Catalytic Treatment and Clean Energy team (TCEP)

Research activity

The topics of the TCEP team concerns “heterogeneous catalysis applied to the environment and energy“.

Catalysis is being explored for the elimination of air pollutants in harmless products, for the purification and valorization of CO2 and also for the development of alternative solutions for transforming biomass into clean energy. These treatments and valorizations are applied to agricultural, industrial and automotive effluents to provide solutions / prevention at the source.

For all this research, we focus on inexpensive metal oxides and using, if possible, bio-based or natural materials that can be prepared by unconventional pathways (microwaves, ultrasounds …).

At a fundamental level, we use the physico-chemical characterization available “in situ” or “operando” methods (IR, UV-vis, EPR) to refine the current reaction models. In a complementary way, we develop kinetic and transient studies to optimize the efficiency of the processes.

Catalytic Treatment/Purification of Air Pollutants (VOCs, Soot, NOx, CO, PAHs, CO2)

The team focused on the treatment of pollutants taking separately but also for simultaneous emissions of VOCs, NOx, CO, soot. These emissions are a common concern for transport, for many industrialists using high temperature processes and also for the residential sector.

On the other hand, in a current context of development of domestic wood heating for the energy transition, it is necessary to take into consideration the environmental problems associated with it. We are now developing inexpensive transition metal catalyst materials for the simultaneous treatment of CO, VOC and PAH pollutants.

The issue of global warming and more specifically the future of CO2 is a challenge for the future. The capture or use of CO2 for the production of value-added molecules (methane, methanol, etc.) will play an important role in the future, but CO2 sources are generally mixed with other pollutants (NOX, CO2, etc.). ). We are working on catalytic purification of CO2.

Energetic valorization

For energy recovery of CO2, we develop catalysts for the activation of CO2 for methanation.

On the other hand, the management and recovery of household waste is also a considerable economic, environmental and energy issue. Hydrogen is often presented as one of the energetic fuel of the future, and also as the carrierl of fuel cells. Among the approaches proposed for the purpose of producing hydrogen, reforming is a process that makes it possible to valorize biogas and other compounds resulting from the fermentation of waste and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The main problem encountered during catalytic reforming reactions is the deactivation of the catalyst for several reasons related to various mechanisms.

The objectives of this research topic are multiple. By playing on the parameters such as the basicity of the catalysts, the type of active phase, the morphology of metallic particles, we are working on the development of new active and stable catalytic systems for energy recovery of waste in order to contribute to a better understanding of various factors that control the biogas reforming reactions in order to obtain a significant improvement in their stability under a reaction mixture. The impact of the impurities found in biogas has led us to broaden our investigations towards the reforming of VOCs, glycerol and the study of their toxicological impact.

Team members

Scientific collaboration

Nationals :

  • Unité de Catalyse et de Chimie du Solide (Univ. Lille I)
  • Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface (Univ. Paris VI)
  • Institut de Chimie des milieux et matériaux de Poitiers (Univ. Poitiers)
  • Laboratoire de gestion des risques et environnement (Univ. Haute Alsace)
  • Institut de chimie et procédés pour l’énergie, l’environnement et la santé  (Univ. de Strasbourg)
  • Laboratoire de Sécurité des procédés Chimiques,EA 4704(INSA de Rouen)

Internationals :

  • Institute of Catalysis, Académie bulgare des sciences de Sofia, Bulgarie
  • Laboratoire de Chimie des Matériaux Inorganiques de l’Université de Namur, Belgique
  • Laboratoire de thermodynamique et physique mathématique ; Université de Mons, Belgique
  • State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing Laboratory of Living Materials, Wuhan University of Technology, Chine
  • Petroleum Chemistry Key Laboratory – Industrial Chemical Institute Vietnam National University, Vietnam
  • Université Libanaise, Liban
  • Université De Balamand, Liban
  • American University of Beyrouth, Liban
  • Université Saint Esprit à Kaslik, Liban
  • Laboratoire de Catalyse et Synthèse en Chimie Organique, Université de Tlemcen, Algérie
  • Department of Applied Physics, Université de Gand (Belgique)
  • Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Université d’Oulu (Finlande)
  • Inorganic Chemistry Department, Université de Séville (Espagne)
  • Université Fédérale da Paraíba, (Brésil)

Current Thesis





2023-2026Purification of CO2 by catalytic treatment


2022-2025Synthesis, characterization and use of nanocatalysts based on mesoporous materials in the conversion of biomass-derived molecules and pollutants


2022-2025Upgrading biogas to produce hydrogen or synthesis gas: products with high added value and energy content

Caroline Paris

2021-2024Catalytic treatment of wood combustion emissions
Manon Grégoire2021-2024Catalytic conversion of CO2 via hydrogenation to produce methane

Research agreement

International projects

  • 2023-2024 : PHC-Tournesol “CALMANT” project : Manganese-based catalysts for air pollution control: UCLouvain (Belgium).

National projects

  • 2023-2027 : ANR “CASiBIO” project : Development of ceramic materials for biogas and CO2 recovery.
  • 2022-2025 : “VAlCatBio” project : Analysis, purification and recovery of biogas from a landfill site.
  • 2022-2025 : ADEME AQACIA “CATACOMB” project: Catalytic treatment of emissions from wood combustion in domestic fireplaces.
  • 2020-2027 : PIA project: TI-DEC “Territoires d’Innovation – Dunkerque, l’Energie Créative”.

Regional projects

  • 2021-2027 : CPER BiHauts-Eco de France
  • 2021-2027 : CPER ECRIN
  • 2021-2025 : STIMulE Hauts-de-France Region project “METHACAT”: catalytic recovery of CO2 for energy purposes

Recent publications

  • CHAGHOURI M., MOHAMAD ALI M., MARINOVA M., SIMON P., ROYER S., GENNEQUIN C., Deposition precipitation derived Ni-Co active sites for enhanced dry reforming of methane performances. Catalysis Today, 2024, 429, pp.114458. ⟨10.1016/j.cattod.2023.114458⟩⟨hal-04303429⟩
  • ACHKAR M., FASQUELLE D., DUPONCHEL B., POUPIN C., HADJ SAHRAOUI A., LONGUEMART S., Electrocaloric characterization of samarium doped barium titanate ceramics synthesized by sol-gel process. Ceramics International, 2024, ⟨10.1016/j.ceramint.2024.01.294⟩⟨hal-04433632⟩
  • DEPLAZES R., TELES C.A., CIOTONEA C., SFEIR A., CANILHO N., RICHARD F., ROYER S., Melt infiltration for the preparation of finely dispersed Ni-FeOx nanoparticles on SBA-15 for the hydrodeoxygenation of m-cresol. Catalysis Today, 2024, 430, pp.114514. ⟨10.1016/j.cattod.2024.114514⟩⟨hal-04439481⟩
  • KALAWOUN H., CIOTONEA C., MARINOVA M., GENNEQUIN C., DELATTRE F., Investigation of the physico-chemical properties of Ni-Mg-Al-La catalysts from ultrasound-assisted synthesis. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 2024, 104, pp.106806. ⟨10.1016/j.ultsonch.2024.106806⟩⟨hal-04458991⟩
  • OULED LTAIEF O., SIFFERT S., BENZINA M., FOURMENTIN S., Preparation of powerful exchanged Faujasite zeolite materials used as effective heterogeneous catalyst for photo-Fenton oxidation of methyl orange (MO). Reaction kinetics, mechanisms and catalysis, 2024, 137 (1), pp.547-570. ⟨10.1007/s11144-023-02563-0⟩⟨hal-04382568⟩
  • VILLARIM P., GUI C., GENTY E., LEI Z., ZEMMOURI J., FOURMENTIN S., Toluene absorption from laboratory to industrial scale: An experimental and theoretical study. Separation and Purification Technology, 2024, 328, pp.125070. ⟨10.1016/j.seppur.2023.125070⟩⟨hal-04242235⟩
  • RACHINI M., JAAFAR M., TABAJA N., TLAIS S., HAMDAN R., ALI F. A., HAIDAR O., JABER A., KASSEM M., BYCHKOV E., TIDAHY L., DEWAELE D., HAMIEH T., TOUFAILY J., COUSIN R., Activity and Selectivity of Bimetallic Catalysts Based on SBA-15 for Nitrate Reduction in Water. Materials Sciences and Applications, 2023, 14 (02), pp.78-93. ⟨10.4236/msa.2023.142006⟩⟨hal-04295492⟩
  • SFEIR A., ABREU TELES C., CIOTONEA C., REDDY M., MARINOVA M., DHAINAUT J., LOFBERG A., DACQUIN J.-P., ROYER S., LAASSIRI S., Enhancing ammonia catalytic production over spatially confined cobalt molybdenum nitride nanoparticles in SBA-15. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2023, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 325, pp.122319. ⟨10.1016/j.apcatb.2022.122319⟩⟨hal-04053396⟩
  • WEI Y., UNGUREANU A., CATRINESCU C., GARDOLL O., MAMEDE A.-S., DUMEIGNIL F., PAUL S., JALOWIECKI-DUHAMEL L., ROYER S., CIOTONEA C., Ni(0) Ex-Phyllosilicates as Efficient and Stable Low Temperature CH4 Dry Reforming Catalyst. ChemCatChem, 2023, ChemCatChem, 15 (14), pp.e2023002. ⟨10.1002/cctc.202300245⟩⟨hal-04254506⟩
  • AKIL J., ROYER S., PIRAULT-ROY L., CIOTONEA C., SIFFERT S., COUSIN R., POUPIN C., CoCuAlOx mixed oxides for the CO2 purification from oxycombustion process exhaust feed. Applied Catalysis A : General, 2023, 653, pp.119066. ⟨10.1016/j.apcata.2023.119066⟩⟨hal-04301183⟩
  • EL KHAWAJA R., ROCHARD G., COUSIN R., GENTY E., POUPIN C., SIFFERT S., Optimization of Mn‐Mg‐Al Mixed Oxides Composition on their Activity towards the Total Oxidation of Aromatic and Oxygenated VOCs. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2023, 26 (20), pp.e202300213. ⟨10.1002/ejic.202300213⟩⟨hal-04301175⟩
  • RACHINI M., JAAFAR M., TABAJA N., TLAIS S., HAMDAN R., AL ALI F., HAIDAR O., LANCELOT C., KASSEM M., BYCHKOV E., TIDAHY L., DEWAELE D., HAMIEH T., TOUFAILY J., COUSIN R., Comparative study between supported bimetallic catalysts for nitrate remediation in water. Open Chemistry, 2023, 21 (1), ⟨10.1515/chem-2022-0303⟩⟨hal-04289886⟩
  • OBEID M., POUPIN C., LABAKI M., AOUAD S., GUPTA S., LUCETTE TIDAHY H., YOUNIS A., BEN ROMDHANE F., GAIGNEAUX E., SCHNEE J., ABI-AAD E., DELATTRE F., CO2 methanation over LDH derived NiMgAl and NiMgAlFe oxides: Improving activity at lower temperatures via an ultrasound-assisted preparation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2023, 474, pp.145460. ⟨10.1016/j.cej.2023.145460⟩⟨hal-04212860⟩
  • TELES C., GUEDDIDA S., DEPLAZES R., CIOTONEA C., CANILHO N., LEBEGUE S., DHAINAUT J., BADAWI M., RICHARD F., ROYER S., Experimental and ab initio Investigation on the Effect of CO and CO2 during Hydrodeoxygenation of m‐Cresol over Co/SBA‐15. ChemCatChem, 2023, 15 (7), pp.e202201327. ⟨10.1002/cctc.202201327⟩⟨hal-04048828⟩
  • NAHAS L., DAHDAH E., AOUAD S., EL KHOURY B., ESTEPHANE J., GENNEQUIN C., ABI-AAD E., Highly efficient scallop seashell-derived catalyst for biodiesel production from sunflower and waste cooking oils: Reaction kinetics and effect of calcination temperature studies. Renewable Energy, 2023, 202, pp.1086-1095. ⟨10.1016/j.renene.2022.12.020⟩⟨hal-04303191⟩
  • BEHERA M. M., OLIVET L., TIDAHY L., ROYER S., THOMAS D., DE WEIRELD G., POUPIN C., CIOTONEA C., COUSIN R., SIFFERT S., Impact of gas treatment of CuAl-LDH on NO reduction by CO under oxidative conditions. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2023, 452, pp.139543. ⟨10.1016/j.cej.2022.139543⟩⟨hal-04301186⟩
  • KALAWOUN H., OBEID M., CHAGHOURI M., AOUAD S., LABAKI M., CIOTONEA C., POUPIN C., GENNEQUIN C., ABI-AAD E., DELATTRE F., Review on the contribution of ultrasounds in layered double hydroxides synthesis and in their performances. Comptes Rendus. Chimie, 2023, 26 (G2), pp.167-179. ⟨10.5802/crchim.249⟩⟨hal-04303409⟩
  • DAHDAH E., ESTEPHANE J., EL KHOURY B., AOUAD S., GENNEQUIN C., ABOUKAIS A., ABI-AAD E., A comparative study of zirconia supported nickel and/or ruthenium catalysts for glycerol steam reforming. Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, 2023, 32, pp.101019. ⟨10.1016/j.scp.2023.101019⟩⟨hal-04302777⟩
  • ABOU RJEILY M., CAZIER F., GENNEQUIN C., RANDRIANALISOA J. H., Detailed Analysis of Gas, Char and Bio-oil Products of Oak Wood Pyrolysis at Different Operating Conditions. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 2023, 14 (1), pp.325-343. ⟨10.1007/s12649-022-01848-0⟩⟨hal-04303201⟩
  • CHAHIB S., LEROY G., EZ-ZAHRAOUY H., FASQUELLE D., DUPONCHEL B., POUPIN C., Investigation of structural, morphological, and dielectric properties of BaSnO3 ceramics and thin films prepared by sol-gel method. Ceramics International, 2023, 49 (11(Part A)), pp.17542-17553. ⟨10.1016/j.ceramint.2023.02.121⟩⟨hal-04301177⟩
  • ABREU TELES C., LE VALANT A., CANAFF C., DHAINAUT J., CLACENS J.-M., BELLOT NORONHA F., RICHARD F., ROYER S., CIOTONEA C., Optimization of catalyst activity and stability in the m-cresol hydrodeoxygenation through Ni particle size control. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2023, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 338, pp.123030. ⟨10.1016/j.apcatb.2023.123030⟩⟨hal-04249836⟩
  • GHOSH S., GUPTA S., GREGOIRE M., OURLIN T., FAZZINI P.-F., ABI-AAD E., POUPIN C., CHAUDRET B., Catalytic Sabatier Process under Thermally and Magnetically Induced Heating: A Comparative Case Study for Titania-Supported Nickel Catalyst. Nanomaterials, 2023, 13 (9), pp.1474. ⟨10.3390/nano13091474⟩⟨hal-04301180⟩
  • ABOU RJEILY M., CHAGHOURI M., GENNEQUIN C., ABI AAD E., RANDRIANALISOA J. H., Investigating co-production of syngas, biochar, and bio-oil from flax shives biomass by pyrolysis and in-line catalytic hybrid reforming. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 2023⟨10.1007/s13399-023-04614-x⟩⟨hal-04303187⟩
  • AZZI H., BELAIDI N., SIFFERT S., COUSIN R., Uniform mesoporous cobalt oxide supported Pd and/ or Au catalysts: effect of the order of metal deposition on the activity in the total oxidation of toluene. Research on Chemical Intermediates, 2023, 49 (2), pp.491-505. ⟨10.1007/s11164-022-04896-2⟩⟨hal-04377785⟩
  • ABREU TELES C., CIOTONEA C., ROYER S., RICHARD F., Transformation of Furfural-Acetone Condensation Adduct over Mo/SBA-15 Catalysts under Atmospheric Pressure. Catalysts, 2023, Catalysts, 13 (9), pp.1276. ⟨10.3390/catal13091276⟩⟨hal-04295730⟩
  • YOUNIS A., ESTEPHANE J., TIDAHY L., EL KHOURY B., AOUAD S., GENNEQUIN C., ABI-AAD E., Influence of promoting Ni-based catalysts with ruthenium in the dry reforming of polypropylene plastics for syngas production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2022, 47 (95), pp.40204-40217. ⟨10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.07.156⟩⟨hal-04303217⟩
  • CHAGHOURI M., HANY S., CAZIER F., TIDAHY H. L., GENNEQUIN C., ABI-AAD E., Impact of impurities on biogas valorization through dry reforming of methane reaction. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2022, 47 (95), pp.40415-40429. ⟨10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.08.248⟩⟨hal-04303207⟩
  • SHISODIA S., LEROY G., HADJ SAHRAOUI A., SINGH D. P., POUPIN C., TIDAHY L., ROPA P., DUPONCHEL B., COUSIN R., DEPRIESTER M., Synthesis of quantum dot-based polymer nanocomposites: assessment of their thermoelectric performances. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2022, 6 (13), pp.3158-3168. ⟨10.1039/D2SE00403H⟩⟨hal-04333679⟩
  • WANG Y.-Y., CHEN Y.-X., BARAKAT T., ZENG Y.-J., LIU J., SIFFERT S., SU B.-L., Recent advances in non-metal doped titania for solar-driven photocatalytic/photoelectrochemical water-splitting. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2022, 66, pp.529-559. ⟨10.1016/j.jechem.2021.08.038⟩⟨hal-04377828⟩
  • SERHAL C. A., EL KHAWAJA R., LABAKI M., MALLARD I., POUPIN C., SIFFERT S., COUSIN R., Influence of Co/Fe molar ratio on hydrotalcite catalysts prepared with or without microwave. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2022, 309, pp.122943. ⟨10.1016/j.jssc.2022.122943⟩⟨hal-04377803⟩
  • BOKOVA M., DUMORTIER S., POUPIN C., COUSIN R., KASSEM M., BYCHKOV E., Potentiometric Chemical Sensors Based on Metal Halide Doped Chalcogenide Glasses for Sodium Detection. Sensors, 2022, 22 (24), pp.9986. ⟨10.3390/s22249986⟩⟨hal-04289904⟩
  • ALRIFAI B., KASSEM M., BOKOVA M., FOURMENTIN M., TOUFAILY J., BYCHKOV E., POUPIN C., Lead thioarsenate system PbS–As 2 S 3 : Glass formation, macroscopic, and electric properties. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2022, 105 (4), pp.2605-2615. ⟨10.1111/jace.18282⟩⟨hal-04289951⟩
  • TELES C., CIOTONEA C., GOMES N., GONCALVES V. O., UNGUREANU A., CATRINESCU C., MARINOVA M., CLACENS J.-M., ROYER S., NORONHA F., RICHARD F., Hydrodeoxygenation of m-cresol over Pd/Al-SBA-15 catalysts: Effect of Al content on the deoxygenation reaction pathways. Applied Catalysis A : General, 2022, 641, pp.118686. ⟨10.1016/j.apcata.2022.118686⟩⟨hal-03691821⟩
  • EL KHAWAJA R., VEERAPANDIAN S. K. P., BITAR R., DE GEYTER N., MORENT R., HEYMANS N., DE WEIRELD G., BARAKAT T., DING Y., ABDALLAH G., SONAR S., LOFBERG A., GIRAUDON J.-M., POUPIN C., COUSIN R., CAZIER F., DEWAELE D., GENEVRAY P., LANDKOCZ Y., MEAUSOONE C., JABER N., COURCOT D., BILLET S., LAMONIER J.-F., SU B.-L., SIFFERT S., Boosting VOCs elimination by coupling different techniques. Chemical Synthesis, 2022, Chemical Synthesis, 22, pp.13. ⟨10.20517/cs.2022.10⟩⟨hal-03773338v2⟩
  • DAHDAH E., ESTEPHANE J., MOUSSA CHALOUHI L., SAMMOURY S., EL KHOURY B., AOUAD S., GENNEQUIN C., ABI-AAD E., Transesterification of Refined Sunflower Oil to Biodiesel Using a CaO/ZSM‐5 Powder Catalyst. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 2022, 45 (1), pp.51-57. ⟨10.1002/ceat.202100174⟩⟨hal-04303294⟩
  • EL KHAWAJA R., SONAR S., BARAKAT T., HEYMANS N., SU B.-L., LOFBERG A., LAMONIER J.-F., GIRAUDON J.-M., DE WEIRELD G., COUSIN R., POUPIN C., SIFFERT S., VOCs catalytic removal over hierarchical porous zeolite NaY supporting Pt or Pd nanoparticles. Catalysis Today, 2022, 405-406, pp.212-220. ⟨10.1016/j.cattod.2022.05.022⟩⟨hal-03846461⟩
  • ESSALAH G., GUERMAZI H., GUERMAZI S., RAO A., MANGAVATI S., LEROY G., DUPONCHEL B., MASCOT M., POUPIN C., Enhanced dielectric properties of ternary ZnO-based composites for dielectric applications. Applied physics. A, Materials science & processing, 2022, 128 (1), pp.2. ⟨10.1007/s00339-021-05123-2⟩⟨hal-04333677⟩
  • SERHAL C. A., EL KHAWAJA R., LABAKI M., MALLARD I., POUPIN C., COUSIN R., SIFFERT S., Influence of Co/Fe molar ratio on hydrotalcite catalysts prepared with or without microwave. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2022, 309 (1), pp.122943. ⟨10.1016/j.jssc.2022.122943⟩⟨hal-04311584⟩