Dr Petit presented various types of 2D materials and described why they have attracted considerable attention from the academic and industrial communities. She then focussed on making 3D structures from 2D materials as a way to develop multifunctional devices with tunable architectures. Specific applications of such 3D structures in the areas of molecular separations and catalysis were discussed.
Dr Petit is a Senior Lecturer 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 in Professor Alissa Park’s group at Columbia University. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2011 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York working with Prof. Teresa Bandosz.
Her research interests broadly encompass the development of nanomaterials for applications relevant to the energy and environmental sectors. Specifically, she focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and testing of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)- and nitride-based nanomaterials for gas separations, water treatment and photocatalysis.
Dr Petit received the 2017 IOM3 Silver Medal for her ‘outstanding contribution within the materials sector’, the 2015 IChemE Sir Frederick Warner medal for ‘showing exceptional promise in the field of sustainable chemical process technology’ and the 2011 French Carbon Group award for her ’significant contribution to carbon science or carbon technology as a young engineer’.