Green Chemistry and Catalysis


Jérôme François


The general theme “Green Chemistry” covers a broad area including the renewable carbon chemistry, the catalysis in general and also everything involving an eco-friendly optimization (selectivity, energy economy, diminution of toxicity and risk).

This theme has become an important and dynamic element of research in different fields like the renewable carbon or the eco-procedures which enable the creation of strong local collaborations (programs ANR and ADEME, incentive action, CPER Eco-industries), national collaborations (GDR CNRS BIOMATPRO/INRA) or international collaborations (draft international network of green chemistry with the Green Chemistry Institute (USA) and the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (UK), both world leaders in this field).

A large part of the teams of Chemistry in the Institute IC2MP is concerned by this thematic field, either in terms of pollution control (air / water), energy (reforming, fuel cells, hydrotreating), innovative processes (plasma non- thermal electrocatalysis), biomass or fine chemicals.

This action therefore appears as a cross-cutting theme which is structuring and may actually constitute a major research topic within the new institute IC2MP.

Examples of the work that has already been made:

  • the processing of green waste for the synthesis of bio-oil in a project ANR Lignocarb,
  • the use of zeolite for the controlled release of pesticides,
  • the synthesis of glycerol-based plant according to a method of green chemistry (ANR GlyBioSynth).

The regional context is favorable for the development of the axis of research “Green Chemistry”. Indeed, it is fully in line with the scientific strategy and policy of the Poitou-Charentes Region, in particular through the regional program “Green Growth” but also with the financial support of the regional hub ECO- INDUSTRIES for research and development in the field of green chemistry. The important network of local enterprises which are also active in the field is another asset for the development of this axis of research. Among these assets, we note the presence of the company Valagro which is located on campus and has strong collaborations with our Institute. In recent years, the Institute and this company have in particular achieved technology transfer in the field of renewable carbon.

The areas of research in green chemistry involve also the prospective analysis and future-oriented reports of major research organizations such as CNRS and INRA. Therefore, they occupy a large part of the interdepartmental PIPAME report- report which defines the major strategies and mutations of tomorrow’s chemistry.

These orientations are also shared at the industry level (program platform SusChem) and European (6th and 7th PCRD).

The cross-cutting and thematic action “Green Chemistry and Catalysis” is built around several topics such as

  • renewable carbon for fine chemicals and energy (biomass, biogas, CO2, co-products)
  • efficient and innovative processes (non-thermal plasma, microwave, ultrasound, electrocatalysis membranes, super-acids)
  • preventive and curative decontamination(air/water).

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