CYCLANN : presentation

Research at EME Unilasalle

The ambition of R&D is to lend the expertise of our researchers to innovative industries.
Our research team is young. It was formed in 2007, following the academic recognition of EME Unilasalle, with the aim to strengthen the school in its public service missions, to attract stakeholders : students, research organizations, institutions supporting research and of course innovative companies. It was reorganized in 2016 as the CYCLANN group.


Collaborative Industrial Research is at the core our organization. For Example:

  • An EME Unilasalle intern at a company has identified possible solutions to reduce the environmental impact of that company’s activities.
  • Examination of these solutions leads a teacher-researcher to envision research projects related to the companies needs.
  • A partnership is now set up with the company and solutions and funding of the research project are found.
  • Once the project is completed, appropriate communication of the results allows for better dissemination of knowledge for all.


EME Unilasalle Teacher-researchers are:

  •  Associated with university laboratories where they participate in academic research enabling the researchers to increase their level of expertise.
  • Responsible for the supervision of student work and internships, this allows researchers to be knowledgeable about industrial problems as well as to extend their network of contacts.
  • Engaged in applied research development for companies, which gives meaning to their mission.


Aude Valerie JUNG
Head of Research and Development

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Research policy at EME

The development of research at EME Unilasalle is part of a sustainable development approach, in accordance with the national framework of the “Green” Plan.

It is led by the EME Unilasalle Scientific Council, chaired by Jacques de Certaine, who is also the COO of CAPBIOTEK, and the biotechnology program coordinator of the Regional Council of Brittany. Biophysicist by trade, he was head of the biology department of the regional Center for the Fight Against Cancer and director of the Laboratory of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Faculty of Medicine of Rennes till 2006. He was also president of the Rennes Atalante technology center, and the Emergys Regional Incubator.

The Scientific Council is composed of representatives of various entities involved in research :

  • From higher education and research: EHESP, ENSCR, EMSE, IRSTEA, INSA, ENS Cachan, Agrocampus Ouest
  • From public agencies: ADEME, IRSTEA, and IFREMER
  • From eco-enterprises: SECHE and SITA
  • From EME teacher-researchers and Alumni

Objectives of the CYCLANN group are to :

1/ Develop research partnerships with research centers and university laboratories, to pool our resources, so each researcher of EME Unilasalle is involved in a dynamic research team corresponding to his or her specialty.

Current partners:

  • The National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA) of Rennes on the issue of spatial and territorial Life Cycle Analysis
    • the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health of Rennes (EHESP) on health and environmental issues
    • the National Superior School of Chemistry of Rennes (ENSCR) on engineering processes
    • the University of Rennes 2 on issues of circular economy and industrial ecology

2/ Create a dynamic of research specific to EME, focusing on multidisciplinary subjects in a sustainable development approach, so teacher-researchers of EME Unilasalle can do research together. This is the case with NACRE on reducing the environmental impact of ships, which requires skills in Engineering and Environmental sciences.

3/ Encourage a link between education and research, by integrating students in their final year of engineering into research programs at the school or allowing them to do a master in research.

4/ Strengthen its local presence through its involvement in clusters like Pôle Mer Bretagne or Cluster Eco-Origin.

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5/ To serve various stakeholders (companies, communities, etc.) by developing school-business partnerships based on topics in research and development. The research that EME Unilasalle conducts for enterprises is also eligible for a research tax credit.credit_impot

Research partners

EME Unilasalle is involved in research partnerships with :

    • Laboratories of partner schools
    • Research teams on national and European projects
    • Local and Regional private companies

Renowned Research Teams

We have established partnerships with research centers and the teacher-researchers of EME Unilasalle work together with renowned research teams including:

The National Superior School of Chemistry of Rennes (ENSCR) welcomes teacher-researchers of EME Unilasalle as associate members of Chemistry and Engineering Process teams. This team is in the Institute of Chemistry Sciences of Rennes (UMR CNRS 6226).

The School of Advanced Studies of Public Health of Rennes (EHESP) welcomes teacher-researchers of EME Unilasalle within LERES (Laboratory of Studies and Research in the Environment and Health), a component of the Institute for Research in Environmental Health Occupations, IRSET (U1085 INSERM).

Institutional and Industrial Networks

EME Unilasalle is a member of the Pôle de Mer cluster. It participates in a program of tri-annual research (NACRE) bringing together companies like DCNS or Veolia, and research centers like IFREMER.

We are also a member of the Eco-Origin Cluster, a cluster of eco-activity entities whose mission is to encourage meetings between businesses, communities, and organizations to support research and projects for developing activities around a “green” economy.

In the context of engineering projects, EME Unilasalle also establishes partnerships with companies such as Biomax, Aquaprox, Doux, and Chimirec.


Scientific Equiment

EME Unilasalle is equipped with the following instruments, devices, and resources:

More than 600m² of laboratories for physicochemical, biochemical, and microbiological analysis: digesters, distillers, fermentors, chromatographs, spectrophotometers, rotary evaporators, and centrifuges.

Equipment for on site sampling and analysis: automatic samplers, flow meters, computerized data logger, ionometer, oximeter, reflectometer, pH meters, and turbidity meters.

Test benches as well as a technology lab for performing tests and experiments: physico-chemical treatment of effluents, bioreactor for treatment of hydrocarbon pollution, band filter and compression cells for tests on sludge treatment, electrolyzers for test bench experiments in metal recycling.

Air treatment tests by absorption are carried out on an absorption test bench.

Test benches representing unit operations in drinking water treatment: sand filtration, coagulation-flocculation-decantation lamellas, absorption by activated carbon, filter press, ultra filtration, and inverse osmosis.