The 2016 Yves Chauvin prize has been awarded to Kim Larmier for his thesis on “Isopropanol conversions on alumina solids: a mixed experimental / multiscale modeling approach”.
His research has made it possible to better understand and predict certain properties of alumina-based catalysts used in the dehydration of a bio-based alcohol, isopropanol, an important step in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into substances for the chemical industry.
In particular, it was his use of an original approach, leading to the construction of a predictive kinetic model adapted on the basis of ab initio calculations that earned him the award.
The results of the research have already been promoted via five publications and four oral papers.
This thesis, carried out at IFPEN and defended in September 2015 at Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), was supervised by Céline Chizallet, Sylvie Maury and Nicolas Cadran (IFPEN), and directed by Hélène Pernot and Éric Marceau from the Surface Reactivity Laboratory at UPMC. Kim Larmier is currently carrying out postdoctoral research at ETH in Zürich, as part of Christophe Copéret’s team.
PPhoto (from left to right): Eric Heintzé, Céline Chizallet, Hélène Pernot (UPMC), Grégoire Allaire (Chairman of IFPEN's Scientific Board), Kim Larmier (2016 thesis prize winner), Eric Marceau (UPMC), Didier Houssin, Pierre-Henri Bigeard.
- Issue 25 of the Newsletter Science@ifpen (Special issue on “Catalysis and Separation” - July 2016)
- IFPEN and UPMC join forces to study bio-based chemistry (Info Science news stream - April 2016)
As a reminder, this prize, created as a tribute to Yves Chauvin, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005, is awarded by IFPEN's Scientific Board to a young doctoral researcher in recognition of:
Each year, on average, some 135 doctoral students are presented and 45 theses are defended at IFPEN.
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