ENGIE

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

ENGIE’s scientific advisor, he holds a PhD in Environmental engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2006), Belgium. After Post-Doc experience in Belgium and New Zealand, Jan joined the environmental team at Laborelec, ENGIE in 2008. He has been responsible for the research program on carbon capture, storage and valorization as well as for the research program on emerging technologies. His main research topics were related to Emissions monitoring, Carbon Capture, Carbon use, Water footprinting and Life Cycle Assessments and he holds over 50 international peer-reviewed publications. Since March 2016, Jan has joined ENGIE’s Research division and was responsible for the Technology Watch of the ENGIE group on new, emerging technologies. Since early 2018, Jan is part of the scientific division of ENGIE research and is as scientific advisor of the group coresponsible for the coordination of ENGIE’s scientific council (an advisory body comprising eminent scientists). His tasks furthermore consist of building ENGIE’s longer term vision on technologies, identify the key international research players on important selected emerging technologies and initiate collaboration with them.