Louwanda is a research engineer at CNRS, France. She received her PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Haute Alsace (France) under the supervision of Dr. Joël Patarin. The focus of her research is in the fields of synthesis and shaping of microporous materials, advanced characterizations by spectroscopy and catalysis. Her main research interests focus on advanced characterization of zeolites by infrared and NMR spectroscopies, using appropriate probe molecules. She is responsible for two technical platforms in the LCS: “synthesis” and “catalysis” platforms. She is also a council member of the French zeolite group (GFZ).
Jaâfar received his PhD (1992) at the University of Srasbourg, supervised by François LeNormand, CNRS researcher, on the study of the redox properties of rare earth oxides as catalyst supports by X-ray photoemission and photoabsorption spectroscopies and applications to CO/H2 synthesis. He was appointed assistant professor in 1993 and worked on ceramics until 2010 (synthesis and forming parameters and sintering to obtain microwave resonators). he joined the Catalysis and Spectrochemistry Laboratory, Normandie University, CNRS in 2010. His current research focuses on the characterization and applications of crystallized microporous materials.
Research Highlights: preparation of zeolitic thin films and their applications as catalytic deposits, chemical sensors and catalytic membranes.
Eddy received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from the National Graduate School of Engineering of Montpellier, France in 2014. In addition to teaching his research interests cover the understanding of the relationships between local order/disorder and the properties of zeolites combining experimental and theoretical approaches of multinuclear Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). As Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry (LCS), Normandy University, CNRS, France. Eddy obtained his HDR in November 2022.
Research Highlights: Deep characterization of defects in zeolites to fine-tune their properties and performances.
Edwin received his PhD (2019) from The University of Sydney, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Anthony F. Masters and Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer, on a combined investigation of homogeneous cobalt catalysts for water and biomass oxidation, and metal nitrides for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France. His current research interests focus on new syntheses and characterisation of nano-sized zeolites for applications in gas separation including CO2 capture.
Research Highlights: OSDA-free synthesis of BPH nanosheets, Flexible RHO Nanosized Zeolite for Selective CO2 Adsorption
Hugo received his PhD (2021) from the University of Poitiers (France), supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ludovic Pinard, Prof. Yannick Pouilloux and Assoc. Prof. Romain Beauchet on the development and investigation of a millisecond reactor process dedicated to producing linear α-olefins from n-paraffins and fatty acids methyl esters through autothermal oxidative cracking. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France. His current research interests focus on the catalytic conversion of the components present in natural gas, including the direct conversion of methane into benzene through dehydroaromatization under non-oxidative conditions.
Research Highlights: Catalytic methane dehydroaromatization into benzene.
Mishel received his PhD (2022) from the Saint Petersburg State University, supervised by Prof. Dr. Oleg I. Siidra, on investigation of crystal-chemical features of novel compounds with stereoactive lone pairs of Se4+, Te4+ and Tl+ cations. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France. His current research involves development of new approaches for synthesis of template-free nano-sized zeolites and advanced characterization with a special attention to the influence of symmetry elements on the zeolite crystal structure features.
Research Highlights: Novel tiles, secondary building units, crystal structures.
Abdallah joined the Mintova group in April 2021 as postdoctoral research and his research involves development of new approaches for synthesis of nano-sized zeolites, their advanced characterization for biomedical application. He obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University Hassan II of Casablanca, Morocco, in 2021 where he worked on the design and synthesis of nanostructured phosphate based-materials, characterization and their applications as heterogeneous catalysts for synthesis of fine chemicals and environmental protection (e.g. photocatalysis, adsorption and separation).
Research Highlights: Template-free synthesis of nanosized zeolite, Characterization of nanosized zeolite materials
Qiudi Yue obtained his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from Charles University in Prague in 2021, supervised by Dr. Maksym Opanasenko and Prof. Jiří Čejka, where he worked on the design and synthesis of elementosilicate zeolites and their applications in gas separation and catalysis. Then he moved to the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry in 2022 working with Dr. Svetlana Mintova as a postdoctoral researcher on the development of new methodologies for the tailored synthesis of zeolites with particular properties for catalytic applications.
Research Highlights : New zeolite structures and crystallization mechanism, New approaches for the synthesis of zeolite materials, Gas separation and catalysis.
Igor received his PhD (2016) from A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Victor P. Dyadchenko and Dr. Oleg A. Filippov, where he coordinated the research direction of main group hydrides and worked on synthesis of transition metal tetrahydroborates, characterization of physico-chemical properties of boranes/silanes and studied of the mechanisms of dehydrocoupling reactions. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the LCS, Normandy University, CNRS, France.
Research Highlights : Synthesis of micro- and nanosized zeolites and hydrides for gas storage, gas adsorption and separations.
Sajjad received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran) and working in different projects related to natural gas processing disciplines. He was awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to peruse triple M.Sc. degrees as part of the European program entitled “Membrane Engineering for a Sustainable World (EM3E-4SW)” in University of Montpellier (France), University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (Czech Republic), and University of Twente (the Netherlands). He focused on material science and engineering in France, chemical engineering in Czech Republic, and inorganic chemistry and synthesis in the Netherlands with special focus on membrane science and technology. On 2022, he got his Ph.D. in chemistry in LCS under supervision of Dr. Mintova. From Nov. 2022, he is working on synthesis of novel nanozeolites for CO2 capture and separation in EcoGas project with TotalEnergies. He is also focusing on developing novel methodologies to characterize and synthesize flexible zeolites.
Research Highlights: Synthesizing and advanced characterization of novel nanosized zeolites for light gas separation (CO2, CH4, N2, H2, etc.).
Vera received her master’s degree (2019) from Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, supervised by Prof. Tatyana Prosochkina, on analysis of the catalytic properties of crystalline and amorphous aluminosilicates in the synthesis of benzimidazoles. Presently she is undertaking Ph.D. research in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France.
Research Highlights : Synthesis and characterization of metal sulfide-modified embryonic zeolites for applications in oxidative ethane dehydrogenation.
Francesco graduated from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Calabria where he also obtained a PhD in Chemistry with specialization in « Molecular Design » with recognition of « Doctor Europaeus ». He is expert in « Chemistry of advanced materials » and his research activity focuses on the zeolitic catalysts and on the bioenergy sector. He worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering (University of Calabria, Rende, Cs, Italy). Currently, he works as a researcher in the prestigious institute of “Laboratoire de Catalyse et Spectrochimie”, Normandy University, CNRS (Caen, France). He had focused his research topic mainly on the FTIR characterization of nano-sized zeolites. Francesco is also co-author and co-editor of books for publisher such as Elsevier and IET.
Research Highlights: FT-IR characterization of functional groups and acid sites of nanocrystalline zeolites using basic probes such as CO, Pyridine and diTerButylPyridine; post-synthesis treatment of zeolites (hierarchization, wet impregnation and heat treatment) to improve the catalytic properties
Ahmed obtained his MSc. In Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University (2019) and his PhD (2022) from University of Caen Normandy under the supervision of Dr.Valentin Valtchev. His scientific research is combining the computational studies with experimental ones for data-driven multi-scale material and process design. His studies focus on to use high performance computing (e.g. AI/ML driven DFT and MD) in the domain of energy transition : particularly promoting upgrade and storage of energy vectors (H2, nautral gas and bigas) , combined carbon capture and sequestration in clathrate hydrates as well as green catalysis. Ahmed has a wide industrial experience and an active member of several chemical engineering and chemistry societies including MAIChE (USA), AMIChemE (UK), SFGP (France), SFP (France) and EFCE.
Research Highlights: Mulitscale Process Modelling, DFT calculations, Clathrate Hydrates, Methane Storage, Hydrogen Storage, CCS, Zeolites, Kinetic studies.
Karen received her PhD (2019) in Inorganic Chemistry from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil) with an internship of 6 months at the Institut of Chemistry of Clermont Ferrand (ICCF) (2017-2018) followed by a two-year post-doctorate at the University of Poitiers with industrial partner (2019-2021). In this last position, she studied a gas-phase heterogeneous catalytic reaction and improved operating conditions for industrial production of a key intermediate chemical. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry (LCS) in close collaboration with an industrial partner working on catalyst development and process optimization for catalytic conversion of CO2 into industrial compounds of high-added value in multidomain.
Research Highlights: technologies for natural gas transformation, CO2 conversion, renewable raw materials, physical and chemical material characterizations, gas valorization.
Jérôme Rey received his PhD (2019) from Ecole Normale Sup. de Lyon, under the direction of Pascal Raybaud (IFPEN Lyon-Solaize) and the supervision of Céline Chizallet (IFPEN Lyon-Solaize) and Tomáš Bučko (Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia), on the mechanisms and kinetics of alkenes isomerization and cracking in chabazite zeolite quantified by constrained ab initio molecular dynamics. He was previously professeur agrégé in CPGE (classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles). Since then, he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Chemistry at ENS de Lyon (2019-2021) about the theoretical study of the catalytic activity of alumina in presence of water in biomass conversion process, under the supervision of Carine Michel and at the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Théorique of Lorraine University (2021-2022) on the topic of free energies calculations for reactions in zeolites computed by machine learning perturbation theory, under the supervision of Dario Rocca and Michael Badawi. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in LCS, CNRS, France, under the supervision of Rémy Guillet-Nicolas. His current research focus on the development of zeolitic materials for separation, stockage and transport of CH4, H2, N2 and CO2 with advanced modeling methods.
Research Highlights: ab initio constrained molecular dynamics, DFT, machine learning, adsorption, catalysis, zeolites.
Viktar received his PhD degree in Engineering and Technology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2014 after defending the dissertation “Development and Improvement of the Experimental Techniques for Fluid Examination”. His areas of expertise cover a great number of topics such as fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, convection, diffusion and thermodiffusion, heat and mass transfer in pure liquids and porous media, flows in systems with interfaces, mixing by vibrations. His work has included experimental studies, both in regular on-ground environment and in microgravity conditions during parabolic flight campaigns, for which he has designed, developed and produced a number of unique set-ups. Now he works as a researcher at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France.
Research Highlights : Creation of a device for the extraction of water from atmospheric air.
Ying graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with a PhD degree in 2014, supervised by Prof. Cheng-Yong Su. After graduation, he had both academia and industry experiences, working in Quantachrome instruments (Shanghai branch), Jinzhou Medical University, Imperial College London, and the Autonomous University of Madrid. Now he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France. His research interests include gas adsorption and separation as well as catalytic degradation of pollutants using porous materials, such as Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs), zeolites, polymers, and related composites.
Research highlights: MOFs with amine oxide groups for CO2 capture and separation, propylene/propane separation using Hypercrosslinked/carbon composites
Mohammad graduated with a Masters of Chemistry (2020) from The American University of Beirut, where he worked on the Controlled particle size synthesis of ZIF-L-(Zn, Co), ZIF-(8, 67), and their mixed metal derivatives using a multi-inlet vortex mixer (MIVM). Afterward, he joined the research group of professor Valentin Valtchev at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry where he is working on the synthesis of extra-large pore zeolitic materials for hydrocarbons upgrading.
Research Highlights: Zeolite synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, Post synthetic treatment, In-situ Infra-Red spectroscopy.
Jaouad obtained his master’s degree in catalysis, environment and sustainable development at The University of Caen. During the end-of-study internship he worked on the ultimate purification of 2G biofuel by selective adsorption of oxygenated impurities under the supervision of Dr Karine Thomas. Currently he started his PhD at the LCS under the supervision of Prof. Valentin Valtchev.
Research Highlights : Advanced design of zeolite materials for small molecule purification and separation.
Aymeric graduated from the University of Poitiers (2021), Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France and worked in an apprenticeship at Solvay on the surface modification of 2D boron nitride as a filler in a polymer composite for thermal conductivity applications.
Currently, he works as a PhD student in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France.
Research Highlights: Preparation of novel nanosized zeolites for selective gas separation applications.
Haonuan obtained her Master degree of inorganic chemistry from Shandong Agricultural University, China in 2020, where her 3rd year project was focused on different projects related to the growth mechanism and morphology control of inorganic particles in nanoscale. On 2021, she started as a PhD student in chemistry the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France, under supervision of Dr. Valentin Valtchev.
Research Highlights : Synthesis and characterization of zeolite-like porous materials for applications in light gas separation including the water vapor capture and release with low energy consumption.
Ludovica received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Calabria (2019), supervised by Prof. Attilio Golemme and Svetlana Siprova, on a deposition of Cu and Cu2O on a thin film for fotovoltaic application. In the 2022 she received her master’s degree on a gases adsorption on Zeolite Templated Carbon (ZTC) for industrial application, in collaboration with the University of Calabria and LCS, supervised by Prof. Alfonso Policicchio, Prof. Marco Daturi and Doc. Francesco Dalena. Currently, she works as a phD. student in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France. Her current research interests focus on the control of defects in zeolites for a controlled reactivity.
Research Highlights: H2, CH4, and CO2 adsorption on Zeolite Templated Carbon.
Maya is currently a PhD student in catalytic chemistry under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Ludovic Pinard and Dr Philippe Bazin, she works on the development and characterization of bifunctional zeolites used to create Bio-LOHC based hydrogen systems as H-source in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandie University, CNRS, France. Her main research interest is bioenergies. She had previously received an MSc degree in biorefinery from Université de Lille in 2021, and an MSc degree in catalysis, environment and green chemistry from Université de Poitiers in 2022.
Research Highlights: Bifunctional catalysts, Hydrogen storage, Platinum, Bio-LOHC
Joël received his Master degree of Chemistry, physico-chemistry of polymers from the Le Mans Université, France with the experience of the synthesis of a block copolymer precursor of biodegradable hydrogels for biomedical applications, recycling of composite materials by controlled depolymerization, with a good background of organic – polymer chemistry. Currently, he works as a PhD researcher in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry (LCS), Normandy University, CNRS, France. His current research interests focus on new synthesis and characterization of nano-sized mesoporous oxides as catalyst support for application of active heterogeneous catalysts (molybdenum) for WGS in the presence of sulfur containing compounds for H2 production from biomass source.
Research Highlights: Syntheses of mesoporous oxides support, synthesis of nanomaterials support, Sulfur containing compounds, H2 production from biomass source.
Camille obtained her Master’s degree in green chemistry, catalysis and environment in 2022 at the University of Poitiers (France). During her internships, she had the opportunity to work on zeolites (syntheses, characterizations) and their application in the Methanol-To-Olefins process. Currently, she is working on the development of stable bifunctional methane dehydroaromatization catalysts in the context of her PhD between Caen and Strasbourg under the supervision of Ludovic Pinard (LCS) and Benoît Louis (ICPEES).
Research Highlights: heterogeneous catalysis, MDA, ZSM-5, green chemistry.
Marco obtained his bachelor’s degree (2019) at the University of Calabria, under the supervision of Prof. Attilio Golemme and researcher Roberto Termine (CNR), with a study on mobility charges in columnar liquid crystals. He obtained his master’s degree (2021) at the same university, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Maria Penelope De Santo and researcher Bruno Zappone (CNR), focusing on the development of nano-shaped surfaces to control the alignment of rod-like mesogens and induce the localised, systematic and predictable generation of topological defects. He currently works as a PhD student at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry at the University of Normandy, CNRS, France.
Research Highlights : Synthesis in suspensions and high solid colloidal precursors with different T atoms
Risheng received his Master’s Degree from China University of Petroleum (East China) in 2021, supervised by Prof. Youhe Wang. He focused on the research topic about rational design of hierarchical 10-ring zeolites. At present, he studies as a PhD student in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France. Currently he devotes himself to the research about syntheses and characterization of nano-sized zeolites using the template-free strategy.
Research Highlights: Synthesis of ZSM-5 nanosheets and ZSM-48 nanorods using novel triazine-based OSDAs; synthesis of intergrown ZSM-5/ZSM-48 with hierarchical structure
Junwei WU received his Master’s degree (2022) from China University of Petroleum (East China), supervised by Prof. Zifeng Yan and Assoc. Prof. Guofeng Zhao, on Pt/Al2O3 catalyst for ethane dehydrogenation to ethene: synthesis and performance evaluation. In 2022, he started his Ph.D. in chemistry in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France, under supervision of Dr. Mintova.
Research Highlights: Ethane Dehydrogenation Based on Pt/Al2O3, Zeoite for Stabling Metal Species
Hristina received her PhD (2021) from Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, supervised by Prof. Margarita D. Popova, on synthesis and characterization of highly efficient acid catalysts based on hierarchical zeolites, modified mesoporous silicates and nanosized metal oxides and their application in esterification processes related to the utilization of biomass to valuable chemicals and fuels. Currently, she is on a specialization in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France under the supervision of Prof. Valentin Valtchev. Her current research interests focus on synthesis and characterization of nano-sized zeolites for applications in drug delivery.
Research Highlights: Synthesis of embryonic Zeolites for applications in drug delivery.
Rusi received his PhD (2021) from Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, supervised by Prof. Boris L. Shivachev, on synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of quaternary ammonium compounds as potent antibacterial agents against S. Aureus, E. Coli, K. Pneumoniae and P. Aeruginosa. Currently, he is on a specialization in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France under the supervision of Prof. Valentin Valtchev. His current research interests are focused on synthesis and characterization of zeolites, more specifically, embryonic zeolites for drug-carrier applications.
Research Highlights: Embryonic zeolites as drug-carriers of biologically active organic compounds.
Thomas received his bachelor’s (2021) from the University of Caen. Currently he is in Master 2 in green chemistry, catalysis and environment in the University of Poitiers. He works as an intern in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Normandy University, CNRS, France, under the supervision of Ludovic Pinard. His internship is on the Catalyst in the Pyrolysis of the biomass.
Research Highlights : Identify interesting catalytic systems to support the biomass Catalytic Pyrolysis.