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Laboratoire Franco-Chinois de Catalyse
      On 20 March 2000, Prof. Yongxiang LU, the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Prof. Brechigac, the Director-in-Chief of the National Research Center of France (NRCF), representing the CAS and the NRCF as well as the Total Group Company respectively, signed the cooperative protocol of science and technology for the foundation of the Laboratory of France-China for Catalysis (LFCC), in the GIF castle near Paris, France. Prof. Can LI, the Director of the State Key Lab of Catalysis (SKLC), Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS, and Prof. Bigot, the President of the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse de Villeurbanne-Lyon (Lyon Institute of Catalysis), as the Directors of both sides, signed the Constitution Protocol for the Laboratory of China-France for Catalysis, which announced the formal establishment of the Laboratory. Prof. Can LI and Prof. Bigot were appointed as the Directors of both sides, Prof. Thierry des Courieres became the 2nd Director in 2002.

      The research fields of the Laboratory of France-China for Catalysis focused on catalytic hydrotreating, catalytic conversion and up-grade of light hydrocarbons, and synthesis of fine chemicals and asymmetric catalysis. The main projects started are the Regioselective Epoxidations and Cyclization over Modifier Zeolites, Selective Epoxidation of Alkenes Using Metal-Complexes Supported on Oxides, Uses of Membrane Reactor for Partial Oxidation of Light Hydrocarbons, and Study of the Properties of the NiWS Mixed Phase Supported on Alumina.

      In 2001 and 2002, the Project Progress Meeting of the LFCC was held in Dalian and Paris, respectively. A lot of achievements have been made during the present cooperation. For example, in the heterogeneous catalysis, many results have been made. For Jacobson catalytic system, the chiral Mn (salen) complexes were anchored on the surface of inorganic supports by a new strategy with the attention to synthesize the heterogeneous chiral catalyst for the asymmetric epoxidation of nonfunctional olefins. Inorganic supports were modified with phenol through the reaction between the silylating agent and the surface hydroxyl group. Then the Mn (salen) complexes were successfully anchored on the surface of inorganic supports through the axial comoplaxation of the manganese by oxygen atoms of the phenoxyl group. The enantioselectivity of the anchored catalysts (73% e.e.) is obviously higher than that of the corresponding homogeneous catalysts (54% e.e.) because of the bulky axial group and the surface effect of the inorganic support. (Chem. Commun., 2002, 2696). In the study, the confinement of the channel to the high enantioselectivity of the epoxidation has been found, and a simple, efficient and stable new method for the Mn (salen) complexes anchored on the surface of inorganic support has been found also.

      Light hydrocarbons were converted into syngas in an oxygen permeable membrane reactor. It was successfully operated under syngas production conductions for about 2,200 h, and achieved an oxygen permeation flux of 3.6m3m-2h-1, which can compare the international best results. In this membrane reactor the conversion of CH4 and selectivity of CO reach 98% and 99%, respectively (Catal. Lett. 2002, 78(1-4), 129) Methane partial oxidization to syngas also conducted in a monolithic supported Ni-based catalyst system. High conversion and selectivity (>95%) were achieved at 850oC when the GHSV was 90,000 (J. Mater. Chem., 2002, 12(6), 1854-1859). A setup was constructed for determining the oxygen permeability and reactions employed in membrane reactors at elevated temperatures. The oxygen permeation mechanism of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3 was investigated in detail.Local poisoning with CO2 was used to investigate the importance of the two surfaces of membrane in the process of oxygen permeation for the first time. And it was found that the surface exchange resistance mainly occurs in the surface exchange of the lean-oxygen side (the He side or the reaction side). So this result proved that a little amount of CO2 in air could not remarkably affect the oxygen permeability of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3 membrane. Additionally, optimization of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3 was also conducted.

      Up to now, the Laboratory has breed up 1 MS students, 5 Ph D students, 13 patents have been applied for granted, and nearly sixty papers have been published.

      Recently, the two directors of the LFCC have decided to hold a Laboratory workshop, to exchange ideals about the cooperative projects on research and have a discussion about the next working program.

Signing, with the CNRS of France , ofthe proclamationestablishinga France-China joint laboratory


Laboratoire Franco-Chinois de Catalyse

Founding DateMarch 2000

Prof. Thierry des Courieres (France)
Prof. Can Li (China)

Foreign scientists
Dr. F. Fajula
Directeur of Laboratoire de Materiaux Catalytiques;
Dr.J. M. Basset
Membre correspondant de ľ Académie des Sciences, Directeur Scientifique
Dr. M. Lacroix
Directeur de Chime CNRS
Dr.C. Louis
Directeur de Recherche CNRS

DICP scientists
Prof. Wenjie Shen,
Prof. Yide Xu
Prof. Qihua Yang
Prof. Guoxing Xiong
Prof. Weishen Yang
Prof. Wenzhao Li
Prof. Zhongmin Liu

Shanghai Research Institute of Petroleum Technology
Prof. Qingling Chen
Prof. Zhirong Zhu
Prof. Huanxin Gao

Research Institute of Petroleum Processing Sinopec
Prof. Dadong Li
Prof. Hong Nie

Institute of Chemistry ,ChineseAcademy of Sciences
Prof. Wenhua Sun

Xuanwen Li