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News 28 April 2021

A new reaction scheme to optimize the production of biobased butadiene

Revisiting an old process that starts with ethanol thanks to a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms involved, IFPEN’s researchers have defined an original scheme, combining the hitherto generally accepted Gorin-Jones route with a reaction route known as the “Inoue route”. The scheme has been shown to be relevant for explaining the composition of effluents associated with the Ostromislensky catalytic conversion process, paving the way for future process improvements. 

Issue 50 of Science@ifpen
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The in silico creation of molecular structures

What chemical engineer has never dreamed of having access to a tool that can directly identify a fluid (pure substance or mixture) on the basis of characteristics necessary to a given application context? This Holy Grail could become a reality thanks to the field of Chemoinformatics and its methods...
Science@ifpen - Issue 49
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Microfluidics and Chemoinformatics: a highly complementary approach to studying material/fluid compatibility

Pour de nombreuses applications industrielles, comme le recyclage chimique des plastiques, ou encore pour assurer la compatibilité entre polymères et nouveaux carburants, il est essentiel d’anticiper les interactions entre matériaux et fluides...
Cheminformatics and its descriptors: application to polymer/fluid compatibility
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Cheminformatics and its descriptors: application to polymer/fluid compatibility

Ensuring compatibility between polymers and fluids is essential in numerous industrial sectors: in the automotive sector, for example, the resistance of materials used in the fuel supply system is a vital consideration.
Issue 46 of Science@ifpen - Earth Sciences and Environmental Technologies
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Flair Suite™: supporting environmental and industrial gas monitoring

Today, air quality is an issue of major concern when it comes to public health. To protect it, it is necessary to reduce emissions but also monitor global chemical changes taking place in the atmosphere. From the economic and safety points of view, it is also important to monitor industrial gas emissions. It was to tackle these different aspects that IFPEN’s researchers began developing a range of technological solutions, within the context of the Flair Suite™ project.
Issue 46 of Science@ifpen - Earth Sciences and Environmental Technologies
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Rock-Eval®: supporting soil research for the climate challenge

One way to decrease the amount of atmospheric CO2 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of fossil origin, but it is also possible to increase the quantities of carbon stored in the soil. (...) In the current context of climate change, understanding the evolution of carbon in the ground is critically important. It is for this reason that IFPEN wanted to study the potential offered by Rock-Eval®, a flagship of oil research...
Issue 43 of Science@IFPEN
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Pretreatment and deformulation of biomass-based products

The development of production processes for fuel and platform molecules from lignocellulosic biomass requires knowledge of the chemical composition, on a molecular scale, of the various liquid products generated...
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Maria-Fernanda ROMERO-SARMIENTO

Research Engineer / Project Leader
Organic Geochemistry PhD.
Sciences of the Earth and the Universe HDR
Maria-Fernanda Romero-Sarmiento joined IFP Energies nouvelles in 2010 as a research scientist in organic geochemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in Organic Geochemistry from the University of Lille (France)
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Charles-Philippe LIENEMANN

Charles-Philippe Lienemann - Scientific Advisor at the Physics and Analysis Division
Charles-Philippe Lienemann graduated at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 1993. He then joined University of Lausanne (Switzerland) within the group of D. Perret and Prof. J-C. Bünzli for his
Issue 42 of Science@IFPEN
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Rapid elementary metal mapping via LIBS

Effectively detecting the presence of very low quantities of elements in industrial materials is a major challenge. One such example is heterogeneous catalysis where contamination and poisoning of
Issue 42 of Science@IFPEN
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In situ characterization of the genesis of the active sites of hydrotreatment catalysts by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Meeting environmental standards governing the sulfur content of oil-based fuels hinges around the optimization of hydrotreatment processes (HDT), involving, in particular, the development of more