Strategies for improving the organic waste management schemes and reducing their impacts - SAFIR TEAM

The SAFIR research team studies the environmental and sanitary impacts of effluent and organic waste management as well as the organisational and technical aspects of these sectors. This consists in studying the impact of processes in a whole system perspective with regard to major issues such as gaseous emissions (NH3, greenhouse gases and odours),health safety, but also in a more general sense regarding all environmental impacts.

Current areas of research

Measuring and monitoring gaseous emissions

  • Ammonia (NH3)
  • Sulphur gases (H2S, mercaptans)
  • Greenhouse gases (methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O))
  • Odours
  • Methods for emissions minimization

Environmental microbiology

  • Sanitary aspects of animal waste management
  • Tracking sources of environmental faecal contamination
  • Sanitary aspects of composting

Life Cycle Assessment

  • GABI
  • Spatialisation of impacts
  • Development of new indicators (odours)

Geographical distribution of the waste and organic resource recovery

  • Geo-localisation of resources through Geographic Information Systems
  • Organisation and performance of the domestic composting sector

Main research programmes

National programmes

  • ANR BioEnergie DIVA
  • ANR CleanWast

International programmes

  • Life+ MiniWaste

Research units

Optimization of Processes in Agriculture, Agrifood and the Environment (OPAALE)

Research themes

Technologies and processes for waste water and waste management

Composition of the team

Scientists Assistant engineer
Doctoral students
Post doctoral*
Fixed period contract

Lynda Aissani- Team leader
Nicolas Auvinet
Thierry Bioteau
Claire Déchaux
Céline Druilhe
Romain Girault
Fabrice Guiziou
Laurence Loyon
A-Marie Pourcher


Guillaume Nunes
Martine Sarrazin
Christine Ziebal

Lorraine Awhangbo
Andres Rincon Carlos
Arthur Fenart​​​​​

Victor Argence
Axelle Degueurce
Lorette Heurtevent
Amandine Foulet
Romain Le Balc'h
Pierre Thiriet