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  • The European Materials Research Society begins its call for papers for the symposium C that will take place between the 27th and 31st May 2019. The meeting title is: “Batteries and supercapacitors: fundamentals, materials and devices.”

    The E-MRS 2019 symposium C will take place in Nice at the Acropolis for 5 days. It is co-organized by Alexandre PONROUCH from the IMCAB-CSIC, Alexandru VLAD from the UC Louvain, Bruce DUNN from the UCLA and Mathieu MORCRETTE, RS2E member and LRCS director in Amiens.

    The forum aims to give an opportunity to scientists worldwide to present the state of the art developments and discuss the strategies to improve the performance metrics, safety attributes and reduce the cost of the electrochemical energy storage systems.

    Volunteers can submit their abstract until January 15th. An European scientific committee will then select the scientists that will orally present theirs works during the meeting. The selected manuscripts will be published in a special issue of Batteries & Supercaps journal (from Wiley-VCH).

    The list with the hot topics and the invited speakers is available in the symposium web site:

    Artem ABAKOUMOV from Skolkovo Innovation Center, Atsuo Yamada from the University of Tokyo or Patrice SIMON from CIRIMAT are examples of invited speakers.

    Co-organizer contact:

  • The ISEECap officially announces its 2019 session with its new web site.

    The next International Symposium on Enhanced Electrochemical Capacitors (ISEECap 2019) meeting will be held in Nantes, France, from May 6 to 10, 2018, at La Cité Nantes Event Center. The ISEECap will mark its tenth birthday at this occasion.

    A broad range of topics will be covered, including:

    • Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors, carbon electrodes and mechanisms
    • Pseudocapacitive materials and related mechanisms
    • Electrolytes and interfaces
    • Characterization techniques, in-situ and operando methods
    • Modelling of phenomena and systems
    • New concepts, new devices and new fabrication processes in supercapacitors
    • Microsupercapacitors and related components
    • Fast charging battery electrodes for asymmetric and hybrid devices
    • Devices and/or systems integration and applications


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    The symposium will consist in 5 days of plenary and keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations, starting on Monday 6 May at 1pm and ending on Friday 10 May at noon. The program is definitively "looking forward" oriented and it will also include a specific "Young investigators" session.

    More details are available following this link:

    The “speakers” list will be uploaded in the next days.

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  • For the launch of the Pr. Alejandro Franco Artistic ERC project, the CNRS publishes an article that portrays him on its website.

    In 2016, Céline Merlet, a RS2E researcher, was awarded a European Council Research grant for her SuPERPORES project. In 2017, two other RS2E members obtained those desired funds: Mathieu Salanne from PHENIX with his AMPERE project and Alejandro Franco with Artistic.

    The latter formally launched his ERC project on 23rd October 2018 in the “Hub de l’énergie” in Amiens. The young UPJV-CNRS professor was awarded about 2 M€ to pursue his researches.

    At this occasion, the CNRS publishes a portrait of Alejandro Franco to the following link:

    Excerpt (in French on the CNRS website):

    “His project, called Artistic, is an open platform that simulates the production of Li-ion batteries. From the smartphone to the electric car, those batteries are now daily used. With the researchers associated to this project, he is trying to go beyond learnings methods by failure, where you blindly conceive hoping to do better, to optimize four main properties. […] “We are developing simulation tools that are able to predict the impacts of production factors, said Alejandro Franco. We want to identify the best possible combination for better electrodes. However, the Li-ion batteries conception need several steps that could be conflicting.” He said for example that a high pressure applied to an electrode could improve its electrical conductivity, reducing the needed porosity for Li ions transport in the electrolyte, inside this porosity. The simulation has to find the best solution.”  

    To go to the Artistic website:

    To know more about the ERC grants:



  • The MESC+ starts its call for student applications in two steps. The Master’s courses will be given in 5 European universities.

    The MESC+ Joint Master Degree program (Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion +) will open its call for student application from 10 November 2018 to 28 February 2019, for students who want to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. About 30 students will be recruited.

    A second call for student applications will be opened from 1st March to 10 April for students willing to join MESC+ as self-funding students.

    To know more:

    The MESC+ Degree is a 2-year program in Materials Science and Electrochemistry, fully taught in English, involving five universities in four European countries (UPJV Amiens, WUT Varsovie, UPS Toulouse, EHU/UPV Bilbao andUL Ljubljana).

    Two American (DREXEL) and Australian (DEAKIN) universities actively participate in the MESC+, as are involved the European research institute ALISTORE, the French network of energy storage (RS2E), the Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) and a leading Research Center in Spain (CIC Energigune).

    A number of world-renowned members of Research Laboratories in the field of energy-related materials who work closely together through several European and trans-European projects runs the program.

  • The French Chemical Society awarded Camélia Ghimbeu, CNRS researcher. She is the third RS2E member that received a prize from the association.

    At the end of September 2018, the French Chemical Society (FCS) decided to award Camélia Matei Ghimbeu for her works. She is now laureate 2018 in “Solid state chemistry” category.

    The 37 years-old scientist is CNRS researcher at the Institute of Material Science in Mulhouse (IS2M) in the “Carbons et Hybrid Materials” team. She studies the development of carbon-based and hybrid materials with designed properties (porosity, structure, surface chemistry and morphology) thanks to unique and eco-friendly synthesises (“green” precursors, aqueous solvents and little energy consumption). Those carbone-based materials are used in supercapacitors and Li-, Na- and K-ion batteries.

    Camélia Ghimbeu has already written 70 articles (about 1500 quotes and h-index of 23), 3 books chapters, 1 patent, 5 press releases and 120 communications.

    She also received the bronze CNRS medal in 2017 and she is editor of C, Journal of Carbon.

    The FCS has awarded two other RS2E current or former members: Alexis Grimaud and Edouard Boivin.

    To retrieve all the nominees:


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