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IFP Energies nouvelles' ambition to support innovation must go hand in hand with the rigorous implementation of scientific quality, ranging from research teams to the choice of research themes.

2018 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
Aurélie Pirayre (Digital Sciences and Technologies Division) was awarded the Yves Chauvin prize for her thesis entitled "Reconstruction and Clustering with Graph optimization and Priors on Gene networks and Images" on Monday 19 November 2018. The prize was presented by Grégoire Allaire, Chairman of IFPEN's Scientific Board, at the traditional annual ceremony closing the new PhD students welcome day.
>> Find out more: interview and video on YouTube

2018 Van Straelen Prize
On October, 24 Xavier Mangenot, former PhD researcher from the Geosciences Division, received the 2018 Van Straelen Prize from the French Geological Society for his thesis entitled Contributions of the Δ47 thermometer and the U-Pb chronometer to the study of the diagenetic, thermal and hydrogeological history of the Middle Jurassic carbonate reservoirs of the Paris basin.
This prize recognizes the quality and originality of his PhD research in the earth-surface field and opens up numerous research avenues, including the integration of new constraints in different geological modeling workflows, on both a basin and reservoir scale.

The 2018 AGSE Thesis Prize
The Association des Géologues du Sud-Est (South-East Geologists Association) awarded its 2018 Thesis Prize to Alexandre Lettéron for his work relating to the Sedimentological, stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental characterization of the variable salinity lacustrine carbonate system of the Alès Basin and bordering regions (Priabonian, SE France): paleoclimatic and paleogeographic implications.
This biennial prize was awarded in recognition of the quality of his results and interpretations.

ISC 2018 / Prize for the best poster
Marie Bernardin (Physics and Analysis Division) was awarded the prize for the best poster at the 2018 International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC) 2018 offered by the Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology Center of Excellence.
The prize recognized the creativity and potential impact of his PhD research.
His work focused on the potential of combining two-dimensional liquid chromatography with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS/MS) for the analysis of complex organic matrices.

2018 L’Oréal-Unesco "For Women in Science" initiative
Out of the 1,000 candidates, and alongside 29 other PhD researchers and Postdoctoral researchers, the Fondation L’Oréal awarded the L’Oréal-Unesco "For Women in Science" fellowship to Céline Pagis, a PhD researcher at IFP Energies nouvelles/IRCELYON. 
Applied to the field of chemistry of materials and catalysis, Céline Pagis' doctoral thesis aims to summarize a new zeolite crystal morphology, in the form of "nanoboxes".
The potential of these new materials was tested jointly at IRCELYON for an application regarding the storage of a ripening-inhibitor molecule of some fruit and vegetables.
>> Find out more

2018 Darcy Prize
Olga Vizika-Kavvadias, Director of the Geosciences Division, won the 2018 Darcy prize, awarded by the Society of Core Analysts (SCA).
Each year, this award, the SCA’s highest, is given to a person considered to have made an outstanding contribution in the field of petrophysics

GECat 2018: Prize for the best oral communication
Sophie Bernadet was the recipient of one of the two prizes awarded for the best oral communication at the 2018 annual meeting of the Catalysis Study Group (GECat), held from 22 to 25 May in Trégunc, Finistère (Brittany).
The communication focused on the use of innovative monolithic solids with controlled macroporosity for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to produce hydrocarbons with a high energy value. The considerable impact of these materials on light diffusion was presented using a kinetic model. These results represent another step forward in the conversion of the sun’s energy into solar fuels.
Sophie Bernadet's PhD research, supervised by Antoine Fécant (IFPEN’s Catalysis and Separation Division) and co-supervised by Rénal Backov (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP) research center, Bordeaux – currently visiting professor at MIT, USA) and Serge Ravaine (CRPP Bordeaux), falls within the framework of challenge 2, Reaction Mechanisms.
Sophie Bernadet will defend her thesis in November 2018.

2018 SCF prize - Young researcher catalysis division
Céline Chizallet was awarded the SCF (The French Chemistry Society) prize in the 2018 young researcher catalysis division for her important and original contribution in the field of the prediction of catalytic performances and the elucidation of reaction mechanisms combining quantum calculations, kinetic modeling and experiments.
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2017 SCF thesis prize
On 2 February 2018, Alexandra Gimbernat, former PhD student at IFPEN, won the 2017 SCF thesis prize, awarded by the Union des industries chimiques (French Chemical Industries Union), in recognition of her work dedicated to the development of a new three-phase process for the direct conversion of sugars into high added-value chemical products.

OMAE 2017 - Prize for the best conference paper
Jean Kittel and Rémy Mingant, from the Applied Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Division, were co-authors* of the best written paper presented at the Riser and subsea systems symposium (Trondheim, Norway - June 2017) within the framework of the OMAE** conference. The prize-winning article concerned research conducted in partnership with TechnipFMC and the French Corrosion Institute on pH in the annulus of flexible pipes.
Awards ceremony: Monday June 18, 2018 in Madrid, at the 37th edition of the conference, one of the most important globally, dedicated to innovative technologies in the fields of oil production and offshore renewable energy.
* co-written by Li Ke, Carol Taravel-Condat (TechnipFMC), and Virginie Querez, Claude Duret-Thual (French Corrosion Institute)
** ASME International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering

CFMR  - 2017 Pierre Londe thesis prize
The French Rock Mechanics Committee awarded the 2017 Pierre Londe thesis prize to Bertrand Paul, a PhD researcher at IFPEN, for his thesis in the field of geomechanics, carried out in collaboration with EDF R&D and the University of Lorraine.

2017 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
IFPEN's Scientific Board awarded the 2017 Yves Chauvin prize to Zlatko Solomenko for his thesis entitled Two-phase flows over complex surfaces: towards bridging the gap between computations and experiments with application to structured packings.
This thesis represents a significant step forward in the observation of liquid film flows over geometrically complex surfaces.
>> IFPEN News stream (November 2017)

The Innovation Research Prize of the SCF (Société Chimique de France - French Chemistry Society)
The SCF’s Energy Inter Division has awarded the 2017 “Innovation Research Prize”
to Charles-Philippe Lienemann, a research engineer in the Physics and Analysis Division, in recognition of his work concerning the development of analytical techniques based on atomic spectroscopy. Via the lowering of quantification thresholds and the combined use of separation methods, his research has enabled more effective characterization of fuels with respect to environmental specifications, and an improvement in industrial processes in terms of performance and eco-responsibility. He received the award at a ceremony held on 14 November 2017, at the Maison de la Chimie conference center in Paris.

EFCATS PhD Award 2017
Kim Larmier is the first French researcher to win this award, which will be handed over in August 2017 at the EUROPACAT XIII Congress (in Florence, Italy) for his thesis entitled “Isopropanol conversions on alumina solids: a mixed experimental / multiscale modeling approach”.
The prize is awarded every two years by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS), and is the most prestigious international thesis award in the field of Catalysis.
Kim Larmier’s thesis research concerned the study of the dehydration of isopropanol on alumina-based catalysts, using an approach combining ab initio theoretical calculations, kinetic modeling and catalytic tests. The active sites in this reaction were identified and performance prediction models were created on the basis of ab initiocalculations.
It will be recalled that Kim Larmier was the Yves Chauvin thesis prizewinner in 2016.
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CSI XL 2017 - Pisa (Italia)
Carlos Sanchez Rodriguez was recently awarded the prize for the best poster at the Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XL (CSI XL) conference held in June 2017 in Pisa (Italy).
The student is conducting his thesis research at the University of Alicante in Spain, in Professor J.-L. Todoli’s group, on a subject financed by IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) aimed at characterizing inorganic bioethanol contaminants.
>> More information
>> Download his Poster "Removing interferences in organic solvents and petroleum products by hTISIS-ICP-MS/MS" (.pdf - 1.58 Mo)

ESAT 2017 /Helmut Knapp prize for the best scientific poster presented by a young researcher
Saifuddin Ahmed, a PhD researcher within the Applied Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Division was awarded the Helmut Knapp prize for his poster: "On the condition of electroneutrality for multi-phase multi-component ionic systems using modified Albertsson model", at ESAT 2017 (European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics), which was held in Bucharest in May.
The research for which the award was given is part of his thesis on the theme of: "Study of the influence of electrolytes on liquid-liquid balances using an equation of state", proposed as part of the Fondation Tuck's chair: Thermodynamics for biomass fuels.
This thesis, being carried out in collaboration with ProSim, is sponsored by Nicolas Ferrando (IFPEN) and supervised by Jean-Charles de Hemptinne (IFPEN).

2016 FAEE prize - Energy economics
On 20 November 2016, the Association des Économistes de l’énergie (French Energy Economists Association) awarded Florian Perrotton a prize for thesecond best student research article, on the theme of "The economics of rate-of-return regulation in the natural gas pipeline industry".
The jury highlighted the relevance of his approach, making a link between the representations used by engineers and economic modeling, opening up new avenues for understanding the economic issues specific to the natural gas industry.

2016 Yves Chauvin thesis prize
The 2016 Yves Chauvin prize has been awarded to Kim Larmier on 23 November 2016 for his thesis on “Isopropanol conversions on alumina solids: a mixed experimental / multiscale modeling approach”.
>> IFPEN News stream (November 2016)

DCP: 2016 Young Researcher Prize
Céline Chizallet (researcher in IFPEN’s Catalysis and Separation Division) is the joint winner of the 2016 Young Researcher Prize awarded by the joint Chemistry and Physics Division (DCP) of the Société chimique de France (SCF- French Chemistry Society) and the Société française de physique (SFP - French Physics Society). The prize was presented to her on 20 October 2016 at the Nancy Physics and Chemistry Conference, for her research in the field of molecular modeling.
It will be recalled that Céline Chizallet also won an award for her work last year, when she was given the Edith Flanigen Prize.

ICC 16: Young Scientist Award
Zoé Buniazet (a PhD researcher in IFPEN’s Catalysis and Separation Division), was presented with the Young Scientist Award at the 16th International Congress on Catalysis (ICC 16) held from 3 to 8 July 2016 in China.
The prize was awarded for the quality of her PhD research, part of which - concerning the development of a methodology for catalytic site characterization in the presence of water for the bio-alcohols dehydration, an alternative process for the production of non-fossil olefins - was presented at the congress.
A patent has been filed for her research and the young scientist will defend her thesis before the end of 2016.
>> Abstract : Investigation of water effects on heterogeneous acid catalysts: Application to bio-alcohols dehydration into olefins.

2016 Franco-Spanish Prize
Carmen Claver, a member of IFPEN’s Scientific Board, has just been awarded the Franco-Spanish Prize by the Société chimique de France (SCF - French Chemistry Society), this month of June 2016. Professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain), she brings to IFPEN her experience in the conduct of top-level scientific studies in the fields of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.

2016 Thesis Prize
Giovanni De Nunzio (Mechatronics, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Division) received the 2016 Thesis Prize from the Grenoble Alps Community of Universities and Institutions (ComUE) for the scientific excellence of the work carried out as part of his thesis entitled "Eco-Management of Traffic in Urban Networks". Supervised by Carlos Canudas-de-Wit (Gipsa-lab) and promoted to IFPEN by Philippe Moulin, the thesis was defended in October 2015 at the INP of Grenoble.
>> Presentation of his work (on YouTube)

2016 Award from the Industrial Chemistry Division of the French Chemistry Society
This award was given to Malika Boualleg on 26 May 2016 during the French Conference on Catalysis (FCCAT) in Fréjus, in recognition of her work and that of her project team focusing on the development of a selective lithium adsorbent.
Malika Boualleg's expertise in identifying new aluminia concepts for catalytic systems in the field of refining and petrochemicals helped to quickly develop a lithium-doped solid for a new field of application of strategic industrial importance: lithium production. The work was carried out in collaboration with Eramet.
>> IFPEN News stream (February 2016).
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ISASF 2016: Thesis Prize
In May 2016, Bruno Miguel Da Silva Pinho,a former PhD student in IFPEN’s Process Experiments Division, was awarded the International Society for Advancement of Supercritical Fluids (ISASF) thesis prize for his innovative research concerning C3 hydrogenation in supercritical medium, the application of which has led to a clearer understanding of the reactive system and opened up possibilities for enhanced catalyst discrimination.

AAPG 2016
Fadi Henri Nader received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Middle-East section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for his commitment and efforts to promote geosciences in the Middle-East (6 March 2016).

ESCRE 2015: EFCE award
Luis Pereira de Oliveira (Process Design and Modeling Division) was the winner of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Excellence Award for his PhD thesis in the field of chemical reaction engineering.
He received the award at the European Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ESCRE 2015), held from 27 to 30 October 2015 in Germany. His research, carried out at IFPEN, related to the development of a methodology for the compositional and kinetic modeling of refining processes, successfully applied to the hydrotreatment of diesel cuts and the hydroconversion of vacuum residues. This approach has subsequently been applied to biomass conversion processes and will soon be extended to the hydrotreatment of bio-oils.
The research has led to six publications in peer-reviewed journals and ten conference papers.

CFS' 15
Marie Guehl, a PhD student working on catalysis and separation, received a French Chemistry Society award at the CFS' 15: Chemistry and Energy Transition Conference, in July 2015. She made a brilliant presentation of her work on the development of hybrid catalytic systems for the selective recovery of biosourced products with specific properties.

The 2015 Edith Flanigen Award
This 2015 Awards have honored Celine Chizallet, researcher at IFP Energies nouvelles, for her work in the field of molecular modeling applied to the understanding and rationalization of the functioning of catalysts.
The Edith Flanigen Award is presented annually to an exceptional young female scientist, in the eight years following graduation.
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The 2015 EFCE Young Researcher Award in Mixing
Claudio Antonio Pereira da Fonte has received the 2015 EFCE Young Researcher Award in Mixing for his work in modelling of mixtures in stirred tanks.
He received this Award at the 15th European Conference on Mixing which took place from 28 June to 3 July 2015 in Saint Petersburg. He won this award for his excellent research work in terms of new approaches, in-depth study and dissemination of the results.
His research work was conducted as part of his thesis on “Mixing Studies with Impinging Jets: PIV/PLIF Experiments and CFD Simulation” in the Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering in Porto and also in IFPEN, as part of postdoctoral training in 2013 and, since then, as a research engineer.

SPE, Budapest, June 2015
Vincent Crombez, a geosciences PhD student, came second in the European student paper competition run by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) at the European finals in Budapest for his thesis "Distribution of Sedimentary Heterogeneities in Shale Plays: Insight from Sequence Stratigraphy, Multi-Proxies Analysis and Stratigraphic Modeling of the Montney and Doig Formations – W-Canada".

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