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Research and teaching centre
environmental geosciences
Research and teaching centre
environmental geosciences

CIRENE Applications

Exposure to emerging pollutants

For more than 10 years, we have been developing aquatic mesocosms dedicated to the assessment of environmental risks associated with (nano)materials at different stages of their life cycle. This robust experimental approach has found recognition at the European level and is included in the European Commission's list of pre-regulatory "Standard Operational Procedures" published in 2017.

These mesocosm experiments are becoming increasingly popular with (i) the international scientific community working on environmental nano-safety and (ii) industrialists concerned with developing safer and more sustainable nano-products for our environment.

Assessment of environmental risks associated with mining activity

Fine characterisation of mine tailings and estimation of the potential for recovery from various secondary sources

Extraction of critical metals by bio-inspired techniques

Reuse of treated wastewater 

Development of clean processes, with a small environmental footprint, in the field of effluent and residue treatment (bioreactors), but also of membrane separations. Development of processes adapted to southern countries with the use of local materials.

Aging and weathering of materials

Testing behaviour over time: ageing, weathering, release of material components, nanomaterials and waste.