ISCR in a nutshell

The ISCR's ambition is to conduct top-level research in its core business: the design, synthesis and characterisation of molecules and functional materials. The areas of research cover a wide range of applications: health, materials, optics and telecommunications, energy and the environment, ...

Organisation chart

The Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (ISCR) is a joint Research Department (UMR: Unité Mixte de Recherche) associating the CNRS (INC et INSIS), The Université de Rennes, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR) and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes (INSA de Rennes).

This Institute, founded in January 1st, 2006, gathers together all the academic forces in chemistry from the Rennes site. At the beginning of 2023, it brings together more than 280 permanent people, including approximately 140 assistant-professors and professors, 60 CNRS researchers and 80 engineers and technicians, at the Rennes Beaulieu, Rennes Villejean and Lannion IUT sites, leading to an overall workforce of more than 500 people. Its organisation in eight research teams of various sizes along with two administrative and scientific technical departments, makes it possible to combine effectively the scientific advantages of a structure covering a wide disciplinary field combined with a management supportive of everyone.


Direction team

Administrative Assistant

Human Resources

Financial Management

Reception / Logistics


IT Department

Prevention & Safety


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Research in chemistry in Rennes is in line with the main orientations of the national research strategy, following five major axes associated with strong societal issues : (a) health & well-being, (b) sustainable chemistry and processes, (c) environment, energy, (d) optics and photonics, (e) electronics and molecular materials.

To carry out all of its work, ISCR benefits from a large number of chemical, physicochemical and physical skills and techniques, on its own platforms or on shared local platforms (Scanmat, Biosit, …)

In addition to its multidisciplinary nature, ISCR has also developed important partnerships at the Rennes site (IPR, IETR, FOTON, IGDR, OSUR, etc.) in France and with many colleagues worlwide. These strong and productive collaborations, recognized and supported by several LIA / UMI / GDRIs (USA, India, China, United Kingdom, Chile, Germany, Russia, Australia and Japan) have led to numerous structuring projects (ANR, FP7, H2020) within the French and international scientific community.

Industrial partnerships are also strongly present. An important part concerns fundamental, long-term or medium-term research with major French or foreign industrial groups, but also with small and medium-sized companies, in order to remove technological locks and thereby contribute to the development of the socio-economic network. ISCR valorizes its research through more than 20 patents per year. Moreover, ISCR also benefits from the contributions of local authorities (Rennes Métropole, Brittany Region) which make a major contribution to the attractiveness of the Institute.

With 17 years of existence, ISCR has become an essential actor on the international chemistry scene, thanks above all to the strong involvement of its staff and to all young researchers, doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who acquire at ISCR the scientific training necessary for future leaders, in this successful research / schooling / innovation triptych.

Find hereafter, the ISCR  in numbers for the year 2022 and for the period 2017-2021.