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Interfacial Electrochemistry and Processes (Team EIP)


The research conducted in the Team of Interfacial Electrochemistry and Processes aims at increasing the understanding of electrode | (organic/inorganic) electrolyte interfaces, both for practical and model systems, from physicochemical and mechanistic view-points. Its scope ranges from fundamental to applied research and is based on a broad experimental expertise, with special emphasis on physicochemical characterizations coupled to electrochemistry for in situ and/or in operando studies, associated to fitting and modelling of the physicochemical and electrochemical processes at stake at the interface, electrode and system levels.
The fundamental researches conducted in the Team of Interfacial Electrochemistry and Processes all fall within the domains of electrochemistry and nanosciences, and particularly aim at linking the electrochemical or physicochemical properties of the materials to their structure and composition, in particular at the nanoscale. In that frame, different application sectors are addressed, among which (i) the synthesis/elaboration and behavior in their environment of structural and functional materials, (ii) advanced materials for microelectronics, (iii) recycling/valuation of used materials and (iv) materials for the storage and conversion of electrical energy.

Themes of research

Three main themes of research are addressed, each within dedicated groups:

Electrocatalysis :
Kinetics & mechanisms of complex reactions studied at model surfaces (single crystals, mono & bimetallic nanoparticles, conductive substrates); degradation mechanisms of fuel cell materials & mitigation strategies; conception of advanced electrocatalysts (active, durable and sustainable). Learn more...

Electrochemical engineering :
Modelling and of mass, heat and charge transfers at or at the vicinity of electrode interfaces; conception of instrumented test-benches dedicated to the analysis of industrial electrochemical cells. Study of interfaces during deposition/dissolution: (anti)corrosion and Electrodissolution. Learn more...

Physicochemistry & processes for recycling & valuation :
Valuation of various types of wastes are under focus: technological ones such as motor catalysts, permanent magnets NiMH batteries etc.), and organic residues issuing from agriculture and/or industries (wheat waste and black liquor, mainly). The aim is to recover metals (Pt, rare earths, Ni etc.) or organic compounds (polyphenols) or to produce hydrogen (with bacteria). Both fundamental and applied studies are performed. Learn more...

Organization of the team

The team is organized as follows:

LEPMI - EIP team

Main collaborations

To render possible our scientific goals, we collaborate with several academic and industrial actors, both at the French and international levels.

Our industrial partners :

Air Liquide, Alcatel, Areva, AXANE, EDF, Engie, Hutchinson, CEA (Grenoble, Marcoule, Le Ripault, Valduc), Messier-Bugatti, Mistras group, PSA, Recupyl, Saint-Gobain, Silvaco, Sollac, STMicroelectronics, Valeo, etc.

Our French academic partners :

CIRIMAT (Toulouse), IRCELYON, LEMTA (Université de Lorraine, Nancy), LMGP (Grenoble-INP), LMSPC (Université de Strasbourg), MATEIS (INSA Lyon), PERSEE (Mines ParisTech, Sofia Antipolis), SIMAP (Grenoble-INP), Université de Savoie, Université de la Réunion, etc.

Our foreign academic partners :

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, USA), Northeastern University (Boston, USA), Universidade de São Paulo (São Carlos, Brazil), University of Casablanca (Morocco), ENIT-Tunis (Tunisia), CIDETEQ (Queretaro, Mexico), Polytechnic University of (Romania), Université de Bejaia (Algeria), Inorganic Chemistry Institute (Prague, Czech Republic), Laboratory of Applied Electrochemistry (KTH, Sweden) ; European Institute For Energy Research (Karlsruhe University, Germany), INRS (Canada)

Written by Olivier Szydlo

Date of update June 21, 2016

Univ. Grenoble Alpes