Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France - Coordinator
The team "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy" (AIME) at the Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Materials (ICGM) is a joint research unit of CNRS (French National Research Organisation) and the University of Montpellier. It associates competence in innovative synthesis routes to hierarchical materials with tailored architecture and in surface reactivity and the chemistry of interfaces, with complementary theoretical and experimental approaches applied to energy storage and conversion and environmental remediation processes. The perspectives of the research are two-fold: elaboration of original materials enabling emerging energy technologies and the study of the interfacial properties and mechanisms governing exchange of energy and matter at interfaces.
The fuel cells and hydrogen materials and devices research programme at CNRS Montpellier (ICGM-AIME) has been developed over the past 20 years and currently encompasses activities on materials and cell developments for proton exchange membrane and proton ceramic fuel cells, PEM and alkaline electrolysis and hydrogen generation from liquid fuels as well as hydrogen sensors. One driver for this research is the future use of fuel cells in automotive and stationary applications, and the group plays a particularly active role in the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (Joint Technology Initiative).
Further information on CNRS can be found at http://www.aime.icgm.fr