E2S: Energy and Environment Solutions

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University benchmarks

Comparing institutions

As part of the I-Site proposal process, representatives of the E2S institutions visited universities abroad to learn from their high-level performances. These institutions were selected because of their particular strengths:

University of Konstanz
University of Konstanz, logo


Northwestern University
Northwestern University logo

A strong dynamic for creating start-ups.

Chalmers University of Technology
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New environmental assessments: New descriptors. From pristine areas to urban environments.

Outstanding partnerships

Modeling shale reservoirs: a joint project with Stanford University
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A collaborative project between Stanford University and TOTAL began in 2014 with the aim of progressing in the understanding and the modeling of shale reservoirs.

University of Alberta
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Production of heavy oils, flow insurance.

Florida State University
Florida State University

New fuels. Understanding the molecular structure of hydrocarbons.

Imperial College
Imperial College, London

Flow insurance, Equations of state of hydrocarbon fluids

MIT Energy Initiative
MIT Energy initiative

Low energy construction materials ; multiscale analyses of cement-based materials and clays.

International research group: Multi-scale materials under the nanoscope

The aim is to formulate a conceptual tool called the “nanoscope” that combines most advanced statistical Physics numerical simulations (such as accelerated Molecular Dynamics) and experiments (such as X-Ray tomography and microscopy…).

National Institute of Standard and Technology
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology U.S. Department of Commerce

New environmental standard reference materials and specimen banking.

International researchers

Domenico Gallipoli: Sustainable construction
Domenico Gallipoli, portrait

Domenico Gallipoli is a professor at UPPA, where he was recruited in 2012 to develop a new research group on sustainable construction with a special emphasis on the design of geological building materials with low embodied energy.

Corinne Nardin: Biologically active polymer structures
Corinne Nardin, portrait

Corinne Nardin was named full professor of physics at UPPA in 2015. She became part of the polymer physics and chemistry team (EPCP) of the IPREM to strengthen the team's work in biomimetism and biophysics. Over the course of her career, Corinne Nardin's work has focused on the design of biologically active polymer structures of potential for biological and medical uses.

Benoît Liquet: statistical tools for medicine and biology
Benoît Liquet

Benoît Liquet has extensively worked in developing novel statistical models to provide tools to analyse clinical, health and biological data arising from epidemiological studies. Since 2011, he moved to the field of computational biology and adapted some of these methods to scale to high throughput "omics" data.

Hannelore Derluyn: Crystallization-induced fracturing of geomaterials
Hannelore Derluyn

Hannelore Derluyn was appointed as a CNRS researcher to the Laboratoire des Fluides Complexes et leurs Réservoirs (LFCR) of IPRA in October 2016. Her work focuses on crystallization-induced fracturing associated with salt transport and in-pore salt precipitation in geomaterials.

Dirk Schaumlöffel: Bioimaging of trace elements
Dirk Schaumlöffel

Dirk Schaumlöffel has been a research director (research professor) at the CNRS since 2011. His scientific research focuses on essential and toxic trace elements and trace element species in biological organisms and in the environment including the related analytic-chemical developments. One of his main activities includes trace element imaging in biological cells by nano secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS).

Support services

Welcome Center

Currently, the International Office helps foreign students and researchers to settle at the University. UPPA now plans to expand the services provided by the International Office with the creation of a Welcome Center. The Welcome Center will accompany arriving students, but its role will focus on researchers.


The PYREN project

The goal of the PYREN project is to create a transfrontier campus with the public Spanish universities of the southern foothills of the Pyrénées (University of Basque Country, Public University of Navarre and the University of Saragossa) to help students develop competences useful for that environment.

Transfrontier Research: joint-PhDs

The University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour has the privilege of being part of a unique border area, that, on the Spanish side, goes from Basque country, to Navarra and to Aragon. UPPA strongly encourages cooperation with the universities of these regions by encouraging the pursuit of joint-PhDs.

Transfrontier Doctorials

In 2011, the first Transfrontier Doctorials were organized between the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour and the University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU), the only event of its type in the European Union.