The objective of the international industrial research chair « Innovative Materials and Processes Accelerated through Computing Technologies » (or IMPACT) is the development of new generations of synthesis and processes along with the integration of advanced materials in industry. The IMPACT chair defines and coordinates itself through the growing significance of new “drivers” such as the participation of digital technologies into elaboration processes, an energy and environmental sobriety or the need for a circular economy that optimizes resources and substitutes strategic materials.
The IMPACT chair will focus first on the development of advanced thin film technologies (high power impulse magnetron sputtering, hybrid PVD/PECVD processes, atomic layer deposition). Regarding thick coatings, new highly generic processes will be investigated, like nano-powder suspension plasma spraying, cold spray and innovative laser cladding. Finally, the chair will promote a holistic approach for 3D additive manufacturing, from raw materials to the non-destructive testing of final components by mastering the entire digital chain of conception, fabrication and characterization.
Research activities will benefit from a dynamic environment committed to the training of a highly qualified staff. IMPACT is also designed to provide strong interaction with our partners and with the research community at national and international levels. The aim is to stimulate cross-talk between academic and industrial partners, thus generating synergies between different topics and communities.
Innovation must also be methodological, in particular with the aim of significantly reducing the time for developing new solutions. On the one hand, a major effort will be made, to develop artificial intelligence approaches for complex process optimization (thin films, additive manufacturing…). On the other hand, rapid screening tools for the elaboration and characterization of new complex materials will be promoted. All the emerging processes studied will be numerically modelled with an objective of robustness, reproducibility, optimization and ultimately scale-up. The development of an instrumentation dedicated to the real-time monitoring of the processes will also be supported within the framework of this chair. Lastly, particular attention will be given to the creation of databases and their formatting for their optimized use by design offices. Ultimately, the development of all these basic building blocks will allow the deployment of robotic autonomous synthesis machines.