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Dr. Laurent ANTONI
Techno-economical challenges of H2 microgrid applications

Dr. Laurent Antoni has both Engineering degree (1992) and a PhD on Electrochemistry and Surface Sciences (1996). He started his career as a senior scientist on material sciences at Mittal Group (Arcelor) and joint CEA in 2003. Former Director of the Electricity and Hydrogen for Transportation Division (2013-15) to develop battery and fuel cell technologies for transportation. Furthermore, he is

  • President of N.ERGHY European Association on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells gathering more than 65 members’ universities and research organizations. Member of the Governing Board of the JU FCH2, European Joint technology initiative on H2FC
  • French representative on International governmental agreements at IPHE (International Partnership on Hydrogen Economy) and executive committee member of AFC (Advanced Fuel Cells) of International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • President of the French mirror committee of the Technical Committee on Fuel Cell technologies (TC105) at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

He has contributed to several peer reviewed books and publications.

Prof. Bertrand CORNELUSSE, ULG
Management of electric grids

Prof. Bertrand Cornélusse received the M.S. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in engineering sciences degrees from University of Liège, Belgium, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. His interests lie in the application of optimization and machine learning to energy management applications, such as microgrids, distribution systems and electricity markets. He is now associate professor in “smart microgrids” within the Electrical engineering and Computer Science. Before this he has led the development of the European day-ahead market coupling algorithm Euphemia together with European exchanges, and contributed to several European research projects and research projects funded by the Walloon region of Belgium, such as the GREDOR project that studied the application of optimization and machine learning techniques to improve the planning and operation of electrical distribution systems.

Power electronic management for microgrid applications

Prof. Serge Pierfederici received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Électricité et de Mécanique, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL), Nancy, France, in 1994 and 1998. Since 2009, he has been a Full Professor with the Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France. He is the Author or Co-Author of more than 250 international peer-reviewed journal and conference papers as well as several book chapters and patents. His research interests include the stability study of the distributed power system, the control of dc and ac microgrids, and the design of power electronic converters for specific applications, such as fuel cells and electrolyzer systems. Pr. Pierfederici was the recipient of several IEEE awards.

PEM Fuel Cells – Fundamentals

Prof. Marian Chatenet graduated as an engineer in materials-sciences and a Master in electrochemistry in 1997 from Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP). He defended his PhD in Electrochemistry in 2000 (Grenoble INP) and moved to the University of Minnesota as a post-doc. Appointed associate professor in electrochemistry (2002), he is professor in Grenoble INP/Phelma since 2011. He studies electrocatalysis of complex reactions and activity/durability of electrocatalysts for fuel cell/electrolyzer applications in the laboratory of electrochemistry and physical-chemistry of materials and interfaces (LEPMI). He led the team of interfacial electrochemistry and processes of LEPMI from 2010 to 2020 and the master of electrochemistry and processes at Phelma in the same period. Best young scientist in Electrochemistry of the French Chemical Society (SCF, 2009), he received the Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry on Applied Electrochemistry (ISE, 2010) and was junior fellow of the French University Institute from 2013 to 2018. As of May 10th 2021, he published 171 papers, took 8 patents and delivered 220+ communications in international conferences (50+ invited), his h-index being of 48.

Prof. Vitorio DI NOTO, UNIPD
PEM Fuel Cells – Focus on Electrocatalysts

Prof. Vito Di Noto is Full Professor of Electrochemistry for Energy and Solid-State Chemistry in the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) of the University of Padova, Italy (UNIPD). He is “Fellow of The Electrochemical Society”, he is a “Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow” and he is President of the Electrochemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society. He is the Head of the Section of Chemistry for Technology at DII in UNIPD, and the founder and the team leader of the research group “Chemistry of Materials for the Metamorphosis and the Storage of Energy – CheMaMSE” ( ). Recently he has been ranked among the top 2% scientists in the world as per subject wise analysis carried out by Stanford University. Vito Di Noto is an electrochemist with more than 30 years of experience in the research and development activities of advanced functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices, including primary and secondary batteries running on alkaline and alkaline-earth elements. In the late ‘90s he pioneered the secondary magnesium ion battery and devised breakthrough approaches for the synthesis of electrolytes and electrode materials. He also provided seminal contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of ion conduction in condensed phases. Currently, his research activity is focused on the synthesis and the studies of the structure, relaxation phenomena and electrochemistry of ion-conducting, dielectric and electrode materials. He organized and chaired top-level events in the field of electrochemistry, including the 21st International Conference on Solid State Ionics, several Symposia of the Electrochemical Society, and International Symposia on Polymer Electrolytes. He is in the Editorial Board of several high-impact “peer-reviewed” journals on electrochemistry. He authored/co-authored over 310 papers and 30 patents (13 international and 17 national). h-index = 48 (Google Scholar), more than 7500 citations (June 2021).


Prof. Frédéric MAILLARD, LEPMI
PEM Electrolyzer

Prof. Frédéric Maillard is a Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. His research interests are centred on the fundamental materials science and catalysis of electrified solid  liquid interfaces, in particular for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and proton-exchange membrane water electrolyzers (PEMWEs). He combines electrochemistry to other physical and chemical techniques (infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray absorption, X-ray scattering) to unveil structure – electrocatalytic activity – stability relationships in these devices. Frederic has published 118 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as 8 book chapters and 13 conference proceedings and has given 175+ conferences in international conferences (50+ invited). He has been awarded several prizes, including the Prize on Applied Electrochemistry of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2011), the Young Researcher in Electrochemistry Prize of the French Section of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2015) and the Young Researcher in Catalysis Prize of the French Society of Chemistry (2016).

Dr. Giuseppe SDANGHI, CEA
H2 and electrochemical storage

Dr. Giuseppe Sdanghi obtained his MSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Naples, in Italy in 2014. Since 2019, he is Ph.D. in Material Chemistry of the University of Lorraine, France. Dr. Sdanghi has been working on hydrogen production from biomass and wastes, on hydrogen storage technologies and on the development of electrochemical models for Fuel Cells. He is currently Research Engineer at the ICMCB of Bordeaux, and an external collaborator at the CEA-Liten, Grenoble.

Dr. Matthieu URBAIN, UL
H2 and electrochemical storage

Dr. Matthieu Urbain received the Engineering degree in power electronics from the National Electrical and Mechanical Engineering School, Nancy, France, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France, in 2009. From 2008 to 2012 he worked in the industrial sector at Converteam as an engineer on power electronics. Since 2012 he is an associate professor at the University of Lorraine, France. His current research interests include high power density converters and microgrids power management.

Dr. Thierry BOILEAU, UL
Power electronics challenges related to hydrogen technologies

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Dr. Thierry BOILEAU, UL
Power electronics challenges related to hydrogen technologies

Prof. Francois Lapicque is a CNRS research professor in chemical engineering in Nancy, France (CNRS – University of Lorraine), more particularly on electrochemical processes for energy conversion and resource beneficiation. In the domain of energy conversion, F. Lapicque’s small group in Nancy (Dr. Caroline Bonnet, Prof. Stéphane Raël) has been active in fuel cell (FC) technology, with special interest in degradation phenomena of FC components, and solutions to improve their durability and efficiency. For FC durability and efficiency aspect, collaborations with colleagues specialist in material scientists allowed successful joined projects in various programmes. Year-long collaborations with German research centres (R. Bosch) or Universities e.g. Stuttgart for development of solid oxide fuel cell system for stationary applications, or more recently with Offenburg in the development of a novel spectroscopic technique for precise investigation of mass transfer phenomena in membrane fuel cells. Last but not least, the group has been working for a few years on hybrid sources formed by direct hybridisation of a fuel cell to storage elements e.g. supercapacitors for little energy demanding automobile transport in suburban areas, with undersized fuel cells, lower costs and hydrogen consumption.

Dr. Shengzhao PANG, UL
Workshop on microgrid and FC management systems

Dr. Shengzhao Pang received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, in 2016, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France, in 2020. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Laboratoire Énergies et Mécanique Théorique et Appliquée (LEMTA), UMR 7563 CNRS – Université de Lorraine, Vandœuvre, France. He mainly focuses on the research of control, stability studies, and energy management of microgrids for electrified transportation, especially incorporating renewable energy systems such as fuel cells. Dr. Pang was the recipient of the IACC First Prize Paper Award of the IEEE Industry Applications Society in 2020.

Dr. Sifeddine BENHAMED, UL
Workshop on microgrid and FC management systems

Dr. Sifeddine Benhamed received his Engineering degree in Automatic Control from Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, Algeria, in 2016, and his M.Sc. degree in Control Theory and its Applications from Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France, in 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the University of Lorraine, CRAN, Nancy, France, in February 2021. He is currently a teaching and research assistant at the University of Lorraine, France.

Dr. Jérôme DILLET, UL
Workshop on numerical study – PEMFC manufacturing, testing and characterization

Jerome DILLET is a CNRS research engineer at the LEMTA laboratory working in the Hydrogen and Electrochemical Systems (HES) team since 2007. He is supervisor of the HES experimental platform (4 rooms with 12 experimental test benches) and he works with approximately 15 people of the team. His scientific activities are focused on electrochemical systems for energy conversion, mainly based on hydrogen. He designs and constructs instrumented cells and their environment to do in-operando and non-intrusive experiments. He is developing techniques for characterizing transfer phenomena (matter, heat and charge) using these segmented and instrumented cells. This special expertise is nationally and internationally recognized by the scientific community. He has 55 peer-reviewed papers as (co-)author. He has a good expertise’s in mechanics, thermic, informatics, electrochemistry, electrical engineering, and electronics.

Flow batteries

Dr. Mathilde Cazot is an electrochemical engineer, who graduated from Grenoble INP – Phelma and KTH (Sweden) in 2015; she holds a PhD in Mechanics and Energetics from Université de Lorraine. She joined the startup KEMIWATT in 2015 to develop an innovative organic redox flow battery, dedicated to store energy on the grid to support the renewable energy integration.

H2 microgrid applications for marine technologies

Dr. Mehdi Zadeh is an associate professor of hybrid power systems at NTNU Department of Marine Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from NTNU. Before joining NTNU-Marine Technology, he worked in the industry on the development of automotive battery charging systems. At NTNU, he is conducting research and education in the field of marine electric and hybrid power systems. He is leading the Marine Electrification Research Lab (MARIT) and managing several R&D projects related to the electrification and hybridization of marine vessels.

H2 microgrid applications for aerospace technologies

Dr. Sofyane ABBOU joined Safran Power Units in 2020 as a Fuel Cell Stack Designer, within R&T Demonstrator Department. Sofyane received his PhD in 2015 specializing in PEM fuel cell degradation during fuel starvation events from Lorraine University, France (LEMTA Laboratory). In 2017, Sofyane joined Michigan Tech University as a postdoctoral fellow to work on water transport in PEMFC porous media. From to 2018 to 2020 Sofyane moved to Grenoble University, France (LEPMI Laboratory) joining a national project aiming to understand degradation mechanisms of electrocatalyts used in PEM Water Electrolyzer. His main areas of professional interest include: Fuel cells, PEM Electrolysis, applied electrochemistry and decarbonizing aviation. His current focus at Safran is on developing fuel cell demonstrator for propulsive and non-propulsive aeronautical applications.

Dr. Julia MAINKA, UL
Quizz (Kahoot!)

Dr. Julia Mainka is an assistant professor at the University of Lorraine and head of the research group “Hydrogen and Electrochemical Systems” (HES) at LEMTA. She obtained her MSc in Physics in the international program SaarLorLux between the University of Saarland (Saarbrücken, Germany), the University Henri Poincaré (Nancy, France) and the Centre Universitaire du Luxembourg (Luxembourg). She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanics and Energetics from the University Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France. After a post-doctoral position at the LNCC in Petrópolis (Brasil), she obtained an assistant professor position at the University of Lorraine in 2013. Her research concerns modeling and characterization of electrochemical systems mostly based on hydrogen, such as PEMFCs and supercapacitors. She is head of the research group HES at LEMTA since 2018.

Heathcliff DEMAIE, UL
Quizz (Kahoot!)

Heathcliff Demaie has a background in physics and mechanics and is a graduate of ENSTA-ParisTech. After 16 years as a research engineer and project manager in various industrial companies, he joined the Université de Lorraine in 2016 to manage a research program dedicated to Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. He is the UL representative in several European and national institutions (Hydrogen Europe Research, EERA – Joint Program Hydrogen, France Hydrogen, …) and has participated in the development of a cluster of companies, local authorities, and research institutions involved in the hydrogen sector at the regional level. He is also the vice-chair of an Erasmus Mundus Master dedicated to Decentralized Smart Energy Systems (DENSYS).