Bifunctional metal-acid catalysts for selective hydrocarbon conversion
In the petroleum industry, one of the key reaction is the hydroisomerisation of linear alkanes into branched alkanes products that have a higher octane value and are therefore more valuable.  This reaction is typically performed involving a bifunctional catalyst including a metallic site and an acid site. The intimacy criterion between this two actives sites is a critical parameter for activity and selectivity.  Although it was generally admitted that a close proximity was required, it has been shown recently, that a nanoscale proximity between the two type of active sites can be detrimental for the selectivity.  The relationship between the metal site and the acid site will be studied in further detail.
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Postdoctoral research fellow, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Research project: “Bifunctional metal-acid catalysts for selective hydrocarbon conversion” under the supervision of Prof. K.P. de Jong
PhD in nanochemistry, Toulouse, France
“Cobalt based model nanocatalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis”, under supervision of Prof Philippe Serp, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC, CNRS), and Dr. Katerina Soulantica, Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-Objets (LPCNO-CNRS-INSA) in collaboration with IFP-Energies Nouvelles
M.Sc. in fundamental and applied chemistry, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
Research project: “Synthesis of ZnO/Au nanocomposites: towards new optical properties” under supervision of Dr. Myrtil Kahn, LCC, CNRS
Junior Sophister in molecular chemistry, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
B.Sc. in molecular chemistry, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
Research project: “Synthesis of heterocarbenes helicenes by [2+2+2] catalyzed cyclisations” under supervision of Dr. Iréna Stara, IOCB, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic