European Science & Engineering Program

In 1989, ExxonMobil Chemical Europe launched the European Science & Engineering Program (ESEP). The objective of ESEP is to promote scientific interactions between the company and European universities and research institutions.


European Science & Engineering Program

ESEP award 2017 – Machelen, September 7th 2017 

On September 7th, the 2017 ExxonMobil European Science and Engineering Program (ESEP) Award was granted to dr. Camille Petit, senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, United Kingdom. The award was granted in recognition of her outstanding research in the field of functional nanomaterials for energy and sustainable (petro)chemistry and presented at the ExxonMobil European Technology Center (ETC) by Loraine Phillips, ETC site manager and Hans Willems, secretary general of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). Potential real world applications of the research include multifunctional materials for CO2 capture and conversion into chemicals and fuel.

The ExxonMobil ESEP award consists of a research grant of 40 k€. Since 1995 it has been granted every two years (total grants 0.4 M€) to a researcher affiliated with a European university or research institute who has achieved outstanding results in research in a selected discipline. The winner is selected by an independent jury consisting of subject matter experts from European academic institutions, selected by FWO.

Camille Petit’s research focuses on the design, characterization and testing of novel multifunctional nanomaterials, including Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), as a platform for addressing environmental and energy sustainability challenges. The jury lauded her significant contributions to the research discipline and the topical and innovative nature of her research.

ESEP Covers a Broad Range of Activities

How Does ESEP Work?

ESEP functions as a foundation. It finances European university projects and research in areas of science and engineering relevant to ExxonMobil Chemical.

Who Can Apply?

Any student or professor from a European university or research institute may apply for support for projects which are in line with ESEP's objectives.

Among the criteria for selection are:

  • Scientific merits of the project
  • Relevance to ExxonMobil Chemical
  • Cost

How to Apply?

Applications should include the following information:

Name, title, address, university or institute affiliation, purpose of the grant and a short description of the project and possible benefits for ExxonMobil Chemical.

The amount requested should also be included.

Applications should be sent to:

ExxonMobil Chemical Europe
European Science and Engineering Program
Hermeslaan 2
B-1831 Machelen