The IPANEMA research platform (European institute for the non-destructive photonic analysis of ancient materials) is dedicated to the advanced study of archeological and palaeontological materials, and materials from ancient environments and cultural heritage. It was inaugurated in September 2013 at SOLEIL, the French national synchrotron facility. The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle is one of its leading national partners.


IPANEMA is a joint CNRS / Ministry of Culture and Communication research centre. This laboratory develops advanced methods for characterising materials from archeology, palaeo-environments, palaeontology and cultural heritage. It also supports synchrotron research with external users hosted on the platform. In order to do so, IPANEMA develops and provides a set of techniques for preparing the samples, studying artefacts and samples and statistically analysing the data records collected.

The IPANEMA infrastructure has been built by the Île-de-France Region and its initial equipment financed by the French state within the framework of the CPER 2007-2013 (State region project contract).

A few figures (2012)

IPANEMA is a centre which is currently being ramped up:

  • 4 permanent scientists and engineers (CNRS: 2, SOLEIL: 2)
  • 4 PhD students
  • hosted projects scheduled to open Q1 2014
  • 52 projects supported since SOLEIL opened, including 20 in 2012, notably in our preparation laboratory

To find out more about IPANEMA: ipanema.cnrs.fr