The Laboratoire d'Innovation Moléculaire et Applications (LIMA) is a joint research unit (UMR 7042) dedicated to molecular chemistry and associating 3 supervisory bodies

LIMA officially came into being on January 1, 2018. Today, it is the largest laboratory dedicated to molecular chemistry in Alsace. The Laboratoire d'Innovation Moléculaire et Applications (LIMA) is the result of the merger of the Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire (UMR 7509-LCM - Strasbourg) and the Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Bioorganique (EA 4566-COB - Mulhouse).


The laboratory is affiliated with two Alsatian chemical engineering schools:

Against a backdrop of regional policy aimed at excellence, Unistra, CNRS and UHA have given the highest priority to structuring organic chemistry around LIMA to ensure high visibility on the Alsace site.


LIMA's overall scientific objective is to develop innovative methods in molecular chemistry in 3 areas:

  1. Exploratory research in synthetic organic chemistry: catalysis, organometallic chemistry, heteroelement chemistry (F, P, S, N, Si), heterocyclic chemistry, radical chemistry, redox chemistry, chemistry of hypervalent compounds, glycochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, physical chemistry.

  2. Exploratory research in biological chemistry: multivalence, enzymology, chemical tools for in situ photolabeling of target proteins, imaging, click chemistry, proteomics and metabolomics.

  3. Life Science applications: phytosanitary applications, medicinal chemistry, mechanisms of action of biological processes, natural substances, from isolation to total synthesis, design of molecular and supramolecular probes.


UMR 7042 represents the molecular chemistry research activities of ECPM and ENSCMu, playing an important role in the training of future chemical industry executives. LIMA is committed to supporting the emergence of new themes, prioritizing fundamental research and stimulating interaction with the socio-economic environment.

The LIMA tritutelle laboratory aims to fit in perfectly with the Rhineland landscape, aiming to raise the national and international profile of molecular chemistry on the French side.