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ChemCatChem publishes a special issue on Catalysis in France, highlighting the pivotal role of IFPEN

June 2017

The scientific journal ChemCatChem publishes a special issue on catalysis in France, with the spotlight on IFP Energies nouvelles’ researchers.

IFPEN plays a pivotal and unifying role in the field of fundamental catalysis research in France, contributing to the international influence of this community.



Special Issue: French Conference on Catalysis

June 22, 2017
Volume 9, Issue 12
Pages 2022–2425

In May 2016, the French Chemistry Society (SCF) promoted the organization of the first French Conference on Catalysis (FCCat), seeking to build on the “legacy of Sabatier and Chauvin, two French winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry”.

  • The Groupe Français des Zéolithes (GFZ - French Zeolites Group), chaired by Nicolas Bats, also played its part, as did the SCF’s Industrial Chemistry Division, which awarded its best researcher prize to Malika Boualleg from the Catalysis and Separation Division.
  • IFPEN’s Scientific Division also sponsored the conference. A report on the event was published in ChemCatChem.

Today, the event forms the basis of a special issue  of ChemCatChem, with guest editors Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou, Céline Chizallet, Anne-Cécile Roger (University of Strasbourg) and Hugo Petitjean (ICGM, Montpellier). Over about 45 articles, the issue contains a review of catalysis in France, put together by the DivCat, and a dozen contributions involving IFPEN authors, from three separate research divisions.

This publication illustrates:

  • IFPEN’s pivotal and unifying role for fundamental catalysis research in France,
  • IFPEN’s role in mobilizing a network, maintaining dynamic links with French teams of the highest international credentials.

A positioning and contribution also evidenced by the numerous awards given in recent years to doctoral students and researchers from the Catalysis and Separation Division, and, more recently still, by the very prestigious EFCATS (European Federation of Catalysis Societies) Best PhD thesis Award 2017 that will be given to Kim Larmier, a previous winner of the Yves Chauvin prize (2016), for his thesis project carried out on a collaborative basis between the Surface Reactivity Laboratory (UPMC) and IFPEN.

 + Newsletter Science@ifpen n° 25

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