Visuel Olivier GuaitellaThe Innovative Training Networks 2018 (ITN) awarded PIONEER, a project submitted by O. Guaitella (LPP, École Polytechnique), M. E. Galvez (IJLRA, Sorbonne Université) and P. Da Costa (IJLRA, Sorbonne Université), all members of the Labex PLAS@PAR. The project will be managed by Sorbonne University in close collaboration with the École Polytechnique and the CNRS, supported by a wide consortium of partners (public and private)* in order to create a European Joint Doctorates program (EJD).

Recycling waste CO2 is one of the biggest challenges of our time and of future generations. The use of plasma-catalysis to achieve efficient CO2 conversion is an innovative and ambitious approach, requiring multidisciplinary expertises.

How to obtain this synergy? By training a new generation of research leaders able to address all the fundamental aspects leading to a successful implementation of plasma-catalytic CO2 valorization technologies in Europe.

Indeed, the use of plasma-catalysis can potentially apply to any CO2 conversion process, from its hydrogenation, including methanation, to its use in dry, autothermal or bi-, tri-reforming of methane containing gases, with their own specificities, leading to a coupled excitation of the gas mixture. The research and technological goals of PIONEER are therefore to forge “out of the box” catalytic materials capable of taking advantage of reactive species from the plasma as well as designing the most appropriate plasma sources suitable for each CO2 recycling process.

This motivates the 3 research work packages within PIONEER:

- To gain deeper knowledge on the fundamentals and mechanisms of CO2 plasmas interacting with surfaces and the physicochemical phenomena involved, including CO2 dissociation, to model these phenomena and to be able to predict the behavior and consequences of different CO2 plasmas.
- To invent advanced, active, selective and robust catalytic systems specially formulated for plasma-catalytic coupling to optimize CO2 valorization, and study the interaction between the excited species present in CO2 plasmas and solid catalytic surface.
- To explore innovative routes for plasma-catalyst interaction, study novel reactor designs involving various types of exposure of the catalytic materials to different kinds of plasmas of diverse energy density, to evaluate the influence of these parameters in reaction mechanisms, kinetics and product yield.”

PIONEER is scheduled to start on January 1st 2019.

* Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, University of York, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Instituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon), AGH University of Science Technology (Warsaw), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), CSIC (Zaragossa), University of Bucharest, Universita di Trento, University of Antwerp, University of Liverpool.

* Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (UK), Green Syn Fuel (XX), KIC Climate (Paris), ITRE, AFS, Innophysics, Solayl, Université de Caen, University of Zaragoza, Université Paris-Saclay.


Presse release (in French)

To know more about PIONEER or get involved, feel free to contact:

- O. Guaitella :

- P. Da Costa :

- M. E. Galvez :