Institute Carnot PolyNat

High-added Value for, innovative, functional, bio-sourced and flexible Materials

Five Grenoble research centers are involved in institute Carnot PolyNat, dedicated to the eco-production of high-added-value functional biosourced materials. PolyNat obtained the Carnot Label of Excellence at the end of April 2011 for the period 2011-2015.

The Polynat institute focuses on the elaboration and the production of use of high-added value, functional materials, either hybrid” (partly issued from fossil and natural resources), or totally “biosourced”, by taking advantage of the self-assembly of elementary bricks constituting the plant material (glycopolymers, nanocrystals, cellulose fibres), at micro and nano scales.

10 M€ Partnership research
15 M€ Consolidated budget
278 Researchers, Engineers, Post-doc (including 74 PhD students)
302 Patents / 142 Publications ranked A

Success Story

Hydrophobic, entirely recyclable papers and boards

The market of good packaging and conditioning is booming in the sector of the food-processing industry. It amounts to 120 million-tonnes and the financial turnover is to tune of € 200 billon.


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June 13th to 16th, 2016 Grenoble - World Trade Center
TAPPI 2016 - International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials
TAPPI’s International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials has been held the preeminent conference on nanotechnology as it relates to renewable materials.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016
A unique opportunity to share experience and outlook of industrialists and researchers on biomaterials for the future
Monday, November 9, 2015
The 2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize co-awarded to Yoshiharu Nishiyama
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The 2015 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is being awarded to a group of researchers from Japan and France for their development of an energy-efficient method to produce nanofibrillated cellulose.