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PhD position funded by ALISTORE European Research Institute

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Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides - UMR CNRS 7314; Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Project details:

The optimization of advanced Lithium Ion Battery (LIB) manufacturing and cell design remains a challenging multi-variable task, subject to constraints like the desired final performance, the availability of raw materials, the cost, the safety, the environmental impact and the recyclability. The roadmap of the large scale European initiative Battery 2030+ highlights these issues and proposes research actions which aims at revolutionizing the way we conceive batteries today. Among them, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to carry out inverse design of materials interfaces is recognized as of paramount importance. The main objective of this PhD is to use AI to unravel interdependencies between manufacturing parameters, electrode properties, cell design and performance and using these algorithms for inverse design in the battery field.

The main objective of this PhD is the development and demonstrate an innovative AI-driven platform able to carry out two complementary tasks: 1) unravel interdependencies between battery manufacturing parameters and electrode properties, cell design and performance; 2) carry out inverse design, i.e. predicting needed electrode properties (e.g. porosity, loading) to reach a desired performance at the cell level, and predicting manufacturing parameters needed to achieve electrodes with such properties.

Specific Objective:

    Set the database infrastructure from the batter characterization data available at LRCS and CIDETEC. Defining data and files standards.
    Build and test AI models used to unravel interdependencies between the manufacturing parameters and the final electrode properties and cell design at different operating conditions.
    Adapt AI to inverse design purposes.


Academic supervisors: Prof. Alejandro A. Franco (LRCS) & Mrs. Elixabete Ayerbe (CIDETEC)

Industrial supervisors: UMICORE’s data science group.

Additional information:

The PhD candidate will be devoted 100% to the Big Data work. Experimental work will be carried out through other common projects between LRCS and CIDETEC. The work plan includes alternating work stays between LRCS (Amiens, France) and CIDETEC Energy Storage (Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain). The thesis expenses are covered by the ALISTORE-European Research Institute.

The hosting institutes:

The Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS) was founded in 1968 and is a mixed research unit of CNRS and Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). LRCS employs more than 100 people representing more than 25 nationalities. LRCS is located in the beautiful city of Amiens, France.

LRCS has a strong expertise on rechargeable battery technologies (lithium-ion batteries, lithium-air, sodium-ion, lithium sulfur, all-solid state batteries, redox flow batteries…) supported on deep expertise on materials synthesis and characterization, electrochemistry, multiscale computational techniques and artificial intelligence tools applied to battery research.

Additionally, LRCS is strongly involved in partnership-oriented research and interdisciplinarity, in particular in the context of the ALISTORE European Research Institute (ERI) (involving more than 10 countries and 20 laboratories) and at the French level through the RS2E network which gathers 17 laboratories, 15 industrial partners and 3 public institutions engaging in rechargeable batteries and supercacitors research. RS2E and ALISTORE-ERI were both founded by the lab’s former director, Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon.

LRCS was/is involved in numerous European projects (FP7/H2020) such as EUROLIS, PUMA MIND, HELIS, POROUS4APP, NAIADES, SONAR...and it is hosting Prof. Alejandro A. Franco's ERC Consolidator project team (ARTISTIC). LRCS is strongly involved, through RS2E, in the core group of the Battery 2030+, the initiative for a long-term large-scale research program towards the European battery of the future.

A leading-edge fundamental research lab, LRCS also seeks to facilitate technology transfer to the industry through RS2E’s pre-transfer equipment (18650 batteries prototyping, safety, upscaling). LRCS is also working closely with companies (Renault, EDF, Solvay, Safran, Umicore…) to give its findings a chance to reach the market and hopefully… your daily life!

CIDETEC Energy Storage is specialised in creating new battery technologies according to specific challenges, and its ultimate transference to the industry. The institute has the capacity to develop complete products and processes and offers material validation, pilot manufacture, pack engineering and battery testing services. CIDETEC overall workforce consists of 180 employees, 95 % of whom are university graduates and 45 % PhD holders. Its volume of activity came up to € 13.1M in 2018. CIDETEC is located in the beautiful city of Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

CIDETEC Energy Storage involves up to 60 specialized researchers distributed into two technological units: Materials for Energy –approx. 2/3 of the workforce with a background of chemistry, electrochemistry and materials- and Systems Engineering - mainly electrical and mechanical engineers. As a result of this approach, CIDETEC Energy Storage cooperates closely with the industry in the context of bilateral, direct contract research and product development projects, both at the National and International level.

CIDETEC Energy Storage is heavily involved in the European batteries community, including several EU level platforms and associations where energy storage and its applications is at the core. We are active member in several industrial and research associations and platforms like the ETIP Batteries Europe, the European Battery Alliance (EBA), EGVIA, EARPA, EMIRI or EERA. In particular, Dr Oscar Miguel, Director of CIDETEC Energy Storage, was appointed Chairman of Working Group #4 on Cell design and Manufacturing within the recently launched ETIP Batteries Europe.

CIDETEC Energy Storage is also regular participant in H2020 European funded projects, frequently from the coordination of international consortia –currently CIDETEC Energy Storage is coordinator of iModBatt, iHeCoBatt, DEFACTO and E-Magic projects. We accumulate more than 15 participations in EU funded R+D battery projects under FP7 and H2020. Finally, CIDETEC Energy Storage is involved as well in the core team of BATTERY 2030+ and in ALISTORE-ERI.

Procedencia EURAXESS
País España
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