From the design of the active sites, porosity and shape of functional materials, to their integration in catalysis and sorption processes.
"Materials and Catalysis: Design, Theory and Process" team (MatCat) develops research on the synthesis of porous materials with controlled porosity for catalysis and adsorption and seeks to optimize the performance of materials by controlling their textural features at different scales of porosity (micro-, meso- and macroporosity) and their shapes (monoliths, particles).
Performance optimization relies on in-depth characterization and understanding of adsorption and transport properties, as well as on the description of catalytic sites both experimentally and by the methods of theoretical chemistry. To better meet the experimental conditions we develop appropriate computational tools combining multiple scales of time and space. Materials under investigation belong to the families of silica, alumina, titanium oxides, zeolites, surfactant-structured mesoporous materials (MCM-41, MCM-48, SBA-15, KIT-6,...), meso /macroporous carbons and porous silicon. Catalytic and adsorption processes stand in the fields of refining and petrochemistry, wastewater treatment, oxidation, hydrogenation, acid and base catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, bifunctional catalysis and cascade processes. The immobilization and transport of biological molecules (such as proteins, enzymes, cells, ...) and drugs are addressed via the synthesis of biocompatible materials for biocatalysis and health.
Materials and systems with controlled porosity and functionalities (materials with controlled pore sizes, materials with hierarchical porosity, monoliths,...), oxides (silica, alumina, TiO2, zeolites, MCM-41 type,...), carbon, porous silicium, metal and semiconductor nanoparticles, multiscale computational modeling and simulation, reactivity, adsorption and diffusion, heat and mass transfer, environmental catalysis, refining and petrochemicals, cascade catalytic reactions, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, biocatalysis, wastewater treatments.