Examples of Projects

These examples of EME Unilasalle research projects are associated with themes developed by EME Unilasalle.


Characterization of water and effluents-risk analysis

The ERA-EnvHealth Project « Rising DOC » (2009-2012)

This European project organized jointly by EHESP/LERES (France) included the following partners: the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology Lancaster (United Kingdom), the University of Bangor (United Kingdom) and the University of Utrecht (Netherlands). This project aimed to assess the effects of global warming on the quality of surface water.


The INOGEV Project Innovation for Sustainable Management of Water in the City – For control of contamination of urban storm water (2010-2011) (ANR Sustainable Cities)

The purpose of this project was to help the department of city planning define efficient strategies of pollutant flow management, taking into consideration the flow of micro pollutants in an urban area.


The DCNS Project: Substitution of products that are Carcinogenic, Cutagenic, and toxic for Reproduction (CMR) (2008-2009)

The objective of this project was to substitute CMR products in all categories combined (with priority given to the first and second categories), taking in account the technical requirements of products within the DCNS company. The general framework of the study was chemical risk prevention for all companies using CMRs, reinforced by the European REACH regulation n°1907/2006.


The « RECORD» Project: Evaluating the risks of CMRs for waste professionals (2007-2009)

RECORD is a network, open to any public or private organization supported by the ADEME. It organizes research as part of a tripartite cooperation between companies, public organizations and researchers. This project was part of an approach that monitored workers exposed to carcinogens, mutagens, and reproductive toxins (CMRs). Conducted in partnership with INSERM U 620/SeRAIC, and the University of Rennes, the study made it possible to do a report on the use of genotoxicity tests to monitor employees of the waste industry.

Water treatment and gaseous effluents

Electrochemical Treatment Projects (Since 2006)

The goal of these projects is to develop and validate methods for treating electrochemical effluents. The work particularly focuses on nitrate and metal pollution. One of the projects relates to the optimization of a method for the treatment of effluents containing copper and nickel. A patent is in the works. A second study, in partnership with the UBS and ENSCR, was conducted to develop a new technique for the sterilization of effluents. In this study, the feasibility of treatment by electro-osmosis and electro coagulation was studied.

The TD3E Project – Treatment of D3E by fragmentation (2011-2012)

The objective of this project was to develop a pretreatment process of waste and electronic equipment (D3E) for better recovery of metals found in waste. EME Unilasalle worked on the characterization of effluents coming from fragmentation and the analysis of the life cycle of the process.

The Plant Pure Air Project (2010-2011)

This project was subsidized by the Regional Council, its purpose was to determine the extent to which phytoremediation can be applied to the treatment of indoor air. It was conducted in the context of a post-doctoral project.

The TOTAL Project (2009-2011)

This project aimed to do a study on modeling software concerning certain atmospheric pollutants.


The SENS INNOV Project (2009-2010)    

This project was developed for CAPBIOTEK company, the objective was to evaluate a system of diagnostic tests to test the quality of air and water.

The AQUAPROX Project (2006-2008)

For three consecutive years, EME Unilasalle worked with Aquaprox to develop a bioreactor for biological treatment of effluents from agriculture and paper mills. The biological treatment was based on the use of a specific fungal biomass coupled with an existing treatment process. The effect of ultrasound on lignocellulosic molecules coupled with biological treatment of specific microorganisms was also studied.

Environmental Evaluation

The NACRE Project NAvire Conduit dans le Respect de l’Environnement (2008-2012)

This project was certified by the Pôle Mer cluster in collaboration with six companies (DCNS, Bertin Technologies, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, GENAVIR, Veolia Eau, and IPL) and three research centers in Brittany (IFREMER, ENSIETA, and ENMM). The objective of this project was to develop methodology which could be used to measure the environmental impact of different types of watercraft, and to define economically viable treatment solutions which are adapted to the configuration and operations of different types of watercraft.


The Life Cycle Analysis Project (ACV) applied to weeding techniques in urban areas (2008-2012)

The project was subcontracted by the Regional Federation of Defense Against Pests (FEREDEC) for the Water Agency of Loire-Bretagne. Its goal was to set up a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) applied to weeding techniques in urban areas.

The ENVIROPROPRE Project (2008-2009)

An 18-month project financed by the ADEME working in collaboration with SAMSIC and EVEA, ENVIROPROPRE was a project about the eco-design of waste management which defined the certification of cleaning services.