• Bioeconomy
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Energy and Environment
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
  • Transport and Mobility

Environmental Chemistry and Life Interactions Unit (UCEIV)

Research unit - None


UCEIV develops research activities in the fields of Environmental Sciences, Health, Sustainable Development and Energy. The unit consists of four teams representing major areas
1- Chemistry and Toxicology of Atmospheric Emissions
2- Plant-Fungal Interactions and Remediation
3- Supramolecular Chemistry
4- Catalytic Treatment and Clean Energy


  • Stéphane Siffert


145 avenue Maurice Schumann Maison de la Recherche en Environnement Industriel 1 (MREI 1)
Maison de la Recherche en Environnement Industriel
59140 Dunkerque



Effectif total : 69

Personnel de recherche : 32

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 8



• Environmental physico-chemical characterization
• Industrial and Environmental Toxicology
• Environmental and health impact study
• Study of biological activities of bio-sourced molecules
• Plant interactions - mycorrhizal and pathogenic fungi
• Mycological monitoring
• Plant disease biocontrol methods
• Supramolecular chemistry
• Catalytic treatment of air emissions (nitrogen oxides, VOCs, carbon particles)
• Biomass valorization - lipid analysis - PAHs and alkanes analysis

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Amiens, Artois, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Lille, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers, Reims

Allemagne, Angleterre, Belgique, Brésil, Canada, Chine, Danemark, Espagne, États-Unis, Italie, Liban, Norvège, Sénégal, Vietnam

Services offers

Services provided

We provide services according to our skills

Consulting services

We provide consulting services according to our skills


Chemistry and Materials Field
• Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPR)
• Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy
• Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)
• Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (ATD-ATG)
• X-ray diffraction (DRX)
• Chromatography analysis techniques (GC, HPLC) coupled with mass spectrometry, steric exclusion chromatography
• Total Hydrocarbon and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer
• Granulometry
• Specific surface and porosity measurement of divided solids
• Infra-red and UV-Visible spectroscopy

Plant Biology, Biochemistry and Toxicology
• Culture rooms: cellular, plant, microbial
• Controlled plant growth chambers
• RT-PCR polymerase chain reaction: gene expression
• ELISA by multiplexing (Luminex): immuno-enzymatic assays
• UV/Visible spectrophotometry: enzyme activities, protein assays and RNA/DNA
• Flow cytometry
• Fluorescence microscopy


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Partner institution(s)


Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • Biobased chemistry
    • Biobased materials
    • Sustainable production and mobilization of bioresources
  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Circular economy, life cycle analysis
    • Green chemistry
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
    • Organic chemistry
    • Recycling of materials and efficient use of material resources
    • Textiles, composites, materials
  • Energy and Environment
    • Biodiversity
    • Circular economy
    • Low-carbon combustion (biofuels, hydrogen, new technologies)
    • Renewable energies
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • Industrial and territorial ecology
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption