Staff scientists

Andrei Khodakov

Director de recherche CNRS

phone: + 33 3 20 33 54 39

Office: C111, Centrale Lille


Andrei Khodakov graduated from the Moscow State University in 1987, received his PhD degree in 1991 from the Russian Academy of Sciences and his Habilitation (Dr Sci.) degree in 2002 from the University of Lille. In 1992-1999, Dr. Andrei Y. Khodakov acquired experience in top academic and industrial institutions in the United States (UC Berkeley, LBNL, Sabic Technology Center), in France (IFP, ENSCP, LURE) and in the UK (University of Edinburgh, UMIST). Currently Dr Khodakov is a Senior CNRS Research Director and Head of Catalysis for Energy research group in the UCCS CNRS laboratory in the University of Lille. His research interests cover catalyst and reactor design aspects for conversion of fossil and renewable feedstocks, reaction mechanisms and kinetics, in situ and operando techniques. The most important scientific achievements are in the field of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (synthesis of fuels, light olefins and oxygenates) as well as in the field of activation of paraffins. 

Vitaly Ordomsky

Charge de recherche CNRS

phone: + 33 3 20 33 54 39


Vitaly Ordomsky received his MSc (2006) and PhD (2009) degree from Moscow State University in the field of application of zeolite materials in catalysis. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University in the Netherlands, working on biomass conversion using heterogeneous catalysts. Afterwards, he received a permanent position as a researcher in 2013 at the CNRS (France) in the Energy group of Lille University working in C1 chemistry.  From 2016 to 2019 he was CNRS researcher in E2P2L laboratory in Shanghai. His main research field is development of new nano-materials for sustainable chemistry. 

Associate Professor

phone: + 33 3 20 43 69 52
Office: C3 Lille University

Mirella VIRGINIE obtained her MSc in 2007 on the topic of ethanol steam reforming before to obtained her PhD degree in 2011 in the field of catalytic tar reforming produced during biomass gasification, in Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse from Strasbourg University. She acquired experience in the fields of catalytic membrane reactor during her postdoctoral research in Département des Sciences Analytiques of the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien Strasbourg.
 Currently Dr Virginie is an Associate Professor in the UCCS CNRS laboratory in the University of Lille. Her research interests cover designing of heterogeneous catalysts for Fischer-tropsch synthesis and Dry methane reforming, biogas valorization, kinetic modeling, and effect of H2S as impurities.


Deizi Vanessa Peron


phone: + 33 7 55 28 00 12

Office: B119c

Deizi is from Iraceminha – SC / Brazil. Deizi received her B.S. and master degree in Chemical Engineering, working on the extraction of anthocyanins for dyes. In 2019, she obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with the collaboration of the Universitè de Lille under supervision of Professor Nilson Marcilio, Liliana Féris and Andrei Khodakov. Her doctoral work involved the synthesis of zeolites with an alternative source of silicon, as well as preparation of metal catalysts for hydrogenation reactions. In Setember 2019, Deizi joined Prof. Andrei Khodakov group as a postdoc fellow where her current research work is focus on investigation of the mechanism, active sites and kinetics of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide catalytic hydrogenation to olefins using the state of the art operando and in-situ techniques, isotope labelling, transient and steady state kinetic experiments.

Sara Navarro Jaén


Sara Navarro Jaén obtained her BSc in Chemistry (2014) and MSc in Science and Technology of New Materials (2015) at the University of Seville (Spain). She completed her master’s thesis at the Institute of Materials Science of Seville under the guidance of Prof. José A. Odriozola, where she investigated the development of size-tailored Ruthenium nanoparticles for the CO and CO2 methanation reactions. 
She obtained her PhD degree in the same group (2019). Her research was focused on the synthesis and characterization of phosphate-type supports for the design of water-gas shift catalysts, as well as the elucidation of the reaction mechanism through in situ and operando infrared spectroscopy. In 2017, she obtained Erasmus+ funding to do research at the Institute of Chemistry of Materials and Media of Poitiers (France), where she performed isotopic exchange experiments under the guidance of Dr. Nicolas Bion. 
She is currently working as post-doctoral researcher at the Prof. Khodakov group, developing the design of bifunctional catalysts for the direct conversion of CO2 into dimethyl ether in the frame of the Interreg E2C project.

PhD students

Aleksandra Peregudova

PhD student

Aleksandra Peregudova is a PhD student. Her PhD thesis is co-tutorial between Lille University, UCCS in France and Department of Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia. Aleksandra working under the supervision by Dr. Andrei Khodakov and Dr. Vitaly Ordomsky in Lille University and Dr. Nataliya Borisova in Moscow State University.

Her PhD project focuses on the design of the new synthetic strategies for the preparation of the catalysts based on Schiff bases metal complexes.

Melissa de la Rocha

PhD student

Born in Rio Grande - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil currently lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The educational background includes Chemical Engineering graduation at the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG/Brazil) and Master degree in Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS/Brazil). Currently pursuing PhD at UFRGS in co-tutelle with the University of Lille, in France where had the great experience of working for about a year and a half. Current work is based on low cost asymmetric ceramic membranes with waste addition coated with ZSM-5 zeolite, objecting separation and reaction. To get in touch write an email to

Débora Strossi

PhD student

Débora is from Bossoroca, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Graduated in Environmental Engineering from the Federal University Fronteira Sul. Débora has a Master's degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul where she worked in obtaining zeolites from coal fly ash for application in the SO2 adsorption process. She is currently a PhD student at the same university in "cotutellle" with the University of Lille working on the synthesis of highly efficient zeolitic catalysts.

Alan Barrios

PhD student

Alan Barrios received his BSc degree from Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in December 2017. He is currently a PhD candidate in Professor Andrei Khodakov’s group. His research interest focuses on designing novel heterogeneous catalysts for CO and CO2 hydrogenation.

Dan Wu

PhD student

phone: + 33 7 55 28 00 12

Office: C3-005

Dan WU received his master degree in physical chemistry from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017. During his Ph.D., Dan performed research in the supervision of Professor Andrei Khodakov and Professor Vitaly Ordomsky. His work focus on the modification of metal catalysts with molecular imprinting strategy. Recently, he is working on the selective hydrogenation of furfural and HMF over halogen modified Pd catalyst.


Ana Katiuce Fellenberg

PhD student

Ana is originally from Iraí, BR and earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Universidade Comunitária da Região de Chapecó (UNOCHAPECÓ) in 2013. Ana performed master research in carbon membranes and gas separation at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). At the same time, she also was a student representative of the graduate program in chemical engineering (PPGEQ) at the university. Her current research is focused on the nanoconfinement for production of platform molecules from biosyngas with enhanced selectivity.

Di Hu

PhD student

phone: + 33 7 55 28 00 12

Office: Centrale Lille

Di Hu is from Wuhan, China. He received his master degree in Chemical Engineering from South-Central University for Nationalities in 2019. He did undergraduate research on methane dry reforming in the Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Energy Materials Chemistry of Ministry of Education & Hubei Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science, South-Central University for Nationalities. During his Ph.D., Di performs research in the supervision of Professor Andrei Khodakov and Professor Vitaly Ordomsky. His focus now at UCCS is new photocatalytic processes for methane selective chemical conversion. 

Qiyan Wang

PhD student

Qiyan earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Natural Sciences, Chemical Biology from Anhui University of Technology in 2015. As an undergraduate, Qiyan received his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Physical Chemistry from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2018 where his research thesis was in the area of designation of heterogeneous catalyst for oxidation reaction. Qiyan started his PhD program at Lille in Summer 2018 in Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide (UCCS). His focus now at Lille is the designation and application of nanoreactor.



Xiang Yu (Max) (PhD graduation in 2019)  - Postdoctoral Researcher in the Shenzhen University, Guangdong, China

Camila Gomes Flores (PhD graduation in 2019) -Postdoctoral Researcher in the Catalysis Institute and C*change, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Cathy Brabant (PhD graduation in 2017) - Chemistry High School Tutor, France

Guanfeng Liang (Postdoc in 2017) - Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Yanping Chen (Postdoc in 2016-2017) - Staff Scientist, Micro-, Nanoreactor and Reaction Engineering Group,  State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Dalian, China

Tong Li (PhD defense in 2016) -Researcher, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, CAS, China

Marine Gaillard (PhD graduation in 2016) - Project Leader in S3D Engineering, France

Janice Botelho Souza (Sandwich PhD in 2016) - Full Professor, Universidade La Salle, Brazil
Charles Bonnin (PhD graduation in 2016) – Research Engineer, IFP-Energies Nouvelles, France

Yuan Luo (Postdoc 2014-2016) -Development Engineer at ILS, Berlin, Germany

Mengnan Lu (PhD graduation in 2015) -Researcher, China Energy Group Co. Ltd. Beijing Lucency Enviro-Tech Co. Ltd, China
Kang Cheng (PhD graduation in 2015) - Associate Professor, Xiamen University, China

Diego Alexander Pena Zapata (PhD graduation in 2013) - Catalyst technologist for heavy ends processing, Axens, France

Guilherme de Souza (Sandwich PhD in 2012-2013) -Coordinator of the Technical Advisory of the Secretariat for the Environment and Infrastructure of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Jie Zhang (Postdoc in 2012) - Associate Professor, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute,CAS, China

Majid Sadeqzadeh (PhD graduation in 2012)- Senior Process Engineer at Johnson Matthey, UK

Alan Jean-Marie (PhD graduation in 2010) - Senior Scientist, Matière & Energie, Altran Research, France
Jingping Hong (PhD graduation in 2009) - Full Professor of South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan, China

Jean Sebastien Giradon (PhD graduation in 2005) - Associate Professor, University of Lille, France