LEPMI - Rubrique EIP Physicochimie 2022

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, as well as a multiphysics approaches using numerical 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.

Research themes

We address 2 main research themes, in 2 sub-groups:

  • Interfacial electrochemistry: reactivity and durability of surfaces
    We study (i) the reactivity of surfaces by covering a complete field from single crystal surfaces to membrane/electrode assemblies (MEAs), (ii) multiphysical modelling associated with electrochemical measurements and (iii) the evolution of interfaces in both dissolution/(anti)corrosion and electrochemical deposition.
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  • Electrochemical and physicochemical processes: durability, second life and recycling
    We are working on (i) the durability and reliability of electrochemical systems and their second life, (ii) new solvents for metal separation and (iii) prospective life cycle analysis and scale change.
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PhD subjects

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Team organization

The team is structured as follows:

EIP team organization chart

The Team

Équipe EIP

Main collaborations

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

Main industrial partners

Main French academic partners

ESRF, Institut Néel, SIMAP, CBM/CEA (Grenoble); ICPEES and Institut de Chimie (Strasbourg); LEMTA (Nancy); MPQ (Paris/Diderot), DEEP (INSA Lyon); LE2P (Univ. Réunion)

Main foreign academic partners

Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Monterrey, Mexique), CNETE (Québec, Canada), Department of Applied Chemistry (Liège, Belgium), Department of Chemical Engineering UCL (London UK), Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, USA), Paul Scherrer Institute (Villigen, Switzerland), Technion (Israël), Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Technische Universität München (München, Germany), University of California (Irvine, USA), Universidade de São Paulo (São Carlos, Brazil)

EIP Members

Head: F. Maillard

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