The « Unit of Environmental Chemistry and Interactions with Living Organisms » develops research activities in the fields of Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development and Energy. The Scientific project is based upon an integrated approach for researches carried out on the environmental compartments. Our research focuses on the characterization of media (air, water, soil), the evaluation of pollutants effects on living organisms as well as the development of chemical or biological remediation solutions. These contributions fit into the two research themes of our laboratory:

  • Effects of pollutants on living organisms
  • Remediation and Valorisation

UCEIV gathers researchers from several scientific disciplines: Chemistry, Toxicology, Biochemistry and Plant Biology. The Unit is organized into four main research teams:

The UCEIV Unit is established on two sites of the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, in Dunkerque and Calais:

General Information

Name:  Unit of Environmental Chemistry and Interactions with Living Organisms, UCEIV,
Research Unit, EA 4492

Address :

Dunkerque site :

145-189A, Avenue Maurice Schumann
59140 Dunkerque

Calais site :

50, Rue Ferdinand Buisson
62228 Calais cedex

Authorities: Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

Creation date : 01/01/2010

Head :  Dominique COURCOT
Phone : + 33. (0) / (0)
E-mail :

Staff (November 2014) : 65 members, among them 27 teacher-researchers, 10 engineers, technical and administrative staff, 5 post-doctoral researchers, 23 PhD students.

Doctoral School affiliation: Sciences of Matter, Radiation and Environment, SMRE ED 104

UCEIV is involved in the following Higher Education training :

  • « Expertise et Traitement en Environnement » Master, ULCO
  • « Analyse Chimique, Contrôle Industriel, Environnement » Master, ULCO
  • Ecole d’Ingénieurs du Littoral Côte d’Opale, EILCO

Historical background : UCEIV was created through the merger of three laboratories:

  • Catalysis and Environment Laboratory, LCE (Head: A. Aboukaïs)
  • Organic Synthesis and Environment Laboratory, LSOE (Head : G. Surpateanu, then S. Fourmentin)
  • Mycology, Phytopathology, Environment Laboratory : LMPE (Directeur : R. Durand, then Ph. Reignault)

UCEIV has been headed by Pirouz Shirali between 2010 and 2013.

Indicators 2008-2013 :

  • 177 scientific publications, 99 of them as part of international cooperation and 72 of them as part of national cooperation
  • Publications/researcher/year: 2,81
  • 10 book chapters
  • 120 oral communications (national et international), 54 of them as invited speaker
  • More than 4000 citations of our research publications
  • 32 PhD and 5 Habilitations to Supervise Research (HDR)
  • 5 projects with industrial partners
  • Research Programs :
    • Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region (4)
    • National Agencies and Organisms (AFSSET, INCa, ADEME, INSERM, FSOV) (7)
    • European Projects ( PCRD 7, INTERREG IV) (3)
    • International cooperation projects (PHC, MAE) (3)

Scientific cooperation with  25 French laboratories and 30 laboratories established in North America, Africa, Asia and Europe.