The IPANEMA research platform (European Photonic Institute for Non-destructive Analysis of Ancient Materials) is dedicated to the advanced study of materials in archaeology, palaeontology, ancient environments and cultural heritage. It was inaugurated in September 2013 at the SOLEIL synchrotron. The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle is one of the leading national partners.

IPANEMA is a joint CNRS/Ministry of Culture and Communication unit. This laboratory develops advanced methods for characterising materials from archaeology, palaeoenvironments, palaeontology and cultural heritage. It also supports synchrotron research with external users hosted on the platform. To this end, IPANEMA develops and provides a set of techniques for preparing samples, studying artefacts and samples, and statistically analysing the data sets collected.

IPANEMA's infrastructure is built by the Île-de-France Region and its initial equipment is financed by the French State within the framework of the CPER 2007-2013.

A few figures (2012)

IPANEMA is a unit in the process of being built up:

  • 4 permanent scientists and engineers (CNRS: 2, SOLEIL: 2)
  • 4 PhD students
  • opening of hosted projects planned for Q1 2014
  • 52 projects supported since the opening of SOLEIL including 20 in 2012, notably in our preparation laboratory

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