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Catherine Louis




 Preparation of supported mono- and bi-métallic catalysts by deposition-reduction or reduction-deposition: control of the different steps of catalyst preparation, in order to form highly dispersed metal nanoparticles of controlled size

  • Metal-oxide support interaction: Influence of the properties of oxide supports on catalytic properties of supported metal
  • Application to gold catalysts: Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic reactivity
  • Development of gold-based bimetallic catalysts for reactions of oxidation and selective hydrogenation
  • In situ and operando characterisation of bimetallic nanoparticles under activation and reaction conditions; study of possible particles restructuring.



Microscopie électronique ; Spectroscopies IR, UV-Visible, d'absorption de rayons X (XANES, EXAFS) et de photoélectrons X (XPS)

Function and attachment

CNRS Senior Researcher


1985 PhD in Chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

1986-1988 Post-doctoral fellow at the University of California - Berkeley

2006-2013 Director of the French CNRS network entitled Or-Nano (Gold Nanoparticles) www.or-nano.org


  • Novel Non-Noble Bimetallic Cu-Zn/TiO2 Catalysts for Selective Hydrogenation of Butadiene Z. Wang, G. Wang, C. Louis, L. Delannoy, J. Catal., 347 (2017) 185-196
  • Chemical Preparation of Supported Bimetallic Catalysts. Gold-Based Bimetallic, a Case Study, C. Louis, Catalysts, 6 (2016) 110 (27 pages) (ireview)
  • The controlled synthesis of metal-acid bifunctional catalysts : Selective Pt deposition and nanoparticle synthesis on amorphous aluminosilicates J.E. Samad, J. Blanchard, C. Sayag, C. Louis, J.R. Regalbuto, J. Catal., 342 (2016) 203-212
  • Unusual behaviour of Au/ZnO catalysts in selective hydrogenation of butadiene due to the formation of AuZn nanoalloy S. Derrouiche, C. La Fontaine, G. Thrimurtulu, S. Casale, L. Delannoy, H. Lauron-Pernot, C. Louis, Catal. Sci.Technol., 6 (2016) 6794-6805
  • Selective hydrogenation of butadiene over TiO2 supported copper, gold and gold-copper catalysts prepared by deposition precipitation L. Delannoy, C. Méthivier, C. Louis, G. Thrimurthulu, P. S. Reddy, B. M. Reddy, J. Nelayah, C. Ricolleau Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16 (2014), 26514-26527



  • Catalysis by Gold, G.C. Bond, C.Louis, D.Thompson, Imperial College Press (2006)
  • Gold Nanoparticles for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, C. Louis, O. Pluchery (Eds), Imperial College Press (2012), 2nd edition in 2017


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