Engineering solutions for the 21st century's increasingly complex challenges

In the last 30 years there has been an extraordinary increase in simulation and modeling tools used by design engineers, decision makers and public services.


Research in mechanical and process engineering has provided a significant contribution to progress in these areas.


Today's scientific and technological challenges arise from new issues:


sustainable development, alternative resource management, green technologies, environmental impact, risk management, health care...

The aim of Tec 21 Laboratory of Excellence is that our research contributes to developing new engineering solutions for today’s increasingly complex challenges through

  • gathering new knowledge and understanding, developing new concepts and methods, and improving measurement as well as simulation capabilities...
  • giving rise to educational multidisciplinary programs providing practical experience. 
  • working towards solutions having direct industrial and environmental applications.

Liquid micro-motors: the power of non-muscular cells

By coupling experimental and numerical approaches, researchers from the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Physics and their colleagues from Paris have recently elucidated the mechanisms by which a cell adapts its shape and regulates its traction forces to a substrate's stiffness (read more).

Image caption: Transmission microscopy image of a single cell adhering between two parallel microplates. The upper microplate is used as a nanonewton meter to measure the cell’s traction.

PI: Jocelyn Etienne

Ref: Etienne et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 17 February 2015 early edition

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Credit: Laboratoire MSC, Université Paris Diderot
Credit: Laboratoire MSC, Université Paris Diderot

Tec 21 is a "Laboratoire d'Excellence" co-financed by the French Governement as part of its "Investissements d'avenir" program

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Industrial PhD project
The IFPEN and the LGP2 are looking for candidates on their joint PhD Project in chemical engineering (view job description)

Job positions
10 new PhD and Post-doc positions are now open further to Tec21's 2014 call for research proposals (view all)

ERC Grant
Nicolas Mordant was awarded a Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to pursue his “WATU” research program about Wave Turbulence (read more)

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Fluid-structure interactions in cavitation erosion
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