Dr. Jan Mertens

Jan Mertens is ENGIE’s Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) co-building ENGIE’s long term vision on technologies, identifying key international research players on selected emerging technologies and initiating partnerships.. He holds a PhD in Environmental engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2006). After various research positions in Belgium and New-Zealand, Jan joined the environmental team of Laborelec, ENGIE in 2008. He was responsible for the research program on emerging energy technologies as well as for carbon capture and valorisation. In March 2016, he joined ENGIE corporate research department and was in charge of technology watch on new emerging technologies until November 2018 when taking up the position of CSO.

His main research topics are related to life cycle assessment, emissions monitoring, Carbon Capture, Carbon use, Water footprinting and he holds over 50 international peer reviewed publications. Since 2019, Jan is also visiting Professor at the University of Ghent in the domain of sustainable electricity generation.

Dr. Laurent Baraton

He is a Master graduate from Université Claude Bernard Lyon I in organic chemistry and Engineer in Chemical Engineering from CPE Engineering school. He obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2004 from the Université Orsay Paris XII working in molecular electronics at CEA Saclay. He then worked in research institutions such as CEA and École Polytechnique. His research interests were the synthesis, characterization and integration in practical devices of nanomaterials such as metallic nanostructures, silicon nanowires, carbon nanotubes and graphene. Joining ENGIE in 2014, he is currently a Senior Research Engineer in the “Hydrogen” team at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, working at the assessment and promotion of emerging technologies for the enhancement of existing industrial processes efficiency and the development of new commercial activities related to the H2 value chain. His current research activities are industrial applications of photocatalysis, nanomaterials as chemical catalysts and biocatalysis for hydrogen production.

Dr. Camel Makhloufi

He is a confirmed research engineer and project leader at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN working within the hydrogen team. Camel obtained a PhD in process engineering from Lorraine University for his work on CO2 capture processes. He has worked then as research contractor for TOTAL and lead engineer for Emerging technologies for General Electric. During that time he was the technical manager of JANUS project, a 8 M€ externally funded project dealing with the development of integrated and innovative process solutions dedicated to nuclear safety. Camel joined ENGIE in 2016 and has worked since as R&D project leader dedicated to the deployment of innovative solutions all along the hydrogen value chain. He has participated in several National (e.g AMELIE, CHOCHCO, JANUS, KEROSALG, GAYA) and European funded projects (e.g SOPHIA, ECO) and is currently workpackage leader for the HYCARE FCJHU funded project. He has published patents and articles in peer-reviewed journals and acting as keynote or invited speaker in various international conferences.

Dr. Anne Prieur-Vernat

PhD in Mechanics and graduated in engineering. After 5 years in IFP Energies Nouvelles, where she was responsible for a research project on environmental and sustainability aspects of alternative fuels, Anne Prieur-Vernat joined the environmental team at ENGIE Lab Crigen. She is Key Expert at ENGIE on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and environmental assessment and leader of the ENGIE Lab Environment and Society. Her current main activities are related to water footprinting, life cycle assessments applied to new energy pathways (biomass, power to gas, LNG as fuel), adaptation to climate change, monetarization of environmental impacts and coupling of LCA with economic modelling.

Dr. Hélène Lepaumier

Master graduated and engineer in Organic Chemistry, she obtained a PhD in the field of Post-Combustion CO2 Capture from the University of Savoie in collaboration with IFP Energies Nouvelles (2008). After a research position at NTNU in Norway, Hélène joined the chemistry team of ENGIE Laborelec in 2010 and later the environmental team in 2016. She manages the achievement of technical projects in carbon capture and valorisation and has been involved in several CCUS National and European projects such as CESAR, CLEO, AEROSOLVE and more recently H2020-ECO and BIOCONCO2. Her main expertise areas are related to carbon capture (solvent degradation, emission monitoring, CO2 quality, environmental impact) and carbon use.