As a science that transforms matter, chemistry plays a central role both in our daily lives and in the major challenges posed by the preservation of the environment. It is also involved in the development of products for other sectors including industrial, construction, agricultural, health,…
It helps to meet the needs for food, medicine, clothing, housing, energy and raw materials, transport and communications. It supplies components to physics, materials to industry, models and substrates to biology and pharmacology, properties and processes to science and engineering.

The chemical industry produces both raw materials in large quantities (heavy chemistry, basic chemistry) and highly developed substances (fine chemistry, medicinal chemistry).

Chemistry brings together a large number of different professions:

  • research and development to work in areas combining innovation, responsibility and discovery
  • production and manufacturing
  • quality, safety and nature protection
  • trade relations.

Recruitment in the chemical industries is carried out by a majority of SMEs (about 94%), and two thirds of the chemists hired are in diversified sectors: pharmaceuticals, oil, plastics, cosmetics, food processing, aeronautics, automotive, etc…


Business sectors

Chemistry is omnipresent in many sectors of industrial activity:

  • health and well-being: pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, diagnostics,…
  • energy: production, transformation and storage
  • agribusiness
  • paints, varnishes, dyes
  • materials: development and use
  • major intermediaries in the chemical industry
  • Environment (water and gas treatment, waste treatment, analysis…), life cycle of products and materials, from their design to their recycling.
  • quality, health and safety.
Our programmes
Chemical Sciences Responsable(s) du CMI : Hélène Carreyre / Gwendoline Lafaye Université de Poitiers
Chemistry Responsable(s) du CMI : Catherine Amiens Université de Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier