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Laurent Piccolo


Numéro ORCID : 0000-0003-4095-0572

445 324 (Standard + 33 [0] 472 445 300)

Mots clés

Surface science, Heterogeneous catalysis, CO oxidation & PROX, hydrogenation, Selective ring opening, Metals, Nanoalloys, Single-atom catalysts



- Habilitation à diriger des recherches, University of Lyon, 10/2007, "Surface science and catalysis by gold"

- PhD in Materials Science - 12/1999. Thesis : "Reactivity of Pd clusters supported on MgO(100) : NO adsorption, CO+NO and CO+O2 reactions", Aix-Marseille University, France (Supervisor C.R. Henry)

- Master in Materials Science/Surfaces and Interfaces, Aix-Marseille University - 6/1996



Research positions


- Invited researcher at INTE, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, 6 months in 2017-2018

- Permanent researcher (CNRS, national scientific research center) at the IRCELYON (research institute on catalysis and environment), CNRS and University of Lyon, Villeurbanne, France - Since 10/2001

- Post-doctoral researcher at CEA (national atomic research organization), SPCSI (department of physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces), Saclay (near Paris), France, 3/2000-9/2001

- Teaching assistant at Aix-Marseille University - 10/1996-9/1999

- Master and PhD at CINaM (interdisciplinary nanosciences), CNRS, Marseille, France, 3/1996-12/1999



Dr Laurent Christian PICCOLO

CNRS researcher in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis


Current topics of research


- Single-atom catalysis

- Nanoalloys and nanohydrides

- Complex intermetallic surfaces

- CO2 hydrogenation


Funded programs:

- IEA CNRS UltraCO2 (Lyon-Birmingham), "Ultradispersed catalysts for CO2 valorisation", 2019-2022 (leader)

- ICL MXCat, "MXenes as catalyst supports for CO2 reduction", 2019-2020 (leader)

- ANR UltraCat, "Ultradispersed metal catalysts for energy applications involving hydrogen", 2018-2022 (leader)

- CMIRA (Lyon-Barcelona), "Single-atom catalysts for hydrogen photogeneration", 2016-2018 (leader)

- ARC Energies, "Toward active and stable electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution", 2016-2019 (co-supervisor)


Member of the board of the International Research Network on Nanoalloys


See personnal website



Updated February 25, 2021



- Mecanisms of heterogeneous catalysis by metals/alloys and bifunctional catalysts:

COOX/PROX, selective hydrogenation, selective ring opening

- Single-atom catalysts, nanoparticles & nanoalloys, single-crystal surfaces

- Gold-based materials, ceria-based materials

- Ultrahigh vacuum science and technology

- Surface (AES, XPS, LEIS, STM, FTIR...) and bulk (XRD, TEM, XAS...) characterization of materials

- Products analysis by GCxGC-MS


Scientific production


>80 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (>2500 citations, H-index 31)

3 book chapters 

>200 communications at national and international conferences