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NAIMA project

Na-Ion Materials for non-automotive Applications   

Project : HORIZON 2020

Call : Building a Low-Carbon Resilient Future : Next-Generation Batteries

Topic : LC-BAT-2-2019 : Strengthening EU materials technologies for non-automotive battery storage (RIA)

After the success of NAIADES H2020 European project (01/2015-12/2018) where the first prototype of a sodium-ion battery (SIBs) have been achieved ( https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/a-battery-revolution-in-motion), the development of Na-ion batteries will be further extended through NAIMA project for a duration of three years starting to December 2019.

The goal of NAIMA project is to demonstrate the conception of new generation of high-competitive and safe Na-ion cells as one of the most robust and cost-effective alternatives to the current and future Li-based technologies. Several SIBs prototypes will be tested to provide solid evidences about the competitiveness of the technology in real Energy Storage Systems, ESS environments (renewable generation, industry and private household). IS2M will be involved in this project in task 2 aiming to develop novel hard carbon anodes with improved performances for Na-ion batteries. The work will be undertaken in close collaboration with CIRIMAT, Toulouse ; CEA-Grenoble, National Institute of Chemistry- Slovenia ; IHE Delft Institute-The Netherlands and Biokol Sverige-Sweden.

Coordinator :

TIAMAT, France (the start-up of  French Electrochemical Energy Network, RS2E) : http://www.tiamat-energy.com/


Consortium : NAIMA gather a strong and complementary consortium, including 15 partners from 7 European countries including : 5 R&D organisation (CNRS, CEA, NIC, IHE, VITO), 6SMEs (TIAMAT, BIOKOL, IEIT, GOLDLINE, ACC, ZABALA) and 4 large companies (EDF, GESTAMP, SOLVAY, UMICORE).

Total budget : 8 million €

Project website : to be included

Contact IS2M :

Camélia Ghimbeu : camelia.ghimbeu@uha.fr

ITN project


PHOTO-EMULSION : Towards Next generation Eco-efficient PHOTO and EMULSION Polymerisations

The polymer industry is going through one of the most significant periods of change in its history. Driven by new environmental regulations, the development of eco-e cient processes and zero-VOC products has become an absolute necessity. In this eld, 2 technologies stand out : Polymerisation in dispersed media and Photopolymerisation. To maintain EU leadership in this sector, PHOTO-EMULSION aims at training a next- generation of 8 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) who can push towards new eco-friendly polymerisation processes. Our primary strength is a demanding technical knowledge base bringing together, for the rst time, all disciplines related to these 2 strategic elds. Secondly, we will broaden traditional doctoral training by targeting transferable and specialized skills sought after by the employers, and learned through innovative methods : tandem ESRs, distance language learning, ESR as itinerant science educator, online courses, ESR-led subproject, highly interactive meetings, and industrial secondments. In research, we will develop a “hybrid” next-generation technology based on thiol-ene photopolymerisation in dispersed media. Advanced manufacturing based on photoreactor promises a wave of high sulfur content dispersed products ( lms, nanoparticles, porous networks). Their outstanding properties open the door to applications responding to current Industrial needs such as non-leaching materials, O2 barrier and biobased waterborne coatings, biologically-active particles, hybrid nanosensors and monolithic chromatography column.


PHOTO-EMULSION is a EU-funded “Innovative Training Network” (ITN) project of the H2020 programme.


Led by IS2M (Dr. Abraham Chemtob), it involves a high-quality research network including 8 internationally reputed academic institutions, 4 leading companies and 2 non- pro t organisations. Balanced & EU-wide, its diversity expresses through the participation of 8 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden & Spain), 50 % female scientists-in-charge, and structures supporting gender equality.


Contacts at IS2M : abraham.chemtob@uha.fr






Titre : Recovery of olive oil by-products through bio/hydrochars production for agricultural soil fertilization and environment preservation   

Leaders : Camélia Ghimbeu/Mejdi Jeguirim
Project web site
Résumé : In the Mediterranean region, olive mills produce huge amounts of olive mill wastewaters (OMW) as well as solid wastes (OSW) that are very rich in nutrients (especially K, N and P) and organic matter, respectively. Taking benefits from these two types of liquid and solid wastes in agriculture without health and environmental risks will certainly attenuate the climate changes negative impacts. For this aim, recently, in the frame of a well established collaboration between the French (IS2M and RITTMO) and Tunisian (CERTE) partners, Haddad et al. (2017) established a strategy for the recovery of the OMW. This strategy includes an impregnation of OMW on lignocellulosic biomass (sawdust) followed by a controlled slow pyrolysis step. This innovative strategy proved that it is possible to turn OMW from a pollutant source to green fuels, agricultural water and biofertilizers (nutrient-enriched-biochars) producer. Therefore, FERTICHAR will be the continuity of this innovative work and its main aim will be the environmental and agricultural valorization of nutrients-enriched biochars (slow pyrolysis) and nutrients enriched hydrochars (hydrothermal carbonization) from impregnated OSW (instead of sawdust) by OMW. FERTICHAR includes 5 partners form countries producing very high olive oil amounts : Spain (greatest producer in the world), Greece, Tunisia (greatest exporter) and France. The young researches implicated in this project have complementary roles and multi-disciplinary expertise. FERTICHAR is the first project to develop the use of nutrients-enriched-chars produced from olive mill wastes’ thermal treatment for a sustainable agriculture development and environment protection. The originality of this project is to adapt a complete processing chain, based on an innovative and environmentally friendly solution, to a particular environment challenge taking into account socio-economic aspects. The innovative production practices and measures will be demonstrated in field in the network of production systems. Indeed, nutrients-enriched-chars will be amended to agricultural soils cultivated with olive trees (circular economy concept) and high economical-added-values crops with the main objectives of : i) preservation of the natural resources since the use of synthetic fertilizers will be significantly reduced, ii) carbon sequestration and attenuation of climate changes, iii) growth of soil’s carbon contents, iv) important local socio-economic development thanks to the dynamic implication of the key stakeholders. Nutrients release, and pesticides retention from/by these chars will be modeled by an appropriate geochemical model and its outputs will be confronted to the experimental measures.  FERTICHAR is structured in 7 work packages (WPs). Besides the coordination and quality assurance (WP1), the scientific work, related mainly to the characterization of the produced OMW and OMSW and the derived chars, the valorization of the formers for agricultural and environmental purposes (WP2-6), a separated WP was dedicated to exploitation, communication and dissemination of the main outcomes which are the result of co-generation of knowledge and co-innovation through the active cooperation with key stakeholders (farmers, farmer associations and local/regional actors). The wide geographic coverage of project partners will facilitate the access to international initiatives, pan-European and North African networks dealing mainly with the large sustainable development thematic. Moreover, for maximizing the project impacts, exchange of researchers and students will be also the core activities for innovation transfer. Specific convivial actions and tools (conferences, workshops, website…) will be organized/developed.Finally, the good management and implementation of FERTICHAR will be ensured thanks to active collaboration between the project coordinator, work packages leaders team (WPLT) and an external experienced advisory board.
Acronym : M-ERA.NET

Ultrasensitive sensors for the detection of Lithium Ion Batteries fails  

Leaders : K.Mougin
september 2022 -august 2025

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) represent the largest share of the electrical battery storage of our modern society and are considered to be a valid technology during the next twenty years for plug-in hybrid applications and electric vehicles. One issue in conversion of chemical into electrical energy is that damages such as overcharging lead to fatal composition changes and leaks outside the battery. To respond to the massive societal increasing needs battery safety issues have to evolve to overcome these limitations. 

NanoTRAACES aims to develop a novel combined microchip integrable into LIBs for the detection of electrolyte failures.  A new concept of sensor based on real-time leakage detection with high sensitivity of chemical changes will be fabricated. A rapid detection of battery electrolyte damage will be achieved to prevent unexpected exothermal reactions. The sensor will also be versatile to implement the concept of online chemical surveillance onto new generations of batteries.

Picture credits :  V.Guilly/CEA