National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is an interdisciplinary public research organisation under the administrative supervision of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
The laboratory “Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy” at CNRS Montpellier, Institute Charles Gerhardt (ICGM), is a joint CNRS-University of Montpellier-ENSCM research unit labelled as a Carnot Institute by the French Ministry of Research in recognition of its collaborative research with industry. Its fuel cells, electrolyser and hydrogen research programme has been developed over the past 20 years and the group currently comprises 9 staff members and 12 post-docs and doctoral students. It has a strong international reputation for its contributions to the field of proton conducting membrane development, modification and characterisation, and has pioneered the development of polymer membrane materials for use in the intermediate and high temperature ranges and, more recently, of non-PGM fuel cell and electrolyser catalysts.
Contribution to SunCoChem
Exploiting its expertise in the characterisation of performance and degradation mechanisms of materials in fuel cell and electrolysers and in the development of deposition methods for active reinforcements for ion exchange membranes, in this project CNRS will work on the development of composite transparent bipolar membranes as well as on the preparation and characterization of membrane-electrode assemblies.