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News 13 November 2020

Shedding light on the external surface of zeolites by quantum calculation

Thanks to quantum modeling calculations conducted on the ZSM-5 zeolite, IFPEN’s research has nevertheless demonstrated the existence of a much larger variety of active sites on the surface than in the internal nanoporosity.

Photocatalysis, a lighted pathway for CO2 conversion
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Photocatalysis, a lighted pathway for CO2 conversion

Although the climate crisis makes the reduction of CO2 emissions a matter of urgency, some industries will have difficulty in avoiding them, such as cement plants (where the core process is currently based on the calcination of CaCO3) or refineries, which are currently highly energy-intensive. Hence the huge potential interest in procedures that could capture the CO2 released directly from the plant (...) then recover it at a fraction of the energy cost...
The premature ageing of oxygen carrier materials: a challenge for CLC
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The premature ageing of oxygen carrier materials: a challenge for CLC

The increase in the level of atmoshpheric CO2 and the resulting climate change are a global concern. Despite this, the use of fossil fuels continues to grow, in response to high energy demand. Combined with storage and CO2 conversion solutions, Chemical Looping Combustion processes (CLC) offer a medium-term solution to reducing the impact of energy production from fossil fuels, or even biomass...
Issue 45 of Science@ifpen
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Numerical design based on the analysis of multi-scale porous material microstructures

The design of high-quality porous materials is a major challenge for the energy efficiency of industrial processes in the fields of catalysis and biocatalysis and separation and purification operations. For such applications, these materials derive their properties of interest from their specific microstructure, incorporating a large quantity of empty spaces that are organized and connected on a nanometric scale. IFPEN and Saint Gobain Research Provence (SGRP) joined forces to acquire a tool that will ultimately facilitate the development of porous materials optimized for given usages.
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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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Antoine FECANT

Research engineer / Project manager
Antoine Fécant holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (2004) and a DEA (Master degree) from the University of Lille I the same year. He then obtained a PhD
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Researcher in Complex Fluids / Ph.D. in Chemistry
_ Maira completed her Ph.D. thesis at the Institute for Research on Catalysis and the Environment of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (CNRS) and Saint-Gobain Provence Research on the catalytic
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Véronique LACHET

Project manager, physical chemistry of complex fluids
Véronique Lachet received her Chemical Engineer degree (Chimie ParisTech, Paris) in 1995 and her PhD in Physical Chemistry (Paris Sud University, Orsay) in 1998. After a short postdoctoral stay
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Céline PAGIS

Research Engineer in Heterogeneous Catalysis – PhD in Material Sciences
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
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Gerhard Pirngruber
Research scientist, Project Leader
I studied Technical Chemistry at the TU Vienne, Austria. After my graduation I moved to Twente University, Netherlands, as a PhD student. Under the supervision of Prof. Lercher, I worked on
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Research Engineer / Project Manager
Carlos Nieto-Draghi (b. 1975) completed a Chemical Engineer degree at the Simón Bolívar University (Caracas, Venezuela) followed by a DEA and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineer and Processes at the Rovira i