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Programme 'Investissements d’Avenir' (PIA), Laboratory of excellence (LabEx)
For Safer Ecodesign Research and Education applied to NAnomaterial DEvelopment

Published on 5 June 2019
Serenade, for “Safer Ecodesign Research and Education applied to NAnomaterial DEvelopment”, has two components (research and training) based on the theme of nanomaterials. Duration: 8 years.

Objectives of the research program

To develop products containing nanomaterials or nanostructured materials, taking greater account of the risk (exposure and danger) throughout the life cycle.

To select the tests allowing a corporation to conceptualize the design, by optimizing the parameters necessary for the placing on the market.

To develop innovative processes concerning the end of life: recycling, and treatment of effluents and surface waters.


Supported by the CEREGE nano group, the LABEX brings together academic partners from the AMU and CNRS (LCE, IMBE, LEMIRE), CEA (Cadarache, Marcoule, Grenoble), ISTerre Université Joseph Fourier and the CNRS (Grenoble), Inserm and the Université Paris-Est, Inra (Nantes, Toulouse, Montpellier), Ineris, and the Novancia Business School-CCI Paris, with industrial partner ALLIOS, along with the support of SUEZ-ENVIRONNEMENT, CALCIA, DANONE, AFIPEC, and UIC. The LabEx SERENADE also has close relations with US CEINT (Consortium for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology) led by Duke University, EPFL in Lausanne, EAWAG in Zurich, the University of Vienna, the University of Manchester, the University of New South Wales in Australia, etc.

The project brings together unique experimental skills and infrastructures, which are essential to French participants in the field for conducting research, development and innovation projects, as well as for positioning themselves globally, regarding nanomaterials. Many industrial sectors are affected by the theme (electronics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, food processing, etc.). Significant technological developments could have positive consequences in terms of economic development and employment. The project has received the support of the TRIMATEC and RISQUES competitivity poles.

Laboratory involved in the project:

Microbial Ecology (LEMIRE, Cadarache)