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RS2E director appointed at Collège de France

RS2E director appointed at Collège de France

The 27th of March Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon, director of the RS2E network, has been appointed as a Collège de France Professor at the chair « Solid-state Chemistry and Energy ».

He was an invited professor in 2010/2011 at the chair « Sustainable Development-Environment, Energy and Society ». Pr. Tarascon is now a full member of the Collège.

This nomination is a new step in an international research career at the service of electrochemical energy storage. From Bordeaux to Bellcore labs (where he worked during 15 years), Pr. Tarascon researched the fields of superconductors, ferroelectrics and plastic lithium-ion batteries. In 1995, he came back to France to manage the Laboratoire de Réactivité et de Chimie des Solides (LRCS) in Amiens. In 2010, he gave the initial impulse to the project that became the RS2E.

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Following this nomination, Pr. Tarascon said:
« The chair « Solid-state Chemistry and Energy » is an essential way to tackle the issue of academic and applied research when it comes to energy conversion and storage (photovoltaic, thermoelectricity, fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors). The future of our planet is depending upon this issue.

Thanks to its research and teaching structure, Collège de France should allow ensuring a multidisciplinary basic formation of future actors of the field together with a knowledge of the approaches – necessary tools of synthesis to design materials and systems of tomorrow. We have to promote and prepare new generations of researchers for them to take part in this beautiful adventure.

It’s a new challenge for which I hope to be able to share my experience, my knowledge and my enthusiasm. I am convinced it will not be easy, but such an opportunity for the sake of future generations could not be declined. »

Photo : © Collège de France. Patrick Imbert