Cluster 3 : Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology

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64053 Pau Cedex 9



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Head of research unit:

Director : Ryszard Lobinski (ryszard.lobinski @

Assistant director : Billon Laurent (laurent.billon @





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CMEEnvironmental Chemistry and Microbiology

Understanding of physico-chemical and (micro) biological mechanisms, from the molecule to the ecosystem, controlling the fate and effects of contaminants and trace elements in a context of global change.


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  2. Skills
  3.  Application fields
  4.  Subject and fields of study
  5.  Publications


The main scientific objectives of the CME Cluster are to understand the impact of anthropogenic or natural disturbances (global changes) on:

  • the physico-chemical fate of contaminants and tracers (speciation, dissolution, precipitation, degradation, volatilization ...) in different environments and ecosystems, biotransformations and responses of microbial communities.

  • the factors conditioning the incorporation of contaminants and tracers into living organisms (micro-organisms, plants, vertebrates, etc.) as ecotoxicological, metabolic or environmental markers.

  • the molecular mechanisms of the toxicity of contaminants as well as the toxicity and the  essentiality of trace elements in living organisms, based on the identification and quantification of molecular ligands (transporters, metallophores, peptides or chelating proteins) and the in vivo localization of these elements up to the subcellular scale


  • Physico-chemical speciation

  • Biogeochemistry

  • Bio-inorganic chemistry

  • Isotopy

  • Elementary imaging

  • Microbial ecology

  • Microbiology

  • Ecotoxicology

  • Molecular biology

  • Biochemistry

 Application fields

  • Responses of living organisms, toxicity, essentiality, metallomic

  • Ecodynamic and biogeochemical cycles

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the environment quality

  • Treatment, reduction and mitigation of pollution

 Subject and fields of study

  • Aquatic environments, biotic and abiotic reactivity, microbial communities

  • Model organisms, biofilms, chimical and emergent contaminants

  • Trace elements and isotopes, Biominerals, metallocomplexes, macromollecules