Jean-Marie Basset, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

Distinguished Professor of C​hemical Science

Research Interest

Prof. Basset, who has authored more than 500 scientific papers and reports, works to evidence the possible relationships between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. For that purpose, he developed "Surface Organometallic Chemistry", a new field of chemistry that tries to answer various questions:

  • Are the concepts of the reactivity of molecular chemistry applicable when an organometallic molecule reacts with a surface?

  • Can the structures of molecular surface species be rationalized on the same basis as those of molecular species in solution?

  • Does the reactivity of surface organometallic fragments allow understanding the elementary steps of heterogeneous catalysis?

  • Can we make single site catalysts on a surface?

  • Can we render heterogeneous catalysis a predictable science?

  • Can we anticipate the discovery of new catalytic reactions?

This chemistry resulted in the discovery of a number of new catalytic reactions, such as the metathesis of alkanes which transforms any paraffin into its lower and higher homologues, the cleavage of paraffins by methane, the coupling of methane into ethane and hydrogen, the Ziegler-Natta depolymerisation which transforms polyethylene into diesel range gasoline, the transformation of ethylene to propylene, and the removal of traces of arsenic from water. 

Selected Publications


Education

  • Ph.D., University of Lyon, France, 1969
  • M.S., Physical Sciences, University of Lyon, France, 1965
  • Chemical Engineering, École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon (ESCIL), 1965 

Professional Profile

  • 2009 - present : Director KAUST Catalysis Center (KAUST) Saudi Arabia
  • 1986–2010: Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Classe exceptionnelle
  • 1977–1983: Maître de Recherches, CNRS
  • 1971–1972: Chargé de Recherches, CNRS
  • 1970-1971: Associate Professor, University of Lyon
  • 1969-1970: Postdoctorate, University of Toronto 

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Member of the French Academy of Sciences 
  • Member of the French Academy of Technologies
  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Awards

  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2011
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Xiamen, China, 2008
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, TUM, Germany, 2008
  • Augustine Award of the ORCS, USA,  2006
  • Distinguished Achievements Award of IMPI, USA, 2005
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, France, 2003

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • ​Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Former Faculty

  • ​Jorg Eppinger, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Lain-Jong Li, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Valentin Rodionov, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Jr-Hau He, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)

 

Former Research Staff

  • Abou-Hamad edy, Ph.D. Research Engineer
  • Haibo Zhu, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)
  • Isidoro Morales Osorio , Ph.D. (Research Technician)
  • Lu Zhou
  • Rong-rong Jiang (Lab Technician)
  • Douaa Hamed (Lab Technician)
  • Jeremie Pelletier ( Lab Manager)
  • Lan Zhao (Research Technician)
  • Linjie Su (Lab Technician)
  • Jing Fan (Lab Technician)

 

Research Scientist

   
  • Jun Pan, Ph.D.
  • Pavlo Nikolaienko, Ph.D.
  • Sergey Kozlov, Ph.D.
  • Xiulin Yang, Ph.D.
  • Yuanlong Shao, Ph.D.
  • Huaifeng Li, Ph.D.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Abdesslem Jedidi, Ph.D.                                                     
  • Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury,Ph.D.
  • Akshaya K Samal, Ph.D.
  • Chaochao Yue, Ph.D.
  • Chaojie Cui, Ph.D.
  • Dandan Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Eleonora Fava, Ph.D.
  • Eva Pump, Ph.D.
  • Janet Chakkamadathil Mohandas, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Buchel, Ph.D.
  • Ida Autiero, Ph.D.
  • Jung-Hyun Park, Ph.D.
  • Tianyou Chen, Ph.D.
  • Zhaolai Chen, Ph.D.
  • Anatoly Peshkov, Ph.D.
  • Chinmoy K. Hazra, Ph.D.
  • Luis Miguel Azofra Mesa
  • ​Manbo Li, Ph.D.
  • Michael Kelly, Ph.D.
  • Mannathan Subramaniyan, Ph.D.
  • Manas Bhunia, Ph.D.

  • Niladri Maity, Ph.D.
  • Olga Gladkovskaya, Ph.D.
  • Raju Dey, Ph.D.
  • Sai Vikrama Chaitanya vummaleti, Ph.D.
  • Jinsong Hu, Ph.D.
  •  Somphonh Peter Phivilay, Ph.D.
  • Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Ph.D. 
  • Changguang Yao, Ph.D.
  • Kwangjae Lee, Ph.D.
  • Stefania Evoli, Ph.D.
  • Shixiong Min, Ph.D.
  • Tunc Deniz, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Pedireddy, Ph.D.
  • Wei Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Won Suk Juang, Ph.D.
  • Xuechao Liu, Ph.D.
  • Xiufang wang, Ph.D.
  • Yuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Yunfei Cai, Ph.D.
  • Yupeng Pan, Ph.D.
  • Yuri Lebedev, Ph.D.
  • Kushal Deepak Bhatte​,Ph.D.
  • Liangjin Xu, Ph.D.
  • Gangaiah Mettela,Ph.D.
  • Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Ph.D.
  • Jie Chen, Ph. D.


Ph.D. Students

  • Adrian Hol, Ph.D
  • Arwa Makki, Ph.D.
  • Batian Chen, Ph.D.
  • Bilel Hamzaoui, Ph.D.
  • Bedour E. Al-Sabban, Ph.D.
  • Chao Guan, Ph.D.
  • Dalal Noureldine, Ph.D.
  • Duanxing Li, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Jeantelot, Ph.D.
  • Hind Al-Johani, Ph.D.
  • Haleema Alamri, Ph.D.
  • Hsin-Hua Huang, Ph.D. 
  • Israa Salem Al-Rowaihi, Ph.D.
  • Ibrahim Dursun
  • Reem Alshumrani, Ph.D.
  • Eleanor Ang Pei Ling, Ph.D.
  • Adrian Hohl, Ph.D.
  • Baraa Werghi, Ph.D.
  • Amal A. Baqais, Ph.D.
  • Ding-Jier Yuan, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Dinis Veloso Guerreiro, Ph.D.
  • Nawal alhajri, Ph.D.
  • Nazeeha Alkayal, Ph.D.
  • Noor Almana, Ph.D.
  • Nouf Al Jabri, Ph.D.
  • Reem Al-Shareef, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Almahdali, Ph.D.
  • Sheikha Lardhi, Ph.D.
  • Stefan Grotzinger, Ph.D.
  • Tatsuya Shinagawa, Ph.D.
  • Maha Al Haddad, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Qureshi, Ph.D.
  • Keisuke Obata, Ph.D.
  • Oleksii Pustovarenko, Ph. D.


Master Students


  • Abdulaziz Khan
  • Alexandra Vancea
  • Ali Hamieh
  • Mram Alyami
  • Kanav Kalra



Former Administration

  • Ann Bauwens (Executive Secretary)
  • Jiao Qiu (Business Administrator)
  • Xianzheng Meng(Business Administrator)
  • Wenwen Zhu(Administrative Assistant)
  • Xijun Deng(Administrative Assistant)