Dr Frederic Thibault-Starzyk

Senior Associate
Fred Thibault-Starzyk is the Director of the Maison Française (www.mfo.ac.uk), a French Research Centre associated with the University of Oxford.  

Fred Thibault-Starzyk is Directeur de Recherche in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is a chemist, working in spectroscopy in catalysis. Catalysts, and especially zeolites, are amongst the main tools for the chemical industry. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy allows observing molecules during their reaction on the surface of the catalysts. Very fast spectroscopy shows the creation of chemical bonds and the unique intermediate species appearing during the reaction. Fred Thibault-Starzyk designed experimental methods for understanding the surface chemistry induced by light, microwave or plasma for a new energy efficient and sustainable chemistry.

Before coming to Oxford, Fred was the director of the Catalysis and Spectrochemistry Laboratory in the University of Caen/ENSICAEN (in Normandy, France). In 2003-4, he had been at the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge, as a Fellow of Churchill College, and in 1993-94 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with Prof P.A. Jacobs.

In the Maison française, Fred Thibault-Starzyk wants to broaden the interdisciplinary approach and introduce natural sciences, combined with social sciences and humanities.

Image credit: Didier Goupy


Selected Publications 

  • "Probing zeolites by vibrational spectroscopies",
    S. Bordiga, C. Lamberti, F. Bonino, A. Travert & F. Thibault-Starzyk,
    Chem. Soc. Rev. 44, 7262-7341 (2015). [doi:10.1039/C5CS00396B]. 
  • “Ultra-fast framework stabilization of Ge-rich zeolites by low-temperature plasma treatment"
    M. El-Roz, L. Lakiss, A. Vicente, K. N. Bozhilov, F. Thibault-Starzyk, and V. Valtchev
    Chem. Sci. 5(1), 68 (2014) [doi:10.1039/c3sc51892b].
  • “Operando Infrared (IR) Coupled to Steady-State Isotopic Transient Kinetic Analysis (SSITKA) for Photocatalysis: Reactivity and Mechanistic Studies,”
    M. El-Roz, P. Bazin, M. Daturi, and F. Thibault-Starzyk,
    ACS Catalysis 3(12), 2790–2798 (2013) [doi:10.1021/cs4006088].
  • “Analysing and understanding the active site by IR spectroscopy”
    A. Vimont, F. Thibault-Starzyk, M. Daturi,
    Chem. Soc. Rev.39, 4928–4950 (2010). [doi:10.1039/b919543m]
  • “Platinum sintering on H-ZSM-5 followed by chemometrics of CO adsorption and 2D-PJAS-IR”
    M. Rivallan, E. Séguin, S. Thomas, M. Lepage, N. Takagi, H. Hirata, F. Thibault-Starzyk
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.49, 785-789 (2010). [doi:10.1002/anie.200905181]
  • “Real-Time Infrared Detection of Cyanide Flip on Silver-Alumina NOx Removal Catalyst”
    F. Thibault-Starzyk, E. Seguin, S. Thomas, M. Daturi, H. Arnolds, D.A. King
    Science324, 1048-1051 (2009). [doi:10.1126/science.1169041]