ESPECEL Catherine

Associate Professor

Research Topics

– Preparation and physicochemical characterizations of supported metallic catalysts (preparation by specific techniques of surface redox reactions).

– Applications : Catalytic reforming, ring opening of naphthene, selective hydrogenation of unsaturated aldehydes and carboxylic acid, selective hydrogenolysis of polyols.


Mono and plurimétallic catalysts – Controlled Preparation – Reforming – Ring Opening – Selective Hydrogenation – Selective Hydrogenolysis


Institute of Chemistry of Materials and Environments Poitiers (IC2MP)
CNRS UMR 7285 – Université de Poitiers
4 rue Michel Brunet (Building B27) – Av Campus Rector Pineau
86022 Poitiers Cedex FRANCE
Tel: 33 (0) 5 49 45 39 94
Fax: 33 (0) 5 49 45 37 41
email : catherine.especel[at]


– IRCE – Lyon,
– IFP Energies Nouvelles
– Solaize,
– Santa Fe (Argentina).


– Head L2 Physics-Chemistry, Co-Head L3 Analytical Chemistry and Quality.

Major publications

[1] Selective hydrogenation of citral to Unsaturated alcohols over mesoporous catalysts Pt/Ti-Al2O3. Effect of temperature and the reduction of the Ge addition, T. Ekou, A. Flura, L. Ekou, C. Especel, S. ROYER, J. Mol. Catal. A, 353-354 (2012) 148-155.

[2] The relationship entre le structural properties of bimetallic catalysts Pd-Sn/SiO2 and Their selective citral hydrogenation performance for A. VICENTE G. Lafaye, C. Especel, P. Marecot, C.T. WILLIAMS, J. Catal., 283 (2011) 133-142.

[3] Study of the stability of catalysts in aqueous medium Pt/SiO2-Al2O3: Application for sorbitol transformation L. VILCOCQ, A. CABIAC, C. Especel, S. LACOMBE, D. Duprez, Catal. Commun., 15 (2011) 18-22.

[4] Relationship between the structural properties of supported bimetallic Pt-Rh catalysts and Their performances for methylcyclopentane ring opening P. Samoilă Mr. BOUTZELOIT, C. Especel, F. EPRON, P. Marecot, J. Catal., 276 (2010) 237-248.

[5] Influence of the pretreatment method on the properties of trimetallic Pt-Ir-Ge/Al2O3 Prepared by catalytic reduction, P. Samoilă Mr. BOUTZELOIT, V. BENITEZ, SA D’IPPOLITO, C. Especel, F. EPRON, C.R. VERA, P. Marecot, CL Corporate PIECK, Appl. Catal. A, 332 (2007) 37-45.


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