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Franck Launay


Research interests

Utilization of porous materials for the design of selective and stable heterogeneous catalysts with applications mainly targeting the valorisation of alkenes, CO2 and biomass.


Current research

  • Supported homogeneous catalysts through the covalent grafting of organocatalysts, metal complexes, clusters such as polyoxometalates or even enzymes,
  • Supported heterogeneous catalysts through the deposition of zero-valent metal / metal oxide colloids or their heterogeneous nucleation for total hydrogenation of arenes, dry reforming of methane or photo-catalysis,
  • Development of heterogeneous catalysts involving at least two active sites such as combinations of only inorganic or organic active phases or both thus enabling the oxidative cleavage of alkenes into carboxylic acids by H2O2, the aerobic epoxidation of alkenes and more recently the conversion of alkenes into cyclic carbonates in the presence of O2 and CO2

See also selected articles, below.

Contact Informations

Sorbonne Université,
4, place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 5
Tower 43-53, 3rd floor

Team 1: Nanostructured and Functional Surface Engineering

Tel: 33(0)1 44 27 58 75

email: franck.launay@sorbonne-universite.fr

Function and attachment

Full Professor / Sorbonne Université


Education and academic career

2010  Full professor - Sorbonne Université (Lab. LRS)

2008   Habilitation thesis - Université Pierre et Marie Curie

1999  Assistant Professor - Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Lab. SIEN, team of Pr J.M. Brégeault)

1998/99  Temporary research assistant - ENS Cachan (Lab. PPSM, team of Pr B. Valeur)

1997/98  Temporary research assistant - Université Grenoble I (Lab. Chimie de Coordination, CEA, team of Dr J.C. Marchon)

1996/97  Post-Doctoral fellow, Texas A&M University (Team of Sir DHR Barton)

1995  Ph. D. Université de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (Lab. LCSN, team of Pr H. Patin)

1991  Chemistry engineer, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes

1991  Master of Science, Université de Rennes I

1988  Chemical technician, IUT de Chimie de Rennes





  • LU3CI012  Molecular inorganic chemistry
  • LU3CI015  Research, Teaching or Scientific Mediation projects
  • LU2CI012 Inorganic chemistry
  • LU2CI056  Chemistry and Sustainable development
  • LU2CI009 / LU3CI019  Green Label 1 & 2



Selected publications


- Vanadium-substituted phosphomolybdic acids for the aerobic cleavage of lignin models: mechanistic aspect and extension to lignin,L. Al-Hussaini, F. Launay and M.E. Galvez, Materials, 2020, 13, 812. DOI:10.3390/ma13040812


- O. Daoura, G. El Chawich, M. Boutros, N. El Hassan, P. Massiani, O. Ersen, W. Baaziz, F. Launay, Aqueous nickel(II) hydroxycarbonate instead of nickel(0) colloids as precursors of stable Ni-silica based catalysts for the dry reforming of methane, Catalysis Communications, 2020, 105953. DOI:10.1016/j.catcom.2020.105953


- N. Balistreri, D. Gaboriau, C. Jolivalt, F. Launay, Covalent immobilization of glucose oxidase on mesocellular silica foams: Characterization and stability towards temperature and organic solvents, Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 2016, 127, 26-33. DOI:10.1016/j.molcatb.2016.02.003


- C. Carvalho Rocha, T. Onfroy, J. Pilme, A. Denicourt-Nowicki, A. Roucoux, F. Launay, Experimental and theoretical evidences of the influence of hydrogen bonding on the catalytic activity of a series of 2-hydroxy substituted quaternary ammonium salts in the styrene oxide/CO2 coupling reaction, Journal of Catalysis, 2016, 333, 29-39. DOI:10.1016/j.jcat.2015.10.014


- F. Bentaleb, O. Makrygenni, D. Brouri, C. Coelho Diogo, A. Mehdi, A. Proust, F. Launay, R. Villanneau, Efficiency of Polyoxometalate-Based Mesoporous Hybrids as Covalently Anchored Catalysts. Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, 54, 7607-7616. DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01216


- C. Gouedard, D. Picq, F. Launay, P-L. Carrette, Amine degradation in CO2 capture. I. A Review, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 2012, 10, 244-270. DOI:10.1016/j.ijggc.2012.06.015


- A surfactant-assisted preparation of well-dispersed rhodium nanoparticles within the pores of Al-SBA-15: characterization and use in catalysis. Maya Boutros, Audrey Denicourt-Nowicki, Alain Roucoux, Léon Gengembre, Patricia Beaunier, Antoine Gédéon, Franck Launay, Chem. Commun., 2008, 2920-2922. DOI:10.1039/b802548g


- New Ti-SBA mesoporous solids functionnalized under gas phase conditions: characterisation and application to selective oxidation of alkenes. F. Chiker, J.-P. Nogier, F. Launay, J.-L. Bonardet, Appl. Catal. A: Gen., 2003, 243, 309-321. DOI:10.1016/S0926-860X(02)00553-7




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