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12 Feb 2019

The CTCPA signs a scientific and technological cooperation agreement with UNILASALLE in the field of decontamination by oxidative stress.

In 2017, the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle inaugurated an Ozonation R&D platform (LaSalleO3) on its Beauvais campus that is unparalleled in Europe. This structuring tool corresponds to a 900 m2 technology hall that houses all the latest generation ozone preparation and production devices for pre-industrial ozone uses[from a few grams per test to several hundred kilograms of material per day; processed in batch or continuous].

Different reactions are used (gas/liquid reactions, gas/fine solids, gas/coarse divided solids, gas/gas) in the fields of disinfection, stabilisation of products of biological origin or decontamination of agricultural and agro-industrial products, among others. Several characterization laboratories on the UNILASALLE Beauvais campus are associated with this experimental structure, which is an integral part of the scientific project of the "Transformations & Agro-Ressources" research unit (EA 7519).

For its part, CTCPA has defined the strengthening of its portfolio of "core business" technologies, namely the conservation and preservation of agricultural products through processing or packaging, as strategic for the next 5 years. This cooperation is based on CTCPA's expertise in IAA technologies and in preserving the quality (nutritional, microbiological and organoleptic) of processed products, which makes it possible to offer IAA manufacturers all the levers of innovation, from the ingredient to packaging, including processes and the combination of technologies.

For the past ten years or so, the CTCPA has conducted bibliographic research, laboratories and pilot projects in hallways in order to validate the interest and technical feasibility of the Hydrogen Peroxide Steam (HPV) technique for the decontamination of agricultural inputs with a view to their industrial transformation. The biocidal effectiveness of this decontamination technique is based, like the ozonation technique, on the generation of oxidative surface stress.

As part of this cooperation agreement signed in Beauvais on February 4, 2019, CTCPA and UNILASALLE agreed to group together within the Ozone platform (LaSalleO3) all the scientific and technical means of "decontamination by oxidative stress" of the two parties, thus allowing:  

  • The pooling and synergy of their skills allowing the acquisition of new scientific knowledge;
  • The production of technological innovations, in particular through national or European collaborative projects; The dissemination of these results and knowledge and their technological transfer to companies, in particular SMEs in the agri-food sector.
  • The provision of services for upstream agricultural and industrial actors (proof of concept, process development and industrialization, pre-industrial tests in volume)