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Working Party on Chemistry and Energy – New Chair

Prof. Aline Auroux is the new Chair of the Working Party on Chemistry and Energy.

Aline Auroux is currently Emeritus CNRS research Director at the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON, UMR 5256 CNRS-UCBLyon1), an academic laboratory belonging to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of France.

After a PhD in Thermodynamics and Inorganic Chemistry, she has spent most of her career in the fields of catalysis and adsorption microcalorimetry. Her main areas of research concern the determination .  interaction energies at the solid-gas or solid-liquid interfaces using calorimetry techniques.

She headed a group entitled  “clean and renewable energies” from 2006 to 2013 at IRCELYON.

She is currently involved in the following research topics:

– Hydrogen production and storage:

  • New catalytic materials for fuel cells (reforming of DME, DMM and methane);
  • Aluminium hydrides and borohydride compounds for hydrogen production and storage: Application to portable devices. Study of the kinetics and thermodynamics of reversible and irreversible catalyzed systems for H2;
  • Study of the poisoning of PEM Fuel Cell membranes;

– Biomass for energy. Catalysts for biofuel production and biomass conversion (conversion of cellobiose, glucose, Guerbet alcohols, nitrilation of fatty acids and esters);

– Interseasonal heat storage: thermochemical storage in solid composites and in saline aqueous solutions;

– Clean combustion and conversion of hydrocarbons, biogas and biomass.

She has published more than 330 articles in international journals (H-index=50. Citations=9869), 17 book chapters and one book (Springer Ed).  She is currently vice-president of the French Chemical Society (SCF).