Reader in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London
Dr Camille Petit is a Reader in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, which she joined in September 2013. She currently leads the Multifunctional Materials Laboratory. Prior to this appointment, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2011 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and her M. Sc in 2007 from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France.
Her research focuses on elucidating the fundamentals of porous materials formation, structure, and chemistry to exploit them in interfacial applications, i.e. separation of molecules and solar fuel production. Her work also investigates the implications of using these materials at the large-scale. Materials of interest include metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)- and nitride-based materials. Dr Petit has published > 60 peer-reviewed articles. She has one granted patent and has filed two others, all related to the development of sorbent materials.
Dr Petit is the recipient of a 2019 ERC Starting Grant, the 2017 AIChE’s 35 under 35 award, the 2017 ExxonMobil European Science & Engineering Program Award, the 2017 IOM3 Silver Medal and the 2015 IChemE Sir Frederick Warner medal.
Using examples from our recent work, I will present two approaches used by our group to develop porous materials to be applied in a variety of separation applications. The first one is a curiosity-driven approach, which we employ either for new separation challenges for which benchmark and/or performance targets are ill-defined or in the context of emerging adsorbent materials. I will illustrate this aspect through our recent findings on porous boron nitride. Our second approach, based on molecular engineering, accelerates materials development for well-defined applications. Such approach links molecular modelling, experiments and process modelling to quickly identify the best adsorbent(s) for a given separation. In this context, I will present our work on the use of metal organic frameworks for industrially relevant gas separations.