In a few words

Céline Pagis completed a MSc degree from the engineering school of Centrale Marseille in 2015. In 2018, she received her PhD in Material Sciences and Catalysis at IRCELYON and IFP Energies Nouvelles in Lyon under the academic guidance of Dr David Farrusseng and Dr Alain Tuel. Her PhD thesis topic was on original syntheses of hollow Y zeolite to study the impact of this new morphology on the transport and the catalytic activity for model reactions. The results and originality of her pioneer work have earned her awards : the fellowship L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science in 2018, the “Denise Barthomeuf” PhD award 2019 from the Groupe Francais des Zéolithes (GFZ) and the Yves Chauvin PhD award 2019 from IFPEN institution.

In 2018, she joined IFPEN as research engineer in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Her research activities are divided in two parts. One focused on the photoreduction of CO2 in gas phase and the other on the design of new catalysts for refinery and petrochemistry sectors. Céline Pagis is also deeply involved in the French Chemical Society (SCF) and the association elles bougent.

As junior researcher (PhD since October 2018), Céline Pagis published and participated at : 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 9 patents (2 about zeolites, 2 about petrochemistry, 4 about photocatalysis), H-index = 7 , 382 citations, 2 invited talks at (inter)national conferences (EMRS-Symposium H - 2019, GdR Solar Fuels seminar - 2019).

Research subjects
Design of new materials for the CO2 photoreduction in gas phase and their implementation in photocatalytic unit.
Design of metallic catalysts for selective hydrogenation of diolefins/acetylene.
  • Development of a process unit for the photoreduction of CO2 in gas phase. This highly robust and efficient facility enables us to methodically compare the photocatalysts performances by a control of various parameters (T, P, CO2/H2O ratio, bed’s catalyst location, irradiation, …).
  • Description of mechanisms of reduction of CO2 at the surface of photocatalyst using a operando IR approach. PhD project carried out by Judy Dankar (2020-2023) under the academic supervision of Mohamad El-Roz at the LCS at Caen.
  • Plasmon effects in bimetallic catalysts for the production of solar fuels. PhD project carried out by Steven Bardey (2017-2020) under the academic supervision of Dr Valérie Keller and Dr Valérie Caps from the “Institut de Chimie et Procédés pour l'Énergie, l'Environnement et la Santé” (ICPEES – UMR 7515).

All publications

Publications récentes

Cover PageOperando FTIR study of the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 in the presence of water vapor over Pt/TiO2: on the role of surface residual C-species Joudy Dankar, Céline Pagis, ´Mickael Rivallan, Mohamad El-Roz Sustainable Energy Fuels 2023, 7, 2819-2823


N2 adsorption-hollow zeoliteMorphology and topology assessment in hierarchical zeolite materials: adsorption hysteresis, scanning behavior, and domain theory Céline Pagis, David Farrusseng, Benoit Coasne et al. Inorg. Chem. Front., 2022, 9, 2903-2916


Pagis et al. ChemCatChemDemonstration of Improved Effectiveness Factor of Catalysts Based on Hollow Single Crystal Zeolites Céline Pagis, Fréderic Meunier, Yves Schuurman, Alain Tuel, Mathias Dodin, Raquel Martinez Franco, David Farrusseng ChemCatChem 2018, 10, 4525-4529


Pagis et al. Cryst.Eng.CommHigh-silica hollow Y zeolite by selective desilication of dealuminated NaY crystals in the presence of protective Al species Céline Pagis, Ana Rita M. Prates, Nicolas Bats, Alain Tuel, David Farrusseng Cryst.Eng.Comm. 2018, 20, 1564 - 1572

Pagis et al. Chem.MaterHollow Zeolite Structures: An Overview of Synthesis Methods Céline Pagis, Ana Rita M. Prates, David Farrusseng, Nicolas Bats, Alain Tuel Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 5205−5223