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IFS presentation

IFS is an organization which aims at increasing the public awareness about subcritical and supercritical fluids technologies.

Our organization provides support to companies and laboratories willing to acquire knowledge, test and use these technologies.
Our work is dedicated to providing solutions to a wide variety of questions arising from companies, laboratories, students and the Public.

  • Name : Supercritical Fluids Innovation
  • Satus : Organization
  • Date of creation : June 2006
  • Location : Headquarters Ecoparc Rovaltain, Valence, France
  • Founders : CEA , CCI of Drome, University of Montpellier II , National School of Chemistry of Montpellier, St Gobain CREE , Laboratoires Pierre Fabre, Separex
  • Chair : Dr. Stéphane SARRADE
  • Number of experts : 40
  • Mail : contact@supercriticalfluid.org
  • Distinguishing features :
    - Only French association bringing together actors from research, industry and training specialiezd in supercritical and subcritical fluids
    - Thematic Partner Cluster Trimatec


IFS actions

  • Supporting companies and laboratories

IFS and its network of experts will guide companies and laboratories at different levels of their projects (information, training, feasibility studies, pilot scale).
IFS offers various training to help discover, use and develop supercritical fluids technologies.

  • Assistance to students

IFS assist students in their academic project by providing appropriate and specialized training on supercritical fluid technologies.

  • Coordination of the network of experts

IFS offers collective actions to experts in the field of subrcritical and supercritical fluids, including the promotion of the technology to different audiences and international study missions.

A network of French and international experts

IFS brings together forty members who form the wide majority of the supercritical fluids French community. Our members are well-established companies and laboratories worth of several years of research and engineering experience in subcritical and supercritical fluids technologies as well as newly established companies in the field.

Supercritical Fluids Innovation (IFS) is now the only French association that brings together companies and researchers specialized in the field of subcritical and supercritical fluids.


A network of experts covering the whole range of the value chain (researchers, engineers, equipment manufacturers, gas suppliers, technology users).

  • Atelier Fluides Supercritiques
  • Dense Fluid Degreasing
  • Diam Bouchage
  • Laboratoire Pierre Fabre
  • Maximator
  • Top Industrie
  • Hitex
  • Stanipharm
  • SFE Process
  • Keey Aerogel

Training and Research Centers

A network of research centers covering the wide variety of supercritical fluids processes.

  • CEA : Atomic Energy Comission / Le Ripault, Grenoble, Marcoule
  • Mines ParisTech - Sophia Antipolis
  • Laboratoire de génie chimique - Toulouse
  • CNRS
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier
  • Université Montpellier II
  • Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier
  • Institut Européen des Membranes
  • Ecole des Mines d'Albi
  • Université Aix Marseille
  • Laboratoire de Mécanique, Modélisation et Procédés Propres :
    - équipe procédés et fluides supercritiques
    - équipe traitement des eaux et des déchets
  • Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés - Nancy

Technological platforms

A network of technological platforms are available, upon request, to perform laboratory and pilot scale tests in the field of subcritical and supercritical fluids (proof of concept, scale-up validation).

  • Extralians (natural products)
  • Laboratoire Pierre Fabre (cosmetics and pharmaceuticals)
  • Laboratoire Génie Chimique de Toulouse - CRITT Génie des Procédés
  • Stanipharm (cosmétiques et pharmaceutiques)


  • CCI of Drome (Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

IFS partners abroad

IFS has a broad and dynamic international outreach through strong partnerships and collaboration with companies and laboratories working within the field of subcritical and supercritical fluids.

Our international network covers a dozen countries and gathers forty experts worldwide.

IFS is also strongly involved with the International Association of subcritical and supercritical fluids (ISASF), which one of the main tasks is to organize international scientific congresses.

  • Europe

IFS is connected with most European key players in the field (England, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Czechoslovakia ... )

  • China

IFS has a (five years) partnership with a group of Chinese research centers working on subcritical and supercritical fluids.

This group, led by the Division of Supercritical Fluids Technology of the Institute of Chemical and Engineering of China also includes Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, the Chinese Academy Sciences-Beijing, East China University of Science & Technology Tianjin University ...

  • Japan

IFS has a (two years) partnership with a group of Japanese research centers and companies working on subcritical ans supercritical fluids. This group run by Tohoku University and the Study Group for Sustainable Technology also includes AIST, Kumamoto University, Tskuba center ..

  • Canada

IFS is a founding member of a Franco - Québecois network dedicated to eco-processes and composed of several Québecois technical centers (CTTEI , CEPROCQ ITEGA and CNETE) and French actors (competitiveness cluster Trimatec , Algasud network , French Membrane Club, IFS).

  • USA

IFS has a representative in the USA in the person of Dr. Jerry King (professor emeritus of the university Arkansas, active member of American Chemical Society).

  • South Korea

IFS signed a partnership agreement with the university of Seoul through professor Youn-Woo Lee (Seoul National University).

IFS is opened to new partnerships worldwide !