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Two RS2E young researchers rewarded

Two RS2E young researchers rewarded

Two RS2E young researchers were rewarded in September 2018 by the French Chemical Society for theirs works.

The French Chemical Society (FCS) rewarded the researches of Alexis Grimaux, CNRS Research Assistant and Edouard Boivin, Post-Doc at Oxford University in Peter G. Bruce’s team.

Both of them are young RS2E members. The Energy inter-division of the FCS gives the “Chemistry for better energy” award to Alexis Grimaud and the thesis award to Edward Boivin. They will receive their prizes November 15th during the inter-division day in Grenoble. Both nominees will present their works at this moment.

Alexis Grimaud, energy of the future

Young CNRS researcher at Collège de France, Alexis Grimaud is also visitor scientist at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, in the Unites States. The FCS prize rewards all his works.

However, the association focuses on his studies about water electrolysis. Alexis Grimaud showed unique mechanisms in the water oxidation reaction studying transition metal oxides. The catalyst anionic network and sometimes its insertion properties play a role in these mechanisms. Understanding that, he is now able to create new catalysts with better water electrolysis properties.

Edouard Boivin, to study LiVPO4F

Before becoming a Post-Doc in Oxford, Edouard Boivin did his thesis in Amiens with two French laboratories, the LRCS and the ICMCB. He worked on the crystallographic and electrochemical properties of tavorite LiVPO4F phase. Jerry Baker showed its interest as electrode material some years ago.

Thanks to in-depth structural studies and their correlation to good electrochemical properties,  Edouard Boivin went further showing unique properties for other vanadium phosphates. For instance, LiVPO4OH and LiVPO4F1-yOy phases can lead to new kinds of materials, called “multi-electrons ones with high potential”. That will increase the stored energy capacity level of those new batteries. This last parameter often limits the use of batteries on large scale.