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Young Energy Storage Scientist Award 2021 - Submit your project!


The YESS Award (Young Energy Storage Scientist Award) is an annual competition which rewards an outstanding young researcher/scientist in the field of electrochemical energy storage (batteries, supercapacitors…). It has been created by the French initiative on electrochemical energy storage (RS2E) headed by Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon and Prof. Patrice Simon. The first edition took place in 2015.

The RS2E renews the formula put in place last year, always with the objective of encouraging risk-taking and the most daring projects. As a reminder, in 2021, the laureate will be rewarded a scholarship equivalent to one full year salary and a lump sum for operating costs in order to carry out his/her research project supported for the competition, in France, among our teams.

To learn more, download the terms here.

The application form there.

You have an idea and you dream of carrying out your own research project in a dynamic community at the cutting edge of science? Do not hesitate!

The YESS Award has been made possible through a partnership of several years with the “Batteries Event congress organized and animated by Avicenne Energy. The congress brings together specialists of batteries technologies (Pb, Li-ion and beyond), of batteries applications (from the micro scale to grid storage) and of the value chain (from manufacturers to end-users).


Among numerous candidates to the YESS Award 2020, Simon Fleischmann, former post-doctorate in the team of Prof. Veronica Augustyn at North Carolina State University, was selected as laureate for proposing the most personal and innovative project. It was about the understanding of the transition between Faradaic and electric double layer charge storage phenomena. The jury also highlighted the remarkable professional career of Mr. Fleischmann. He is now leading his own research project in Toulouse in Prof. Patrice Simon's team.

The jury was composed of:

  • Jean-Marie Tarascon, director of RS2E
  • Pierre-Etienen Cabelguen, incubation program manager for next generation cathodes at UMICORE
  • Mathieu Salanne, member of RS2E and professor, Sorbonne Université
  • Patrice Simon, deputy director of RS2E
  • Sébastien Patoux, head of battery technology department, CEA
  • Rosa Palacin, professor and researcher at ICMAB, Spain



« I am absolutely delighted to receive the YESS award for 2015 from the RS2E network. This is the first award I have ever won and I – together with the rest of the research team – are truly honored that our ideas and the potential impact of our research into new energy storage technologies using frustrated Lewis pairs has been recognized through this award », reacted Gregory Wildgoose, winner of the 2015 edition.

« I am honored to have won the YESS Award 2016. This award captures the essence of my work governed by three of my passions- the electrochemistry, the material science, and the development of operando techniques. Together with my team, Battery Materials (BatMat), we are pleased to demonstrate that the neutron diffraction can be a technique of choice for a better understanding of already commercialized batteries as well as be of a great help in developing the batteries of the future. », reacted Claire Villevieille, winner of the 2016 edition.

Award-winning project in 2019

Download the 2021 presentation brochure here

Find more information on the 2018 winners by clicking here (Laurent Bernard) and here (Matthew MacDowell)

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