Catalysis and fine chemistry (Team C)



The team develops fundamental research with an applied aim in the field of catalysis. The research carried out aims to develop/study new concepts in catalysis (confinement effects, bimetallic catalysis, single atom catalysis), to develop new catalytic systems and more recently to develop through collaborations specific tools for catalysis (flow chemistry). The activation of small molecules, in particular for energy, and the functionalization of bio-sourced molecules are the team’s main targets.

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Homogeneous Catalysts for Fine Chemicals and Energy

Single-site catalysts

Heterogeneous catalysts for fine chemicals and energy

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Etching suppression as a means to Pt dendritic ultrathin nanosheets by seeded growth
Yi D., Marcelot C., Romana I., Tassé M., Fazzini P.-F., Peres L., Ratel-Ramond N., Decorse P., Warot-Fonrose B., Viau G., Serp P., Soulantica K.
Nanoscale 2023, 15(4), 1739-1753.


Tuning CO2 hydrogenation selectivity on Ni/TiO2 catalysts via sulfur addition
Le Berre C., Falqui A., Casu A., Debela T. T., Barreau M., Hendon C. H., Serp P.
Catalysis Science & Technology 2022, 12(22), 6856-6864.

Carbonylative Suzuki coupling catalyzed by Pd complexes based on [N,P]-pyrrole ligands: Direct access to 2-hydroxybenzophenones
Cortés-Mendoza S., Adamczyk D., Badillo-Goméz J. I., Urrutigoïty M., Ortega-Alfaro M. C., López-Cortés J. G.
Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 2022, 364(16), 2837-2845.

Amaranth oilseed composition and cosmetic applications
Sayed-Ahmad B., Urrutigoïty M., Hijazi A., Saad Z., Cerny M., Evon P., Talou T., Merah O.
Separations 2022, 9(7), 181/1-15.

Solvent-free hydrogenation of squalene using parts per million levels of palladium supported on carbon nanotubes: Shift from batch reactor to continuous-flow system
Guicheret B., Vanoye L., Rivera-Cárcamo C., de Bellefon C., Serp P., Philippe R., Favre-Réguillon A.
ChemSusChem 2022, 15(19), e202200916/1-11.

Graphitic carbon nitride/few-layer graphene heterostructures for enhanced visible-LED photocatalytic hydrogen generation
Boumeriame H., Machado B. F., Moura N. M. M., Serp P., Andrade L., Lopes T., Mendes A., Chafik T., Da Silva E. S., Faria J. L.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2022, 47(61), 25555-25570.

Epsilon cobalt nanoparticles as highly performant catalysts in cinnamaldehyde selective hydrogenation
Yi D., Min Y., Muzzi B., Marty A., Romana I., Fazzini P.-F., Blon T., Viau G., Serp P., Soulantica K.
ACS Applied Nano Materials 2022, 5(4), 5498-5507.

Process intensification of the catalytic hydrogenation of squalene using a Pd/CNT catalyst combining nanoparticles and single atoms in a continuous flow reactor
Vanoye L., Guicheret B., Rivera-Cárcamo C., Castro Contreras R., de Bellefon C., Meille V., Serp P., Philippe R., Favre-Réguillon A.
Chemical Engineering Journal 2022, 441, 135951/1-10.

Supported Metal Single Atom Catalysis
Serp P., Pham Minh D. (Eds.)
Wiley‐VCH: Weinheim, 2022. (978-3-527-34844-2).

Introduction to Supported Metal Single Atom Catalysis
Pham Minh D., Serp P.
in Supported Metal Single Atom Catalysis, Serp P., Pham Minh D. (Eds.). Wiley‐VCH: Weinheim, 2022, pp. 1-49. (978-3-527-34844-2).

Preparation of Supported Metal Single-Atom Catalysts on Metal Oxides and Hydroxides
Scarfiello C., Audevard J., Le Berre C., Soulantica K., Serp P., Pham Minh D.
in Supported Metal Single Atom Catalysis, Serp P., Pham Minh D. (Eds.). Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2022, pp. 51-99. (978-3-527-34844-2).

Preparation of Supported Metal Single-Atom Catalysts on Carbon Supports
Rivera-Cárcamo C., Serp P.
in Supported Metal Single Atom Catalysis, Serp P., Pham Minh D. (Eds.). Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2022, pp. 101-144. (978-3-527-34844-2).

Interrupted intramolecular hydroaminomethylation of N-protected-2-vinyl anilines: Novel access to 3-substitued indoles or indoline-2-ols
Hochberger-Roa F., García-Ríos P. H., López-Cortés J. G., Ortega-Alfaro M. C., Daran J.-C., Gouygou M., Urrutigoïty M.
Molecules 2022, 27(3), 1074/1-12.

Multifunctional catalytic properties of Pd/CNT catalysts for 4-nitrophenol reduction
Audevard J., Benyounes A., Castro Contreras R., Abou Oualid H., Kacimi M., Serp P.
ChemCatChem 2022, 14(4), e202101783/1-13.


Photocatalytic and biocidal activities of ZnTiO2 oxynitride heterojunction with MOF-5 and g-C3N4: A case study for textile wastewater treatment under direct sunlight
Younis S. A., Serp P., Nassar H. N.
Journal of Hazardous Materials 2021, 410, 124562/1-16.

Potential applicability of Zn0.05TiOxNy@MOF-5 nanocomposite for adsorption and electrochemical detection of Zn(II) in saline wastewater
Younis S. A., Ali T. A., Serp P.
Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 2021, 9(5), 106186/1-16.

Cobalt-catalyzed carbonylations
Volkman J., Kalck P.
in Carbon Monoxide in Organic Synthesis. Carbonylation Chemistry, Gabriele B. (Ed.). Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2021, pp. 13-49. (978-3-527-34795-7).

Cooperativity in supported metal single atom catalysis
Serp P.
Nanoscale 2021, 13(12), 5985-6004.

Supported catalysts for induction-heated steam reforming of methane
Scarfiello C., Bellusci M., Pilloni L., Pietrogiacomi D., La Barbera A., Varsano F.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2021, 46(1), 134-145.

Phospholylmethano P-chirogenic-phosphine-borane as P-(η2-BH3)-chelating ligands of rhodium (I): Synthesis, characterization and asymmetric hydrogenation
Salomon-Bertrand C., Bayardon J., Lauréano H., Jugé S., Daran J.-C., Gouygou M.
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2021, 938, 121753/1-7.

Stabilization of metal single atoms on carbon and TiO2 supports for CO2 hydrogenation: The importance of regulating charge transfer
Rivera-Cárcamo C., Scarfiello C., García A. B., Tison Y., Martinez H., Baaziz W., Ersen O., Le Berre C., Serp P.
Advanced Materials Interfaces 2021, 8(8), 2001777/1-17.

Control of the single atom/nanoparticle ratio in Pd/C catalysts to optimize the cooperative hydrogenation of alkenes
Rivera-Cárcamo C., Gerber I. C., del Rosal I., Guicheret B., Castro Contreras R., Vanoye L., Favre-Réguillon A., Machado B. F., Audevard J., de Bellefon C., Philippe R., Serp P.
Catalysis Science & Technology 2021, 11(3), 984-999.

Computational design of Pd nanoclusters and Pd single-atom catalysts supported on O-functionalized graphene
Navarro-Ruiz J., Rivera-Cárcamo C., Machado B., Serp P., Del Rosal I., Gerber I. C.
ACS Applied Nano Materials 2021, 4(11), 12235-12249.

Nanocatalysts for high selectivity enyne cyclization: Oxidative surface reorganization of gold sub-2-nm nanoparticle networks
Nasrallah H. O., Min Y., Lerayer E., Nguyen T.-A., Poinsot D., Roger J., Brandès S., Heintz O., Roblin P., Jolibois F., Poteau R., Coppel Y., Kahn M. L., Gerber I. C., Axet M. R., Serp P., Hierso J.-C.
JACS Au 2021, 1(2), 187–200.

Origin of the synergistic effect between TiO2 crystalline phases in the Ni/TiO2-catalyzed CO2 methanation reaction
Messou D., Bernardin V., Meunier F., Borges Ordoño M., Urakawa A., Machado B. F., Collière V., Philippe R., Serp P., Le Berre C.
Journal of Catalysis 2021, 398, 14-28.

Cobalt catalysts on carbon-based materials for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: a review
Ghogia A. C., Nzihou A., Serp P., Soulantica K., Pham Minh D.
Applied Catalysis A: General 2021, 609, 117906/1-50.

Beyond confinement effects in Fischer-Tropsch Co/CNT catalysts
Ghogia A. C., Machado B. F., Cayez S., Nzihou A., Serp P., Soulantica K., Pham Minh D.
Journal of Catalysis 2021, 397, 156-171.

Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Chiral Amines Synthesis
Cunillera A., Claver C., Godard C., Urrutigoïty M., Kalck P.
in Methodologies in Amine Synthesis: Challenges and Applications, Ricci A., Bernardi L. (Eds.). Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2021, pp. 155-185. (978-3-527-34739-1).

Ruthenium complex based on [N,N,O] tridentate -2-ferrocenyl-2-thiazoline ligand for catalytic transfer hydrogenation
Badillo-Gómez J. I., Sánchez-Rodríguez E. P., Toscano R. A., Gouygou M., Ortega-Alfaro M. C., López-Cortés J. G.
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2021, 932, 121630 /1-10.

2-Thiazolines: an update on synthetic methods and catalysis
Badillo-Gómez J. I., Gouygou M., Ortega-Alfaro M. C., López-Cortés J. G.
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2021, 19(35), 7497-7517.

BF3·OEt2-catalyzed rearrangement of epoxy-himachalenes: Access to new biosourced N-acetamide-based himachalenes
Ait El Had M., Zaki M., Taourirte M., Benharref A., Urrutigoïty M., Oukhrib A.
Synlett 2021, 32(03), 309-315.


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Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, UMR 5503 (Prof. Séverine Camy, Prof. Anne-Marie Billet)

Université de Trieste, Italie (Dr Barbara Milani)

Centre of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes, University of Bucharest, Roumanie (Prof. Vasile I. Parvulescu)

Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-objets UMR 5215 (Dr. Katerina Soulantika, Dr. Iann Gerber, Dr. Iker del Rosal)

Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l’Université de Bourgogne (ICMUB) UMR 6302 (Prof. Dr. Jean-Cyrille Hierso)

Laboratoire Catalyse, Polymérisation, Procédés et Matériaux UMR 5128 (Dr. Régis Philippe)

Recherche d’Albi en génie des Procédés des Solides Divisés, de l’Énergie et de l’Environnement (RAPSODEE) UMR CNRS 5302 (Dr. Doan Pham Minh)

Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon – UMR5256 (Dr. Frédéric Meunier)

Institut de physique et de chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS) UMR 7504 (Prof. Dr. Ovidiu Ersen)

Department of Physics, University of Milan, Italie (Prof. Dr. Andrea Falqui)

Nazario Martín Group, University Complutense of Madrid, Espagne (Prof. Dr. Nazario Martin)

Etzoldlab, University of Darmstadt, Allemagne (Prof. Dr. Bastian Etzold)

LSRE-LCM, University of Porto, Portugal (Dr. Joaquim Faria, Dr. Bruno Machado, Dr Cláudia Gomes Silva)

Departamento de Ciencias Químicas Universidad Andrés Bello, Chili (Dr. Cecilia Carolina Torres Muñoz)

Analysis and Evaluation Department Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute (EPRI), Egypte (Dr. Sherif A. Younis)

IFP Energies nouvelles (Dr. Amandine Cabiac)

Université Nationale Autonome de Mexico , Mexique (Dr. J. G.  López Cortés et
M. C. Ortega Alfaro)


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Académiques : ANR, Europe, INPT, NanoX, Région Occitanie, Région Aquitaine, Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

Industriels : Arkema, CEA Tech, Celanese, IFPEN


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CORRIAS, Massimiliano – Examinateur brevets à l’Office Européen des Brevets de La Haye (Pays-Bas)

LAMOUROUX, Emmanuel – Maître de Conférences à l’Université de Nancy

HEBRARD, Frédéric


PHILIPPE, Régis – Chargé de Recherche CNRS au Laboratoire Catalyse, Polymérisation, Procédés et Matériaux UMR 5128

LASSAUQUE, Nicolas – Agriculteur à Carros (06)


DIAB, Lisa – Research position by Syngenta, University of Freiburg (Allemagne)

BACHELIER, Alice – Ingénieur, EHS Engineering Wind Turbine- General Electric Renewable- Nantes

COSTES, Philippe – Superviseur qualité chez Santé Publique France pour le compte d’EFOR Healthcare


TEDDY, Jacques – Business Development Manager, TEYOMA SAL (Liban)

RODRIGUEZ PEREZ, Laura – Chercheuse Université Complutense Madrid (Espagne)


BEAUSOLEIL, Julien – Ingénieur R&D Arkema

FUENTE-HERNANDEZ, Ariadna – Researcher, Products and Processes Development chez Enerkem (Canada)

FABRELLO, Amandine – Scientific Project Manager chez Hach (Suisse)


OUBENALI, Mustapha – Enseignant-chercheur University Sultan Moulay Slimane (Maroc)

EL HAIB, Abderrahim – Enseignant-chercheur Faculté polydisciplinaire de Beni Mellal (Maroc)

CROZET, Delphine – Ingénieur R&D Total Energie

ADCOCK, Romain – R&D Project Manager chez Miyoshi Europe


TUNCKOL, Meltem – Chef d’entreprise Mexems Inc. (Turquie)


NGUYEN, Trang Tuyet – Enseignant-chercheur, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (Vietnam)

FOURMY, Kevin – Responsable R&D MLPC International

ZHANG Liping – Enseignant-chercheur, Jiangnan university, Wuxi (Chine)


LI, Xiaojian – Ingénieur R&D chez Daimler (Chine)

GOGOLIEVA, Ganna – Chef de Marché-Chimie de Spécialité à MLPC International-ARKEMA group

El KARROUMI, Jamal – Enseignant-chercheur, Cadi Ayyad University (Maroc)

BENYOUNES, Anas – Enseignant-chercheur, Faculté des Sciences Rabat (Maroc)


OUKHRIB, Abdelouahd – Enseignant-chercheur, Cadi Ayyad University (Maroc)


HARMEL, Justine – PostDoc Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d’Ingénierie des Matériaux – UMR CNRS 5085

LENG, Faqiang – Enseignant-chercheur, School of pharmaceutical sciences of Capital Medical University, Pekin (Chine).


LOUISIA, Stéphane – Chargé de mission recherche au conseil régional d’Ile-de-France.


GIMENO Nicolas – Consultant AlisPharm Qualification/Validation Actionnaire chez Time for the Planet


RADJAGOBALOU, Robbie – PostDoc Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris


MIN, Yuayuan – PostDoc Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-objets UMR 5215

RIVERA-CARCAMO, Camila – PostDoc Institut de chimie et procédés pour l’énergie, l’environnement et la santé (ICPEES) UMR 7515


GHOGIA, Amel – PostDoc Recherche d’Albi en génie des Procédés des Solides Divisés, de l’Énergie et de l’Environnement (RAPSODEE) UMR CNRS 5302

BADILLO GOMEZ, Joel Iván – PostDoc Université de Rouen


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