• Bioeconomy
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Energy and Environment

Unit of catalysis and solid state chemistry (UCCS)

Research unit - UMR 8181


Our research is oriented towards three main areas: energy, environment and sustainable development. We organize our research along three scientific axes: Catalysis and Molecular Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis, and Solid State Chemistry. These three axes are subdivided into 14 teams which constitute the operational sites of research, oriented in particular towards the catalytic valorisation of biomass, fine chemistry, plant chemistry, pollution treatment, new fuels, nuclear fuels and wastes, fuel cells, eco-compatible materials... We possess a wide range of equipment regrouped within the internal and external technological platforms. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Véronique Rataj
    Team manager


Bâtiment C3, Avenue Jean Perrin
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille


Unit of catalysis and solid state chemistry


Effectif total : 284

Personnel de recherche : 159

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 41



• Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
• Hybrid catalysis
• Polymerization catalysis
• Catalysis under pressure and real loads
• Colloidal physicochemistry
• Molecular and supramolecular chemistry
• Green chemistry
• Organic synthesis
• Organometallic chemistry
• Solid chemistry (ceramics and glasses)
• Ionic, electronic and mixed conductors
• Mixed valence oxide materials
• Electrochemical separation of gaseous oxygen
• Actinide chemistry
• Trapping of radionuclides
• Precursors and new routes for the synthesis of oxides
• Lead-free piezo-ferroelectric oxides (thin films)
• Synthesis of catalysts and chemical molecules
• Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
• Molecular modeling
• Advanced structural characterizations (XRD, NMR, SEM, TEM, crystallography)
• Surface characterizations (XPS, LEIS, Tof-SIMS)
• Biomass recovery, Atmospheric pollution control, DeNOx catalysis
• Production of clean and synthetic fuels
• Formulation
• Operando / in situ vibrational spectroscopies

Example(s) of publications

• Mn- or Cu- substituted LaFeO3-based three-way catalysts: Highlighting different catalytically operating modes of La0.67Fe0.8M0.2O3 (M=Cu, Mn). Nandi Shreya, Wu Jiang Xiang, Simon Pardis, Nuns Nicolas, Trentesaux Martine, Tougerti Asma, Fonda Emiliano, Girardon Jean-Sebastien, Paul Jean-Francois, Mamede Anne-Sophie, Berrier Elise. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol. 296, p120330 (2021). 🡭
• Transformation of Dilute Ethylene at High Temperature on Micro- and Nano-Sized H-ZSM-5 Zeolites. Beuque Antoine, Barreau Matthias, Berrier Elise, Paul Jean-Francois, Batalha Nuno, Sachse Alexander, Pinard Ludovic. Catalysts, Vol. 11, p282 (2021). 🡭
• Hybrid electrons in the trimerized GaV4O8. Aguilar-Maldonado Cintli, Mentré Olivier, Tsirlin Alexander A., Ritter Clemens, Missiul Aleksandr, Fauth Francois, Arevalo-Lopez Angel. Materials Horizons, (2021). 🡭
• Palladium catalyzed telomerization of bio-based polyols with atmospheric pressure bubbling butadiene. Peruzzo Deborah, Drelon Mathieu, Dumont Clément, Mortreux Andre, Suisse Isabelle, Sauthier Mathieu. Molecular Catalysis, Vol. 502, p111369 (2021). 🡭
• Unravelling the influence of catalyst properties on light olefin production via Fischer–Tropsch synthesis: A descriptor space investigation using Single-Event MicroKinetics. Chakkingal Anoop, Pirro Laura, Costa Da Cruz A.r., Barrios Alan J., Virginie Mirella, Khodakov Andrei, Thybaut Joris W. Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 419, p129633 (2021). 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

ICPEES (Strasbourg), Université de Versailles–Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Plusieurs collaborations avec les équipes de recherche de Chine, Russie, Algérie, USA, Allemagne, Belgique, Angleterre, Pologne, Espagne Italie, Roumanie, Inde, Japon...

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients


Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Energy
  • Education / Training
  • Chemistry / Plastics (Glue, Plastic, Rubber...)
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Eco-design of molecules and functional polymer materials, with high added value, through the activation of inexpensive raw materials
• Design, optimization, understanding of mode of action and valuation of molecular catalysts, supramolecular and graft catalysts
• Development of eco-designed syntheses using catalysis
• Textural analyzes (specific surface and porosimetry)
• Use of monomers from biomass for the preparation of polymer materials
• Synthesis of functionalized hierarchical porous materials
• Reactor development
• Design of effective catalytic formulations based on non-precious metals (iron, copper, manganese)
• Creation, analysis and optimization of new inorganic compounds
• Accelerated formulation (High-Throughput)
characterizations by single crystal DRX (absolute structure)
• Identification of crystallized phases
• Quantification (Rietveld)
• Studies in temperature and / or under controlled atmosphere
• solid state NMR
• Thermal analyzes (ATG, DSC, Dilatometry)
• Electron microscopy (scanning and transmission)
• Synthesis of solids (sol gel, solid, thin films, PLD, high temperature furnaces)
• Surface analyzes (XPS, Tof-SIMS)
• Fuel analysis (sulfur, nitrogen, aromatics)
• Catalytic hydrotreatment tests and kinetic studies
• Analysis of solutions for the speciation of Mo and W
• Formulation of heterogeneous mass and supported catalysts
• Synthesis and shaping of porous supports
• Custom organic synthesis

Training offers

We offer training in XRD, NMR, XPS and heterogeneous catalysis.

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.

Offres technologiques

  • DRYCAT: Dry Methane Reforming
    New process and catalyst for dry methane reforming. This new dry methane reforming process, coupled with a specific family of catalysts, makes it possible to overcome the problems of catalyst coking. It enables synthesis gas to be obtained under optimum conditions for further processing. Read more


The UCCS has a wide range of scientific and technical resources and equipment regrouped within the internal and external technological platforms:
• Vibrational spectroscopies platform
• Electrochemical measurements
• Thermal analysis platform
• Regional platform for surface analysis
• Realcat: high through put platform
• Raman diffusion spectroscopy
• X ray diffraction analysis platform
• Nuclear magnetic resonance platform
• Catalysis Pilot Hall
• Process and Powder Technology Solutions

See the scientific ressources: https://uccs.univ-lille.fr/index.php/fr/bienvenue/ressources


Affiliated institutions / organisations


Doctoral schools

Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • Biobased materials
  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Green chemistry
  • Energy and Environment
    • Low-carbon combustion (biofuels, hydrogen, new technologies)