• Chemistry and Materials

UPscaling of CATalysts (UPCAT)



UPCAT is dedicated to the study of the preparation of supports and catalysts for heterogeneous catalysis. The main objective is the rationalization of the synthesis and forming steps on batches of catalysts sufficient to allow subsequent implementation in pre-industrial laboratory pilots. We offer high-level exploratory research, and can also get involved in industrial development and scale-up projects. We propose a flexible offer adapted to small and medium-sized companies (from design to validation of the catalyst; a "ready-to-use" solution) but also to large groups (specific studies in synthesis, characterization, regeneration for example).


  • Sébastien Royer
    Team manager
  • Jérémy Dhainaut
    Technical manager


Avenue Paul Langevin
Campus Cité scientifique, Centrale Lille


UPscaling of CATalysts

Chiffres clés

• 17 users since 2019
• 2 start-ups have used the services of UPCAT since 2019


Effectif total : 2



• Scale-up of existing catalysts
• Scale-up of chemical processes validated at laboratory scale
• Preparation of porous supports and supported phases
• Shaping of catalysts
• Study of activation / regeneration of catalysts
• Study of mechanical and physico-chemical properties of catalysts
• Evaluation of their catalytic properties

Example(s) of projects

• ANR Astrid: Textiles functionalized by porous solids of MOF type for the capture and / or degradation of toxic agents 🡭
• ANR: Study of new routes for the solvothermal conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into molecules with high added value, thanks to the use of stable heterogeneous catalysts 🡭
• Shaping of adsorbents for the capture of radioactive contaminants (DOI : just accepted)
• Development of low temperature air pollution control catalysts 🡭 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients


Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients


Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Energy
  • Chemistry / Plastics (Glue, Plastic, Rubber...)
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Design and optimization of specific catalysts
• Preparation of catalysts
• Development of catalytic pilots on real loads
• Evaluation of catalyst properties under realistic reaction conditions
• Study of the change of scale of catalytic formulations
• Study of the preparation and shaping of catalytic solids
• Shaping of powders
• Activation and regeneration of powders
• Compliance and efficiency tests
• Reaction performance tests

Consulting services

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


We possess a wide range of equipment for the synthesis, shaping, thermal activation and evaluation of the quality of catalysts such as:
• Synthesis reactors setups of capacity 250 mL to 10 L
• Mineral synthesis autoclave of capacity 8 L
• Bench of mineral synthesis and reaction under pressure autoclaves of capacity 1 L
• Dual-screw extruder of flowrate 2.5 kg/h, capable of working with mineral or polymeric charges
• Spray-dryer, allowing the formation of mineral or hybrid fluidized grains
• High-throughput catalytic test, up to 4 materials tested at once


Nom Modèle Marque
Double jacketed reactors Reactor-ready/ Radley
Hydrothermal synthesis reactor Top Industrie
Vibro-oscillating impact crusher 8000M Mixer/Mill/ SPEX
Mixing-extrusion-spheronization apparatus Multilab/ Caleva
Dual-screw extrusion apparatus Process 11/ Thermo Fisher
Spray-dryer B-290/ Büchi
Granulating pan AR403/ ERWEKA
Surface analyzer Autochem II 2920/ Micromeritics
High-throughput catalytic screening test for CO oxidation MULTI-R/ TeamCat
Raman microscope XploRA PLUS/ Horiba


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Centrale Lille

Unit(s) of attachment


Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes