Technology and Material Research

Our Research

The results of technology and material research during the course of the four-year project will be applied for different uses, including energy storage and chemical catalyst. POROUS4APP project is based on the fabrication of functional nanoporous carbonaceous materials at pilot plant scale from natural renewable resources. This fabrication will represent a major step forward towards the mass-production of advanced and innovative materials.

Our technology and material research is making materials of the future available to various industries and can be read in our project brochure.


  1. Stochasticity of Pores Interconnectivity in Li-O2 Batteries and Its Impact on the Variations in Electrochemical Performance Amangeldi Torayev, José Alexis Rucci, Pieter M. Magusin, Arnaud Demortiere, Vincent De Andrade, Clare P. Grey, Céline Merlet, and Alejandro A. Franco. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Just Accepted Manuscript. Publication Date (Web): January 17, 2018
  2. Sustainable polysaccharide-derived mesoporous carbons (Starbon®) as additives in lithium-ion batteries negative electrodes J. Mater. Chem. A., Issue 46, 2017
  3. Multiscale Simulation Platform Linking Lithium Ion Battery Electrode Fabrication Process with Performance at the Cell Level  Alain C. Ngandjong, Alexis RucciMariem MaizaGarima ShuklaJorge Vazquez-Arenas, and Alejandro A. Franco. J. Phys. Chem. Lett.20178 (23)
  4. Prevalence of trans-Alkenes in Hydrogenation Processes on Metal Surfaces: A Density Functional Theory StudyJavier Navarro-Ruiz, Damien Cornu, Núria López, American Chemical Society, 2018, 25339-25348,(10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b06880).
  5. Alginic acid aquagel as template and carbon source in the synthesis of Li4Ti5O12/C nanocomposites for application as anodes in Li-ion batteries, S. Kim, J. G. Alauzun, N. Louvain, N. Brun, L. Stievano, B. Boury, L. Monconduit, P. H. Mutin*, RSC. Adv. 2018. 8, 32558-32564.
  6. Green electrode processing using seaweed-derived mesoporous carbon additive and binder for LiMn2O4 and LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 lithium ion batteries, S. Kim*, M. De bruyn, J. G. Alauzun, N. Louvain, N. Brun, D. J. Macquarrie, L. Stievano, B. Boury, P. H. Mutin, L. Monconduit, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, 3, 450-406.
  7. Alginic acid-derived mesoporous carbonaceous materials (Starbon®) as negative electrodes for lithium ion batteries: importance of porosity and electronic conductivity, S. Kim*, M. De bruyn, J. G. Alauzun, N. Louvain, N. Brun, D. J. Macquarrie, L. Stievano, B. Boury, P. H. Mutin, L. Monconduit*, J. Power Sources, 2018, 406, 18-25.
  8. Alginic acid-derived mesoporous carbon (Starbon®) as template and reducing agent for the hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous LiMn2O4 grafted with carbonaceous species, S. Kim, M. De bruyn, J. G. Alauzun, N. Louvain, N. Brun, D. J. Macquarrie, L. Stievano, B. Boury, L. Monconduit, P. H. Mutin*, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6,14392-14339.
  9. Acetic anhydride as oxygen donor in the non-hydrolytic sol-gel synthesis of mesoporous TiO2 with high electrochemical lithium storage performances, Y. Wang, S. Kim, N. Louvain, J. G. Alauzun, P. H. Mutin*, Chem. Eur. J. 2019, in press. (10.1002/chem.201806073)
  10. Dehydration of alginic acid cryogel by TiCl4 vapor: a direct access to mesoporous TiO2@C nanocomposites and their performance in lithium ion batteries. Kim, S.; De bruyn, M.; Alauzun, J. G.; Louvain, N.; Brun, N.; Macquarrie, D. J.; Stievano, L.; Mutin, P. H.; Monconduit, L.; Boury, B., ChemSusChem 2019, accepted for publication.


  1. Procédé de préparation d’un matériau composite LTO/carbone utilisé comme matériau d’électrode négative pour batterie Li-ion. Kim, S.; Alauzun, J. G.; Louvain, N.; Brun, N.; Stievano, L.; Monconduit, L.; Mutin, P. H.; CNRS-UM-ENSCM-RS2E, FR 18 55066, 11/06/2018.