Diversity as a strength – Our team is multicultural, multinational & multidisciplinary
E2P2L is structured as a multinational, multidisciplinary, and multicultural team of researchers, engineers, and students. E2P2L serves as an example of daily lived diversity: About 50% international researchers, 7 different nationalities, about half of the team with Chinese nationality, and a close to equal gender distribution. As a result, English is our working language and Chinese our second language.
The composition is as follows:
- 3 Full-time CNRS researchers
- Several Co-financed postdoc researchers
- Several Co-financed PhDs
- Solvay researchers and engineers with balanced skills (e.g. homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, material science, organic synthesis, electrochemistry, theoretical chemistry, chemical engineering)
The E2P2L is organized in four teams. These four teams comprise both Solvay and CNRS scientists, collaborating, when necessary, with local and overseas Solvay teams, as well as academic partners.
- Breakthrough processes,
- Catalysis (amination, oxidation, hydrogenation),
- Modeling and Simulation.
Additionally, E2P2L hosts a high number of interns year per year. Every year a total of about 26 interns work within the unit, usually for the duration of 4 to 6 months.
The experimental capabilities are installed in three laboratories in the same building and on the same level. They fulfill the highest safety and research quality standards. Thanks to this set-up E2P2L assembled a very strong multi-disciplinary team capable of developing new breakthrough ways of making molecules but also how to use them.
List of our Team Awards
|2012||Shanghai Foreign Investment R&D Center
Since its birth, E2P2L has defined a global scientific policy. The unit conducts projects which target the discovery and development of innovative solutions for the sustainable manufacturing of chemical products and processes.
Typically, the scientific challenges are complex and require scientific breakthrough approaches rather than incremental improvements. In the design of UMI projects, special care was taken on finding a healthy balance between the interests of the different partners and their level of implication in the projects, i.e. allocation of human, financial and instrumental resources. Each project is documented by a project file defining the main objectives, tasks and contributing partners.
E2P2L integrates whenever possible the methodology of Eco-Efficient evaluation for project design, which constitutes an emerging field both in industry and academia. This methodology consists of measuring the economic and ecological dimension or footprint of a given product or process and provides quantifiable data that can be used to identify opportunities for developing sustainable solutions. Many of such opportunities are blocked by the lack of proper technologies and usually require a scientific breakthrough to be achieved. At E2P2L, projects are designed with clear environmental and economic targets relying on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) against benchmark technologies.