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Universite de Technologie de Compiegne

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Centre de Recherches de Royallieu - BP 20529
60205 Compiègne Cedex Compiègne

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Brief presentation of the institution

The "Université de Technologie de Compiègne" (UTC) is a public university created in 1972, depending directly on the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It has a unique place within the French educational system as it combines the characteristics of the engineering "Grandes Écoles" and those of universities. Its three missions are education, research and technology transfer. UTC delivers Engineering degrees, Masters, and PhDs. There are 7 departments at UTC: Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Process Engineering, Mechanical Systems Engineering, Urban Systems Engineering, Technology and Human Sciences. It comprises 3600 Undergraduate students, 300 Masters students, 300 Postgraduate students, 350 teaching and research staff, 300 administration and services staff.

Main Electroporation related topics

- Study of electroporation mechanisms in plant tissues and biosuspensions:
Quantification of the electrical disintegration of cell membranes. The degree of cell damage Z. Modeling of electroporation in plant tissue by  associating the microscopic methods with modelling of cell damage kinetics (theory of effective medium, Archie equation). Relation between structural parameters of plant tissue (geometry, anisotropy, morphology of the real tissue) and the degree of electroporation.

- Impact of electroporation on the physical properties of plant materials and biosuspensions:
Study of the mechanical, physico-chemical, acoustic, electro- and thermo-physical properties of plant materials and biosuspensions modified by electroporation.

- Impact of electroporation on the mass transfers in cell tissue and on the selective extraction of target cell compounds:
Study of mass transfers of solutes (sugars, polyphenols, proteins, etc.). Study the mechanisms of retention of intra- and extra- cellular compounds inside of plant tissue to control better the selectivity of extraction of target compounds. Simulation of mass transfers inside of electroporated tissues.

- Optimisation of electroporation and improving of industrial extraction/separation technologies:
Study on the macroscopic scale (laboratory pilots), the kinetics of extraction using pressure (pressing, centrifugation) and solvents (percolation, infusion) for the “electroporated” materials (food plants, biosuspensions). Modeling of pressing and solvent extraction by green solvents from electroporated plant materials and biosuspensions. Industrial realizations of extraction processes using the PEF treatment.

Main Electroporation related research techniques and equipment

•Laboratory generator of PEF (square wave): 1,5kV, 20A, 200 W (Service Electronique l'UTC, France)
•Laboratory generator of PEF (exponential decay): 40 kV, 200W (Université de Tomsk, Russie)
•Generator of PEF (small pilot, square wave): 1kV, 100 A, 10 kW (HAZEMEYER, France)
• Generator of PEF (big pilot, square wave): 5 kV, 1000 A, 50 kW (HAZEMEYER, France)
• Laboratory extraction chambers with electrodes (instrumented)
• Laboratory pressing chambers with electrodes (instrumented)
• Pilot extractor semi-continuous with electrodes, 20 kg/h (UTC, France)
• Pilot filter-press/ extractor instrumented with electrodes (CHOQUENET, France)
• Two co-linear chambers (diameter of 50 and 80 mm).
• Pilot for cristallisation (UTC, France)
• LCRmeter HP4284A (Hewleett-Packard, Japon) •Texturometer TA-XT2 (Rhéo, France)
• Equipments for physicochemical analysis (colorimeter, polarimeter, pH-meter, refractometer, aWmeter, ...)

Research topics, techniques and equipment not related to Electroporation

The research laboratory “Processes for the Agro-resources and Environment” of the EA 4297 TIMR is at the crossroad of practical applications and scientific knowledge in process engineering aiming to develop agro-resources in a sustainable development context. This research laboratory encompasses faculty members from UTC Chemical Engineering Department and the Organic and Mineral Chemistry School (ESCOM) who are partner institutions. The specific topics to this laboratory concern: transformation processes for natural resources; extraction and separation of high value plant components; innovative technologies for foods and biomass and biosuspensions (pulsed electric field, ohmic heating, electrokinetic processes); thermo-chemical processes; preserving and treating; and implementation and design.

Brief information on available facilites

Chemical laboratories, PEF laboratories

Willingness to accept/host visiting researchers



  • Olivier Bals
    Position: Assistant Professor
  • Meriem Bouras
    Position: PhD student
  • Nadia Boussetta
    Position: Researcher
  • Sylène Brianceau
    Position: PhD student
  • Morgane Citeau
    Position: Researcher
  • Luhui Ding
    Position: Professor
  • Nabil Grimi
    Position: Assistant Professor
  • Amel Lazouk
    Position: PhD student
  • Nikolai Lebovka
    Position: Visiting Professor
  • Maksym Loginov
    Position: Researcher
  • Samo Mahnič-Kalamiza
    Position: PhD student
  • Jessy Mattar
    Position: PhD student
  • Houcine Mhemdi
    Position: PhD student
  • Natasha Rombaut
    Position: PhD student
  • Raphaëlle Savoire
    Position: Researcher
  • Mohammad Turk
    Position: Researcher
  • Eugène Vorobiev
    Position: Professor
  • Xiaoxi Yu
    Position: PhD student
  • Zhenzhou Zhu
    Position: PhD student

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