Picto 3 thèmes CARMEN

From the structure of the porous material to its transport properties and reactivity:
operando studies combining temporal and spatial scales

The study and understanding of mesoporous or lamellar substrates, such as catalyst supports and soils, could significantly contribute to the energy transition.
Their optimization for new energy technologies requires identifying the relationships between their structural and chemical properties as well as their physico-chemical properties (Transport, Mechanical resistance).

The research conducted by the CARMEN joint research laboratory (LCR CARMEN) will therefore focus on the multi-scale characterization of their structure in operation conditions that are as close as possible to reality, known as operando, in order to link the structural properties to their transport properties and their reactivity.

Three research themes

To achieve its objective, LCR CARMEN will focus on three classes of materials of increasing complexity addressing different applications in the field of energy transition:


Uncharged Lamellar
Structures: Boehmite


Charged Lamellar
Structures: Clay


Mesoporous Structures: