Grant number: ANR-22-CE07-0007-01

Program: ANR AAPG2022 PRC Axis B.5 “Molecular chemistry” CES 07

Coordinator: Dr. Laurent Piccolo, CATREN group, IRCELYON

Budget: 440 248 €

Staff: 16 people involved

Duration: 48 months, from February 2023 to January 2027

Rational design of innovative single-atom catalysts for selective hydrogenation reactions

Single-atom catalysis (SAC) has recently emerged as a new and promising field at the frontier between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. A decisive challenge lies in the stabilization of single metal atoms while promoting their catalytic efficiency. We target carbon matrix-isolated non-noble metal atoms for selective hydrogenation of hydrocarbons and oxygenates, with applications in polymer and platform chemical synthesis. Our knowledge-based approach will rely on advanced photon/photoelectron spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and theoretical modelling for the discovery of cost-effective SACs.