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Sara Cavaliere is Professor at the University of Montpellier, Charles Gerhardt Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Materials. Her work aims at developing advanced nanostructured materials to enhance performance and durability of fuel cells and electrolysers.

I. By the way

Courses & Training Teachings & Responsibilities Courses & Training

Academic qualifications

  • 2015 Habilitation at University of Montpellier (France)
  • 2006 PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science at University of Versailles St Quentin-en-Yvelines (France)
  • 2001 Graduation in Chemistry at University of Milan (Italy) (eq. MSc)

Professional positions held

  • 2021-present Full Professor at University of Montpellier, ICGM
  • 2015-2021 Associate Professor at University of Montpellier, ICGM
  • 2009-2015 Assistant Professor at University of Montpellier, ICGM
  • 2007-2009 Research and teaching assistant position at University of Lyon 1 (France) in the Multimaterials and Interfaces Laboratory (LMI)
  • 2006-2007 Postdoc at Materials Research Centre (FMF) in Freiburg (Germany) in collaboration with the University of East-Anglia (UK)
  • 2002-2006 PhD in at Institut Lavoisier of Versailles (France) in collaboration with CEA Saclay
  • 2002 Internship in Physical Chemistry Laboratory (LCP) at University of Paris Sud-11 (France)

Distinctions and awards

  • CNRS bronze medal 2017
  • Junior member of Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) (2017-2022)


Teachings & Responsibilities

(Co-) Responsible of the courses:

  • HAC724C Methods of characterisation of materials – 2 ECTS – M1 Chemistry CTM, MAT P1, P2
  • HAC823C Nanomaterials – 2 ECTS UE M1 Chemistry MAT P1, BM
  • HAN809C Fuel cell – 2 ECTS M1 Energy
  • HAN814C Hydrogen as vector of energy – 3 ECTS M1 Energy

Participation in exercises/lab classes of the courses:

  • HAC101C General Chemistry
  • HAC103C Experimental Chemistry
  • HAC201C General Chemistry 3
  • HAC204C Experimental Chemistry 2


Ii. Research activities
Nanostructuration of core materials for fuel cells and water electrolysis

The main activities of the group entail the development of novel electrolyte and electrode materials for proton/anion exchange membrane fuel cells and electrolysers. As an example, we are preparing and characterising nanostructured electrocatalyst supports (based on carbon, metal oxides and carbide nanofibres), a range of low loaded PGM catalysts (Pt and IrO2 nanoparticles and thin films, Pt/Rare Earth Metal nanoalloys) and ionomer membranes reinforced with polymer fibre webs.

Research themes Collaborations & Contracts Research themes

My research interests focus on design and preparation of nanostructured materials for energy conversion and storage applications. Current research directions include the development of new electrolyte and electrode materials for proton/anion exchange membrane fuel cells and electrolysers. In particular, we deal with the preparation and the design of nanostructured and nanofibrous materials and new membrane-electrode assembly architectures. With this aim we are developing a range of deposition and functionalisation techniques, including electrospinning, reactive plasma, electrodeposition and atomic layer deposition.


Collaborations & Contracts


IMMORTAL: https://immortal-fuelcell.eu/

ANIONE: https://anione.eu/

SunCoChem: https://suncochem.eu/






PEMFC95: https://www.celluleenergie.cnrs.fr/pepr/pemfc95-2/



Region Occitanie


Collaboration with several industrial partners in the framework of EU and ANR funded projects as well as direct collaborations, including with Johnson Matthey and Safran.


Iii. Scientific production