Our experts in biodegradability and ecotoxicity study the biodegradability of chemical substances for which easy biodegradability, OECD 301b, is not proven.
Assessing the environmental profile of UVCBs, RBT, and other complex chemicals is critical to meeting societal concerns and REACH requirements.
On a daily basis, we provide R&D services to evaluate the biodegradability of chemical substances. We also lead collaborative research projects to meet the ecotoxicity characterization needs.
Strategy and consulting
Diagnosis and selection
Process testing and validation
To assess the biodegradability of polymers and other chemical substances using a rapid, miniaturized and easily reproducible screening tests on an industrial scale.
You want to measure the biodegradability of your substance? Our experts have developed an early screening test to measure the biodegradation of UVCB chemicals and respond appropriately to the REACH regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1907, 2006).
F. Brillet, ORCID, M. Cregut, M. J. Durand, C. Sweetlove, J. C. Chenèble, J. L’Haridonb et G. Thouand. Biodegradability assessment of complex chemical mixtures using a carbon balance approach. Green Chemistry journal, issue 5, 2018.
A predictive screening test to estimate the environmental persistence of a chemical in different receiving environments.
Brillet François, Maul Armand, Durand Marie-José et Gérald Thouand. From laboratory to environmental conditions: a new approach for chemical’s biodegradability assessment. Environ Sci Pollut Res 23, 18684–18693 (2016).
Instrumentation and automation of screening systems to meet OECD 301 and OECD 302 standards.
Cregut, M., Jouanneau, S., Brillet, F. et al. High throughput and miniaturised systems for biodegradability assessments. Environ Sci Pollut Res 21, 9545–9552 (2014).
Biological sensors and non-destructive analysis methods for the biodetection of chemical and biological agents.
Our biodegradability experts carry out their engineering work directly in the research laboratories of Nantes Université, in particular at the GEPEA. On a daily basis, they combine technical means and scientific discoveries to meet your R&D challenges.
The client concerned is a leading player in the specialty ingredients sector for health and beauty. In 2019, it reaffirmed its confidence in Capacités and the GEPEA laboratory by requesting that their teams assess a new polymer’s ecotoxicity.
L’Oréal called upon the experts at the GEPEA Laboratory and Capacités in order to assist in bridging this methodological gap. The resulting new process has served to assist L’Oréal in developing methods for evaluating the biodegradability of their products, thus allowing them to better adhere to the strict regulatory requirements.
Tame-Water is specialized in designing and marketing innovative solutions for monitoring and evaluating water quality. The company invests heavily in research and development for global, innovative solutions. It wanted to approve the use of a simpler, faster new technology for detecting microplastics in water. Tame-Water turned to the ecotoxicology experts at CAPACITÉS and the GEPEA laboratory to test and approve a fast, non-invasive method of s…
Industrial companies test their products before they arrive on the market to ensure they comply with environmental standards – and especially to determine their level of biodegradability. One leading player in the chemical industry transforms raw materials and supplies specific ingredients to different industries, including cosmetology, pharmaceuticals and even agri-food. This company chose Capacités to test the biodegradability and to assess …
Biodegradability is at the heart of environmental issues, especially when assessing the risks linked to chemical substances. But the tests used to evaluate these substances’ biodegradation are complicated and time-consuming. The collaborative project Evabio has come up with a methodological and technological breakthrough solution that aims to use automated measurement equipment to facilitate biodegradation assessment. The University of Nantes was…