Because of its industrial and economical importance, the development of new catalysts represent nowadays the most studied topic in chemistry research. Catalysis, be it heterogeneous (bulk or nanoparticles) or homogenous, mineral or organic (organo-metallic, coordination or molecular) or microbiologic (enzymatic), is one of the crucial keys in the development of a sustainable and green chemistry by favoring valorization of renewable resources of various origins (plants or animals) while allowing conversion to clean solvents.
Main Research Topics
New nanometric size metallic catalysts (10-9m) dispersed or supported. Nanocatalysts with higher turnover potential, inducing greater selectivity or renewable.
Simplification of synthesis pathways of industrial key molecules in context of sustainability (Pharmaceuticals, Chemistry from Plants, bio-based materials).
Design of ecologically efficient chiral ligands (N-Heterocyclic Carbenes & Phosphines) for the synthesis of optically active molecules.
New reaction pathways using enzymatic catalysis. Creation of a biocatalyst repository for rare glucides.
Increasing the knowledge of the mechanisms governing transformation with industrial catalysts in order to further optimization : approach combining synthesis, structural characterizations and theoretical and numerical modeling.
Modeling, intensification and industrialization of photocatalytic reactors. Upscaling validation of catalysts and photocatalysts.