Ties with Research

IFP School is an integral part of IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), a public-sector research and training center. IFPEN’s scope is international and covers the fields of energy, transport and the environment.

IFPEN intervenes in four main sectors:

Picto sustainable mobility   Picto Renewable energies   Picto responsible oil and gas   Picto climate, environment and circular economy

Scientific excellence

IFPEN’s expertise has widely been recognized by the scientific community and is tangible through the prizes and awards its researchers are granted with each year.

The most recent prizes and awards are:

  • Vinith Kumar Lakshmanan, a doctoral student (Digital Science and Technology Department at IFPEN) whose work is supervised by Antonio Sciarretta (IFPEN) and Ouafae El Ganaoui-Mourlan (IFP School) as part of the ECAV chair of which they are co-holders, was voted best young author at the 10th International Federation of Automatic Control Conference on Advances in Automotive Control, which was held from August 28 to 31, 2022 at Ohio State University. He was awarded the prize for his paper: "Cooperative Control in Eco-Driving of Electric Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in an un-signalized urban intersection".

  • In November 2021, Emma Jagu, a graduate of the research-oriented Master's program in Environmental, Energy and Transportation Economics and a doctoral student in IFP School's CarMa chair, was awarded the prize for the best student paper by the French Association of Energy Economists (AEE) for her publication entitled "Building CO2 infrastructures: the impact of negative emissions accounting".

    The AEE awarded a second prize to Alexis Lebeau, a CIFRE doctoral student (EDF R&D, CentraleSupélec, IFP School) and graduate of the Energy and Markets program, for his article entitled: "Long-term issues with the energy-only market design in the context of electricity decarbonization: insights from a system dynamics simulation model".

  • On September 22nd, 2021, Rémi Hocq, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Boku University in Vienna, was awarded the Dufrenoy Silver Medal by the French Academy of Agriculture for the quality of his thesis entitled "Clostridium beijerinckii DSM 6423, an emerging platform strain for solvent bioproduction". This work, which was previously recognized with the 2020 Yves Chauvin Award, was directed by Nicolas Lopes Ferreira and supervised by François Wasels, in technical collaboration with the Genoscope in Evry and the Université Paris Saclay. Rémi Hocq has validated the use of genetic modification tool based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology in the DSM 6423 strain and patented a first strain compatible with a genetic improvement approach. He also determined the fermentation performances of this microorganism in the presence of sugar industry by-products (sugar beet or sugar cane molasses). Based on an in-depth  multi-omics study, he has generated fundamental biological data to better understand the physiology and regulatory mechanisms inherent to this new platform strain for the production of  isopropanol and n-butanol.

  • Julie Guillemant, a PhD candidate at IFPEN’s "Physics and Analysis" research department, won the 2021 thesis prize awarded by the French Society of Mass Spectrometry for her work on the "chemometric exploitation of molecular analysis data (FT-ICR/MS) of gas oils (GO) and vacuum gas oils (VGO) for the research for reactivity descriptors";

  • Antoine Daudin, research engineer and project manager at IFPEN, is the joint winner of the 2020 Young Researcher Award given by the French Chemistry Society’s Catalysis Division (DivCat), along with Damien Debecker, Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), for his work on the study and development of heterogeneous supported transition metal sulfide catalysts and adsorbents;

  • Alexis Dubuis, a PhD researcher at IFPEN between 2016 and 2019, was given the 2020 thesis innovation award by the French Chemistry Society’s (SCF) Energy Inter-division for his IFPEN thesis research on the complete and chemically organized deformulation of complex matrices produced by cellulosic biomass conversion processes for biofuel production;

  • Rémi Hocq and Jérôme Rey are the joint winners of the 2020 Yves Chauvin prize, Rémi Hocq for his thesis entitled “Clostridium beijerinckii DSM 6423, une souche plateforme émergente pour la bioproduction de solvant” (Clostridium beijerinckii DSM 6423, an emerging platform strain for solvent bioproduction) and Jérôme Rey for his thesis entitled “Mécanismes et cinétique de l’isomérisation et du craquage d’alcènes dans la zéolithe chabazite quantifiés par dynamique moléculaire ab initio contrainte” (Isomerization and alkene cracking mechanisms and kinetics in the chabazite zeolite quantified via constrained ab initio molecular dynamics).