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IFP Energies nouvelles' ambition to support innovation must go hand in hand with the rigorous implementation of scientific quality, ranging from research teams to the choice of research themes.

2016 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
The 2016 Yves Chauvin prize has been awarded to Kim Larmier on 23 November 2016 for his thesis on “Isopropanol conversions on alumina solids: a mixed experimental / multiscale modeling approach”.
>> IFPEN News stream (Novmeber 2016)

DCP: 2016 Young Researcher Prize
Céline Chizallet (researcher in IFPEN’s Catalysis and Separation Division) is the joint winner of the 2016 Young Researcher Prize awarded by the joint Chemistry and Physics Division (DCP) of the Société chimique de France (SCF- French Chemistry Society) and the Société française de physique (SFP - French Physics Society). The prize was presented to her on 20 October 2016 at the Nancy Physics and Chemistry Conference, for her research in the field of molecular modeling.
It will be recalled that Céline Chizallet also won an award for her work last year, when she was given the Edith Flanigen Prize.

2016 Franco-Spanish Prize
Carmen Claver, a member of IFPEN’s Scientific Board, has just been awarded the Franco-Spanish Prize by the Société chimique de France (SCF - French Chemistry Society), this month of June 2016. Professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain), she brings to IFPEN her experience in the conduct of top-level scientific studies in the fields of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.

2016 Thesis Prize
Giovanni De Nunzio (Mechatronics, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Division) received the 2016 Thesis Prize from the Grenoble Alps Community of Universities and Institutions (ComUE) for the scientific excellence of the work carried out as part of his thesis entitled "Eco-Management of Traffic in Urban Networks". Supervised by Carlos Canudas-de-Wit (Gipsa-lab) and promoted to IFPEN by Philippe Moulin, the thesis was defended in October 2015 at the INP of Grenoble.
>> Presentation of his work (on YouTube)

2016 Award from the Industrial Chemistry Division of the French Chemistry Society
This award was given to Malika Boualleg on 26 May 2016 during the French Conference on Catalysis (FCCAT) in Fréjus, in recognition of her work and that of her project team focusing on the development of a selective lithium adsorbent.
Malika Boualleg's expertise in identifying new aluminia concepts for catalytic systems in the field of refining and petrochemicals helped to quickly develop a lithium-doped solid for a new field of application of strategic industrial importance: lithium production. The work was carried out in collaboration with Eramet.
>> IFPEN News stream (February 2016).
>> Find out more

AAPG 2016
Fadi Henri Nader received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Middle-East section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for his commitment and efforts to promote geosciences in the Middle-East (6 March 2016).

ESCRE 2015: EFCE award
Luis Pereira de Oliveira (Process Design and Modeling Division) was the winner of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Excellence Award for his PhD thesis in the field of chemical reaction engineering.
He received the award at the European Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ESCRE 2015), held from 27 to 30 October 2015 in Germany. His research, carried out at IFPEN, related to the development of a methodology for the compositional and kinetic modeling of refining processes, successfully applied to the hydrotreatment of diesel cuts and the hydroconversion of vacuum residues. This approach has subsequently been applied to biomass conversion processes and will soon be extended to the hydrotreatment of bio-oils.
The research has led to six publications in peer-reviewed journals and ten conference papers.

CFS' 15
Marie Guehl, a PhD student working on catalysis and separation, received a French Chemistry Society award at the CFS' 15: Chemistry and Energy Transition Conference, in July 2015. She made a brilliant presentation of her work on the development of hybrid catalytic systems for the selective recovery of biosourced products with specific properties.

The 2015 Edith Flanigen Award
This 2015 Awards have honored Celine Chizallet, researcher at IFP Energies nouvelles, for her work in the field of molecular modeling applied to the understanding and rationalization of the functioning of catalysts.
The Edith Flanigen Award is presented annually to an exceptional young female scientist, in the eight years following graduation.
>> More information

The 2015 EFCE Young Researcher Award in Mixing
Claudio Antonio Pereira da Fonte has received the 2015 EFCE Young Researcher Award in Mixing for his work in modelling of mixtures in stirred tanks.
He received this Award at the 15th European Conference on Mixing which took place from 28 June to 3 July 2015 in Saint Petersburg. He won this award for his excellent research work in terms of new approaches, in-depth study and dissemination of the results.
His research work was conducted as part of his thesis on “Mixing Studies with Impinging Jets: PIV/PLIF Experiments and CFD Simulation” in the Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering in Porto and also in IFPEN, as part of postdoctoral training in 2013 and, since then, as a research engineer.

SPE, Budapest, June 2015
Vincent Crombez, a geosciences PhD student, came second in the European student paper competition run by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) at the European finals in Budapest for his thesis "Distribution of Sedimentary Heterogeneities in Shale Plays: Insight from Sequence Stratigraphy, Multi-Proxies Analysis and Stratigraphic Modeling of the Montney and Doig Formations – W-Canada".

2014 Cefracor certificate of honor
On June 8, 2015, Cécile Plennevaux, a former PhD student at IFPEN, was awarded the 2014 certificate of honor by Cefracor (Centre français de la corrosion et de l'anticorrosion - French corrosion and anti-corrosion center), for her thesis entitled "Étude des risques de corrosion et de rupture différée des aciers en présence d'H2S dans les conditions d'exploration de pétrole et de gaz à haute pression et haute température" (A study of corrosion and sulfide stress cracking risks in H2S-containing oil and gas wells under high pressure and high temperature).

Best poster prize at the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in San Diego (United States) – April 2015
Claire Derlot, a PhD student within the Biotechnology Division, was awarded the prize for the best poster at the 37th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals in San Diego. At the symposium, she presented her thesis research on gene engineering to regulate the production of enzymes used for biomass decomposition.

2014 Marius Lavet prize
This prize, awarded on 23 March 2015, rewards engineers who have had a distinguished career and whose inventions have enjoyed substantial industrial success. 
Alain Méthivier, Head of the "Divided Materials Engineering" department within IFP Energies nouvelles' Catalysis and Separation Division, was one of the three Marius Lavet prize finalists for his work on the development of the Eluxyl® adsorbent and process between 1992 and 2014.

2014 "Étoiles de l'Europe" awards
On 16 December 2014, Florence Delprat-Jannaud, coordinator of the European SiteChar project on the characterization of geological CO2, storage sites, was awarded one of the twelve "Étoiles de l'Europe" ("Stars of Europe") prizes for 2014.
The European project, led by IFPEN, included geoscience modeling, economic calculations, along with a communication component dedicated to societal aspects.

2014 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
Thibault Alphazan was presented with the 2014 Yves Chauvin thesis prize on Thursday 20 November 2014 by Hélène Olivier Bourbigou, Head of Department at IFPEN and Scientific Woman of the Year – Irène Joliot-Curie prizewinner, for his thesis entitled:"Towards the molecular design of hydrotreatment catalysts prepared from metal-organic precursors".

2014 Irène Joliot-Curie Prize, Scientific Woman of the Year category
This prize was awarded to Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou on 18 November 2014 at a ceremony attended by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, and Pierre de Bausset, General Secretary of Airbus Group.
Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou is in charge of research in the field of molecular catalysis at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN). She began her career alongside Yves Chauvin (winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), who supervised her doctoral thesis. Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou is now carrying out research at IFPEN on homogeneous catalysis for applications in the chemicals sector, employing a dual academic and industrial approach. >> read more

2014 EP-AFTP trophy
Didier Granjeon, from IFPEN's Geosciences Division, received the 2014 GEP-AFTP trophy on 25 September 2014 for his work on Dionisos software. This trophy awards the best oil and gas industry innovations, particularly those related to exploration in new zones.
Dionisos is the result of doctoral research carried out by Didier Granjeon between 1992 and 1995. The Dionisos JIP (from 1998 to 2012), for which Didier Granjeon was project manager from 2004, enabled fine-tuning of the software. Dionisos is a program for the 3D simulation of progressive sedimentological filling of a basin over time. It is now integrated into the OpenFlow™ suite, marketed by Beicip-Franlab.

Prize for the best oral paper
Cédric Bara, a doctoral student from the Catalysis and Separation Division, was awarded the prize for best oral paper at the 11th International symposium on "Scientific Bases for the Preparation of Heteregeneous Catalysts" held in Belgium in July 2014. This PhD work opens up new avenues to improve the performance of hydrodesulfurization catalysts.

1st prize in the EAGE "Field Challenge"
In June 2014, a team of IFP School students won 1st prize in the "Field Challenge" competition, handed over to them at the 76th conference of the EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers).
The team produced an analysis and development plan for an existing oil field using geological, geophysical and reservoir engineering data provided by industry. The awarding of this new prize once again illustrates the quality of the geoscience training delivered by IFP School >> to find out more.

European Best PhD on Control of Complex and Heterogeneous Systems 2013 Prize
This Prize was awarded to Delphine Bresch-Pietri, a PhD student within Mechatronics, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Division from 2009 to 2012, for her thesis on the "Robust control of variable-delay systems. Theoretical contributions and applications to engine control".

ENI Award - 2014 edition:
Clément Sanchez, professor at the Collège de France, has received an award from the ENI oil group for the work he has been carrying out for more than 10 years in the field of "soft chemistry" and the development of multifunctional materials, in collaboration with research teams and doctoral students from IFPEN's Catalysis and Separation Division.
This work paves the way for the development of an economic and environmentally-friendly process for new refining catalysts offering promising properties in terms of activity and selectivity.

2014 French Chemistry Society – Analytical Chemistry Division thesis award
Fabien Chainet, a PhD student, has received the French Chemistry Society – Analytical Chemistry Division award for his thesis on silicon speciation in hydrotreatment feeds (January 2014).

2013 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
Étienne Jourdier was awarded the 2013 Yves Chauvin thesis prize on Monday 25 November by Yves Chauvin himself - the winner of the 2005 Nobel prize in Chemistry - for his thesis on the “Modeling and optimization of cellulase production by Trichoderma reesei for lignocellulosic biorefineries”, completed within the Applied Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Division and supervised by Christian Larroche, Director of Polytech' Clermond-Ferrand.
 His research has significantly enhanced the model for understanding the metabolism of Trichoderma reesei.

2013 ParisTech thesis prize
Delphine Bresch-Pietri, a PhD student within the Technology, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Division from 2009 to 2012, has been awarded the 2013 ParisTech thesis prize for her thesis on the "Robust control of variable-delay systems. Theoretical contributions and applications to engine control".
Her thesis research has led to a major theoretical result in the field of automatic systems, described by experts as the "missing link between theory and practice".

2013 DGA thesis prize
Camille Couprie, from the Technology, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Division, is the winner of the 2013 thesis prize awarded by the DGA (French Defence procurement agency) for her thesis research focusing on "discrete variational optimization and computerized vision applications".
This thesis developed analysis methods that improve the performance in extraction of data of interest (object, face, etc.) from images. The potential applications are numerous: biometrics, medical or satellite imaging, 2D or 3D mapping, robotics, video-surveillance, identification of targets.
Camille Couprie had also received the prize for best interdisciplinary thesis from the EADS Foundation in 2012.
 >> See the video clip summarizing her research.

2013 GDF SUEZ "Yvonne Gubler" thesis prize
Anne-Claire Chaboureau, a PhD student at IFPEN whose thesis was overseen by Sébastien Rohais within the Geosciences division (IFPEN – University of Rennes 1 – CEA / Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory collaboration), has been awarded the GDF SUEZ  "Yvonne Gubler" thesis prize for her work on the impact of climate and tectonics on the dynamics of sedimentary systems during the opening of the South Atlantic.
She was given the prize at the 14th French Sedimentology Congress held by the ASF (Paris, 4-8 November 2013), jointly organized with IFPEN.

Phillips Prize 2013
IFPEN was awarded the Phillips Prize for the work it has carried out in the field of 2D-multidimensional gas chromatography (GC-2D). The prize was awarded to Thomas Dutriez , the 2011 Yves Chauvin prize-winner, during the symposium on GC-2D held in Palm Springs from 12 to 16 May 2013.
This prize is a testament to IFPEN's world-class expertise in this field.

10th CONCAWE Symposium (February 25 & 26, 2013)
Jean-Baptiste May-Carle, a former doctoral student at IFPEN, was crowned the winner of the 3rd Young Researcher poster competition for the research he conducted at IFPEN on the use of ethanol in diesel engines.

André Dumont 2013 prize
On 7 March 2013, François Roure, Expert Director, was awarded the André Dumont prize by Geologica Belgica following the association’s AGM.

2012 best thesis prize
The EADS Foundation awarded its prize for best interdisciplinary thesis to Camille Couprie for her research in the field of “Discrete variational optimization and computerized vision applications", ED 532 - MSTIC.
The first part of her thesis offers a new solution to the problem of blocks generated by the minimum cut method for segmentation, such as markers, image gradient or the color of objects. In the second part, the study focuses on the dual constraint approach and the use of parallel proximal algorithms making it possible to restore images or arbitrary data modeled by graphs, preserving better contrast than the conventional total variation method.
>> See the video

Gérard De Soete 2012 prize
On 29 November 2012, Kirsten Leistner, a PhD student, was awarded the Gérard De Soete 2012 prize for her thesis entitled "Experimental study andmodeling of catalytic oxidation of diesel soot".

IFP Energies nouvelles’ 2012 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
The 2012 prize was awarded to Marie Savonnet and Ibrahim Abada by Yves Chauvin on 27 November 2012 in recognition of the excellence of their research, focusing, respectively, on the "Synthesis of new MOF-type materials with acidic and basic properties and evaluation in catalysis" and "Modeling of the natural gas markets in Europe, in oligopolistic competition, the GaMMES model and a few applications".

2012 City of Lyon Young Researcher’s Prize, "Sustainable Development Sciences and Engineering" category
This prize was awarded to Antoine Fécant on 28 September 2012.

Best poster prize at the opening session of the 22nd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering
Manel Fourati, a PhD student, was awarded the best poster prize at the opening session of the 22nd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering held in Maastricht (Netherlands) from 2 to 5 September 2012.

Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (French Society of Mineralogy and Crystallography) prize
This thesis prize was awarded to  Frank Bourdelle, a PhD student, during the Serpentine days 2012 workshop held from 2 to 6 September 2012.

Prize for best oral paper at the 35th  international congress organized by the British Zeolite Association (BZA)
Jérémy Dhainaut, a PhD student, was awarded the prize for best oral paper at the 35th international congress organized by the British Zeolite Association (BZA) in July 2012. His presentation at the event related to his work on the synthesis of zeolite MFI nanosheets in the presence of mono-ammonium, both a germination promoter (structuring) and growth inhibitor.

Prize for best poster at the 46th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium held by the American Rock Mechanics Association
This prize was awarded to Anne-Lise Guilmin, a PhD student, and her co-authors William Sassi and Jean-François Barthélémy, both engineers, in Chicago in June 2012. The poster presented the authors’ work based on multi-scale modeling to simulate the hydromechanical coupling of a sedimentary column subjected to tectonic constraints during sedimentation.

2012 Codegepra thesis prize
Mahdi Yazdanpanah, PhD student, was awarded the 2012 Codegepra (Comité de développement du génie des procédés en Rhône-Alpes – Rhône-Alpes Committee for the development of process engineering) thesis prize for his thesis entitled "Étude d'une configuration de combustion en boucle chimique (CLC) avec charges gazeuses pour le captage du CO2" (Study of a chemical looping combustion (CLC) configuration with gas feedstocks for CO2 capture).

2nd "Top 10" Poster Presentation Award of Excellence
In April 2012, Jean-Marc Daniel, an engineer, received the 2nd "Top 10" Poster Presentation Award of Excellence at the annual conference of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, for his presentation relating to an innovative methodology for the measurement of constraints affecting sedimentary basins during their geological development.

2012 SCF DivCat prize
Emmanuelle Guillon, IFPEN engineer in the Catalysis and Separation Division, has been awarded the SCF DivCat prize for "her remarkable contribution to acid-base catalysis and the quality of her recent research in the field of biofuels".

Grand prix Michel Gouilloud Schlumberger 2011 prize
On 22 november, Mickaële Le Ravalec-Dupin, IFPEN expert in the Reservoir Engineering Division, has been awarded the Grand prix Michel Gouilloud Schlumberger 2011 prize by the French Academy of Sciences in recognition of the original geostatistical methods that she has developed.

2011 Yves Chauvin thesis prize awarded to Thomas Dutriez
Thomas Dutriez was awarded IFP Energies nouvelles’ 2011 Yves Chauvin thesis prize in recognition of his work on "Multidimensional chromatography: towards extensive molecular characterization of vacuum distillate-type feedstocks and an understanding of their reactivity to hydrotreatment".
Overseen by Marion Courtiade and Hugues Dulot, two IFP Energies nouvelles researchers, Thomas Dutriez prepared his thesis under the management of Didier Thiébault at ESCPI ParisTech, within the École doctorale Chimie physique et Chimie analytique de Paris (Paris Doctoral School for Physical and Analytical Chemistry). >> read more

2011 Bull-Joseph Fourier prize awarded to Julien Bohbot, a researcher at IFP Energies nouvelles
On 28 June, Julien Bohbot, Project Manager and research engineer at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) was awarded the 2011 Bull-Joseph Fourier prize for high-performance digital simulation. He was awarded for his work on the parallelization of 3D IFP-C3D industrial simulation code, used to simulate automobile engine combustion. The advances made open up interesting prospects for progress in the development of new physical models which aim to predict pollutant emissions.

2011 EAGE Arie van Weelden thesis prize
This prize was awarded to Marius Verscheure, a former PhD student at IFPEN, for the work he completed as part of his thesis entitled "Inversion conjointe des propriétés géométriques et hydrodynamiques d'un réservoir fracturé" (Joint inversion of geometric and hydrodynamic properties of a fractured reservoir), supervised by Jean-Paul Chilès, associate research director at Mines ParisTech and André Fourno, Research engineer in IFPEN's Reservoir Engineering Division.

2011 Eccomas Prize for the best European thesis
This prize was awarded to Damien Kah, former PhD student at IFPEN, for the work he completed as part of his thesis entitled "Prise en compte des aspects polydispersés pour la modélisation d'un jet de carburant dans les moteurs à combustion interne" (Inclusion of polydisperse aspects for modeling a fuel jet in internal combustion engines) supervised by Marc Massot who is a lecturer at École Centrale Paris and Stéphane Jay, research engineer in IFPEN's Energy Application Techniques division.

2010 Thesis Prize  of the French École Polytechnique
Jérémie Dautriat received one of the 2010 thesis prizes for the quality of his thesis on the "Hydromechanic behavior of reservoir rocks under stress - Relationships between permeability changes and scales of damage mechanisms". Academic guidance was given by Jean Raphanel and Alexandre Dimanov from the École Polytechnique's Solid Mechanics Laboratory and was overseen by Nicolas Gland at IFP Energies nouvelles.

2010 Prize of the Catalysis division of the French Chemistry Society
Pascal Raybaud, an expert within the Catalysis and Separation Division of IFP Energies nouvelles won this prize. This prize awards significant research work which has been ongoing since 1995, making it possible to streamline and conceptualize heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts on an atomic scale, thanks to quantum molecular modeling combined with experimental techniques.

2010 EAGE's Wegener Award
François Roure, an expert within the Geology-Geochemistry-Geophysics Division of IFP Energies nouvelles, was bestowed with this award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers in recognition of his research contribution to the understanding of thrust faults and foreland basins, as well as the effects of compressive tectonics on fluid movements.

2010 Chéreau-Lavet Prize of the best engineer-inventor
Christian Wittrisch received this Jury Prize on 17 January 2011 during the 10th Chéreau-Lavet prize-giving ceremony. He has been awarded for the invention of the Simphor, an instrumentation and measurement system for a horizontal well. He has already received two prizes for this invention which has been marketed by Vinci Technologies.

2010 Yves Chauvin Thesis Prize of IFP Energies nouvelles
The prize was awarded to Ludovic Métivier, a former PhD student at IFP Energies nouvelles, for his thesis "A non-linear inversion method for high-resolution seismic imaging", supervised by Laurence Halpern (lecturer at Paris 13 University) and overseen by Florence Delprat-Jannaud at IFP Energies nouvelles.

2010 Thesis Prize of the SCF (French Chemistry Society)
The prize was awarded to Frédéric Biscay, a former PhD student at IFP Energies nouvelles, for his thesis on "Molecular modeling of high-pressure liquid-steam interfaces and prediction of interfacial tension" supervised by Patrice Malfreyt (lecturer at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand) and overseen by Véronique Lachet and Philippe Ungerer at IFP Energies nouvelles.

2009 Yves Chauvin Thesis Prize of IFP Energies nouvelles
The prize was awarded to Jean-Baptiste Michel for his research entitled "Modeling of heterogeneous mixture turbulent combustion in self-ignition mode with a view to application in diesel engine simulation".

ACS Student Award 2009
Deana Soogund, PhD student at IFP Energies nouvelles, won this award of the American Chemical Society for her paper entitled "New startingmaterials for highly activemolybdenum-vanadiumbased catalysts for the hydrotreatment of residues".

2009 SPE's Young Professional Paper Contest
Sandra Buret, PhD student at IFP Energies nouvelles, was the winner at the 2009 SPE Formation Damage conference for her paper entitled "Water Quality and Well Injectivity: Do Residual Stable Oil in Water Emulsions matter?". The co-authors of the paper are Lahcen Nabzar, Expert at IFP Energies nouvelles and Amane Jada from the Institut de Sciences des Matériaux (Institute of Material Sciences) in Mulhouse.


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