LRCS "Scientific Days" take place on December 17 and 18, 2015 (Amiens, France). "Scientific Days" take place two times per year. This is an internal conference in LRCS, where students and postdocs present their ongoing research work. Permanent staff is also welcomed to present. This results in a very rich and interesting programme, including talks about novel batteries technologies, materials for energy, experimental characterization and theoretical modeling.
On December 15 and 16, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is delivering a couple of oral presentations within the Bi-annual Meeting of the ALISTORE European Research Institute. The first presentation (December 15) is on the Multiscale Modeling of Lithium Sulfur Batteries, where he is going to review his latest research progresses in the topic. The second presentation (December 16) is on the White Paper on Multiscale Modeling of Batteries which he has co-written with his ALISTORE ERI colleagues at the Theory Open Platform (Prof. Maria Alfredsson - University of Kent -, Prof. Saiful Islam - University of Bath -, Dr. Daniel Brandell - Uppsala University -, Dr. Christine Frayret - UPJV/LRCS -, Prof. Miran Gaberscek - National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia -, Prof. Patrik Johansson - Chalmers University of Technology -). His presentations are taking place at IPREM (Pau, France). ALISTORE-ERI is composed of several european partners whose main objective is to develop and integrate common research strategy and programs in electrochemical energy storage. Activities include research and development of new technologies and it is also one of the hosting structures of the Erasmus Mundus Master on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC).
Since this meeting, Prof. A.A. Franco will start to ensure the role of coordination of the Theory Open Platform, until now ensured by Prof. P. Johansson.
On December 10, 2015, MESC MSc. students are delivering their proposals presentations to solve the "Fuel Cells and Beyond Students Challenges 2015" created by Prof. A.A. Franco within his "Fuel Cells and Beyond" lectures series. Within the proposed challenges this year, the students are requested to propose solutions of diverse practical problems and applications, including the design of a fuel cell to fabricate a "delicious beer" or to power a train.
The best works will join the preselection of the 2013 and 2014 editions of these challenges for a publication in the Journal of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society.
On December 9, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco is participating as a jury in the PhD thesis defence of Remy Christin on the multiphysics modeling of sodium batteries. The defence is taking place at CEA-INES (National Institute on Solar Energy) in Chambery, France.
On December 3, 2015, it is taking place the kickoff meeting of the Picardie Region Project entitled "WONDERFUL". This project is coordianted by Prof. A.A. Franco and involves as partners the laboratories BMBI from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne and LAMFA from the UPJV as well as the computational platform MeCS.
The project is devoted to the multiscale modeling of redox flow batteries with slurry-type anolytes and catholytes. Garima Shukla, is involved as a PhD student in this project.
On November 20, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco is visiting Texas A&M University (College Station, USA), hosted by Prof. Partha Mukherjee (department of Mechanical Engineering). He is visiting also the Chemical Engineering Department (Prof. Jorge Seminario and Prof. Perla Balbuena's group). He is giving an invited seminar entitled "Extreme multiscale computational modeling to the rescue of electrochemical energy devices".
On November 19, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is giving an invited talk in the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Symposium on Multiphysics Coupling in Energy Storage. This important conference takes place in Houston, Texas, USA. The title of his invited talk is "Multiparadigm computational modeling in electrochemical energy conversion and storage".
On November 17, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is participating in the T6 progress meeting of the European Project "HELIS" on lithium sulphur batteries for automotive applications. Prof. Franco is leading the Working Package on multiscale modeling which plays a central role in this project for supporting the design and optimization of the next generation cells. Prof. Franco is presenting the progress on these important activities since July 2015.
On October 20 and 21, 2015 take place the Biannual Meeting of the French Network of Energy Storage (RS2E) coordinated by Prof. J.M. Tarascon. This time the meeting is organized at College de France (Paris, France). On October 20, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is giving a talk entitled "Solid/Liquid Interfaces in Electrochemical Energy Devices: The Mesoscale Word" where he is going to review the history of the research on the so-called "electrochemical double layers" and discuss his most recent theoretical findings in the field.
On October 16, 2015, Prof. Ezequiel Leiva, from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, is arriving at LRCS (Amiens) for a scientific collaboration with Prof. A.A. Franco as visiting Professor. Prof. Leiva is a recognized scientist on the modeling of electrochemical systems and interfaces. Welcome Prof. Leiva !
On October 15, 2015, Prof. Franco is starting his lecture series on "Fuel Cells and beyond" within the Master MESC class #11 programme. This lecture series bring the students to the fascinating World of the physical electrochemistry, in a very interactive style and with several practices aiming to estimulate the students' creativity, in particular in relation to fuel cells and other electrochemical energy conversion devices as well as their mathematical modeling. For more details see here.
Prof. Alejandro A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is actively involved in the 66th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, on October 4-6, 2015:
- he is the coordinator/organizer and chairperson of the Symposium 15 called "Electrochemical Engineering from a Quantum Description to the Plant Modeling";
- he is giving a talk in the Symposium 3 called "Batteries for Tomorrow's World", entitled "Computational Data Mining to Boost the Next Generation Batteries R&D: The Electrode Architecture";
- his PhD student, Yinghui Yin, is giving a talk entitled "Boosting Lithium Air Batteries from Multiscale Modeling" and two poster presentations: "A Flexible Framework for Solving Transport in Lithium Sulfur Batteries" and "Multiparadigm Modeling of Electrochemical Energy Devices: the Fuel Cell Membrane Degradation".
Prof. Alejandro A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is giving two invited seminars in South Korea in next early October:
- the first one is entitled "Boosting Rechargeable Batteries R&D from Multiscale Modeling and In Silico Experimentation" and is delivered at DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology), Daegu, South Korea (October 1, 2015);
- the second one is entitled "A Journey in the Electrochemical Energy Devices World from a Multiscale Modeling Perspective" and is delivered at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Suwon, South Korea (October 2, 2015).
On September 16, 2015, at Université de Picardie Jules Verne -UPJV- (Amiens, France) it is taking place the Graduation Ceremony of the Master on Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC). 20 top-most students within this programme are receiving their Master diploma and medal. Prof. A.A. Franco is currently teaching his "Fuel Cells and Beyond" lectures-series within MESC, and with Prof. D. Larcher (LRCS) he co-supervised the Master thesis of the MESC student Vigneshwaran Thangavel on experimental characterization and multiscale modeling of liquid/solid interfaces in lithium ion batteries. Following his Master thesis, Vigneshwaran Thangavel will do a PhD thesis at LRCS supervised by Prof. A.A. Franco, in the field of modeling of lithium sulphur batteries.
Another MESC student of the same promotion, Amangeldi Torayev, how has done his Master thesis at University of Cambridge (UK), is going to start a PhD thesis co-supervised by Prof. A.A. Franco at LRCS and by Prof. Clare Grey at University of Cambridge: Amangeldi's work will be on the modeling and experimental characterization of ionic and mediators transport processes in porous media (battery applications).
Master thesis oral defences are taking place on September 15, 2015, at UPJV, and Prof. A.A. Franco is involved as a member of the board of examiners (jury).
On September 2, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco is starting his teaching activities of the academic year 2015-2016 at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) in Amiens, France. Prof. Franco's teaching activities include lectures and practice on General Mathematics, History of Science, Nanosciences, and his lecture-series "Fuel Cells and Beyond" within the Erasmus Mundus European Master on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC) and "Non Equilibrium Thermodynamics" within the UPJV Doctoral School.
Professor Patrik Johansson (Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden) is visiting LRCS (Amiens, France) and Prof. A.A. Franco on August 28, 2015. Prof. Johansson is a recognized scientist in the field of electrolytes for energy storage applications and is currently the leader of the Theory Platform at ALISTORE-ERI. Both professors are going to co-advice a PhD student working on the multiscale modeling of high concentrated electrolytes for lithium ion batteries.
LRCS "Scientific Days" take place on July 20, 21 and 22, 2015 (Amiens, France). "Scientific Days" take place two times per year. This is an internal conference in LRCS, where students and postdocs present their ongoing research work. Permanent staff is also welcomed to present. This results in a very rich and interesting programme, including talks about novel batteries technologies, materials for energy, experimental characterization and theoretical modeling. On July 22, Prof. A. A. Franco is going to deliver a talk entitled "Speed of light and battery modeling: some lessons from the causality principle".
On July 9, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS) is giving a talk in the 15th Congress of the Société Chimique de France. The title of his talk is "Myths versus Facts in the Multiscale Modeling of Electrochemical Devices for Energy Conversion and Storage".
On June 17, 2015, Prof. A.A. Fanco (LRCS) is giving an invited talk in the 11th International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications (Vancouver, Canada). The title of his talk is "Lithium Air Batteries: Myth or Reality? - A combined multiscale modeling/experimental investigation".
On June 16, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS) is giving an invited seminar at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, Canada. In his seminar, Prof. Franco will review some of his ongoing research activities, in particular in relation with lithium air/lithium sulfur batteries and fuel cells.
Since several years, Prof. Franco has long-term collaborative actions with SFU, in particular with Adjunct Professor Kourosh Malek.
Kick-off meeting of the European Project "HELIS" (running over 4 years) is going to be on June 16 and 17, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. This project, coordinated by Dr. Robert Dominko from the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia, is devoted to the R&D on lithium sulfur batteries. Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS) is involved in this project as the Modeling Work Package leader.
On June 10 and 11, 2015, it is taking place the the Bi-annual Meeting of the ALISTORE European Research Institute. The meeting is organized in Austria, University of Graz. ALISTORE-ERI is composed of several european partners whose main objective is to develop and integrate common research strategy and programs in electrochemical energy storage. Activities include research and development of new technologies and it is also one of the hosting structures of the Erasmus Mundus Master on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC).
Prof. A.A. Franco is involved in ALISTORE as member of the "Theory Platform" and he is going to attend this meeting.
On June 1, 2015, Dr. Trong-Khoa Nguyen, postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Franco, is giving an oral presentation in the 17th Topical Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Saint Malo, France). The title of his talk is "Investigating Transient Phenomena in Lithium Ion Batteries: A Multiscale Modeling Approach".
On May 14, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS) is giving a 1-hour invited lecture in the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), within the Workshop on Materials Science for Energy Storage. The title of his lecture is "Boosting Rechargeable Batteries R&D from multiscale modeling and in silico experimentation". The workshop, comprising only invited speakers, analyzes the state of the art in the field of materials for energy storage, identifying its most pressing problems and most promising solutions.
On April 14, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is giving an invited lecture on multiscale modeling of rechargeable batteries in the Workshop "SAVER" on Battery Systems for Energy Management, organized by the Unité de Recherche MIS (Modeling, Information and Systems), in Amiens, France. The Workshop includes invited lectures from companies such as E4V, Thales and SGTE Power.
On April 13, 2015, Guillaume Blanquer, currently MSc. student at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, is arriving to LRCS for an internship under the supervision of Prof. A.A. Franco.
Guillaume has very solid knowledge on statistical and computational physics (with a paper already published in the field of astrophysics) and in his internship will join other Prof. Franco's students, such as Yinghui Yin, to work in the field of multiscale modeling of lithium air batteries. Welcome Guillaume !
On March 26 and 27 it is taking place the 7th bi-annual meeting of the French Network of Electrochemical Energy Storage RS2E in Mulhouse, France. Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is actively involved in the RS2E which is a national centre of excellence in reasearch and development of new technologies for electrochemical energy storage. The centre is directed by Prof. J.-M. Tarascon. The meeting audience includes people from academic laboratories, transfer institutes and industrials.
On March 26, 2015, Dr. Kanhao Xue, Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. A.A. Franco's group (LRCS, Amiens) will give an oral presentation in the 16th Topical Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry taking place in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. The tile of his talk is "Multiscale Modeling of Lithium Sulfur Battery Involving Cathode Carbon Microstructure".
On March 26, 2015, Prof. Franco's group (LRCS, Amiens) is going to give a talk in the 12th Symposium for Fuel Cell and Battery Modeling and Experimental Validation (Modval 12). The title of the talk is "Methods and challenges in the development of micro-structurally-resolved models in electrochemical energy conversion and storage", and will in part cover some of Prof. Franco's scientific collaboration activities with Dr. K. Malek from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada).
On March 25, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco is attending the progress meeting of the European Project "Eurolis". The meeting is taking place in Gothenburg, Swedeen, and it is organized by the partner Chalmers University (Prof. P. Johansson). This project is devoted to Lithium Sulphur Batteries, and Prof. Franco is involved in the tasks devoted to the modeling of relevant electrolytes and cells.
On March 4, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is giving an invited talk in the Premiere Conference Nationale sur le Stockage de l'Energie, organized by the CEA-INES in Lyon, France. The title of his talk is "Les nouvelles technologies pour le stockage electrochimique de l'energie" (New horizons in electrochemical energy storage). In his talk, Prof. Franco is reviewing some of the most recent discoveries and inventions in the battery field (design of innovative materials, architectures and operation conditions) and discussing the associated new horizons and scientific challenges coming out.
On February 19, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) starts the 2015 edition of his multidisciplinary Université de Picardie Jules Verne Doctoral School Lecture Series on Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics Theory. This Lecture Series aims to teach the PhD students on how to use this powerful theory in their day-by-day scientific work to describe, analyze, understand and predict a large diversity of mechanisms in multiple disciplines, such as physicochemistry, biology and astrophysics. Within a highly interactive and comprehensive approach, including games and quizzes, the lectures aim stimulating the students to think "out of the box" and to develop their creativity within a transversal view of sciences. Prof. A.A. Franco's lectures are enriched with epistemological concepts and practical application exercises, including numerical simulations on cases of interest for the students' PhD thesis. The lecture series includes in particular an introduction to the concepts, formalisms and applications of both first order and high order non-equilibrium thermodynamics, fractal geometry and chaos theory.
For more information on this Lecture Series, created by Prof. Franco, see here.
On February 17, 2015, the Université de Picardie Jules Verne hosts a Comsol Multiphysics software Workshop. The last updates in this software are presented by Dr. Raphael Laguerre from Comsol, and particular application examples in relation to electrochemical devices for energy conversion and storage (fuel cells and batteries) are illustrated by the lecturer. The newest software capabilities, such as the Application Builder and the COMSOL Server, are also introduced.
The detailed program and the information about the location are available here.
On February 11, 2015 at 4 PM (UK time), Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is giving an invited seminar at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). His seminar provides an overview of his recent research activities on electrochemical devices for energy storage and conversion. Prof. Franco is visiting the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge, hosted by Prof. Clare Grey.
On February 9, 2015, Mr. Vigneshwaran Thangavel is starting his MSc. thesis at LRCS (Amiens, France), co-supervised by Prof. A.A. Franco and Prof. D. Larcher. His MSc. topic will be on the experimental characterization and multiscale modeling of electrolyte/solid interfaces in electrochemical energy storage devices, a research topic in which LRCS is very active.
On January 30, 2015 at 2 PM, Michal Tulodziecki will defend his PhD thesis entitled "Use of ionic liquids for the synthesis of battery electrode materials". His PhD project is under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon (Collège de France/LRCS), Dr. Claude Guery (LRCS, Amiens) and Dr. Pierre Louis Taberna (University of Toulouse, France). His defence will take place at the Université de Picardie de Jules Verne, Amiens, France. Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is part of the PhD examining jury.
On January 29, 2015, Denis Roussel is defending his PhD thesis entitled "Optimization of the porous electrode architecture for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells". His PhD project is under the supervision of Dr. Christophe Martin (SIMAP Laboratory, Saint Martin d'Heres, France). The defence will take place at the University Joseph Fourier (Saint Martin d'Heres/Grenoble, France). Prof. Franco is "reporter" and member of the jury of this thesis.
On January 7, 2015, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) delivers an invited tutorial at the IFP School (Rueil-Malmaison, France) within the Master program "EPA" (Vehicles and Sustainable Transport), Speciality on Electrification and Automotive Propulsion. His course is on physical modeling and numerical simulation of lithium ion batteries for automotive applications: the chemistry and the physics behind the operation principles of these batteries are revisited, and practical methods for the implementation of mathematical models in scientific software such as Matlab and Simulink are presented. Furthermore, emerging multiscale modeling techniques, bridging the gap between mechanisms at the atomistic scale and the whole cell behavior, are also discussed. The tutorial includes some demonstrations of the in-house computational software MS LIBER-T being developed at LRCS.
Alejandro A. Franco,
Full Professor &
Junior Member of the
Institut Universitaire de France
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Institut Universitaire de France
Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS)
Université de Picardie Jules Verne - CNRS / UMR 7314
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Réseau sur le Stockage Electrochimique de l'Energie (RS2E)
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ALISTORE-ERI, European Research Institute
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