SimatLab, the research laboratory for modeling future materials, is accelerating its development


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Clermont-Ferrand, October 27, 2021

SimatLab, the research laboratory for modeling future materials, is

accelerates its development

  • SimatLab, a Public-private research laboratory, the Michelin and the Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand. united [Clermont-Ferrand Chemical Institute] (ICCF) *; renews its research on modeling future materials for 4 years;
  • New partners to strengthen innovative strength;
  • The research lines were extended to the areas of medicine and hydrogen.

The public-private research laboratory Simatlab, founded in 2017 by the Michelin Group and the Clermont-Ferrand Chemical Institute (ICCF), is renewing its work on modeling future materials for another four years. In addition, the laboratory is accelerating its development by bringing in new partners and expanding its research areas to include medicine and hydrogen.

The CHU de Clermont-Ferrand [University Hospital] becomes the laboratory’s new academic partner alongside a new multidisciplinary team of chemists, physicists, pharmacists and mathematicians.

SimatLab is also implementing a new pilot structure to accept associate members outside of the academic world. This facility will make it possible to work on ad hoc research topics supported by industrial third parties (SMEs or large groups). This unique structure will increase the research capacity of the laboratory by allowing cross-fertilization of topics and allowing future partners to be identified.

Finally, Simatlab is developing new lines of work in the fields of medicine and hydrogen. Systems in the first area are complex because they are made up of large molecules that are difficult to simulate. As with fuel cells, the materials are made up of molecules that play both a mechanical and a chemical role in converting hydrogen into electricity. The research challenges are great and the advances made will fuel the central issues of mobility and personal wellbeing in the future.

This joint laboratory models future materials around three main lines of research:

  • a physical and digital approach to the scale change between that of a molecule (1 nanometer) and that of continuum mechanics (1 micrometer);
  • Use of simulations to support the development of innovative materials;
  • joint use of the simulation results and experimental data to validate the approaches and enrich them with artificial intelligence.

“For Michelin, the work in the joint SimatLab laboratory is at the heart of the Group’s“ All Sustainable ”strategy. Future materials, medicine and hydrogen mobility are part of five areas in which Michelin has a strong will to develop, all around and beyond the tire. Open innovation and the arrival of new stakeholders will enable the group to find the skills the group needs to make their own Achieving ambitions and mastering the challenges it has set itself for 2050. After all, this partnership shows once again the roots and commitment of our company in the region “, explains Christophe Moriceau, Advanced Research Director of the Michelin Group.

For the Université Clermont Auvergne, the research carried out in the SimatLab enables the development of robust and predictive molecular simulation methods that can be tested directly in industry on a practical level. The opening up to other disciplines and to the corporate consortium will make it possible to unite around the multiscale simulation of polymers and promote interdisciplinary studies, while at the same time increasing the attraction of the location in Clermont together with a large industrial group.

“The renewal of the joint SimatLab laboratory and the expansion of the topics to be addressed there are embedded in the CNRS’s mission to make a contribution to national economic and industrial development by promoting exchange between the research world and industry. This collaboration around SimatLab, which focuses on the simulation of polymers, is part of a broader collaboration with the Michelin group, which promotes the diversity of capabilities, particularly those related to environmental change, concrete applications, the stability of the in the Laboratories developed methodologies and thus the promotion of research with a high industrial yield “, explained Jean-LucMoullet, Associate CEO for Innovation at CNRS [French National Center for Scientific Research].

“The University Hospital, which has invested heavily in the organization of treatment channels and the management of medical resources in the Auvergne region, is pleased to join the SimatLab joint laboratory. Thanks to its innovative approach to simulating materials, this partnership is a real accelerator for research on medical devices. It is a common and virtuous project that will play an important role in the treatment of patients by being involved in the development of future medical devices. This scientific goal is based on the principles of discussion, the search for synergies and the highlighting of specific advantages will also enable the development of research on the sustainability and biocompatibility of the materials. ” analyzed Valérie Sautou, Vice-Chairwoman of the Clinical Research and Innovation Delegation at the University Hospital.

* The ICCF is a laboratory of the Université Clermont Auvergne and the CNRS

SimatLab in numbers

Construction year: 2017

Partner: Michelin, Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), CNRS, CHU Clermont-Ferrand, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF), SIGMA Clermont


  • 12 permanent researchers (6 Michelin, 3 UCA, 2 CHU and 1 CNRS)
  • 9 Temporary researchers (4 dissertations, 2 of which are CIFRE, 3 habilitations, 1 CHU

Internship and 1 CNRS tenure track)

Budget: EUR 2.6 million (2017-2021) and EUR 3.8 million (2022-2025)

Notable facts:

  • 7 publications in magazines of the reading committee and 5 in submission.
  • 3 calculation codes transmitted to Michelin engineers
  • 6 new analysis methods
  • Organization of a conference at the European Center for Atomic and Molecular Calculations, planned for June 2022
  • Contribution to international conferences
  • Several actions to popularize science: Science Day, Nuées ardentes, etc.

About Michelin

Michelin’s aim is to improve the mobility of its customers in the long term. As the market leader in the mobility sector, Michelin develops, manufactures and sells the tires that best suit their needs and applications, as well as services and solutions to improve transport efficiency. Michelin also has offers that enable its customers to enjoy unique moments while traveling. Michelin also develops high-tech equipment for several areas. Michelin, based in Clermont-Ferrand, is present in 170 countries, employs 123,600 people and operates 71 tire factories, which together produced around 170 million tires in 2020. (

About the Université Clermont Auvergne

The Université Clermont Auvergne is a multidisciplinary university that is anchored in its region and open to the world. With a rich history and diversity, the UCA has positioned itself as a major player in the Auvergne region with regional, national and international influence.

Public Expérimental Establishment. excellent [Experimental Public Establishment] January 2021, the UCA offers a multidisciplinary, international and varied range of courses that make it possible to master economic and social challenges and to support students in achieving their goals.

The I-Site label received in February 2017 the cap 20-25Project UCA puts nationally and internationally on the map of further education and research excellence. Double degrees (48 in 2020), international masters, mobility aids for entry and exit, excellence grants, etc. – a wide range of initiatives to open up our students and our region to the world. From a research and innovation perspective, the UCAs are LID 20-25Projectsupports in particular the mobility of university lecturers and researchers, doctoral students and employees, the accommodation of internationally renowned visiting professors, the establishment of summer schools and even the organization of conferences on an international scale.

Via the CNRS

The National Center for Scientific Research is one of the most important research institutions in the world. In order to master the great challenges of the present and the future, his scientists research life, matter, the universe and the functioning of human societies. Internationally recognized for the excellence of its scientific work, the CNRS is as much a reference in the world of research and development as it is for the general public.

About the CHU Clermont-Ferrand

The Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital shines in its triple mission: treatment, research and teaching. Its fundamental, complementary and inseparable objectives are to promote the quality and safety of treatments, avoid risks and pursue an ethical and deontological approach while respecting the principles of laypeople within the CHU. With over 8,000 agents, CHU Clermont Ferrand is the 2ndnd largest employer in the former Auvergne and the public employer No.

As the reference health facility in the west of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the CHU has been appointed coordinator for the member facilities of the “Regions of Auvergne” hospital association. (

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