The TERRA Research Centre, located in Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, brings together 175 teachers and researchers working in biological engineering applied to agronomy, biotechnology and the environment. This new multidisciplinary and international research centre, a unique structure in Wallonia, promotes scientific collaborations and interactions with the business world.
Manufacturing and processing
Design innovative processes for manufacturing and transforming energy, food, medicine or materials that fit seamlessly into our ever-changing lifestyles.
Research at the Centre interfacultaire des Biomatériaux (Interfaculty Center for Biomaterials, CEIB) covers areas such as: the synthesis and characterisation of materials (polymer, metal, ceramic, biopolymers), the treatment of materials (dispersed materials - micro nanoparticles...- hydrogels, porous media, surface coating, assays - in vitro, in vivo) and preclinical and clinical trials. The main research themes combine the immobilisation of drugs for both pharmaceutical applications (improvement of drug absorption, continuous drug delivery, drug targeting) and for the functionalisation of biomaterials (improvement of tissue engineering) .
Through its laboratories, the CESAM (Complex and Entangled Systems from Atoms to Materials) research unit integrates a coherent set of theoretical and experimental expertise that favours a multidisciplinary approach in its research work on systems ranging from the individual atom to the most complex materials. CESAM thus develops basic and applied research activities in fields divided into 5 areas of expertise:
- Macromolecular chemistry (CERM)
- Chemistry of inorganic materials with controlled microstructure (GREENMAT)
- Soft matter physics and complex systems (GRASP)
- Atomic and Nuclear Physics (IPNAS)
- Physics of quantum materials (Q-Mat)
Design processes for transforming raw materials, chemicals, living cells, micro-organisms or energy into useful forms and products, with constant attention to the optimal and sustainable use of resources, and to the minimisation of the environmental impact are the missions of the Chemical Engineering Research Unit. This type of research and development is based on a variety of skills: process engineering, unitary physical operations, reaction engineering and (bio)reactors, catalysis, materials science, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, physical chemistry, etc. They also require the combined use of experimentation and modelling.
The Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur le Médicament (Interdisciplinary Centre for Drug Research, CIRM) is a multidisciplinary research unit that investigates all major aspects of drug design. Research activities range from the discovery of new drug targets and the design or identification of major compounds to their formulation and testing. The approaches used include pre-clinical models in vitro (membranes and cells) and in vivo (small animals), modern analytical tools, but also innovative metabolomic and proteomic approaches. Patient-oriented research focuses on pharmacokinetics, clinical biology, toxicology, microbiology, pharmaceutical care and personalised medicine.
The research unit "Molecular Systems" brings together scientists having as common research topic the study of molecular systems, notably systems of biological interest. The research led requires the use of a wide range of theoretical and experimental methods that affect the synthesis of biologically active compounds, the characterisation of their structure and their properties, their dosage, the analysis of their interactions and their modelling. They use mass spectrometry or molecular imaging techniques, manufacturing processes and continuous organic synthesis and microfluidics (for the synthesis of complex organic compounds). The expertise in theoretical calculation and modelling completes the available resources
The TERRA Research Centre is a new interfaculty research unit of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech whose mission is to develop research in biological engineering applied to agronomy, biotechnology and the environment. One of the main objectives of TERRA is to develop transversality and exchanges between researchers from different disciplines. Interfaculty and international scientific collaboration is therefore essential. TERRA is also a structure that is closely connected with the corporate world. To support its researchers, TERRA is developing a specific strategy for finding funding and setting up international projects.
3 CARE (Research and Teaching Support Units) are associated with TERRA
Facilities and equipment
This research platform, which depends on the TERRA research unit (Gembloux), promotes projects that consider agroecosystems as entities and stimulates the development of tools, techniques and knowledge to improve the overall performance of agroecosystems in terms of ecosystemic services.
The Advanced Powder Technologies and Innovative Solutions platform has unique expertise and a range of instruments dedicated to the characterisation of granular materials, powders and nanopowders. Its mission is to solve fundamental powder problems by developing new methods of fluidity and rheological analysis. Aptis works in close collaboration with its industrial partner Granutools, which offers a range of solutions and instruments for the characterisation of powder flows.
The Protein Factory platform offers services which make it possible to provide scientists with purified recombinant and biologically active proteins. For many years, the platform has been providing services to both the academic community and private companies through protein production for university research and applied research, respectively.