R&D projects

UT2A is involved in various research projects: these, European projects (H2020, Interreg Sudoe) or industrial projects. In each case, UT2A offers its different partners its skills in terms of analysis and development.

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2016 - 2020

UT2A participates in the Nanopilot project (Grant Agreement 646142). The objective of the project is to set up a pilot plant dedicated to the manufacturing of polymer-based second generation nanomedicines according to the GMP recommendations.

Our technological center is in charge of the development of alternative analytical approaches for the raw materials, the nanomedicines during the manufacturing process and the final products characterization by DLS, A4F-UV-MALLS-RI-ICP MS.

The laboratory also participates in the implementation of the quality management system of the different partners of the project.

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2014 - 2018

The prohibition of chromium VI salts from September 2017 as part of the REACH European regulation impacts numerous surface treatment processes. It is particularly the case of the hard chrome-plating process which represents several thousands of jobs in Europe.

The HCTH project (Hard Chrome by Trivalent Chrome), started in 2014 at the IRT-M2P, aims to develop an alternative to the hard chrome-plating using a trivalent chromium solution. With a consortium of 17 partners, the work carried out until today, with the electrolyte developed by the Coventya company, is promising. The maturity of the trivalent chromium solution is at the TRL3 level. Further work should allow us to reaching the next milestones and a TRL6 at the end of the project, expected in February 2018.

In this project, UT2A uses its analytical skills to develop methods allowing characterization of the trivalent chromium and its complexes in solution to optimize the process and monitor the evolution of the bath over time.


UT2A, with ANSES and LNE, is part of the French consortium driven by the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour of the METROFOOD-RI European project led by ENEA (Italy). This research infrastructure project, which gathers together more than 20 European partners, aims to harmonize the practices and to structure a centre of excellence in the areaof metrology for food and nutrition. UT2A will participate in the implementation of the physical infrastructure by identifying, referencing and structuring the laboratories which propose a service linked to food product analysis.

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