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News 11 May 2020

Spectroscopy and quantum calculations uncover the secrets of alumina supports

Using quantum calculations and the first molecular model of the edges of gamma alumina crystallites, a material widely employed in catalysis, teams from IFPEN and the CRMN revisited the NMR spectrum assignment established in the literature up until now.

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Pierre-Alain BREUIL

Research Engineer / Project leader
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
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The ROAD4CAT chair one year in

The 1st industrial chair within the IdexLyon projecta, ROAD4CAT (RatiOnAl Design for CATalysis), launched in June 2018, brings together IFPEN and the Chemistry Laboratory at École Normale Supérieure
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Scientific Assistant Director
Researcher in Molecular Modeling applied to Catalysis
Pascal Raybaud is Researcher in molecular modeling applied to catalysis and Scientific Assistant Director in the Catalysis, Biocatalysis and Separation Division at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN). He
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Project Leader, ab initio calculations for Catalysis
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Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou : Scientific Woman of the Year – The 2014 Irène Joliot-Curie Prize

Scientific Woman of the Year – The 2014 Irène Joliot-Curie Prize: Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou, Head of research in the field of molecular catalysis at IFPEN
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Catalyst selectivity: spectral investigations

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Extrusion: playing the SAXS for success!

Alumina, the archetypal material used for hydrotreatment catalyst supports, has a porous structure at supramolecular scales, determining the transport of oil feeds within it. This structure is largely
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Surface characterization at the right TEMPO

The value of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) resides in its capacity to supply information on the surface elementary composition (a few nm) and the chemical environment of the atoms probed
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ROCK sets the rhythm for catalyst activation

The development of more efficient hydrotreatment catalysts, based on molybdenum (Mo), requires advanced characterization methods that allow materials to be studied in conditions that match those of