Marine Caux

PhD Student, 2014 – Present

Marine holds both an engineering degree from CPE-Lyon and a masters degree From the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon since November 2014. Her interest for catalysis and energy conversion started off thanks the following experiences. During her engineering degree she had the opportunity to do a one year industrial placement in DSM, Netherlands working on Ziegler-Natta catalyst for polyolefin synthesis. Then, during her master thesis performed in NTNU, Norway in 2013 her project focused on the production of innovative graphene/TiO2 nanocomposites for photocatalytic methanol reforming.

In September 2014 Marine started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. John Irvine in collaboration with SABIC namely, Prof. Hicham Idriss. She is studying metal loaded photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution in both liquid and gas phase systems. Metals are deposited on various semi-conductors via impregnation procedures and characterized mainly via XRD, SEM, TEM, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy but also electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The photocatalytic activity of the materials for hydrogen evolution is then probed in a well-defined liquid phase system. A gas phase high temperature set up has also been developed during the course of her PhD allowing testing of photocatalytic activity at temperatures ranging from 150 to 900 °C.