In a few words

Pierre-Alain Breuil graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (Chimie ParisTech) in 2005. He next worked on supramolecular catalysts and asymmetric hydrogenation under the guidance of Prof. Joost Reek at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained his PhD in 2009. In 2010, he joined IFP Energies nouvelles as an R&D engineer in catalysis and later as project leader. His current research interests are focused on the development of new catalysts and chemical processes in the field of petrochemistry. Since 2019, he is working as a process engineer.

Research subjects
Process development in petrochemistry
Ligand and catalyst design and activation strategies based on transition metals
Product and catalyst characterization : ex situ, in operando or in situ approaches
  • Catalyst development in the field of petrochemistry
  • Process optimization


"Nickel catalyzed olefin oligomerization and dimerization", H. Olivier-Bourbigou, P. A. R. Breuil, L. Magna, T. Michel, M. Fernandez Espada Pastor and D. Delcroix, Chem. Rev. 2020, 120, 7919-7983.
DOI : 10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c00076



"Titanium-based phenoxy-imine catalyst for selective ethylene trimerization : effect of temperature on the activity, selectivity and properties of polymeric side products”, A. Cordier,   P.-A. R. Breuil, T. Michel, L. Magna, H. Olivier-Bourbigou, J. Raynaud, C. Boisson, V. Monteil, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2020, 10, 1602-1608.
DOI : 10.1039/c9cy02056j


Access to low valent Ni"Simplified and versatile access to low valent Ni complexes by metal-free reduction of NiII precursors” E. Moser, E. Jeanneau, N. Mézailles, H. Olivier-Bourbigou, P.-A. R. Breuil, Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 4101-4104.
DOI : 10.1039/c9dt00668k