Frédéric Jaouen is a CNRS research director at the Charles Gerhardt Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Materials, and a Member of The Electrochemical Society, International Society of Electrochemistry, and Société Chimique de France.
The main activities of the electrocatalysis group in ICGM’s Department 4 entail the development of novel electrolyte and electrode materials for proton/anion exchange membrane fuel cells and electrolysers.
His research interests encompass the synthesis, structural and electrochemical characterisation of novel electrocatalysts based on Earth-abundant elements for catalysing key reactions for electrochemical energy conversion devices based on polymer-electrolytes, with a strong focus on single atom catalysts.
He is the co-author of 118 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, 9 patents, 26 invited presentations at international conferences or workshops, and more than 130 other oral contributions to conferences.
I. A propos
- 2016: Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches, Université de Montpellier (France)
- 2003: Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH (Sweden)
- 1997: Diplôme d’Ingénieur de l’Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France)
- 2013 – now: CNRS research scientist at the Institute Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, UMR 5253, promoted to CNRS Research Director in 2020.
- June 2011 – December 2012: Contractual researcher at University of Montpellier, France, in the group of Deborah Jones, in the frame of a chair of excellence from Agence Nationale de la Recherche.
- 2004 – 2011: Contractual research associate at INRS – EMT, Varennes (QC) Canada, in the group of Jean-Pol Dodelet. Investigation of non-precious metal catalysts for the oxygen reduction in PEM fuel cells.
- May – December 2003: Post-doctoral fellow at The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Development of a micro-fuel cell with inexpensive materials.
- 1998 – 2003: Ph.D. studies in chemical engineering and electrochemistry at The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, under the supervision of Göran Lindbergh. Title: Electrochemical characterisation of porous cathodes in the polymer electrolyte fuel cell.
- 1994 – 1997: Engineering studies at Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France (ENSEEG, elective: materials, electrochemistry).
Distinction and awards
- 2017: Academic Research Prize from the French Chemical Society, Energy division.
- 2011: Awarded a Marie-Curie International Incoming Fellowship
- December 2010: Invited fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Technical University of Munich, Germany (nomination by Hubert Gasteiger).
- 2001: Hans Werthén grant from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, for a 6 months exchange at INRS-EMT in Canada.
II. Activités de recherche
Characterization of single iron atom catalysts across different scales
From upper left to bottom right: Electron microscopy image of single iron atoms in graphene / Identification of flooding at the anode of an anion-exchange membrane fuel cell comprising a Fe-N-C cathode / Mössbauer spectroscopy identification of two Fe-N4 sites in Fe-N-C materials / X-ray tomography of a Fe-N-C cathode after durability test in a proton-exchange-membrane fuel cell.
His research interests are the synthesis, structural and electrochemical characterisation of novel electrocatalysts based on Earth-abundant elements for catalysing key reactions for different types of fuel cells: O2 electroreduction in proton-exchange-membrane and anion-exchange-membrane fuel cells, hydrogen electro-oxidation in anion-exchange-membrane fuel cells, as well as for catalysing CO2 electroreduction to valuable chemical products. The synthesis of precious-metal-free catalysts, ex situ and in situ characterisation, implementation in electrochemical devices and the study of their operando degradation mechanisms are central to his work. The development of iron-nitrogen-carbon catalysts comprising single iron atom active sites is of particular interest to him, with syntheses approaches that are applicable to the preparation of other single-atom-catalysts, with different activity, stability and selectivity for various (electro)chemical reactions, such as H2O2 electrosynthesis, NO electroreduction, or also acting as nanozymes mimicking NADPH oxidase enzymes.