YEAR 1 - Fundamentals

Year 1 is more dedicated to the science fundamentals (electrochemistry, materials science, physical chemistry, etc.) associated with Energy Storage and Conversion. The first semester (S1) will be spent in Poland (Warsaw) by the whole class, which then will continue for S2 in France (Toulouse).

Semester 1 - Warsaw

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU1 Basic Electrochemistry BORKOWSKA

1- Electrochemical potential, redox couples, Nernstian equation

2- Electrical properties of phase boundary electrode/electrlotyte

3- Electrode reaction, thermodynamics and kinetics

4- Electroanalytical methods, elchem impedance spectroscopy

5- Electrochemical measurements - practical aspects

TU2 Materials Chemistry PLOCHARSKI

1- Diffusion in solid state

2- Mechanisms and kinetics of solid state reactions

3- Sintering

4- Non-stoichiometric materials

5- Fluids in flow: equations of flow, viscosity; smart fluids

TU3 Solid State Physics for Material Engineering BACEWICZ

1- Basic properties of crystalline structure Engineering

2- Chemical bonding in solids: molecular, ionic, covalent, metallic

3- Defects in solids: point defects, dislocations, interfaces, defect equilibria

4- Energy bands and semiconductors

5- Electric and optical properties of solids

TU4 Ionics in Electrochemistry WIECZOREK

1- Physical and chemical properties of electrolytes

2- Mechanisms of conductivity in liquid, solid and polymer electrolytes

3- Ionic transport modelling, composite electrolytes

4- Electrochemical stability

5- Application in energy storage and conversion devices, basic level

TU5 Mathematics for Chemists and Chemical Calculus (tutorial) MARCZEWSKI

1- Chemical equations,calculus for synthesis, yield

2- Equilibria - constants for different types of reactions,

3- Redox bilance, electrolysis, EMF,

4- Reaction rates, activation energy Arrehius dependence

5- Basic thermodynamics, heat effects of reactions

TU6 English and scientific paper writing  

1- Grammar and structures at CF level

2- Fluency in spoken English

3- Scientific texts - features and rules

4- Live English, conversations and presentations

5- Preparation of reports and papers

TU7 Laboratory Practice BORKOWSKA

1- General chemistry - inorganic equlibria, reaction rate

2- General electrochemistry - electrolytes, conductivity, redox reactions

3- Galvanic cells - assembly and discharge characterisation

4- Structural studies - DSC, X-ray, FTiR and other spectrioscopic techniques

5- Rheology, and other functional properties of matterials


Semester 2 - Toulouse

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU8 Advanced Electrochemistry TZEDAKIS

1- Reversible & irreversible systems (transport in electrolytes, electrochemical kinetics, steady-state voltammetry, macro/micro electrodes)

2- Electro-analytical methods (chrono-ampero, chrono-potentiometry, rotating electrodes, transient state voltammetry...)

3- Advanced electrochemical techniques (EQCM, CME, EIS, PITT, GITT...)

4- Corrosion (definition, galvanic coupling, passivation, general vs localized corrosion, differential aeration, intergranular…)

5 - Protection against corrosion: cathodic protection by sacrificial anodes, cathodic
protection by external current source

TU9 Advanced Solid State Chemistry BARNABE

1- Chimie douce

2- Crystal chemistry

3- Nanostructured Materials

4- Polymer chemistry

TU10 Physical Chemistry of Solids ROZIER

1- Chemical bonds and structures of extended solids

2- Crystal defects and influence on physical properties

3- Diffusion in the solid state

4- Band of Energy in extended solids

5- Electrical properties of solids

TU11 Bibliographic Thesis Project & Scientific English GOUGEON

1- Study of a given topic from the litterature

2- Hands-on training in the Laboratory

3- Lab. Training - mini research project

4- Scientific English lectures

5- How to write a scientific paper

TU12 Application of Surface Treatments to Energy Storage ARURAULT

1- Chemical conversion treatments

2- Electrochemical conversion treatments

3- Anodization: example of Al and Ti metals and alloys

4- Electrochemical deposit of metals and alloys: thermodynamic and kinetics approaches

5- Electrochemical deposit of metals and alloys: Cu, Ni, Zn deposits (direct deposit). Au
deposit (complexation). Al deposit from non aqueous electrolyte,

TU13 Energy Storage and Conversion SIMON

1- Introduction: electrochemistry for energy storage devices

2- Capacitors and electrolytic capacitors

3- Supercapacitors: materials, electrolytes, electrochemical characterizations

4- Primary cells (materials and electrochemistry): Zn / MnO2, Zn/Ag, Zn/Air, Li metal

5- Batteries (materials and electrochemistry): Lead acid batteries and Li-ion batteries. Beyond Li: Li-S andNa-ion


YEAR 2 – Practical & technological

Year 2 is more focused on practical and technological aspects covering all the levels of the value chain (synthesis of materials, assembly of energy storage systems, prototyping, large-scale facilities). Indeed, the third Semester, more applied and focusing on technology, will be spent by students either in Spain (Bilbao), Slovenia (Ljubljana) or France (Amiens) that have recently massively invested on technology transfer and prototyping of material synthesis and battery manufacturing. Semester 4 will be dedicated to a 6-month Master’s Thesis research project within one of the thirty participating organizations in Europe, USA or Australia (Universities and Research Centers of ALISTORE-ERI, companies including BOSCH, UMICORE, RENAULT, TOTAL, E4V, SAFT, SOLVAY).

In addition to scientific and technological modules, during the S1-S4, several modules for soft/transferable skills are provided to students, essential for future careers.

Semester 3 - Common TU

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU14 Structural Characterization of Materials






1- Crystal structures, symmetry, diffraction

2- Phase identification and quantification, use of existing knowledge (databases)

3- Crystal Structure solution-basics

4- Rietveld refinement

5- Basics in Solid State Physics and Theoretical Chemistry

TU15 Thermal, textural and morphological analysis of materials








1- Methods for particle size measurement

2- Thermoanalytical techniques

3- Electron, IR and Raman Spectroscopy

4- Microscopy (optical, electron, scanning probe)

5- Advanced thermal analysis of materials

TU16 Modern techniques for the synthesis of nanomaterials




1- Sol gel technique and precipitation

2- Hydrothermal and templating synthesis

3- Hybrid materials

4- Materials at the nanoscale

5- Application of nanomaterials in energy storage

TU17 Electrochemical Energy Storage




1- Energy : concepts, uses, reserves …

2- Energy Storage devices : description, comparison and selection rules

3- Battery technologies : History, present status, future and research

4- Hydrogen production, transport and classical storage

5- Hydrogen storage in metal hydrides and complex hydrides

TU18 Tools for Bibliography, Fund Hunting and Intellectual Property




1- Bilbiographic search

2- Proposal structure and EU foundings

3- Project monitoring and reporting

4- Patent structure

5- Invention report

TU19 Soft skills and profesional development CHANGEUR

1- Results presentation

2- Results reporting

3- Presentation rhetoric

4- Profesional development

5- Entrepreneurship


Semester 3 - Ljubljana

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU20 Carbon Materials for Energy GENORIO

1- Hybridization and carbon allotropes overview

2- Synthesis and characterization of carbon allotropes

3- Functionalization of carbon materials

4- Carbon nanomaterials for energy conversion

5- Carbon nanomaterials for energy storage

TU21 Analytical Chemistry


1- Statistical evaluation of Analytical data

2- Principles of Gravimetric & Volumetric analysis

3- Electroanalytical methods

4- Spectroscopy Molecular & Atomic

5- Separation methods (GC, HPLC, IC)


Semester 3 - Bilbao

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU22 Large scale facilities for operando studies of energy materials CASAS-CABANAS

1- Large scale facilities in EU and worldwide

2- Electrochemical in-situ/operando measurements

3- Structural studies – in-situ/operando X-ray and neutron diffraction

4- Spectroscopic studies – in-situ/operando X-ray, ion and electron spectroscopies

5- Proposal preparation

TU23 Thermal Energy Storage RODRIGUEZ

1- Thermal energy storage fundamental

2- Development of advanced thermal energy storage materials

3- Development of advanced thermal energy storage concepts


Semester 3 - Amiens

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU24 Li-ion Battery technology







1- Electrochemical characterizations

2- Electrode Formulation

3- Battery modeling

4- Safety & aging

5- Lab cell & prototype assembly (coin cells, pouch cells)

TU25 Energy Conversion




1- Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers

2- Advanced photo-voltaics and photo-electrochemical devices

3- Electro-catalysis, materials degradation & contamination reactions

4- Multiphase transport in porous electrodes

5- Multiscale modeling of next generation batteries and fuel cells


Semester 4 - Master Thesis in Universities, Research Centers or Companies.

TU# TU title Professors FIVE main topics covered
TU26 Master Thesis within a Research Laboratory MASQUELIER  


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