March 2020 New PhD student Qiyan Wang has joint the group


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Welcome to UCCS-CEMOP Sustainable Energy and Catalysis (SusCat) 

  • September 30, 2020. Melissa's paper "Preparation of Alumina Based Tubular Asymmetric Membranes Incorporated with Coal Fly Ash by Centrifugal Casting" is accepted in Ceramics international. Congratulations!

  • September 18, 2020. Our collaborative project MULTIPROBE “Operando 3D Multiscale and Multi-technique Catalyst Probing" with the Institut de physique et de chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg et Soleil Synchrotron has been selected by the French Agency for Research (ANR)

  • August 17th, 2020. Video recording about our I-site project "Nanoconfinement" is now available. Watch it via this link

  • July 21st, 2020.The recording of the E2C Interreg Project Webinar""Catalysing Electrification" is now available on the project website here. In addition, the presentation slides can be viewed at this link

  • July 16th, 2020. Our H2020 European project TAKE-OFF, which brings together academic and industrial partners in Europe has been accepted by the European Commission. More information to come. 

  • July 6th, 2020. Read about the scientific results of our group in  CNRS-INFO "De l’argent pour une valorisation plus douce du méthane" link

  • July 1st, 2020. The French Catalysis community is honored to have been selected to host the 18th International Congress in Catalysis (ICC18)  from 14 to 19 July 2024 in Lyon. Our best congratulations! In the frame of this important event, our group is responsible for organizing an ICC18  Satellite Symposium on the C1 Chemistry and Catalysis in Lille

  • June 30th, 2020. The works of our group are hightlighted in the journal of the French Chemical Society "Actualité Chimique " in Section: Research and Development link      

  • June 24th, 2020. Read an article in  "The conversation" about photochemical methane coupling at room temperature uncovered by our group "Le méthane et le soleil : mariage pour une chimie plus verte (Methane and the Sun: marriage for greener chemistry) " link

  • June 23rd, 2020. Listen and watch lectures given by leading scientists at the Psyche Interreg projet workshop 2:

  • Prof. Kevin Van Geem, UGent. The PSYCHE project.

  • Prof. Hans Kuipers, TU/e. Direct numerical simulation of mass, momentum and heat transport in fixed bed chemical reactors

  • Prof. Artur Pozarlik, UTwente.  Atomization and combustion of viscous fuels
    Prof. Juray De Wilde, UCL. 
    Vortex chamber technology: Flow regimes and applications
    Slides and video recording are availble here

  • June 2020. The paper of Alexandre Carvalho "Number and intrinsic activity of cobalt surface sites in platinum promoted zeolite catalysts for carbon monoxide hydrogenation" was highlighted by Professor Chris Williams  as a Catalysis Science & Technology Editor’s Choice. Its ia a part of the themed collection: 2020 Catalysis Science & Technology Hot Articles.   Please find the blog post showcasing our publication here

  • May 2020 The paper of Bang, Deizi and Alan "Mobility and Versatility of the Liquid Bismuth Promoter in the Working Iron Catalysts for Light Olefin Synthesis from Syngas" was published in Chemical Science. Congratulations !

  • May 2020 Contribution of our group to the Interreg 2 Seas project "Electrons to High Value Chemical Products (E2C)" was highlighted in the Newsletter of Polenergie Link 

  • May 2020 Feng Niu's paper "Alcohol amination over titania-supported ruthenium nanoparticles" in Catalysis Science and Technology. Congratulations !

  • May 2020 Feng Niu's paper "Multifaceted Role of Mobile Bismuth Promoter in Alcohol Amination over Cobalt Catalysts" in Green Chemistry. Congratulations !

  • April 2020 Xiang Yu's paper "Stoichiometric methane conversion to ethane using photochemical looping at ambient temperature" in Nature Energy. Congratulations !  See Nature Blog and

  • April 2020  Alan's paper Identification of efficient promoters and selectivity trends in high temperature Fischer-Tropsch synthesis over supported iron catalysts in App. Catal. B. Congratulations!

  • February 2020 PhD Qiyan Wang has joined our team as PhD student


Dream team at the synchrotron Alba, January 2020


We are a research group under the direction of  CNRS Research Director Andrei Khodakov in the UCCS CNRS laboratory in the University of Lille and Centrale Lille. 
We are fascinated by Catalysis, which is a very important natural phenomenon that is located at the crossroads of many scientific disciplines such as chemistry, physics, materials science, spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, engineering and economics.

Catalysis has  an extremely broad  impact on our lives. Almost all the materials with which we deal in our everyday life, are created with catalysts. Catalysts and catalytic processes account for nearly 85% of all processes in chemical industry.

 As all our Human Society, Catalysis, since its discovery in 1836 by Berzelius, has had various stages in history. In recent years, we have entered a new period in the history of Catalysis, this period is called Sustainable Catalysis.

Sustainable Catalysis is  characterized by :

• new alterative feedstocks,  such as non-conventional gas, carbon dioxide, organic and industrial waste,  biomass,

•development of photo-catalysis, electro-catalysis and hybrid catalysis,

• shift from commodities to specialties

• growing role of modeling and simulations including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

The goal of all our scientific projects is to create and understand new catalysts and their performance in chemical reactions and processes in the fields of Sustainable Catalysis.


We believe that creativity, dedication and selfless work and exchange of scientific ideas, opinions and views are indispensable conditions that will make it possible a breakthrough in Sustainable Catalysis and solve many economic, social and environmental problems that Human Society faces in the Present and will have to handle in the Future.


The focus of our research lies at the development of new catalytic materials and processes for application in alternative energy generation and renewable chemicals.  We specifically focus in the field of design of novel heterogeneous catalysts for C1 chemistry (methane, carbon dioxide, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis) and biomass transformation using new synthetic, spectroscopic, and reaction engineering tools to study the chemical transformation of molecules on catalytic surfaces. We are developing in collaboration with several research groups, transient kinetic methods, isotopic labeling including SSITKA  and in-situ and operando spectroscopic techniques.


Sustainable Energy and Catalysis



Cité Scientifique, Bâtiment C3
59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex

Telephone: + 33 3 20 33 54 39

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