Dr. Camille Petit focuses her research on addressing environmental and energy sustainability challenges through the design, characterization and testing of novel multifunctional nanomaterials, including Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Real world applications of her work can include multifunctional materials for CO2 capture and conversion into chemicals and fuel.
Recognising the innovative nature of her research, Dr. Petit, who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, was presented with the ExxonMobil European Science & Engineering Program (ESEP) Award for outstanding research in the field of “Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Sustainable (Petro)chemistry”.
This award is part of the European Research & Development Days hosted at ExxonMobil’s European Technology Center in Brussels. Between 5 and 8 September 2017, 22 PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows from leading European academic research institutes visited the Meerhout Polymer Plant and Machelen research facilities and got a better view of the life of scientists working at ExxonMobil. This provided them with a view into the capabilities and opportunities that the Petrochemical industry offers, as well as the challenges the industry faces.
Launched in 1989, ESEP works to recognise outstanding European researchers working in the in the field of petrochemicals, and to promote scientific collaboration between industry, European universities and research institutions. As part of the program, a research grant of €40,000 has been awarded every two years to a researcher affiliated with a European university or research institute who has achieved outstanding results in research in a selected discipline.