mESC-School 15


François Béguin,
Capacitive energy storage systems
Meltem Sezen 
Focused ion beam microscopy
Darren Brooom,
Measurements of hydrogen storage in solids 
Enrico Traversa
Materials for solid oxide fuel cell
Torben R. Jensen
Overview:techniques of material characterization
Rachid Yazami,  
Electrode and electrolyte materials for Li -ion batteries
Y. Eren Kalay 
Advanced techniques in electron micoscopy
Olena Zavorotynska 
Characterization of Energy-Related Materials with Vibrational Spectroscopy
Dag Noreus, Stockholm University
Materials for electrochemical hydrogen storage
Andreas Züttel
Energy Storage and Conversion
“Hydrogen storage”
Luca Pasquini 
Kinetics and thermodynamics of hydrides
Andreas Züttel
“From hydrogen to hydrocarbons”

Professor François Béguin
Poznan University of Technology

Capacitive energy storage systems”

François Béguin who was Professor and leader of the Energy&Environment Group in Orléans University (France) till 2011, is now Professor in Poznan University of Technology (Poland), where he has been awarded the WELCOME stipend from the Foundation for Polish Science. His research activities are devoted to chemical and electrochemical applications of carbon materials, with a special attention to the development of nano-carbons with controlled porosity and surface functionality for applications to energy conversion/storage and environment protection. The main topics investigated in this team are lithium batteries, supercapacitors, electrochemical hydrogen storage, reversible electrosorption of pollutants. He owns several patents related with the synthesis of nano-structured carbon materials (nanotubes, carbons from seaweeds, etc) and their use for electrochemical systems. He published more than 260 papers in high impact international journals and his works are cited in more than 12500 papers. His Hirsch Index is 52. He is also involved in several books dealing with carbon materials and energy storage. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Carbon Conferences and chairman of the Advisory Board for the international conferences on Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection (CESEP). He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Carbon. Till 2012, he has been  Director of several national programmes (Energy Storage – Stock E, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – HPAC, electricity management – PROGELEC) in the French Agency for Research (ANR)

Dr. Darren Brooom
Hiden Isochema

” Measurements of hydrogen storage in solids” 

Dr. Darren Broom has been working for Hiden Isochema since 2007 and has written a book on “Hydrogen storage materials: the characterisation of their hydrogen storage properties” (Springer, 2011).  His PhD at the University of Salford (1997-2002) involved the characterisation of metal hydride battery electrode materials using a range of techniques, including neutron scattering. From 2004 to 2007 he was a Research Fellow at the EC JRC Institute for Energy in Petten (Netherlands) where he helped establish a hydrogen storage material testing laboratory.

Professor Torben R. Jensen
Aarhus University

“Overview:techniques of material characterization”

1993 M. Sc. in chemistry and physics University of southern Denmark, Odense University (SDU).  1994-1995 Assistant Professor (Adjunkt) at Rosborg Amtsgymnasium, Vejle. Pedagogical education for high school teachers in chem. and phys. (Gymnasieskolens teoretiske og praktiske pædagogikumudd i kemi og fysik). 1995-1998 Ph. D. degree in materials chemistry from SDU (defended 27/1-1999). 1998-2000 Post doc (Projektforsker) Condensed Matter Physics and Chemistry Dept. Risø National Laboratory.  2000-2001 Research Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus (UA) 2002-2005 Research Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry, UA. Steno stipend from SNF. 2005-2007 Research Associate Professor at Dept. of Chem., UA. stipend from CarlsbergFondet

Professor Y. Eren Kalay 
Middle East Technical Univertsity

“Advanced techniques in electron micoscopy”

Eren kalay has obtained his B.Sc. and M Sc. Degree from METU and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Prof Eren Kalay has interest in a variety of material characterization techn iques . This includes TEM , SEM  and   in-situ experiments  using synchaotron  radiation

Professor  Dag Noreus,
Stockholm University

 “Materials for electrochemical hydrogen storage”

Dag Noréus is a professor in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University. He earned his PhD degree in reactor physics in 1982 at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and completed his postdoc at Daimler-Benz, Metal Hydride Laboratory, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1983. Noréus became a researcher in 1984 and a professor in 2000 in the Department of Structural Chemistry, Stockholm University. His research interests include x-ray diffraction, elastic and inelastic neutron scattering, and electrochemistry focusing on the understanding of metal-hydrogen interaction in metal hydrides and electrodes.

Dr. Luca Pasquini
Bologna University

 “Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Metal Hydrides”

Luca Pasquini obtained the Master degree in Physics at the University of Bologna in 1994, summa cum laude. He gained the Ph.D. title in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Bologna in 1999, discussing a thesis on the synthesis, mechanical and magnetic properties of nanostructured materials. Afterwards he performed a research stage of six months at the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics and Max Planck Institut fuer Metallforschung) studying structural stability and diffusion processes in nanophase materials by positron annihilation and radiotracer analysis, in collaboration with Prof. H.-E. Schaefer’s group. He returned in Bologna with research fellows granted by the National Institute for the Physics of Matter and by the University of Bologna. During this period of about five years he carried out research activity on the synthesis, structural analysis and physical properties of advanced nanostructured materials. He spent six months as visiting scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, working on applications of Nuclear Resonant Scattering techniques to the study of magnetism and lattice dynamics in nanocrystalline metals and composites.

Dr. Meltem Sezen
Sabanci University

“Focused Ion Beam Microscopy”

Meltem Sezen received her PhD degree from Institute for Electron Microscopy of Graz University of Technology, Austria in 2009. She then continued working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy (ZFE) since 2011. She is currently working as a researcher at the Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM). Her primary research interests include Focused Ion Beam technologies; Dual-Beam (FIB-SEM) instruments; correlative electron/ion beam irradiation damage analysis on conjugated polymers and organic semiconductors; nanocharacterization, nanomodification and nanostructuring of organic optoelectronic devices, nano-scale prototyping and machining using in-situ dual-beam applications, FIB based tomography and advanced TEM sample preparation techniques, Raman Spectroscopy and Wavelength-Dispersive Spectroscopy.

Professor Enrico Traversa,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

“Materials for solid oxide fuel cell”

Professor Enrico Traversa’s research interests are wide ranging within the general framework of nanostructured materials for sustainable development including energy, environment, and healthcare. Majority of his recent research activity has been on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), including chemically stable proton conducting oxide electrolytes, miniaturized SOFCs, hydrocarbon-fueled SOFCs, and reversible SOFCs for energy storage. He is also interested also in the biological interactions of materials, investigating redox-active oxide nanoparticles with pharmacological potential, novel strategies for drug delivery, and novel scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering elucidating the role of mechanical and biological cues. He has authored more than 500 scientific papers, with over 330 published in refereed international journals, has 16 patents, and has edited 30 books and special issues on journals. He is listed in the Essential Science Indicators/Web of Science as a highly cited researcher, both in the Materials Science and Chemistry categories, and has an h-index of 49.

Dr. Rachid Yazami,  
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 

“Electrode and elctrolyte materials for Li ion batteries”

Dr. Rachid Yazami, a native of Fez, Morocco, received his MS in electrochemistry and PhD in graphite intercalation compounds for lithium batteries at France’s Grenoble Institute of Technology, and then began his career at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), also in Grenoble, where he rose to research director. He has been a visiting associate in materials science and chemistry at Caltech, in collaboration with JPL/NASA, for 10 years, and in 2010 joined the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore as a visiting professor in materials science. His current research addresses lithium batteries and “beyond lithium” future battery technologies, including liquid anode alkali metal-air and fluoride-ion batteries.
He is a founder of CFX battery, Inc. (now Contour Energy Systems), a primary and rechargeable lithium and fluoride battery start-up in Azusa, California; director of energy storage programs at the Energy Research Institute; and principal investigator of battery research at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) Center for Electromobility, jointly managed by NTU and the Technological University of Munich. In 2011 he founded KVI PTE, Ltd., a start-up in Singapore dedicated to battery life and safety enhancement for mobile electronics, large energy storage, and electric vehicle applications. In 1979–1980 Yazami invented the lithium graphite anode, now used in commercial Li-ion batteries, a $15 billion/year business. He is listed as inventor on more than 70 patents related to battery technology, including nano-Si- and nano-Ge-based anodes for ultra-high rate charge lithium batteries, the lithium-carbon fluoride battery for space and medical applications, and more recently liquid anodes. He has coauthored more than 250 papers on batteries and their materials and systems. He has received scientific awards including from NASA, NATO, IBA, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, IEEE. In 2014 Yazami was the co-recipient of the Draper Prize granted by the National Academy of Engineering in Washington DC for his pioneer developemnt of lithium ion batteries.. The Draper is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Engineering.

Dr. Olena Zavorotynska 

“Characterization of Energy-Related Materials with Vibrational Spectroscopy”

Dr. Olena Zavorotynska obtained her Specialist degree in Physics from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2006. She continued her studies in the University of Turin (Università degli Studi di Torino), Italy, where she earned her PhD degree in Materials Science in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. G. Spoto in the Spectroscopy group of Prof. A. Zecchina. During her doctorate studies, she worked on hydrogen storage via adsorption in porous materials. The work was mainly focused on characterization of the materials’ surfaces (zeolites, MOFs, polymers) with variable-temperature vibrational spectroscopy of probe molecules, and enhancement of the adsorption properties of these materials. In 2010-2012 she worked as the research assistant in the University of Turin, studying metal borohydrides for hydrogen storage applications. She continues this research at present at the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway, where she works as post doctorate fellow since 2012 in the group of Prof. B. C. Hauback. She is an author and co-author of ~20 publications in the international peer-reviewed journals dealing mainly with characterization of energy-related materials.

Professor Andreas Züttel,
EMPA-EPFL, Switzerland

“Energy Conversion  and  storage ”
“Hydrogen storage”
“From hydrogen to hydrocarbons”

Andreas Züttel obtained engineering degree in Chemistry, Burgdorf(1985), Diploma in Physics from the University of Fribourg (UniFR) (1990), Dr. Rer. Nat. From science faculty UniFR. In 1994, he was a postdoctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA. He then returned to the University of Fribourg to join the Physics Department as a lecturer. Professor Züttel has also been an external professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, a guest professor at IMR, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and a visiting professor at Delft Technical University, The Netherlands. He is also the president of the Swiss Hydrogen Association “HYDROPOLE“. Prof. Züttel has been the head of section “Hydrogen and Energy” at EMPA since 2006 and recently being appointed Professor of Chemical Physics in the School of Basic Sciences (SB) in EPFL.