-> Operators & Location


The scientific programme of SUSCAT 2019 will be operated on the University of Lille scientific campus (Faculty of Science and Technology, Villeneuve d’Ascq) by the Catalysis and Solid Chemistry Laboratory (UCCS, one of the most renowned centres of catalysis in Europe), in collaboration with Eco-Efficient Products and Processes Laboratory (E2P2L, CNRS-Solvay, the UCCS’s sister lab in Shanghai, China).


-> Content Outline


Focusing on the fundamental and industrial aspects of catalytic science, SUSCAT 2019 will offer international conferences given by prominent academic and industrial speakers, lectures, seminars and meetings with leading researchers in the field, scientific and industrial visits, demonstrations of cutting-edge equipment, as well as an introduction to research through a supervised project. The quality of the work undertaken and your scientific potential will be assessed.

Particular emphasis will be made on sustainable catalytic processes, new breakthroughs, technological developments and industrial applications.

Half of the schedule will be devoted to the 60-hour scientific programme taught in English.



   3h / ASSESSMENT (THEMES 1 & 2)


7.5h / SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PROJECT SESSIONS (personal & teamwork not included)




-> Teaching Team


Members of the UCCS and its mother institutions: Centrale Lille (one of the oldest engineering schools in France), the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL, a prominent and most internationalised French engineering school) and the University of Lille, as well as the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, one the world’s leading research institutions).


  • Dr. Marcia Carolina ARAQUE MARIN, Associate Professor in chemical engineering and catalytic reactors, Centrale Lille (C4)
  • Prof. Christophe DUJARDIN, UCCS, Associate Professor in chemistry and infrared spectroscopy, ENSCL (C3)
  • Prof. Franck DUMEIGNIL, Director of UCCS Laboratory, specialised in biomass chemistry, University of Lille (C7)
  • Prof. Pascal GRANGER, UCCS, Full Professor in chemistry, depollution mechanisms, University of Lille (C8)
  • Dr. Benjamin KATRINYOK, Associate Professor in chemical engineering and catalytic reactors, biomass chemistry, Centrale Lille (C4)
  • Dr. Andrei KHODAKOV, CNRS Research Director in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, biofuels (C1-C5-C9)
  • Prof. Jean-François LAMONIER, Deputy Director of Chevreul Institute, specialised in depollution, chemistry and oxidation catalysis, University of Lille (C8-C9)
  • Dr. Éric MARCEAU, Associate Professor, in material synthesis and characterisation, University of Lille (C2)
  • Dr. Vitaly ORDOMSKY, CNRS-Solvay Shanghai Research Associate in transformation and valorisation of biomass and CO², University of Lille (C6)
  • Prof. Edmond PAYEN, Emeritus in Raman spectroscopy, ENSCL (C3)
  • Dr. Mirella VIRGINIE, Associate Professor in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, methane and CO² valorisation, ENSCL (C10)



-> Lectures & Seminars


The scientific programme of SUSCAT 2019 is divided in two parts on the following topics:



- Comprehension of Catalysts Action Mechanisms (C1)

- Innovative Methods for the Preparation of Catalysts (C2)

- Methods and Techniques for the Catalysts Characterization (C3)

- Kinetics, Material Transfer and Heat Transfer in Catalytic Reactors (C4)

- Catalytic Processes: Industrial Fundamentals (C5)



- Bioenergy and Biofuel Synthesis (C6)

- Catalytic Conversion of Biomass into Valuables Platform Molecules for the Chemical Industry (C7)

- Environmental Catalysis (C8)

- Photocatalytic Reactions (C9)

- Catalytic Recovery of Methane and CO² (C10)





- Comprehension of Catalysts Action Mechanisms (C1)

Catalysis, and especially heterogeneous catalysis, is at the heart of modern sustainable chemistry. More than 90% of industrial chemical processes currently involve a catalyst. Catalysis contributes to more than 35% of global GDP, with most of this contribution coming from fuels (cracking, catalytic conversion). This introductive lecture gives overview of catalytic phenomena, catalysts, catalytic reactors and processes. A specific emphasis is given to the new developments in the area of catalyst and process design for valorization of renewable feedstocks and greenhouse gases.


- Innovative Methods for the Preparation of Catalysts (C2)

The course deals with the characteristics of materials for heterogeneous catalysis (dispersion, specific surface area, porosity) and with their specificities in terms of synthesis (synthesis of micro- and mesoporous materials, introduction of metal complexes on supports, preparation of supported nanoparticles).


- Methods and Techniques for the Catalysts Characterization (C3)

Catalyst characterization provides important information about the genesis of catalyst structure and its evolution during catalysts activation and under the reaction conditions. Catalyst characterization also provides possible routes for optimization of catalyst structure. The catalyst structure could be investigated during different pretreatments and catalytic reaction under in- situ and operando conditions.
The course presents an overview of the catalyst characterization methods with examples of the application of the techniques to specific catalytic systems. In particular, the course emphasizes the in-situ and operando methods and strategies which combine several characterization techniques for elucidation of the catalyst structure.


- Kinetics, Material Transfer and Heat Transfer in Catalytic Reactors (C4)

This course introduces the basis of kinetics of catalytic reactions and the influence of the reactor and catalyst design. In terms of reactor design, ideal isothermal reactors, including plug flow and ideally mixed reactor operating in batch and continuous modes are considered. Furthermore, non-ideal reactors will be discussed including the impact in terms of residence time distribution and transport effects (hydrodynamics, external and pore diffusions). Hereby, a particular focus is given to the alteration of chemical kinetics by mass and heat transfer phenomena.


- Catalytic Processes: Industrial Fundamentals (C5)

The course gives general overview of major industrial catalytic processes for oil refining, renewable energy, chemical industry, pharmaceutical and environmental protection. The lectures also address technology of industrial catalyst production, raw materials and equipment and catalytic reactors and processes. Practical examples of specific processes (cracking, reforming, oxidation, hydrogenation, alkylation, syngas-based reaction) and recommendations are provided along with simplified process diagrams.





- Bioenergy and Biofuel Synthesis (C6)

The course reviews major industrial technologies for biofuel production from biomass and organic waste. The overall strategy is based on the reduction of the substantial oxygen content, improvement of energy density and biofuel stability. The feedstocks for synthesis of different biofuels are analyzed in this course. The catalysts, reactors and processes for manufacturing of biofuels of first and second generation (biomethane, biofuels, bio-oil, bioethanol, Fischer-Tropsch biofuels) are considered.
The perspectives for production of biofuels from microalgaes and artificial photosynthesis are discussed.


- Catalytic Conversion of Biomass into Valuables Platform Molecules for the Chemical Industry (C7)

Catalysis plays a pivotal role in the development of biorefineries in view of a transition to a circular economy. Versatile technologies need to be developed to convert each class of feedstocks (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, oil) into platform molecules and fine chemicals. This course will provide a systematic description of the current state of the art on catalytic technologies and innovative concepts in catalyst design for the conception of bio-refineries. Furthermore, guidelines for the design of sustainable catalytic processes involving biomass-derived reactants will be provided. Finally, perspectives will be given for the design of future integrated biorefinery processes.


- Environmental Catalysis (C8)

The course will focus on the catalytic post-treatment of atmospheric pollutants (volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) and catalytic post-treatment of exhaust gas from diesel engines (mainly nitrogen oxides (NOx and N2O) and soot). Their emissions from stationary and mobile sources are subject to evaluative standards that are now very restrictive in most of developed countries.
New strategies and concepts for the catalyst and industrial process design adapted to the treatment of these pollutants present in the atmosphere at the trace level (of the order of few ppm) will be presented.


- Photocatalytic Reactions (C9)

The heterogeneous photocatalysis is an emerging technique for the treatment of both aquatic and atmospheric organic contaminants (for instance air depollution of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)). Photocatalyst is a green chemical pathway which deals with chemical reactions taking place in the presence of light and a photocatalyst that causes oxidative decomposition. It is now widely recognized that the photocatalysis industry should experience a strong growth in the coming years. This course will provide information about the latest developments and innovations of photocatalysis in various fields of application.


- Catalytic Recovery of Methane and CO2 (C10)

Carbon dioxide and methane are the two main greenhouse gases. They are today at the center of the attention of scientists and technologists for their potential as source of carbon in the synthesis of chemicals and fuels. To mitigate their concentration in the atmosphere various strategies have been implemented such as separation, storage, catalytic valorization into value-added products, fuel or as a source of clean energy (electricity production, injection in the gas grid). The reserves and the potential contribution to improved environmental sustainability, the challenges and opportunities in CH4 and CO2 valorization are the relevant aspects that will be approached in this course



-> Scientific Research Project


Designed to facilitate your admission to Doctoral schools in France, the Scientific Research Project will require both personal and teamwork. It will include 2 sessions of tutorials and discussion with researchers and PhD students from the UCCS laboratory. The project will involve the analysis of articles, bibliographical summaries, presentation of state-of-the-art trends in the chosen research topic, and final project defence in front of the scientific board.



-> Conferences



Prof. PHAM HUU Cuong, University of Strasbourg.



Dr. Jean-Pierre DATH, R&D Programme Coordinator, Total S.A.



Dr. Georges FREMY, Arkema (France’s leading chemical company), Catalytic Processes Division.


4. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CLUSTERS AND ECONOMIC HUBS IN HAUTS-DE-FRANCE (Northern France region). Transverse conference correlated to the domains of France Excellence Summer Schools students and coordinated by competent clusters and hubs.



-> Scientific & Industrial Visits


Visits of high technological and scientific interest will be organised within the programme.

A discovery of the Centre of Excellence of Total Research and Technology in Feluy will climax with a conference. A tour of the scientific campus of the University of Lille will complete your acquaintance with experimental processes through the demonstration of experimental scientific equipment of excellence: high throughput platform, pilot catalytic reactors, centre for surface analysis, solid-state NMR, high resolution imaging techniques.



-> Literature


1. Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering (4th Edition), by H. Scott Fogl (Sep 2, 2005).

2. Synthesis of Solid Catalysts, Editor(S): Krijn P. De Jong Wiley-VCH Verlag Gmbh & Co. Kgaa. ISBN: 9783527320400, ISBN: 9783527626854, DOI: 10.1002/9783527626.

3. Biorefinery: From Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels, De Gruyter, Michele Aresta, Angela Dibenedetto, Franck Dumeignil (Eds.) (2012).

4. Biorefineries – An Introduction, De Gruyter, Michele Aresta, Angela Dibenedetto, Franck Dumeignil (Eds.) (2015).

5. "Dry Reforming Of Hydrocarbon Feedstocks", by Yatish T. Shah & Todd H. Gardner, Catalysis Reviews – Science and Engineering - Volume 56, 2014 - Issue 4 - Pages 476-536.

6. "CO2 Reforming Of CH4", by M. C. J. Bradford & M. A. Vannice, Catalysis Reviews - Science and Engineering - Volume 41, 1999 - Issue 1 - Pages 1-4.2

7. Industrial Catalysis: A Practical Approach, 3rd Edition, by Jens Hagen, ISBN: 978-3-527-33165-9 (November 2015).

8. Introduction to Catalysis and Industrial Catalytic Processes, 1st Edition, by Robert J. Farrauto, Lucas Dorazio, C. H. Bartholomew, ISBN-13: 978-1118454602, ISBN-10: 111845460X.

9. Past and Present in DeNOx Catalysis: From Molecular Modelling to Chemical Engineering, by Granger, Pascal, Elsevier (2008).
10. Heterogeneous Catalysis, by G.K. Boreskov (2004). ISBN-10: 1590338642.

11. "Heterogeneous Catalysis with Renewed Attention: Principles, Theories, and Concepts", by Franck Dumeignil, Jean-Franc?ois Paul and Se?bastien Paul, J. Chem. Educ. 2017 94, 6, 675-689. Available on this link.

12. "Upgrading Glycerol for High-Value-Added Applications", by Franck Dumeignil, INFORM - International News on Fats, Oils and Related Materials - Volume 26 (10), 2015, 609-688. Available on this link.