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: http://www.cnrs.fr/inc/communication/direct_labos/itv_franco.htm
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: https://www.u-picardie.fr/erc-artistic/
To know more about the ERC grants: https://erc.europa.eu/
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: https://www.u-picardie.fr/mundus-mesc/
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: www.societechimiquedefrance.fr/Laureats-894.html
ARTISTIC is a highly innovative and multidisciplinary project devoted to improve the efficiency of the current electrode fabrication process and ensure rechargeable battery technologies with emerging chemistries achieve reliability. In November 2017, this project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Among the 329 projects selected in Europe, 38 were French, including the one presented by Pr. Alejendro Franco, Professor at the LRCS.
Today, the project has reach a new step and is launching a dedicated website, regrouping its latest news, scientific production, and research thematics. With time, a simulation platform for batteries fabrication processes will be available.
Artistic is now composed of 12 researchers, and is looking to expend, including PhD and postdoctoral positions. (See here the positions available)
La commission européenne a décidé de renouveller le label d’excellence Erasmus Mundus pour le master international MESC+ (Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion). Projet déposé dans le cadre de l’appel à projets Erasmus+ « Masters Conjoints Erasmus Mundus 2018 », le projet MESC+, porté par le professeur Christian Masquelier du LRCS, laboratoire de l'Université de Picadie Jules Verne, fait partie des 42 projets retenus. Après une première labellisation Erasmus Mundus en 2005, le master MESC+ de l’UPJV a été de nouveau labellisé par l’Agence EACEA de la Commission européenne comme une formation d’excellence de dimension internationale, une belle reconnaissance pour l’UFR des Sciences de l’UPJV et son rayonnement à l’international.