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Synthesis of organic tailor-made macromolecular materials for solid organic battery

ABG-120555 Thesis topic
2024-02-21 Public funding alone (i.e. government, region, European, international organization research grant)
Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides
Amiens - Les Hauts de France - France
Synthesis of organic tailor-made macromolecular materials for solid organic battery
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Materials science
Organic Chemistry, Organic materials, Organic battery, electrochemistry

Topic description

General context

Over the past few decades, the world has witnessed a revolution in energy storage development: Li-ion batteries. However, this rapid progress also comes with a major challenge in the context of sustainable development, namely compensating for the limited availability of mineral materials and the energy cost of their extraction from the earth's crust. Through this PhD Scholarship, we are seeking to promote the use of a new generation of organic materials in order to offer fewer impacting alternatives for energy storage. The potential of organic chemistry is immense, thanks to low energy costs and rich and versatile synthetic route that allow the creation of tailor-made organic materials.[1],[2] Despite these advantages, organic materials do encounter some obstacles, such as their solubility in organic electrolytes and their low conductivity, necessitating respectively electrolyte engineering and the excessive use of carbon black.

Objective of the PhD project

Within the framework of this 3-year doctoral contract, the SPIDER project aims to explore the innovative use of tailor-made electroactive macromolecules as electrode materials for solid organic electrode and associated batteries. The objective of the thesis is to focus on new advanced macromolecular materials with controlled solubility and architecture. Project is divided in three interconnected tasks which are: Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of electroactive macromolecules, Advanced characterization of organic-based materials and evaluation of electrochemical properties in battery configuration of synthesized compounds.


[1] Sébastien Gottis et al, Voltage Gain in Lithiated Enolate-Based Organic Cathode Materials by Isomeric Effect, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (2014), 6, 10870−10876

[2] Matthieu Becuwe et al, Toward Conductive Additive Free Organic Electrode for Lithium-Ion Battery Using Supramolecular Columnar Organization,  Small (2024), 20, 2305701

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Public funding alone (i.e. government, region, European, international organization research grant)

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National funding

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Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides

LRCS (UMR CNRS/UPJV 7314) is a joint research laboratory of CNRS and the University of Picardie Jules Verne, focusing on energy storage and conversion. At LRCS, 30 experienced scientists and 40 young researchers work on batteries for today and tomorrow, as well as photovoltaics and hydrogen storage.

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Doctorat de Chimie

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Candidate's profile

For this ambitious and promising project, we are looking for a passionate, dynamic and motivated organic chemist to synthesize and characterize new macromolecular materials for organic batteries. As a consequence, very good experience in organic chemistry, multi-step synthesis and characterization of these materials (NMR, TG-DSC-MS, IR and X-ray diffraction) is mandatory. Prior experience in electrochemistry and in the characterization of polymers, supramolecular interactions, polymer electrolyte engineering, electrode formulation and cell assembly would be an advantage. An ability to communicate results clearly and concisely is preferred (French, English B2).

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