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The French-German Research institute Saint-Louis (ISL) presents its latest innovations at the SOFINS Special Forces Fair in Bordeaux


The French-German Research institute Saint-Louis (ISL) presents its latest innovations at the SOFINS Special Forces Fair in Bordeaux

The SOFINS fair, a innovation networking congress and fair of special forces will be held from 14 to 16 April 2015 in Bordeaux.

Static and dynamic demonstration will be made of:

A bio inspired autonomous surveillance camera based on artificial intelligence (B-Saved) A gun launched observation micro drone (GLMAV) Novel advanced protection materials Restitution of spatial hearing in a headset (3D Audio device) A portable, eye-safe laser imaging system (PELIS)

Some words about SOFINS

SOFINS is the acronym for “Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar”  and has been created by the special forces commandment. It is a unique concept meant to foster the synergies between French and International special forces units, industry, small and medium enterprises and research institutions in order to offer best equipment to special forces.

SOFINS will be held from April 14 to 16, 2015 on the “Camp de Souge” in Martignas near Bordeaux.


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Annual Report 2014


The new scientific annual report 2014 has been published recently.
In  2014, ISL celebrated 55 years of French-German research for security and defense. 55 years young  - with a strong strategic approach, a rejuvenated  research staff and a research portfolio setting its priorities to national requirements in France and Germany.

ISL research has been streamlined and  its organizational structure concentrates on four core areas:

Energetic and advanced protective materials, Flight techniques for projectiles, Laser and electromagnetic technologies, Protection technologies, security and situational awareness.

Beyond thematic focuses, multidisciplinary and synergetic, cross-cutting approaches are highly fostered and benefit from the variety of scientific disciplines co-localized at ISL.

ISL Annual Report 2014


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Sulfates to produce non-toxic “green” energetic materials


Angewandte Chemie, the most prestigious international journal on experimental chemistry just published an online article entitled “Sulfates-based nanothermites: an expanding horizon for metastable interstitial composites” resulting from research work about the use of sulfates as oxidising substances in nanothermites made by Dr. Marc COMET and his team of the NS3E laboratory.

Sulfates are very common substances we are often facing and using in our daily lives.  Sodium sulfate is the basic component of the most washing powders.  Magnesium sulfate has many medical indications as a magnesium source. Calcium sulfate, better known as plaster, composes or covers most of the interior walls in our homes.  The active substance of the “Bordeaux mixture”, copper sulfate, a plant protection product, is used as horticultural fungicide and antibacterial agent. Alum stone used as deodorant is a potassium aluminium sulfate.  The electrolyte in automotive batteries is sulfuric acid which sometimes corrodes the terminals (sulfation) with a formation of lead sulfate. Aluminium sulfate is used as flocculant agent for colloids used for the purification of drinking water as well as mordanting substance to guarantee a permanent dye fixing on cloths. 

The sulfate anion comprises one sulfur atom bonded to four oxygen atoms (SO42-). This ion is not toxic:...

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The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis is a binational research institute established by the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the basis of a treaty signed in 1958. The core mission of ISL is: "Research, scientific studies and basic predevelopment in the field of defense and security.

The classical working areas of ISL include: laser-matter interaction, laser development, detonics, perforation, protection, ballistics, the environment and protection of the soldier, acoustics, power electronics, high-power microwaves, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, optronics, sensors.

ISL has reinforced its activities on issues of civil security and countermeasures against terrorism encountered both at home and during overseas military operations.

The institute is situated in Southern Alsace near the German and Swiss borders.

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