E2S: Energy and Environment Solutions

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Core scientific program

Energy Environment Solutions focuses on three core research areas:

Energy: Optimising energy production and storage

  • Optimization of fossil energy recoveries: from nano-scale effects to large-scale transitions
  • Optimization of new energy strategies: modelling, characterization and tailoring of nanomaterials, surfaces and interfaces

Environment: from anthropogenic disturbances to behavioral ecology

  • Advanced analytical and microbial strategies in the characterisation of the environment - from diagnosis to remediation strategies
  • Environmental perturbations and adaptations of organisms to changing ecosystems

Risk evaluation – expertise and societal implications and acceptation

Measuring thermal footprint of a small house
  • Evaluate risks, understand how they are produced and could be limited
  • Rethink the logics of environmental and energy governance, reassess the evolution of public policies, organize a dedicated dialogue between stakeholders.

World Firsts

Discovery of a key molecule for staphylococcus aureus

IPREM researchers contributed to the identification of a new molecule, styphylopin, that could be a target for future treatments against infections by certain pathogenic bacteria.

Dissolved CO2 Pilot

Social scientists look at the social implications of the "Dissolved CO2" project, a Géodénergie pilot project that stores CO2 underground by dissolving it in water.

MIRA: The effects of climate change on fish reproduction
Trout swimming

Since 2011, the UMR ECOBIOP has been leading a research project on the effects of the hydrological consequences of climate change on the behavior of salmonids.

Nanocomposites bio-inspired from natural seashells
Red abalone

Because of severe design constraints, natural materials use alternative approaches to achieve mechanical performance. A better understanding of how the microstructure of these materials is related to their mechanical performance has the potential to inspire new material designs.

Rechargeable Batteries: From in depth studies to challenges for new developments
Lithium ion batteries

IPREM researchers are working to improve our understanding of chemical and electrochemical surface phenomena that are essential to ionic and electronic transfers during cycling. Coupling XPS (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy) with electrochemistry, often supplemented by theoretical approaches, has proved highly effective for exploring lithium insertion/extraction, redox processes, interfacial mechanisms, surface reactivity...

Instant insight: Metallomics

Metallomics is an emerging discipline within bioinorganic chemistry, with applications in biology and medecine. UPPA researchers from IPREM have played an important role in the development of this field.

A new line of research into the right to energy
Philippe Terneyre

Pau Public Law has created a new research programme dedicated to the “right to energy”.

Social sciences: understanding public perceptions of CO2-reducing energy projects

Researchers from Passages offer a look at the repercussions of storing CO2 emissions and replacing fossile fuels with biomass fuels on the inhabitants of the areas directly effected.

The study of international environmental negociations

International environmental conferences (IEC) are the primary places where concepts for environmental management are forged. This pluridisciplinary and multi-subject group follows the event, from the first “zero draft” until the application of the agreement, with the purpose of performing an ethnographic study of the negociations.


From the nanometer to the kilometer

DMEX: X-ray tomography

DMEX is a service unit attached to the IPRA research federation and member of the Carnot Institute ISIFoR. Its primary goal is to provide high-resolution 3D imagery that responds to the needs of industry and academia.

NanoSIMS: imaging of chemical elements at nanometer level

As part of the EQUIPEX project MARSS, UPPA has acquired a NanoSIMS, a top-level analytical instrument for chemical imaging at the nanometer scale.

Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS)
TOF-SIMS image

Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOFSIMS) provides elemental, chemical state and molecular information from surfaces of solid materials.

High Sensitivity High Resultion ICP/MS Multicollector
Photo of multicollector

This unique instrument that addresses the reactivity and origins of the elements studied and will be one of the key instruments of the MARSS project and will allow researchers to explore new areas of environmental, medical, food and industrial research.

NuMéA: an experimental and analytical infrastructure for the nutrition of farmed fish, unique in Europe

The NuMéA research team has developed experimental infrastructures, unique in Europe, that give the research group total autonomy for conducting experiments on the nutrition and metabolism of the complete biological cycle of the rainbow trout.

The Lapitxuri experimental site
Lapitxuri experimental river

In 1980, INRA built the Lapitxuri experimental site, to study the optimum conditions for the growth of Atlantic salmon and to define the scientific bases for the production of juveniles to supplement salmon populations. Many collaborative scientific programs have used the site, the only of its kind in Europe, for experiments in ecology and behavioral studies.

FT MS equipment

Winner of the call for projects "Equipment Excellence", the MARSS project (MAss Spectrometry Center for Reactivity and Speciation Sciences) was initiated by the IPREM.

Chairs of excellence

Chair for Geostructure (UPPA-TOTAL-CNRS)
Researchers on field trip

Jean-Paul Callot Geosciences are clearly at the frontier between academic topics and industrial objectives, trying to unravel Earth dynamics, but still concerned by societal outcomes particularly at the foreground today, such as georessources, sustainability of ressources exploration, and energy storage.

Chair for X-ray imaging (UPPA-CNRS-TOTAL)
Photo of Prof. Peter Moonen

Peter Moonen Prof. Peter Moonen is the holder of the X-ray imaging Chair, a public-private collaboration between UPPA, the CNRS and Total. The Chair was created in June 2014 and aims to investigate multiphase flow in porous media. This fundamental topic underlies both civil engineering applications such as durability of construction materials as well as typical geosciences applications such as the behaviour of bio-methane in underground aquifers.

Chair for Sustainable construction (Nobatek-INEF4 - UPPA)
Benoit Beckers

Benoît Beckers The UPPA, the technology center Nobatek, the New Aquitaine region and the Agglomération Côte Basque Adour came together to create an common laboratory, in the form of an academic chair attributed to Benoît Beckers.

Chair for Geomechanics (UPPA-CNRS)
David Grégoire

David Grégoire The geomechanics chair is focused on porous materials and particularly on the multi-physics couplings appearing at the small scale, but with significant consequences at the large scale of a structure or a reservoir.

Chair for Characterization of petroleum systems (UPPA-CNRS)

Guilhem Hoareau The chair aims to investigate mineralogical and geochemical modifications of reservoir rock during the geological history of sedimentary basins.

Chair for Numerical Analysis (UPPA-Inria)
Sébastien Tordeux

Sébastien Tordeux Sebastien Tordeux was recruited in 2010 for a period of five years as the holder of the Chair of Excellence INRIA-UPPA for Numerical Analysis. He is part of the Laboratory of Mathematics and the Inria project team Magique 3D led by Hélène Barucq.

World-class researchers

Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot: damage and fracture models in structural failure analysis
Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot

Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot is a full professor of engineering at UPPA and Senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He developed damage and fracture models implemented today for structural failure analyses worldwide. He received an ERC advanced grant in 2008 and was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1991 and the Jean Mandel prize of the French Association of mechanics in 1992.

Olivier Donard: pioneering elemental speciation
Olivier Donard

For thirty years, Olivier Donard has been a leading figure in the area of elemental speciation and is the origin of several techniques that have since become universal standards. In 1989, he received the CNRS Bronze Medal; in 1993 the National Prize of the French Chemistry Society and in 2000 the Prize of the Japanese Spectroscopy Society.

Karinne Miqueu: Reactivity of molecular systems
Karinne Miqueu, portrait

Karinne Miqueu is a young French CNRS researcher who works at the IPREM at UPPA. She was recruited in 2002 as a CNRS researcher. Karinne Miqueu's research aims at understanding the reactivity of main group chemistry, organometallic compounds, transition metal complexes as well as highly reactive species by a combined experimental-theoretical approach.

Xavier Arnauld de Sartre: multiscale environmental governance in a time of global change

Xavier Arnauld de Sartre is a geographer. He is a full-time researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), and the vice-head of the UMR PASSAGES, a joint laboratory between the CNRS and UPPA.

Ryszard Lobinski: speciation and metallomics
Ryszard Lobinski

Ryszard Lobinski is a CNRS research director. His main research interests are the development of analytical methods for the identification and the determination of chemical forms of elements in the environment and biological systems.

Denys de Béchillon: Constitutional Law, Fundamental Law, Public Law, Sociology of Law
Deny de Béchillon, portrait

Denys de Béchillon is a full professor of law at UPPA. His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, fundamental rights, public business law and the sociology of law. He is the author of several books and nearly 130 articles in various legal journals and collective publications.

Hélène Barucq: applied mathematics

Hélène Barucq is a senior research scientist specializing in applied mathematics. She is the head of the Inria project-team Magique-3D which is shared withthe UPPA since July 2007.

Christophe Pécheyran: Isotopic and trace metal analysis by laser ablation-ICPMS.
Christophe Pécheyran

Christophe Pécheyran is a research engineer (IR HC) at CNRS. His scientific research concerns trace metal speciation and direct analysis of trace elements and their isotopes by laser ablation/ICPMS. For thirteen years his main field of research has been focused on the development of high repetition rate femtosecond laser instrumentation and applications.