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Dr. Laurent Piccolo

(PI, senior researcher, deputy head of CATREN department of IRCELYON)

He is a materials scientist graduated from Aix-Marseille University. He obtained his PhD in 1999 with a thesis on supported model catalysis in Dr. C.R. Henry’s group. After a post-doc at CEA Saclay (Paris), he was recruited as a CNRS researcher at the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon in 2001, and defended his “research supervision habilitation” on surface science applied to gold catalysis in 2007. He was recently a visiting scientist at the Technical University of Barcelona. LP has contributed to the fields of intermetallic surfaces, gold nanocatalysts, nanoalloys (member of the International Research Network on Nanoalloys), and bifunctional metal/oxide catalysts for applications to CO conversion, selective hydrogenation, and fuel upgrading. His current interest concerns metal ultradispersion (leader of the ANR UltraCat research program) – including single-atom catalysis – for energy applications such as CO2 valorization and hydrogen production, with a particular focus on structure-function relationships through operando techniques. LP has coauthored 80+ international peer-reviewed articles (50 as corresponding author), 3 book chapters and 200+ communications (H-index 31). Personal website:


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