Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy

The team "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy" (AIME) associates competence in innovative synthesis routes to hierarchical materials with tailored architecture and in surface reactivity and the chemistry of interfaces, with complementary theoretical and experimental approaches applied to energy storage and conversion and environmental remediation processes. The perspectives of the research are two-fold: elaboration of original materials enabling emerging energy technologies and the study of the interfacial properties and mechanisms governing exchange of energy and matter at various interfaces.

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Research Strategy

The particular positioning of AIME within ICGM stems from its approach in extending its research from the fundamental aspects in the conception and development of new fuel cell, supercapacitor, battery and sensor materials to their integration in devices and small demonstrators. Investigation of the interfacial region in energy transfer and mass transport phenomena is central not only to the areas of energy conversion and storage, but also in the context of mechanisms and interactions at interfaces in the perspective of environmental remediation. AIME is a member of the Carnot Institute Chimie Balard as a result of its several collaborations with industrial partners including SAFT, UMICORE, Saint-Gobain, PSA, EDF, Johnson-Matthey Fuel Cells, Bulane, THALES, ONET Technologies, SICA, SNECMA, Eurogia, EADS, ECP, Süd-Chemie, EIFER, SOMEZ

Research Environment

The research activities developed at AIME are fully integrated into Institute, Pôle chimie Balard, and National frameworks: energy materials, and the study of interfacial phenomena are both horizontal research topics in ICGM, while energy materials and vectors, and environmental remediation are two of the Institute-transverse research axes of the Pôle chimie Balard and the LabEx ChemSyst. At national level, AIME-ICGM is a founder member of the Réseau sur le Stockage Electrochimique de l’Energie, member of the LabEx STOREX, and a founder participant of the CNRS GdR Piles à Combustible – Systèmes or CNRS GdR Prométhée (Hydrometallurgical processes for a better management of the non-energetic raw material from mining activities and recycling, and more especially low-grade resources).

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Jerzy Zajac Responsable de l'équipe

Research activities

Research activities include both experimental and modelling aspects, on materials including polymers and oxides, carbonaceous solids, hybrids and composites, nanometals and intermetallics. Significant effort is devoted to structuring materials whether in particle form or bulk and whether electrolyte or electrode, at all length scales, including development of porosity or control of texture.

The synergy between experiment and modelling, at both microscopic and macroscopic levels, is also exploited to probe the surface activity and interfacial behaviour of various colloidal systems and materials in liquid or gaseous media in view of gaining a better understanding of matter and energy transfer involved in energy conversion and storage or clean processes for the environment. The aim also is to understand mechanisms leading to the premature ageing of materials in operation in order to propose mitigation strategies by materials improvement, and structural and spectroscopic investigation is increasingly carried out in situ and operando to help reach these objectives.

The research topics developed within the AIME team are:


Access - Contacts

The team "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy" is located in the University of Montpellier, Faculty of Science ( building 15 , 2nd floor).

Institut Charles Gerhardt - UMR5253
Équipe "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy"

Place Eugène Bataillon

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Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier - Direction

  • Université de Montpellier
  • Place Eugène Bataillon
  • CC 1700 - Bâtiment 17 -1er étage
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