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Research topics

Sustainability as applied to electronics has many aspects:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to face the climate emergency,
  • Product life-cycle analysis,
  • Ethical sourcing,
  • Reduction of waste and water resources.


New methods and technologies for designing sustainable electronic systems

Electronics developers make many decisions that have an impact on the sustainability of the systems they develop.

The sustainability of a system, whether expressed in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, primary resource consumption, energy consumption or a broader set of criteria, requires complex methods, estimates, models and measurements, many of which are not available today.

Once impacts have been measured, more sustainable alternatives to current systems need to be invented.

ESOS research on sustainable electronics addresses these issues.

A research report on the carbon impact of semiconductor manufacturing is available here:

The energy transition in power generation, mobility and industry requires skills and innovation in electronics, particularly for:

  • Renewable energy transitions,
  • Efficient energy conversions,
  • Smart grids and energy electrification.


Electronic systems for sustainability

Many innovations in sustainable technologies currently rely on electronics, whether power electronics, control electronics or measurement electronics. ESOS research on electronics for sustainability aims to amplify the positive impact of electronics, particularly in the transition to renewable energies.

The ESOS project aims to participate in the rapidly expanding hardware open source movement. This movement is integrating open development practices, hitherto reserved for software technologies, into hardware design. In particular, the ESOS project is studying the impact of open source hardware on the sovereignty and sustainability of electronic systems.

Doctoral thesis offers 2024

5 doctoral theses are co-financed by the ESOS project:

T1_ESOS_2024 - Biobased microsensors for trace-level detection of pollutants in water (IETR Oasis team)
T2_ESOS_2024 - Autonomous and bio-based flexible piezoresistive microsensors for motion detection (IETR Oasis team)
T3_ESOS_2024 - Development of recyclable integrated electronic devices from bio-based materials using additive manufacturing processes for application to environmental sensors (IETR Oasis team)
T4_ESOS_2024 -  Increasing the Operability Time of a Multiprocessor Circuit based on the open and free RISC Architecture V (IRISA Taran team)
T5_ESOS_2024 - Modeling Carbon Impacts of a Smart Vision System (IETR Vaader team)

ESOS Seminars

These seminars include reading group sessions, discussing publications on electronics and sustainability, as well as exchanges on the scientific progress of the project.

The program is available here, and videos are also available: Séminaires ESOS