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As part of its development strategy, the French government has been implemented from 2010, several types of calls for proposals for research as part of a vast investment plan for the future (PIA). One of these calls for proposals concerns “LABoratories of EXcellence” also called “LABEX”. The objective is to support strong themes of the territory with international visibility and to allocate additional resources to the laboratories that develop them in order to place them in a position of international leadership. A LABEX project must carry out an integrated research and valorization policy at a high level.

LABEX ∑-LIM laboratories


The Institute of Research on Ceramics (IRCER, UMR7315 CNRS/University of Limoges), carries out innovation research in the development of highly technical and innovative ceramics and processing which answer the new challenges of industry and society (environment and energy, ICT, health, eco-materials…).

  • IRCER houses in a single building of 8200 m2, called the “European Ceramic Center”, with 200 members of the laboratory specialized in chemistry, physics and mechanics of ceramic based materials, physics of plasma processing.
  • IRCER benefits from a platform of state of the art equipment dedicated to the physical and chemical characterization of materials. (CARMALIM).


XLIM (UMR 7252 CNRS/ University of Limoges / University of Poitiers) is located on 5 geographical sites in Limoges, Brive, Poitiers and Angoulême. XLIM is a multidisciplinary research institute which brings together more than 470 people.

  • The main research activities are focused on electronics and microwaves, photonics, mathematics, computer sciences and image processing, and also internal interdisciplinary programs.
  • In addition, two platforms are available for internal research: PLATINOM on microwave and photonics instrumentation and characterization and PREMISS on tools for modelling and simulation of systems.