Prof. Franco is involved in teaching mainly in the two Master programmes detailed below.
MESC is an internationally renowned Master providing the students a multidisciplinary programme on experimental and modeling techniques for the R&D of materials and devices for energy conversion and storage:
This is a course, fully designed by Prof. Franco, which focuses on the recent research progresses and technological development on modern low, intermediate and high-temperature fuel cells. On a multidisciplinary basis, enriched with epistemological thoughts, games and scientific curiosities aiming to stimulate the students’ creativity, this course provides a complete and comprehensive critical review on crucial scientific topics related to fuel cell materials, electro-catalysis, transport phenomena and degradation. It provides the students with a deep learning on both theoretical and experimental tools to study, to analyze and to predict the performance and durability of fuel cells. The program includes detailed descriptions of the operation mechanisms and fundamentals as well as of available experimental techniques to characterize electrochemical, transport and aging mechanisms, in ex-situ, in-situ and in operando conditions. Furthermore, the program provides the students with novel and practical methodologies for the multiscale modeling and numerical simulation of fuel cells, batteries and other next-generation electrochemical systems, jointly with demonstrations and exercises carried out with the LRCS in-house multiscale scientific software MS LIBER-T all along the courses, in an environment of strong interactivity (students do not need prior knowledge on programming and software development).
All along the lectures, it is underlined the strong relations with applications, and major scientific and remaining technical challenges for both the research and the industry communities are discussed.
At the end of this module, the students are being asked to propose, in the format of short oral presentations, the schematics of improved designs or operation conditions of electrochemical energy devices vs. given technical constraints in a “challenge exercise” which is being presented in the inaugural lecture of Prof. Franco (“Students’ Challenge”). The 2013 (MESC 9), 2014 (MESC 10) and 2015 (MESC 11) students’ presentations will be published online shortly herebelow.
Since 2016 this Lectures-Series implements practical exercises based on cutting-edge Virtual Reality-software technology with the aim of reviewing some of the teached concepts in an interactive and immersive environment.
MESC students are invited to enter into the APPLETS section to do the exercises and quizzes proposed during Prof. Franco's lectures.
The detailed teaching programme on "Fuel Cells 2013" by Prof. A.A. Franco is available for download herebelow. The updated "Fuel Cells and beyond" programme will become available for download very soon.
The Fuel Cells 2013 exam (MESC 9) and 2014 exam (MESC 10) are available for download herebelow.
This is an introductory course of TVRN combining both theoretical and practical aspects of mathematics, with strong application to both Chemistry and Biology. Concepts revised include vectorial calculus, differential calculus, differential equations, matricial calculus and Fourier/Laplace transforms.
Exercises are solved in strong interaction with the students, on a large diversity of relevant applications, including exciting examples on the analysis of Fourier spectra of chemical clocks, the description of the dynamics of predator-pray systems (Lokta-Volterra-like systems) and diffusion-reaction equations describing, for example, why zebras have stripes. See MISCELLANEOUS for videos on some of the systems studied, and here below for some examples of the exercises proposed to the students.
This course introduces the fundamentals of the use of "nano-objects" in catalysis and electro-catalysis. The fascinating chemical and physical properties of such nano-objects are explained in relation to some of their important application domains, including energy generation, environmental chemistry and biology. Experimental and modeling methods to characterize their activity, selectivity and stability towards a large number of catalytic reactions of interest are explained in detail. This course concludes by highlighting challenges and opportunities on the use of these nano-objects for catalysis and electro-catalysis in both academics and industry.
This course introduces the operation principles and application areas of batteries and fuel cells. The main scientific and technological challenges in relation to their performance, cost, durability and safety are in particular discussed. For batteries, special focus is on lithium ion, sulfur, air batteries. For fuel cells, special focus is on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. At the final lecture, a puzzle game called "Find your component" is proposed to the students bringing them to solve a real technological problem with these technologies.
When Physics meets Chemistry...: this course provides the fundamentals of the Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy and X-Ray Fluorescence techniques. An historical perspective of the development of these important characterization methods is additionally provided together with several examples of their practical use in academic research and industry communities.
This is a course on Epistemology in relation to the Chemistry and Physico-Chemical Sciences. An historical perspective of the evolution of the scientific ideas and approaches in these disciplines is provided. The role that Chemistry historically played in the Human imaginary in search of the understanding of the Cosmos is also studied. The course also analyzes the sociological impact of Chemistry and revisits pedagogical aspects within different educational paradigms.
Alejandro A. Franco,
Full Professor &
Junior Member of the
Institut Universitaire de France
+33 3 22 82 53 36
Institut Universitaire de France
Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS)
Université de Picardie Jules Verne - CNRS / UMR 7314
33, rue St. Leu
Réseau sur le Stockage Electrochimique de l'Energie (RS2E)
FR CNRS 3459
ALISTORE-ERI, European Research Institute
FR CNRS 3104