Partners from the North

INRS Professors

Mohamed Chaker, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Plasmas for nanotechnology, micro and nanofabrication

My Ali El Khakani, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Nanostructured materials: nanotubes, nanoparticles, ultrathin films

Daniel Guay, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

Dongling Ma, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Nanomaterials for energy applications

Mohamed Mohamedi, INRS-EMT (website)

  • The Electrochemistry and Micro Energetic Systems Laboratory (EMESL) participates in MATECSS in the framework of nanomaterials and micro-/nano energetic systems for electrochemical and biomedical applications. Our infrastructure (EMESL) covers hydrothermal, chemical vapor deposition and electrochemical techniques and laser ablation (EMT-INRS) for synthesis of free-standing nano/nanostructured electrode materials and micro-Raman spectroscopy, optical microscopy and several electrochemical apparatus for characterization. We will work with MATECSS to create and disseminate educational materials related to energy storage and conversion materials to developing countries, give lectures, participate in workshops, host students and identify new partners.

Roberto Morandotti, INRS-EMT (website)

  • The Ultrafast Optical Processing Group co-directed by Professor Roberto Morandotti is involved in MATECSS due to the development of a variety of Green Photonics Technologies for the reduction of energy consumption. For example, the group investigates next generation of integrated quantum combs that allow low power consumption and applications in fields as important ad quantum optics and quantum computing, with the aim of making computers faster and communications tap-proof. Furthermore, the group uses the Terahertz band for the generation, transmission, detection, and processing of ultra-fast Terahertz modulated signals. The goal is to both increase data transmission speed and to lower power consumption. Moreover, the team of Roberto Morandotti is engaged in integrated photonics to develop low power consuming pulse characterization devices for high repetition rate lasers, such as autocorrelators and spectrometers on a chip. These devices are of high importance towards the realization of cost-effective ultra-fast lasers for telecommunication applications, microsurgery, lidar, and free-space optical communications. Given its broad research interests, the group maintains active collaborations with several foreign partners, including in Mexico, USA, China, UK, Israel and Germany.

Alain Pignolet, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Nanomaterials for energy applications

Jasmin Raymond, INRS-ETE (website)

  • Specialized in geothermal energy, I do research on low to high temperature resources including heat pump systems. I work in collaboration with geothermal system installers, drillers, designers, operators and manufacturers. The objective is to improve understanding of subsurface heat transfer processes to increase performances, maximize profitability, transfer expertise and develop new technologies. My fields of activity are resource assessment, hydrogeological field characterization, drill logging, grouting, ground heat exchanger installation, thermal and hydraulic conductivity testing, sizing heat pumps and numerical modeling of systems.

Andreas Ruediger, INRS-EMT (website)

  • The group of nano electronics-nanophotonics (Prof. Ruediger) participates in MATECSS in the framework of thin film technology for energy conversion and energy-efficient data handling. We focus on sustainable approaches towards material science and we encourage candidates from physics, material science, chemistry and electrical engineering to join us in our interdisciplinary activities. Our laboratory covers all relevant aspects of material science from design to synthesis and from simulation to characterization. Our infrastructure covers hydrothermal techniques and sputtering for synthesis and ambient scanning probe techniques and optical spectroscopy (Raman and fluorescence) for characterization. We have well-established international collaborations with Mexico, the USA, France, and Germany and contacts into various other developing and emerging countries.

Shuhui Sun, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Nanomaterials for energy

Ana Tavares, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Fuel cells

Fiorenzo Vetrone, INRS-EMT (website)

  • Nanomaterials for energy applications


Professors at other institutions from the North

Eric Borguet, Temple University (website)

  • Chemistry and interface physics of new materials, e.g. for energy applications

Alexander Govorov, Ohio University (website)

  • Optical properties of nanostructures

David Kisailus, University of California at Riverside (website)

  • Dr. David Kisailus is the Winston Chung Endowed Chair of Energy Innovation and Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering as well as the Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of California at Riverside. His research interests include biomimetics and bio-inspired materials synthesis of semiconducting materials, structure-functional analyses and biomimetic demonstration of impact and abrasion resistant materials, solution phase precursor synthesis of ceramic and semiconducting materials for photocatalytic membranes, nanoparticle synthesis and self-assembly. Among other topics, the Kisailus lab focuses on gleaning inspiration from biological systems, or directly using biological constructs, to develop / utilize solution-based processes to synthesize nanoscale materials for energy based applications. This includes trying to understand the relationships between the solution precursor, solvent, and solution conditions (e.g., pH, temperature, etc.) on the nucleation and growth of these materials and their resulting structures and performance. The ultimate goal is to be able to leverage lessons from Nature to develop next generation materials for energy conversion and storage as well as for environmental applications.

Christine Luscombe, University of Washington (website)

  • Luscombe is currently a member of the IUPAC Polymer Division Education Committee as well as the IUPAC Green Chemistry Committee. Through these Committees, Luscombe will work with MATECSS to create and disseminate educational materials related to sustainable energy materials to developing countries, and also give lectures related to her research about organic photovoltaics. One specific example of this activity is that Luscombe was a co-chair for the Polymer Symposium at the 5th IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry, which was held at Durban, South Africa, in August 2014. In addition to helping organize this conference, Luscombe visited a number of Universities in South Africa to establish research connections and to give seminars.

Alexandre Merlen, Université de Toulon (website)

  • Dr. Alexandre Merlen (37) is assistant professor at the University of Toulon (France). He is a physicist with a specialty in the field of materials. He is currently working on the interaction between light and nano-materials, in particular for photovoltaics. His skills are spectroscopy, nano-antenna, characterization of nano-materials and numerical calculations of their optical properties.

Rafik Naccache (website)

  • Our research aims to investigate multiple avenues in the synthesis of carbon dots in order to devise methods of preparing highly monodisperse particles with narrow size distributions and specific optical signatures. We focus on the experimental parameters and their impact on the nucleation and growth processes of these carbon dots. In a parallel avenue, we are also interested in the development of multiphoton excited dots specifically for deep tissue imaging applications. Lastly, we also investigate core-shell systems and study synergistic interactions between metallic and luminescent nanoparticles for the design of hybrid multifunctional nanomaterials. To achieve these objectives, we rely on state-of-the-art characterization techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron, steady-state and dynamic optical spectroscopies, to name a few. Our work will allow us to design next-generation luminescent functional nanomaterials and develop the ability to modulate their physico-optical properties for application development in the areas of food safety and smart packaging, multiplexing assays for environmental cleanup, biomarker identification, bacterial and viral sensing, as well as imaging, diagnostics, active targeting and controlled-release drug delivery.

Ivan Mora-Sero, University Jaume I (website)

  • Semiconductors such as hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite materials for LEDs and energy conversion

Cengiz Ozkan, University of California at Riverside (website)

  • Professor Ozkan’s group is working on developing novel batteries and supercapacitors involving new chemistries and electrode architectures. His fundamental research aspects are multi-dimensional, and cover the following areas: improved battery electrode performance by optimization of materials processing parameters; providing high-voltage and high performance supercapacitors by using organic electrolytes; detailed cycle-life analysis of batteries and super capacitors; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine the kinetics of electrode-electrolyte reactions, charge transfer rate of Li-ion species across the electrolyte and diffusion kinetics and mechanisms of Li-ion species into and out of electrodes; and exploring battery/supercapacitor hybrids. Over the last several years, the Ozkan Lab has developed a number of different technologies including the following: i) Li-ion batteries with state of the art carbon anodes based on pillared graphene nanostructures (PGN). ii) Silicon based Li-ion batteries with nano-silicon anodes derived from magnesiothermal reduction of natural beach sand; silicon nanofiber anodes based on electrospinning of tetra-ethyl-ortho-silicate precursors followed by magnesiothermal reduction; and monodispersed nano-sporous silicon spheres based on magnesiothermal reduction of commercial silicon nanoparticle stock. iii) Li-S batteries with cathodes based on core-shell sulphur particles and core-shell sulphur nanofibers, encapsulated in a protective layer including thin oxide shell or graphene nano-carbon shell. iv) Li-ion batteries based on electrospun Ni-NiO nanofiber anodes.

Clara Santato, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (website)

  • Prof. Clara Santato’s research aims at making electronics more sustainable in terms of 1) the energy used during fabrication and 2) waste products. Her group explores the structural, morphological, electrochemical and optoelectronic properties of natural materials (e.g. melanins, indigo, vat dyes) that feature biocompatibility, biodegradability, processability from solution and low-cost. Her group processes the materials in thin film form and assembles thin film devices, selecting geometries suitable to exploit the full potential of the material. The researchers aim at demonstrating low power consumption (or even self-powered) devices, such as those based on the electrolyte gating concept, exploiting the exceptionally high capacitances of electrical double layers at electrolyte/semiconductor interfaces.

Alberto Vomiero, Lulea University of Technology (website)

  • New solar cell and other (nanostructured) materials for energy applications

Yiqian Wang, Vice Dean, College of Physics and Deputy Director, The Cultivation Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University (website)

  • Nanophotonic materials and functional perovskite oxide films