If you want to do a PhD in one of ENSTA Paris's research departments, please contact:

Patrick Massin
Dean for education and research
patrick.massin [at] (E-mail)
+33 (0)1 81 87 19 00

Research at ENSTA Paris

ENSTA Paris has six academic departments which conduct applied research in close collaboration with industry, as well as fundamental research in certain instances. The wide variety of topics covered reflects the broad array of specialities proposed in education. Indeed, the research staff is deeply involved in education, and the laboratories are the physical aspect of 'education and research departments' (UER - Unités d'enseignement et de recherche). Strong and often institutional ties with other French research institutions (CNRS, INRIA, Ecole Polytechnique, etc.), and with foreign partners, enable ENSTA Paris's research staff to operate in the framework of larger units having a strong international status.

The departments' research topics

  • The Chemistry and Processes Unit (UCP)

The Chemistry and Processes Unit (UCP) is split into two main topics. The process engineering team enjoys an excellent reputation in the field of complex fluid thermodynamics, for which the main areas of application are the oil and agro industries, process security, resolving environmental problems and energy savings. The organic chemistry team has acquired an excellent reputation in heterocyclic chemistry and is currently developing skills in the field of organometallic chemistry.

Chemistry and Processes UER website

  • The Electronics-IT-robotics Unit (U2IS)

The Electronics-IT Unit (U2IS) carries out applied research into algorithms-architecture combinations for ultra-portable opto-electronic systems, joint software-hardware design for information processing architectures and multi-sensor antennas, signal propagation and processing for high-speed mobile radiocommunications.

Electronics-IT-robotics UER website

  • The Applied Mathematics Unit (UMA)

The Applied Mathematics Unit (UMA) develops skills in the following fields: modelling and simulation of propagation phenomena, systems optimisation and control, cryptography and coding, numerical simulation.

Applied Mathematics UER website

  • The Mechanics Unit (UME)

The Mechanics Unit (UME) works in particular on acoustics, on fluid-structure interactions, on non-linear vibrations, automotive mechanics, shape memory materials, oceanography and geophysical fluids.

Mechanics UER website

  • The Applied Optics Unit (UOA)

The Applied Optics Unit (UOA) is one of the world leaders in the field of ultra-short and ultra-intense pulsed lasers and their applications. It is heavily involved in European contracts. Major developments are underway involving new projects (ultra-high intensity, sources for cancer radiotherapy using protons, and extreme ultraviolet lithography).

Applied Optics UER website

  • The Applied Economics Unit

The Applied Economics Unit and its researchers are involved in the economic training of the students at ENSTA Paris. The units carries out research into industrial and public economy. The unit has partnership with the centre d'économie de la Sorbonne of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.