Claude De Bellefon

Chercheur · Directeur de recherche
N° de téléphone : +33 (0)4 72 43 17 54

Claude received his PhD in 1985 from the University of Strasbourg in the field of organometallic chemistry. The topic of his PhD thesis was the synthesis of heteropolymetallic molecular clusters. During a postdoc at Pennstate University, he synthesised polynuclear Ta organometallic oxide complexes. In 1987, he was awarded a permanent research position with the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Strasbourg. After further four years working in cluster chemistry and research on organometallic oxorhenium complexes at the Technical University Munich, he moved in 1991 to Rhône-Poulenc now Solvay, Lyon, to work on the catalytic hydrogenation of adiponitrile and other hydrogenation processes and reactors. In 1995, Claude moved back to the CNRS where he currently holds a position as Research Director and leads the group on “Catalytic Reactors Engineering” at the University of Lyon. In 1996, he received the Habilitation from the University of Lyon. His main research interest covers process intensification - micro- and meso-structured catalytic reactors for pharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy - catalytic hydrogenations & oxidations - photocatalytic reactors - batch-to-continuous processes – homogeneous & heterogeneous catalysis – and flow-chemistry. Claude has authored more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, holds several patents, has given more than 50 invited lectures in international meetings and private or academic institutions, has advised more than 20 PhD works and co-organised several international meeting series such as CAMURE, EUROPACAT and IMRET. He teaches Master degree courses on “Catalytic Reaction Engineering” and “Kinetics and Catalysis”. Claude also serves as a member of the Editorial Boards of the Chemical Engineering Journal and the Journal of Flow Chemistry. He is currently the Scientific Director of CPE Lyon, the school for chemistry and chemical engineering of the University of Lyon.