Catalysis for Energy and Valorization

Seminar presented by:

Prof. Clément Comminges
IC2MP (Institute of Chemistry of Poitiers : Materials and Natural Resources), University of Poitiers, France

Date:                  Friday, 05th April 2019

Time:                  11:30

Venue:               The Orbital, Chemistry Building

Enquiries:         Dr. Shankara Radhakrishnan, [email protected]


Catalysis for Energy and Valorization

Providing solutions to the global energy demand as well as giving solutions to remediate the greenhouse effect are one of the most important challenges that scientists have faced since decades. Catalysis as well as electro-catalysis are two options that may pave the way to a more responsible society. The aim of this talk is to show how it is possible to valorize greenhouse gases and how is it possible to produce and store energy efficiently and in a renewable way. The topics of CO2 valorization, hydrogen production and electricity storage will be discussed based on recent research results performed at the University of Poitiers.

About Prof Comminges:

Clément Comminges, 37 years old, defended his master thesis on electrochemistry in 2004 from University Paris 6 (Pierre et Marie Curie), France, working on electrochromic conductive polymers at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure” of Cachan, France. He got his PhD in electrochemistry in 2007 from university Paris 12 on organic electrosynthesis in ionic liquids. The he moved for 3 years as a post doctoral fellow at the European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) in Karslruhe, Germany, working on solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide electrolysers prototypes from 2008 to 2010. Then he was hired for 2 years from 2010 to 2012 as a post doctoral fellow at the University of Potsdam, Germany, in the molecular enzymology group to work on switchable electrochemical biosensors. From 2012 on, he was hired as associate professor at the university of Poitiers, “Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers” (IC2MP), France. He his teaching thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry and analytical chemistry at the technological institute of the university. His research interests are mainly focused on energy and activation of small molecules for valorization by electrocatalytic and catalytic processes, with an emphasis on structure activity relationships in catalysts and electrocatalysts. He published 35 articles in peer reviewed journals and owns 2 patents.

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