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) and the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1.
The institute brings together more than 120 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.
The Institute has set up its research activities into 3 Axis : Multidimensional approaches for complex samples, Surface and Miniaturisation for Analytical Research And Technology, Theoretical and experimental approaches for molecular interactions. Research focuses on the development of new methods through continuing technological innovation for analysis of challenging systems across disciplines, with applications for helath and the environment.
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. CSIC, International Agency for Research on Cancer) and national academic partners (e.g. within the LabexIMUST, Institute of Light and Matter, Irstea …) as well as industrial partners (Biomérieux, Bluestar, Sanofi…) and constructors (Agilent, Bruker, Waters…).
The institute 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 hosts 2 start-up ANAQUANT and OLISENS as well as a compagny CREALINS
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). Regarding vocational training, the Institute dispense several training actions in a wide range of analytical techniques (see the page continuing vocational training).