Célia grew up in Algeria and came to France right after high school to continue her studies. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemistry at Université Paris Diderot. She made her PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Elodie Anxolabéhère Mallart and works about electrochemical O2 reductive activation using Fe bioinspired complexe.
Outside of lab she enjoys reading, travelling, hiking and camping.
Célia defended her PhD with success on November 14th, 2019.
Elodie received her Ph.D in Molecular Electrochemistry from the University Paris 7 Diderot in 1991.
She was appointed CNRS researcher at UMR 8182-ICMMO University Paris-Sud-P11 (1992-2008) where she first got interested in artificial photosynthesis and started to work on OEC structural and functional models complexes focusing on electrochemical and spectroscopic investigations of reactive species such as M-oxo and M-peroxo intermediates (M = Mn, Fe).
She was visiting researcher at Stanford University (1997-1999) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (1998-1999) where she had the opportunity to study both natural and model systems using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.
In 2008 she joined the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire UMR 7591. Her research focus on electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of reactive species involved in O2 or CO2 activation using transition metal complexes (Mn, Fe, Co). Particular attention is given to electrochemical activation of O2 using biomimetic Fe catalysts for selective and efficient organic substrate oxidation.
She is currently Research Director at CNRS and head of the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire UMR7591.
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Jaya was born in Patna, India. She completed her graduation from the University of Delhi in 2018 with B.Sc. degree in Chemistry. Then she joined Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar where she completed her MSc in Chemistry in 2020. During her MSc, she worked under the supervision of Prof. Arnab Dutta and her thesis work mainly focused on exploring the photocatalytic Hydrogen production by Ruthenium Polypyridine and Cobalt complexes assemblies.
Jaya joined LEM in December 2020 and currently she is working with Prof. Marc Robert on metal cooperativity for visible-light driven carbon dioxide reduction with new photosensitizers and catalysts.
Antoine (born 1990 in Strasbourg, France) obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the Université de Strasbourg and received his MSc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. After having been a physics-chemistry teacher for one year, he did his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry at the Université Paris-Saclay under the supervision of Pr. Frédéric Banse and Dr. Katell Sénéchal-David (2015-2018). He then worked for two years as a post-doctoral with Dr. Laurence Grimaud at the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm, developing Palladium-based catalysts in collaboration with Janssen pharmaceutica. He joined the REACTE group as a postdoctoral fellow in december 2020.Contacter cette personne
Julien Bonin pursued his graduate studies at the Université Paris-Sud XI, France (now Université Paris-Saclay) where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 in the field of Molecular Physical Chemistry, working with Prof. Mehran Mostafavi on the femtosecond spectroscopy of solvated electrons.
He then moved to the Radiation Laboratory of the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) for a year, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the study of hydroxyl radical reactivity in supercritical water by pulse radiolysis with Prof. David M. Bartels.
In 2006, he joined the LEM at Université Paris Cité as an Associate Professor, he obtained his Research Habilitation (HDR) in 2016 and became a full Professor in 2022.
He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Chemistry Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) during the spring of 2010, working with Prof. Daniel G. Nocera.
Currently, he is Director of Studies of the Bachelor of Chemistry (400+ students) at Université Paris Cité (since 2012), President of the Education Division of the French Chemical Society (since 2022), and Deputy Director of the Laboratoire d'Electrochimie Moléculaire (since fall 2020).
His current research interests include photoinduced electron and proton-coupled electron transfers as well as photoinduced catalysis with molecule and materials, with a special focus on CO2 conversion.
Benjamin did his undergraduate studies in organic, inorganic and supramolecular chemistry at University Paris Descartes. During this time, he also did internship at Yale University (Prof. Jim Mayer Lab) working on Proton Coupled Electron Transfer processes. During his PhD, he was investigating the activation of CO2 in order to build an efficient electrolyser for CO production.
Benjamin graduated on Friday, January 15th, 2021. He is now working as an engineer at Fairbrics, a young start-up company.
Etienne is from Brie-Comte-Robert, a small city near Paris. He first got an engineering degree in civil engineering from INSA, Toulouse and worked a few years, managing projects in this field.
But his hunger for fundamental sciences brought him back to university, at Paris Diderot where he graduated in Chemistry for Energy. He made his undergraduate work under supervision of Dr. Julien Bonin in the laboratoire d’électrochimie moléculaire of the same university on the fabrication of Cu2O based photoelectrode for carbon dioxide reduction. His PhD works focuses on electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide beyond two electrons with the use of cobalt catalysts.
When not at the lab he likes to backpack across the world, hike, go to the theatre or simply chill at home and play with his son.
Etienne defended his PhD with success on October 30th, 2019, he stayed in the group for a while as a postdoc and is now a postodoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering at EPFL, Switzerland.
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Duobin got a B.S. degree in chemistry from Nankai University in June 2009. He then joined the group of Prof. Fu and completed his Ph.D. work in chemistry from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in July 2014. He worked as an assitant professor in Dalian University of Technology from 2014 to 2018. He moved to Ningbo University as an associate professor in December 2018. His research mainly focuses on the artificial photosynthesis such as CO2 photoreduciton.
In December 2021, he joined the REACTE group to investigate CO2 reduction, as a visiting scholar supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).
Tamal Chatterjee was born in West Bengal, India and completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in chemistry from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal. He obtained his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. M. Ravikanth at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His doctoral research works mainly focus on the synthesis of different expanded porphyrins and exploration of their structural features.
After completing Ph.D., he had one and a half year of industry experience, working in the R&D division of an Indian tyre company. In December 2017, He was awarded a postdoctoral research grant under the ‘MAKE OUR PLANET GREAT AGAIN’ initiative of French Government. Between September 2018 and Spring 2021, Tamal jwas engaged in the development of novel porphyrin-based catalysts for the electrochemical or photochemical CO2 reduction process.
Tamal is now holding a postdoc position in the group of Prof. Palomares at Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ), Spain.
Francesco is from Taranto, Italy. He graduated cum laude in Chemistry in 2020 at the University of Padua (UNIPD). During his master thesis he worked under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Sartorel on CO2 reduction mediated by Fe complexes bearing Schiff bases as ligand. In 2021 he took part on the PHOTOSIL project, where he focused on the synthesis and characterization of Pt based organometallic complexes for silicones photoreticulation; this work was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Biffis and in collaboration with Zhermack, S.p.A., a world leading industry for silicones production.
After been selected by Université de Paris to get an international student grant, Francesco has joined the group in October 2021 to conduct a PhD thesis on the catalytic photo- and electrochemical benzene carbonylation with group IX metals, under the supervision of Niklas von Wolff and Julien Bonin, with a secondment period at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. David Milstein.
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Jérémy obtained his Master degree in materials, nanomaterials and electrochemical sciences at the Université de Paris in 2021.
He worked in 2021 as an intern with Dr. Elodie Anxolabéhère and Dr. Claire Fave on the electrochemical reductive activation of O2 using porphyrins and electrode surface functionalization (LEM, Université de Paris).
He joined the LEM as a Ph.D student in November 2021 under the supervision of Pr. Marc Robert and is working on the electrochemical reduction of N2 toward NH3 production using molybdenum complexes.
Dependu grew up in West Bengal, India, and obtained his MS degree specialization in Inorganic Chemistry from the Central University of Punjab, India. After that, he completed his Ph.D degree in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Arnab Dutta at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India. His doctoral thesis work was mainly focused on developing bio-inspired cobalt-based molecular complexes for proton reduction and water oxidation reactions. Before joining LEM, he was an Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow (IPDF) in the same group in India. Dependu joined LEM on January 2023 with Prof. Marc ROBERT as a post-doctoral researcher. His current research topic is the photo-electrochemical conversion of nitrogen to ammonia.Contacter cette personne
Thomas graduated with a Master degree in Molecular Chemistry from the Unversity of Rennes 1 (France). He then obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Jean-François Halet and Dr. Samia Kahlal at the University of Rennes 1 in 2018, studying the structure and properties of new molecular organometallic quantum-dot cellular automata. Thomas joined the group in December 2018 for 2 years, conducting DFT calculations on the reaction mecahnism (energies, intermediates, pathways) of CO2 reduction to CH4 with iron porphyrins.
Thomas is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry in Czech Republic
Julian is from Mérida, Venezuela. He is a Chemical Engineer from Universidad de los Andes (2015) and he graduated from Université Paris Diderot in 2019 in a Master degree of Chemistry, with specialty Nanoscience and Energy. He then did an internship at the ITODYS Laboratory working on synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials for catalysis (metal nanoparticles and M.O.F.). Then he was a PhD student in a joint project with the LEM and the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (IPVF), working on photoelectrocatalytic CO2 reduction using a CIGS solar cell system, under the supervision of Prof. Robert. Julian successfully defended his thesis on Monday, December 19th, 2022.Contacter cette personne
Hesham Hamad grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. He completed his M.Sc. in Materials Science (2012) at Alexandria University, Egypt. Subsequently, he joined the Adsorption and Catalysis Lab., Faculty of Science, Granada University, Spain for Ph.D. in Chemistry (2018), developing photocatalysts based on semiconductor/carbonaceous materials aiming to boost the photocatalytic activity. He joined as a researcher at in the department of industrial engineering at Padova University and Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste in Italy (2018-2019). Then, he moved to the Laboratory of Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Poland (2020-2022). Also, he is an assistant professor at the Fabrication Technology Research Department, Advanced Technology and New Materials Research Institute (ATNMRI), City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications (SRTA-City), Egypt from 2019 till now. His work dealt with providing innovative and diversified solutions to materials science applications in the field of catalysis.
In 2022, he joined the REACTE group as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by the Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) program, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, where he is engaged in the development of a Ti-MOFs system for the photochemical reduction of CO2 for solar fuels.
Dorian earned his Master degree in Material Science from ESPCI Paris. He studied the synthesis and the characterization of polymer electrolyte for solid Li-ion batteries under the supervision of F. Tournilhac and J.-M. Tarascon.
He also graduated from STEEM Master at Ecole Polytechnique. He performed a research internship at Zinium, where he developed Zinc-Air batteries.
He joined the LEM in October 2018 to do research on the molecular catalysis of CO2 reduction in a flow cell in collaboration with the Berlinguette group at University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver, Canada).
Dorian succesfully defended his Phd on Friday, September 24th, 2021.
Dorian is now CTO at Carboneo, a strat-up built up from the lab and working on CO2 conversion (www.carboneo.eu).
Martin graduated from Paris Diderot University in 2018 where he did a master degree in surface modification and energy. He worked in 2017 at UNSW in Sydney under the supervision of Professor Justin Gooding. This work consisted of using nanoporous alloyed nanoparticules to study the Oxygen Reduction Reaction electrochemically.
In 2018 he worked with Pr. Kim Daasbjerg at Aarhus University in Denmark, developing hybrid materials for CO2 electroreduction in water.
Martin was working on methane production by catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide using solar light.
His work was founded by the MARS research consortium in which french gas companies (GRDF, GRTgaz and Terega) are involded in.
Martin successfully defended his PhD on Thursday, February 10th, 2022.
Nikos was born in Chania, Greece. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from University of Athens, Greece, and during his bachelor thesis he worked with Prof. Christiana Mitsopoulou. He then earned a Master degree in molecular chemistry from Sorbonne Université in Paris, where he worked with Sébastien Blanchard on the post-functionalization of polyoxometalates.
He started his PhD in September of 2018 under the supervision of Elodie Anxolabéhère and he is currently working on electrochemical O2 activation by Fe and Mn complexes.
Nikos successfully defended his thesis on Friday, November th
Chengyu obtained his bachelor degree from the Faculty of Chemistry, Jilin University in 2013. Then he moved to Beijing in 2014, where he started his research on ”electrocatalytic water oxidation and oxygen reduction using molecular catalysts” as a master student at the Faculty of Science, Renmin University of China, supervised by Prof. Rui Cao. In 2017, he obtained his Master’s degree in chemistry with the award of “Outstanding Graduate of the Universities in Beijing”. The same year, he moved to Leiden University in the Netherlands where he started his PhD study under the supervision of Prof. Sylvestre Bonnet and Prof. Elisabeth Bouwman. His PhD thesis was entitled “Towards the light-driven water splitting in homogeneous solutions using molecular metalloporphyrin photosensitizers and catalysts”. He successfully defended his PhD thesis on 8th of June, 2022 and then joined the LEM working with Prof. Marc Robert as a postdoctoral researcher. His research topic is “Electrocatalytic CO2 reduction in a flow cell with molecular and supramolecular catalysts”.Contacter cette personne
Guillaume graduated with a PhD in electrochemistry from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2015. His thesis in bioelectrochemistry, supervised by Dr Frédéric Lemaître and Dr Christian Amatore, was focused on harvesting photosynthetic electrons by quinones derivative. This work included fluorescence and electrochemical measurements and modeling.
Guillaume then joined the group of Pr. Justin Gooding as a postdoctoral researcher UNSW, Sydney, for 2 years. There he mainly focused on modeling the behavior of confined biomolecular binding pairs at the single molecule scale.
Then he joined Ecole Normale Superieure Paris Saclay for a few months of post-doc and a one year temporary assistant professor position working one adsorption of electrofluorochromic molecules onto plasmonic nanoparticles.
After few vacations as a physics and chemistry teacher in highschool, he joined REACTE group in 2021 as a one year temporary assistant professor position, working with Elodie Anxolabehere-Mallart onto the electrochemical activation of oxidation reaction of organic compounds by dioxygen.
Grace graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2019 as one of the first students funded by their Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry. Her thesis work, supervised by Associate Professors Darren Walsh and Graham Newton, focused on investigating the pH dependent behaviour of polyoxometalate (POM) energy storage materials by electrochemical methods. This included constructing aqueous POM redox flow batteries and voltammetry of novel carbon-nanotube encapsulated POM materials.
In 2018 Grace joined the group of Professor Carsten Streb as a postdoctoral researcher at Ulm University, Germany. There she worked with POM ionic liquids for redox flow battery applications and joined the national research program CataLight as an associate member. In collaboration with CataLight she has worked with copper-based photosensitizers, polymeric materials, inorganic water-splitting catalysts and spectroelectrochemistry.
After 2 years in Germany, Grace joined LEM in October 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher for a year working with Prof. Marc Robert and Julien Bonin. Her work on photochemical reactors was part of the MARS research consortium funded by GRDF, GRTgaz and Terega.
Bing is from Henan, China. She graduated from the University of Zhengzhou in 2014 with a B.S. degree and in 2017 with an M.S. degree in Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she participates in research projects dedicated to the design and application of clean energy polymers and crystalline materials. Under the guidance of the Professor Thomas Chung Wai Mak and Shuang-Quan Zang, then she embarked on master's study, focusing on the application of crystalline molecular functional materials in hydrogen evolution by photo and electrocatalytic water splitting. She joined the LEM in September 2017 and worked with Professor Marc Robert and Julien Bonin to investigate the artificial photosynthesis with molecular catalysts.
In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dance and visiting other cities and countries.
Bing successfully defended her PhD on Friday, December 4th, 2020 and is currently holding a postdoctoral research associate at Beijing University.
Paulo obtained his bachelor's degree in chemistry from São Carlos Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, in 2016. In this same year, he started his Ph.D. at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Marcos R. V. Lanza, developing cathodes based on carbonaceous materials modified with porphyrin compounds aiming at the in situ electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide via oxygen reduction reaction. In 2021, Paulo did a year of research abroad as a Ph.D. researcher at Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, under the supervision of Prof. Manuel A. Rodrigo, where he developed gaseous diffusion electrodes applied in pre-pilot scale flow-by electrochemical reactors to produce hydrogen peroxide. In January 2023, Paulo joined LEM working as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Marc Robert on the topic of carbon dioxide reduction.Contacter cette personne
Daniela grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She earned a B.S in Chemistry from Simón Bolívar University. During her undergraduate studies she worked with Professor José Manuel Domínguez-Vera at the University of Granada and studied ferroxidase activity of ferritin. She moved to Paris in 2016 to attend the international Master program Frontiers in Chemistry (Université Paris Descarte. Then she joined the Laboratoire de Chimie des processus biologiques at College de France conducting synthesis and characterization of (bis)-dithiolene complexes and the Laboratoire ITODYS at the Université Paris Diderot, where she studied nanohybrid systems. Her project, conducted between the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire-LEM and Synchrotron SOLEIL, aims for the development of time-resolved X-Ray spectroelectrochemistry for the study of CO2 reduction reaction mechanisms. Daniela successfully defended her PhD on March 29, 2022. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at Synchrotron Soleil.Contacter cette personne
Lydia grew up in Algeria. She completed a B.Sc. in physical chemistry followed by a M.Sc. in Electrochemistry, Energy and Nanomaterials at Université Paris Diderot. Her research project deals with electrochemical activation and functionalization of conductive materials such as ITO and glassy carbon. Lydia joined the group in October 2017. During her PhD, her project were focused on multi-electron/multi-proton transfer processes electrochemical activation of N2 using transition metal complexes.
Outside of the lab, Lydia enjoys cycling and cooking.
Lydia successfully defended her PhD on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. She stayed few more months a a postdoctoral researcher in the group and she is now starting a new postdoctoral stay at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Jeanne is a student at ESCOM (Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale), Compiègne, with major on formulation and materials. She joined the group from May to December 2021 to explore new tracks in the photochemical reduction of CO2 with molecules and materials.Contacter cette personne
Sri was born in Telangana, India. He was completed his M.Sc. Chemistry (2011) at the University of Pondicherry, India. Subsequently, he joined IISER Bhopal for Ph.D. (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Sanjit Konar. He worked on Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Heterogeneous Catalysis and gas adsorption applications. In 2016, he joined as a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Kimoon Kim, POSTECH, South Korea, and worked on 2D MOF-based nanosheets for electrical applications. Later, he moved to the University Paris-Sud (2018) with Prof. Talal Mallah and worked on 2D MOFs-based nanosheets for magnetic applications. Then, he moved to Institute Lavoisier de Versailles (2019) with Dr. Eddy Dumas and worked on the covalent functionalization of electrodes by MOFs for the electrochemical detection of metal ions.
In 2021, he joined the REACTE group as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by the DIM RESPORE network, where he is engaged in the development of Cat@MOF hybrid systems for the photochemical reduction of CO2.
Sri is now Process Development Scientist at APC Ltd, Irland.
Heng RAO achieved his PhD, with the financial support of the China Scolarship Council, under the supervision of Julien BONIN and Marc ROBERT on the photochemical conversion of CO2.
Heng defended his PhD with success on September 18th, 2018.
Heng RAO is now Associate Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis & Preparative Chemistry, Jilin University, P.R. China