Research teams

Catalyst and Process Engineering (ING)

Manager : FARRUSSENG David
Deputy Manager : SCHUURMAN Yves

  The intensification of sustainable clean, so-called green, catalytic processes is a crucial component of the actions aiming at tackling future energetic and environmental challenges. Process intensification requires the integration of novel step-change catalytic formulations used in newly designed reactors with improved energy savings, in part related to the steps involved in reactant purification and product separation.

Characterization and remediation of pollutants in air and water (CARE)

Manager : VERNOUX Philippe
Deputy Manager : GIROIR-FENDLER Anne

CARE’s research activities are the crossroad of several major societal problems, related for instance to water and air quality. In response to such issues, CARE addresses all aspects related to air and water pollution control, from fundamental to applied research, from the characterization of wastes to their treatment and to their environmental impacts, especially in the atmosphere.

Strong expertise has been developed in the group related to the analysis and characterization of pollutants at trace levels in all phases i.e., aqueous, gaseous and particulate. We also aim at formulating and developing new catalysts for pollution abatement and to the development of innovative catalytic processes such as photocatalysis, catalytic wet air oxidation, catalysis on thin films and the electrochemical promotion of catalysis.

CARE is clearly positioned in an extremely original way at the interface between environmental science and fundamental heterogeneous catalysis.

 

Energies, Fuels and Chemicals for Sustainability (ECI2D)

Deputy Manager : PUZENAT Eric

In the near future, the energy transition will profoundly affect fuels and chemicals production methods.  The ECI2D team is working on three main themes for sustainable development in the field of heterogeneous catalysis:

  • Valorization of biomass and derivatives for fuels and base chemicals production;

  • Eco-efficient refining and petrochemistry processes;

  • Conversion of solar energy by photocatalysis.

In these three areas of research, and integrating strong industrial and academic partnerships, the team aims at the improvement and deeper understanding of existing catalytic processes as well as the development of innovative ways of transforming hydrocarbons, alcohols or biomass, and producing solar fuels through the design of dedicated catalysts. The methodology and expertise of the team consists in the preparation of multifunctional catalysts and their detailed physico-chemical characterization, especially using in situ or operando methods. In addition, catalyst properties are evaluated using model or real feeds to improve the understanding of reaction mechanisms and to develop more realistic kinetic modeling. The complexity of the topics and the comprehensive approach, from catalyst design right through to conversion of real feedstocks, is unique in France. In addition, a high level of expertise in hydrotreating on metal sulfide catalysts, mild oxidation and dehydration on oxides, catalysis by metals and (nano)alloys, and photocatalysis for energy imparts an interdisciplinary character to our team, favorable to innovation and international recognition by both academic and industrial actors. Lastly, the team develops specific and original analytic tools dedicated to the above-mentioned scientific topics, in particular advanced product separation techniques (GCxGC-FID/MS) for in-depth understanding of complex feeds, and spectroscopic in situ/operando techniques for characterization of catalyst active sites.

INtegrated Thermodynamical, Reactional and Analytical Approaches (ATARI)

Manager : NOZIERE Barbara
Deputy Manager : GELIN Patrick

The scope of the INTRAA group is to solve scientific challenges in the fields of catalysis and environmental science by developing new instrumental or methodological aproaches.