ALISTORE ERI was created in the framework of a 5-year EC funded FP6 Network of Excellence (starting in 2004) and currently federates 19 institutions performing cross cutting high level research in the field of batteries and battery materials.

This adventure was initiated by Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon (France) who was able to put together world class European laboratories in the field to perform collaborative research on the topic.

Since early 2009, ALISTORE ERI is a federative research structure coordinated by CNRS, funded though academic member contributions and the membership fees of 12 companies that joined its associated Industrial Club. Such funds allow developing hand in hand, integrated and collaborative research oriented towards medium-term transfer to industry.


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  • ALISTORE-ERI academics meet twice a year with members of the Industrial Club
  • MESC7 students with Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon (France)
  • MESC Master's Degree, graduation of the 2012/2013 class

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Such long term collaboration has enabled sharing of ideas and resources amongst the diverse partners to provide a larger added value. From 2010 to 2017 the network was led by Prof. Patrice Simon (France) and Dr. M. Rosa Palacin (Spain). Since December 2017, it is headed by Christian Masquelier (France), Robert Dominko (Slovenia) and Patrik Johansson (Sweden), director and deputy directors. The team is composed of CNRS-funded managers, Anne Charbonnier, Administrator and Cédric Chazel, Intellectual Property Manager [see Chart organization].

ALISTORE-ERI academics meet twice a year with members of the Industrial Club to present most recent discoveries and last achievements, discuss perspective trends, build-up collaborative European projects and set up the global scientific and financial policy.

ALISTORE-ERI long term research of the academic leading teams is reinforced by Post Docs and PhD students financially supported by the Industrial Club. 30 positions have been funded since the beginning. This manpower represents 90% of the annual budget.

ALISTORE-ERI structures around thematic research groups focusing on advanced Li-ion and Na-ion battery technologies, electrolytes...

which are supported by transverse characterization platforms (Mossbauer, XPS, NMR...) specifically devoted to battery research... Such an unconventional approach merging basic research and application requirements has given impressive fruit in these 10 years of existence ALISTORE:

  • 2 White Papers (prospective view of a group of academic experts on a specific topic), 
  • around 10 trip reports per year
  • a complete yearly scientific report of 100 pages
  • list of number of papers
  • 16 patent families.
logo-mescALISTORE is also involved in the academic training of the next generation of talented students.

 The Master "Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion" (MESC) was created in 2004 by some ALISTORE partner academic institutions:

Aix-Marseille University (France), University of Cordoba (Spain), University of Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France), University of Toulouse (France), Warsaw Technical University (Poland)
It provides 2-year training in materials science and electrochemistry. The MESC Master
erasmusmunduswas granted with the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Label from the European Commission in 2005 – renewed in 2010 – that enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European Higher Education overseas. Students joining MESC can receive a range of grants from different sources (Erasmus Mundus programme, ALISTORE-ERI and others). About 200 students have been trained so far.

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