Welcome to Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie

From preparation of advanced materials...

... to the study of their functioning at the molecular level.

The Catalysis and Spectrochemistry Laboratory (LCS) is renowned for its research on porous materials, with strong skills in the design and preparation of microporous materialssuch as zeolitesand the study of porous materials by operando spectroscopyThis means observing the material as closely as possible to its operating conditions. Thanks to these complementary skills, the LCS occupies a unique position in the study and optimization of catalytic or adsorption processes, with multiple applications in the fields of materials for energy conversion or pollution control.

Nos tutelles

Our teams

The laboratory’s expertise is based on 2 teams:

  • Spectrocat: development of in situ and operando spectroscopies for molecular-scale understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption, separation and …
  • Zeolites : Rational design and synthesis of porous zeolitic materials for various applications in catalysis, adsorption, sensor …

Our facilities

The LCS boasts state-of-the-art equipment, grouped together in 4 technical platforms:

  • SYNTHESIS – Materials synthesis and adsorptiometry
  • VISIO – In situ and operando vibrational spectroscopy
  • NMR – Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • CATALYST– Catalytic testing

Our research

  • Upgrading and transformation of energy resources (methane, hydrogen, bioresources, etc.)
  • Production of clean fuels or major intermediates for the chemical industry.
  • New applications and processes, advanced conversion techniques (heterogeneous catalysis, plasma catalysis, photocatalysis, etc.).
  • Pollution control (NOx, SOx, VOCs, soot, etc.) from fixed or mobile sources, Air purification
  • Gas separation (CO2, hydrocarbons, etc.)
  • CO2 recovery


A new chair of excellence for the energy mix at LCS

Funded by the Normandy Region, the Bio-DNH Chair of Excellence aims to develop the technology of hydrogen-carrying liquids via an emerging process of methane aromatization

The innovative process works on the basis of organic liquids carrying hydrogen: Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier – LOHC. Liquids with a high hydrogen storage density, LOHCs allow safe handling of hydrogen. It is a question for the researchers of hydrogenating at high temperature molecules of “rechargeable” organic liquids such as naphthalene to obtain a stable molecule, the decalin, which can then be conditioned at low temperature to be easily transported and used.

News and Events

FEZA Young Researcher Award for Dr. Eddy DIB

Dr. Eddy Dib, project leader at the Center for Zeolites and Nano-porous Materials (CLEAR) at the Catalysis and Spectrochemistry Laboratory (LCS), was awarded the first ‘Young Researcher Prize’ at the 9nth conference of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA)

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