On December 14, 2016, Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is delivering two invited lectures in Ljubljana, Slovenia:
- the first one is a Pregl colloquium (at 1:00 PM local time) and it is taking place at the National Institute of Chemistry. This lecture is entitled "Mesostructure-performance relationships in batteries and fuel cells: challenging the dogma with multiscale computations and immersive visualization";
- the second one (at 3:00 PM local time) is taking place at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Ljubljana and it is entitled "Assessing the World Energy Equation with Mathematical Modeling".
Prof. Franco is hosted by Prof. Robert Dominko from National Institute of Chemistry.
On December 13 and 14, 2016, it is taking place in Warsaw, Poland, the biannual meeting of the Alistore European Research Institute, an institute of excellence bringing together academic laboratories and industry in the field of rechargeable batteries. In this meeting Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is chairing the Theory Platform Session (he is the responsible of this platform since December 2015) and is delivering two talks: one on multiscale modeling of Li-O2 batteries (PhD thesis topic of his student Amangeldi Torayev) and one on the use of Virtual Reality for teaching purposes. His PhD student Vignesh Thangavel is also presenting on his latest work on modeling of Li-sulfur batteries.
On December 9, 2016, it is taking place the last lecture of Prof. Alejandro A. Franco's lecture-series "Fuel Cells & Beyond" for the year 2016. This lecture-series is given by Prof. Franco since 2013 within the Master on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (M.E.S.C.) programme at Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). In his lecture-series Prof. Franco implements innovative teaching methods, including games, interactive exercises, and since 2016, practice tools using Virtual Reality software and hardware. In this final lecture, the students are presenting their solutions to the challenges proposed by Prof. Franco in his inaugural lecture of last October. Fantastic presentations by the students are expected !
On November 15 and 16, 2016, it is taking place in Amiens the HCERES evaluation of the Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS). HCERES stands for Haut Conseil de l'Evaluation de la Recherche et de l'Enseignement Supérieur, and it is in charge of evaluation the research scientific activities of the french laboratories as well as the teaching activities at the universities. During the visit of the HCERES committee, several LRCS members, including the laboratory director, Dr. Mathieu Morcrette, are presenting the research activities carried out at LRCS in the last 5 years. Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is in charge of presenting the research activities carried out at LRCS in the field of computational modeling, as well as the research perspectives for the next 5 years. Prof. Franco is the coordinator of the Research Area "Modeling: from materials to electrochemical systems" at LRCS.
On November 6 to 9, 2016, Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is participating at the Energy Storage Discussions 2016, taking place in Amealco, Mexico. Prof. Franco is delivering an invited keynote in this conference. Furthermore, on November 10 and 11, Prof. Franco is delivering an invited seminar-series at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, in Mexico City. His presentations review the most recent updates of his ongoing researches in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion.
On November 4, 2016, Dr. Atsushi Ohma, manager at Nissan Motor, Japan, and Associated Professor at Yamanashi University, Japan, is visiting LRCS and Prof. Alejandro A. Franco. Dr. Ohma and Prof. Franco worked together in a 3-years project some years ago, within the field of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Dr. Ohma is delivering an invited seminar the same day at 11 AM (Amphi Fligarz, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens): the topic of his seminar is "Future Mobility and FCEV development at Nissan".
Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is distinguished as a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). This recognizes the quality of his scientific research in the field of modeling of electrochemical energy devices. His position is effective since October 1, 2016, and for five years. As a member of the IUF, he benefits of a reduction of 2/3 of his statutory teaching service, of funding for his research activities and of the national award of scientific excellence. The ceremonie d'installation is taking place on October 24, 2016, between 10 AM to 2 PM at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris, France).
On October 13 and 14, 2016, it is taking place in Bled, Slovenia, the progress meeting of the Horizon 2020 European Project "HELIS". This project leads with the development of Lithium-Sulfur Batteries for automotive applications. It is coordinated by Dr. Robert Dominko from National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia. Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is leading the Work Package on computational modeling, and will attend this meeting.
On October 12, 2016 (from 2 PM to 4 PM, in Salle des Theses, Université Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France) Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is introducing a novel method of teaching: the use of immersive Virtual Reality for his practices within his lectures-series "Fuel Cells & Beyond" in the Erasmus Master Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (M.E.S.C.). He is using cutting-edge software and hardware to bring M.E.S.C. students to another dimension...Prof. Franco works very closely on this with the Université de Technologie de Compiègne and the company Reviatech, within the project MASTERS funded by the Region Hauts de France and the FEDER. A paper by Prof. Franco on this will be published soon.
Furthermore, this semester Prof. Franco is supervising two "M.E.S.C. Class 12" students for labworks on the topics of Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of batteries and Redox Flow Batteries: Diego Del Olmo Diaz and Yih-Chyng Wu. Welcome to LRCS guys!
On October 6, 2016, it is taking place at LRCS (Amiens, France) the Progress Meeting of the National Project "CELIA" coordinated by the Institute of Technology Saint Exupéry (IRT Saint Exupéry). This project includes a Work Package devoted to the design, development, characterization and computational modeling of Lithium-Air Batteries for aircraft applications. Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is involved in this project as the supervisor of the PhD student Caroline Gaya working on these aspects.
On October 3, 2016, Dr. Alexis Rucci arrives to LRCS, Amiens, France, to work as postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro A. Franco. Dr. Rucci, who is originally from Argentina, will work on the three-dimensional computational modeling of lithium ion batteries and catalytic reactors, within the Horizon 2020 European Project "POROUS4APP" coordinated by LEITAT (Barcelona, Spain) and involving severa europeanl academic and industrial laboratories, such as Varta and Johnson Matthey. Welcome Alexis!
On September 29, 2016, it is taking place the public PhD defence of Jelle Smekens at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The title of the PhD is "Modeling Techiques for optimization of lithium-ion batteries". Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is member of the jury and is attending the public defence: on last June 27 he has attended the private defence as jury member as well.
On September 27, 2016, Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is delivering the inaugural lecture of his "Fuel Cells & Beyond" Lectures-Series within the Erasmus Master M.E.S.C. (Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion). The lectures provide a comprehensive critical review on fuel cells and other types of electrochemical energy devices, from both experimental and computational modeling viewpoints. The lectures are designed to estimulate the students' creativity, and are enriched with epistemological lessons, games, interactive practices. Since this year it implements a cutting-edge Virtual Reality environment to illustrate some of the teached concepts in an interactive way. Furthermore, the fourth edition of the "Students Challenges" where the students are requested to solve atypical technical problems in relation to the fascinating field of energy.
On September 26-28, 2016, Riko Moroni, PhD candidate at Dr. Simon Thiele's group at IMTEK, University of Freiburg, is visiting Prof. Alejandro A. Franco and the LRCS for a scientific collaboration in the field of electrochemical energy devices. On September 27, Riko Moroni is giving a seminar on their ongoing activities on microstructural characterization of porous electrodes for energy applications.
Prof. Alejandro A. Franco has been asked to go to Brussels, Belgium, on September 19, 2016 for an interview about his European Research Council (ERC) application. Prof. Franco applied for the ERC Consolidator Grant, and his proposal is being evaluated in the Step 2.
On September 13, 2016 it is taking place the defences-series of the Erasmus Master on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (M.E.S.C.). During a full day, M.E.S.C. students are going to defend in front of an international jury their master thesis projects performed in academic and industrial laboratories worldwide. The defences-series is taking place at Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France) and Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is going to be one of the jury members.
On September 12 and 13, 2016, it is taking place the T6 progress meeting of the European H2020 Project "POROUS4APP". This project, being coordinated by LEITAT (Barcelona, Spain), is devoted to the development of a new generation of carbonaceous materials for a wide diversity of applications, including lithium ion batteries and chemical reactors. Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is coordinating the Work Package devoted to the computational modeling and is going to attend the first day of the meeting being organized in Barcelona, Spain.
On August 23, 2016, Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is delivering an invited oral presentation at the 67th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry. This prestigious conference is taking place in The Hague, The Netherlands, on August 21-26, 2016. The title of his invited talk is "Multiscale computational modeling to the rescue of lithium-ion and post-lithium batteries: myths, facts and challenges" where he is going to review the most recent progresses achieved by his team on the modeling of lithium ion, lithium sulfur, lithium air and redox flow batteries.
"LRCS Scientific Days" are taking place on July 20-21, 2016, at LRCS, Amiens. This is an internal conference where all the laboratory students and postdocs present their latest research results. Permanent staff can also deliver presentations, for instance on prospective topics. All MSc. and PhD students and postdocs working with Prof. A.A. Franco are presenting their latest work on the modeling and the experimental characterization of the next generation of rechargeable batteries, such as lithium-sulfur, lithium-air and redox flow batteries. Prof. A.A. Franco himself is also delivering a presentation entitled "Electrochemistry by electrochemists: the forgotten legacy of Michael Faraday".
On the week of July 9 until July 15, 2016, Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is delivering invited lectures and hands-on sessions on multiscale modeling of rechargeable batteries (lithium ion, lithium air, lithium sulfur and redox flow batteries) in the College On Multiscale Computational Modeling of Materials for Energy Applications, taking place at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in Trieste, Italy. Prof. Franco is co-organizing this College with Dr. Ralph Gebauer (ICTP), Prof. Cateano Rodrigues Miranda (Sao Paulo University), Dr. Federico Rosei (INRS-IMT) and Dr. Nicola Seriani (ICTP).
The Summer School BATMAN (Battery Modeling and Advanced Numerical Simulation) is taking place at LRCS, Amiens, since July 4 until July 8, 2016. This School, organized by Prof. Alejandro A. Franco within the ALISTORE European Research Institute, covers various facets in the development and application of multiscale modeling and numerical simulation methods for rechargeable batteries, from theoretical foundations to practical implementation. The lecture includes lectures and hands-on sessions given by Dr. Christine Frayret (Amiens), Prof. Maria Alfredsson (Kent). Prof. Patrik Johansson (Göteborg), Dr. Charles Delacourt (Amiens), Prof. Jean-Paul Chehab (Amiens), Dr. Youcef Mammeri (Amiens), Dr. Serge Van Criekingen (Amiens) and Prof. Alejandro A. Franco (Amiens). The School is bringing together 21 attendees from academia and industry (Renault, Bosch, SAFT) representing 6 European countries.
Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is distinguished as a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). This recognizes the quality of his scientific research in the field of modeling of electrochemical energy devices. His position will be effective starting in October 2016 and for five years. As a member of the IUF, he will benefit of a reduction of 2/3 of his statutory teaching service, of funding for his research activities and of the national award of scientific excellence. The ceremonie d'installation is going to take place on October 24, 2016, at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris, France).
On June 28, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco is participating in the Brainstorming Meeting of WorkPackage Leaders of the HELIS project. This project, lead by Dr. Robert Dominko from the National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia, is funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, and targets the optimization of Lithium Sulfur Batteries for automotive applications. Prof. A.A. Franco is leading the Work Package devoted to the multiscale modeling of electrochemistry, transport and degradation mechanisms.
On June 28, 2016, Rasmus Andersson, PhD student at Chalmers University, is arriving at LRCS for a work visit of 2 weeks. Rasmus is co-supervised by Prof. Patrik Johansson (Chalmers University, Sweden) and Prof. Alejandro A. Franco. His research topic is the multiscale modeling of ionic transport in highly concentrated electrolytes. Welcome Rasmus !
On June 27, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco is participating in the jury of the PhD thesis private defence of Jelle Smekens. Jelle's PhD thesis title is "Modeling Techiques for optimization of lithium-ion batteries" and was supervised by Prof. Joeri Van Mierlo, Prof. Annick Hubin and Dr. Jels Pausen. The defence is taking place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium).
On June 24, 2016, Abbos Shodiyev , MSc. student within the MESC programme, is arriving at LRCS to perform a summer internship under the supervision of Prof. A.A. Franco. He will work on the microstructue-resolved modeling of transport mechanisms in Li-O2 and Li-S batteries. Welcome Abbos !
On June 17, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco is delivering his final lecture (Lecture 10) of his lecture-series 2016 on Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics within the Doctoral School of the Université Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). In this lecture the students are going to make presentations on some research projects proposed in Lecture 1.
On June 14 and 15, 2016, is taking place the bi-annual meeting of the ALISTORE European Research Institute. Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) is leading since December 2015 the Theory Open Platform in the Institute, and is going to deliver a presentation on its recent activities.
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. Franco is going to deliver a presentation on the recent
On May 30, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco is giving an invited Keynote Lecture at the 229th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (San Diego, USA). The title of his lecture is "Multiscale Three-Dimensional Modeling to the Rescue of Electrochemical Energy Devices", where he is going to review the most recent progresses of his team on the development of multi-scale models for electrochemical energy devices, such as redox flow, lithium-air and lithium-sulfur batteries, and to discuss the synergies with experimental characterizations.
At the same meeting, on May 31, 2016, Prof. Franco is delivering two additional oral presentations: "Electrochemistry in the Next Generation of Rechargeable Batteries: Challenging the Maze with Multiscale Computational Modeling" and "Multiscale Computational Approaches for the Simulation of Battery Electrodes Fabrication".
On May 5, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco is visiting Cambridge University (Prof. Clare Grey's group). The purpose of the visit is the progress meeting on the PhD thesis of Amangeldi Torayev, student he is co-supervising with Prof. Grey. Amangeldi's PhD is funded by ALISTORE ERI.
On May 4, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco is attending a project meeting on Li-Air Batteries lead by Prof. Peter Bruce. Prof. Franco is involved in this project since 2013. The meeting is taking place at Oxford University. Prof. Franco is attending with his PhD students Yinghui Yin (who is going to present her most recent progresses in her work) and Amangeldi Torayev.
On April 19 and 20, 2016, it is taking place the T12 progress meeting of the European Project on HELIS. The project, lead by the National Institute of Chemistry of Slovenia, is devoted to the development of Li-S battery prototypes for automotive applications. Prof. A.A. Franco is involved as the Modeling Work Package leader and is attending this meeting together with his involved postdoc (Matias Quiroga), PhD student (Vignesh Thangavel) and his colleagues from LRCS. The meeting is hosted by the Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology Institute.
On April 13, 2016, it is taking place the progress meeting of the CELIA project. This project is lead by IRT Saint Exupery. Prof. A.A. Franco is involved as supervisor of the PhD student (Caroline Gaya) working on the development and experimental/modeling studies of lithium air batteries for aircraft applications.
On March 30 and 31, 2016, it is taking place the kickoff meeting of the European Project "POROUS4APP" (Horizon 2020 Programme). The meeting is taking place in Brussels. The project, lead by the technological center LEITAT and involving top class academic and industrial laboratories, is devoted to the design, fabrication and characterization of innovative carbonaceous materials for application in lithium ion batteries and chemical reactors. Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is involved in this project as the Leader of the Work Package addressing the physical modeling-based optimization of these materials and devices.
On March 10, 2016, Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is participating, following the invitation of the European Commission, in the Workshop on Metadata and Interoperability in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering and Multiscale Materials Modeling. This workshop is organized by the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) and is taking place in Brussels, Belgium.
On March 4, 2016, Aoxiang Geng is arriving to the LRCS (Amiens) to carry out his MSc. thesis project under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro A. Franco, Dr. Charles Delacourt and Dr. Arnaud Demortiere. Aoxiang is currently MSc. student within the Erasmus Programme MATHMODS on mathematical modeling in engineering. His MSc. thesis topic is on the microstructurally-resolved modeling of transport and electrochemical mechanisms in thick lithium ion battery electrodes.
Welcome Aoxiang !
On February 15, 2016, Amangeldi Torayev is arriving at LRCS to start a PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro A. Franco and Prof. Clare Grey from University of Cambridge. Amangeldi is goign to work on the topic of lithium-air and lithium-sulfur batteries by combining both multi-scale modeling tools and experimental characterizations (electrochemistry, NMR). Welcome back Amangeldi !
On February 10, 2016, Prof. A.A. Franco (LRCS, Amiens) starts the 2016 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.
This year, the lecture-series includes some practice on the use of the Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics theory to estimate the probabilities of finding life in exoplanets.
For more information on this Lecture Series, created by Prof. Franco, see here.
On February 1, 2016, Ruijie Zhao is arriving to the LRCS (Amiens) to carry out his MSc. thesis project under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro A. Franco. Ruijie is currently student at the Engineering School "PHELMA" in Grenoble, France, and his MSc. thesis topic is on multi-scale modeling of lithium-O2 batteries. Welcome Ruijie !
The book edited by Prof. Alejandro A. Franco, Dr. Marie-Liesse Doublet and Prof. Wolfgang Bessler on multiscale modeling of electrochemical devices has been published very recently in Springer. The title of the book is "Physical Multiscale Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Electrochemical Devices for Energy Conversion and Storage". Through multiple comprehensive chapters, it reviews modeling methods at multiple scales for the simulation of structural, transport and electrochemical properties of fuel cells, supercapacitors and batteries. The book includes a chapter written by Prof. A.A. Franco entitled "Fuel Cells and Batteries In Silico Experimentation Through Integrative Multiscale Modeling".
On January 13, 2016, 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.
On January 12, 2016, Dr. Charles Delacourt (LRCS) is defending his Habilitation (H.D.R.) at Université Picardie Jules Verne (Figlarz Auditorium, Amiens, France). The title of his HDR is "Mathematical Modeling as a tool for performance and aging analysis of Li-ion batteries" and Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is participating in his HDR defence as one of the examiners (jury board).
On January 4, 2016, Caroline Gaya is arriving at LRCS to start a PhD thesis project under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro A. Franco and Dr. Mathieu Morcrette (LRCS). Her thesis is on the design, characterization and modeling of lithium air batteries for aircraft applications, in collaboration with IRT Saint Exupery.
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