Catalyst and Process Engineering

  • Rational design of MOF for catalysis
  • New zeolites and hollow zeolites
  • Adsorption and separation materials and processes
  • Biomass To Gasoline / H2
  • Refinery applications
  • Air and water treatments
  • In-situ & Operando studies
  • Catalysis by metals

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.

Research areas

  1. Experimental microkinetics.

The IMG research group develops original experimental microkinetic approaches either based on high-throughput methods (modeling of volcano-type curves through the catalytic evaluation of catalyst libraries composed of well-defined and characterized materials) or based on operando and advanced kinetics studies such as steady-state isotopic transient kinetic analysis (SSITKA) and chemical transient kinetics (e.g. temporal analysis of products =  TAP) to directly measure basic kinetic parameters required for the modeling.


  1. Model and hierarchical materials.

The understanding of catalytic mechanisms and the development of relevant microkinetic model is based on the ability to prepare well-controlled materials in terms of, e.g., global and local composition, particle size and active site dispersion. The engineering of materials at the molecular scale will focus on supported bimetallic nanoparticles (alloys, core-shell and Janus-type particles). An emphasis will be put on particles encapsulated in hollow zeolites boxes that will operate as nanoreactors (EU project « FastCard » 2014-2018).  Another line of material research will focus on the synthesis of catalysts with  isolated active site, based on the  anchoring of peptides in MOFs (ANR project « HOPEFAME ») and ligand substitution. Our efforts will focus on the synthesis of zeolites with controlled morphology and porosity for separation processes and bifunctional catalysis.


  1. Adsorption/separation.

This line of research encompasses both the design and application of materials such as porous adsorbents (zeolites, MOFs), oxides (ceria, MgO), metals, membranes (zeolites, conducting oxides such as porous CGO or dense ABO3) and separation processes such PSA/TSA and membrane-based systems. A particular focus will be given to the enrichment of trace gaseous radioisotopes, which requires developing novel adsorbents and studying the mechanistic aspects of adsorption and separation. The development of microporous materials with controlled polarity (hydrophobic zeolites, MOFs) for the adsorption and desorption of water will be investigated.


  1. Process Intensification.

The focus will be on the development of cutting-edge reactor technologies such as short-contact time reactors, coupled reactors that enable thermal coupling between an endothermic reaction and an exothermic reaction and membrane assembly that enables coupling reaction and separation in a single reactor. The modeling of reaction kinetics and transport phenomena will be carried out to enable reactor dimensioning. Catalyst shaping is another necessary step to be investigated. Development up the demonstrator scale will be pursued in most cases.


  1. Syngas/synfuel/biofuel.

Catalysts and the corresponding efficient and green processes in term of energy input would be developed for the refining or synthesis of new generations of fuels. This line of research emcompasses syngas reactions (conversion, purification) and the valorisation of alkanes and light alcohols, as well as the production of second generation of fuels through catalytic pyrolysis, bio-oil hydrotreating, catalytic cracking and co-processing. The emphasis will be put on three reactions: (i) tar reforming, (ii) Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and (iii) catalytic cracking (Co-FCC).


  • Researchers

    • Daniel Bianchi
    • Jerome Canivet
    • David Farrusseng
    • Nolven Guilhaume
    • Frederic Meunier
    • Claude Mirodatos
    • Helene Provendier
    • Elsje Quadrelli
    • Jean-Luc Rousset
    • Yves Schuurman
    • Alain Tuel
  • Technical and administrative staff

    • Cecile Daniel
    • Emmanuel Landrivon
    • Franck Morfin
    • Mehdi Bessaa
    • Bastien Buey
    • Gaelle Hisler
    • Mathieu Lions
  • Postdoctoral fellows

    • Marcelo Alves Favaro
    • Donia Bouzouita
    • Ashta Chandra Ghosh
    • Partha Samanta
    • Florian Wisser
  • PhD students

    • Ranin Atwi
    • Corentin Chatelard
    • Baptiste Chauchon
    • William De Rezende Locatel
    • Taha Elgayyar
    • Ekaterina Galand
    • Jordan Guillemot
    • Paul Hazemann
    • Remy Rajapaksha
    • Alisa Ranscht
    • Quentin Rivet
    • Olivier Said-Aizpuru
  • Interns

    • Jose Maria Panades Blas
    • Erwan Sudour


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