrumentation. (e.g. 1 GHz NMR spectrometer, National Research Infrastructure of High Fields NMR)
The Institute has set up its research activities into 5 Axis : Mass Spectrometry, Modeling & Applied Analysis,NMR Spectroscopy,Separative Sciences and Surfaces, (bio-)Interfaces, Micro/nanosystems. Research focuses on the development of new methods through continuing technological innovation for analysis of challenging systems across disciplines, with applications in bio-medicine, computational methods, environment, materials science and structural biology.
Its activites are driven both by fundamental objectives in analytical sciences and by interactions with the socio-economic environment at the local, national and international levels. The Institute has partnerships with both international research centres (e.g. MIT, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, International Agency for Research on Cancer) and national academic partners (e.g. within the LabexIMUST, IRCELyon, Institute of Light and Matter …) as well as industrial partners (Biomérieux, Bluestar, Sanofi, Solvay, Total ) and constructors (Agilent, Bruker, Waters…).
It is involved in competitiveness clusters (Axelera, LyonBioPole, TEchtera, Plastipolis …) and regional cluster (eg CLARA). Some scientists are expert in normalization committees at national and European level. Moreover the institute of Analytical sciences as a “hotel for project”, hosts a start-up ANAQUANT as well as the new metabolomics technical platform of BIOASTER, a Technological Research Institute.
The institute contributes also to academic undergraduate and post-graduate programs as well as continuing training. Academic staff is involved in several master programs and coordinates two of them (see the page Master and PhD training). It is also committed in a joint master degree Erasmus mundus EACH (Excellence in Analytical Chemistry) and the pNMR European Marie Curie Initial network is coordinated by ISA. Concerning vocational training, the Institute dispense several training actions in a wide range of analytical techniques (see the page continuing vocational training).