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Multiscale modelling as an optimization tool of the fabrication process and performance of porous electrodes in batteries
Alejandro A. Franco, Laboratoire de Réactivité et de Chimie des Solides (LRCS), UMR CNRS 7314, Amiens, France
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 Alejandro A. Franco is Full Professor at Université de Picardie Jules Verne, and since October 2016 Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is granted with an ERC Consolidator Grant (European Research Council) with his ARTISTIC project, focusing on the development of a predictive computational platform of the fabrication process of lithium ion battery electrodes. For more than 16 years, first at CEA Grenoble and then at the LRCS lab (UMR CNRS 7314), his research consists at developing multiscale models for the computational simulation of electrochemical energy devices, such as lithium air and lithium sulfur batteries, redox flow and lithium ion batteries and polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Prof. Franco was/is coordinator and/or Work Package leader in several national and european projects, and has ongoing collaborative projects with companies and technology research centers such as Renault, SAFT and IRT-Saint Exupery. He is author of more than 60 publications, 10 invited book chapters, 19 patents, and edited 3 books. He delivered more than 45 Invited Presentations (including keynotes) in international conferences and more than 30 invited seminars (e.g. MIT, ANL, LBNL, Stanford Univ.). He organized 10 international conferences and 2 international schools. His teaching activities include lecture-series he created where he implements new teaching methods using Virtual Reality technology.


Quantified µCT imaging for modelling of flow and mechanics in fibrous media
Stepan Lomov, Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium


 Prof. Stepan V. Lomov is a coordinator of the Composite Materials Group in the Department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven.  His research interests span experimental and theoretical studies of composites and textiles. He is also 

-    Toray Professor (Toray Chair for Composites Materials at KU Leuven) 

-    (Co)author of 550+ scientific papers, including 225+ in SCI journals, cited 4000+ times 

-    Editor of “Non-crimp fabric composites: manufacturing, properties and applications”, Woodheads (Elsevier), 2011, and author of 25+ chapters in books and encyclopaedia, by Elsevier, Springer, John Wileys & Sons 

-    (Co)supervisor more than 20 PhD students at KU Leuven. 

-    Participates in international benchmark exercises on formability and permeability of composite reinforcements 

-    Member of editorial boards of Composite Science and Technology, Textile Research Journal, Mechanics and Industry, Composites and Nanostructures, Journal of Textiles and Fibrous Materials 

-    Member of Executive Councils of the International and European Conferences on Composite Materials (ICCM and ECCM) and scientific committees of ESAFORM, TexComp, CompTest, FPCM conferences. 

-    Coordinator an PI of national (FWO, VLAIO, SIM – Flanders) and European (FP-5,6,7, H2020) projects, and projects directly funded by industry (Asco, Bekaert, Dow, EADS, LMS, Owens Corning, Snecma, Telene, Toray etc) with total funding over €1.5 mio per year

- Developer of software WiseTex and VoxTex, which are used in more than 60 universities and companies.


Characterization of multi-physical transport in porous media for the optimisation of high-temperature thermal applications
Sophia Haussener, Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

  Sophia Haussener is an Assistant Professor heading the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Her current research is focused on providing design guidelines for thermal, thermochemical, and photoelectrochemical energy conversion reactors through multi-physics modeling. Her research interests include: thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, charge transfer, electro-magnetism, and thermo/electro/photochemistry in complex multi-phase media on multiple scales. She received her MSc (2007) and PhD (2010) in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. Between 2011 and 2012, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Energy Environmental Technology Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). She has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and 2 books. She has been awarded the ETH medal (2011), the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award (2011), the ABB Forschungspreis (2012), the Prix Zonta (2015), and the Global Change Award (2017), and is a recipient of a Starting Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2014). She is a deputy leader in the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) on energy storage, serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and acts as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Helmholtz Zentrum.


 Identification of non-Gaussian multi-scale heterogeneity patterns and implications on flow and transport in aquifer systems
Alberto Guadagnini, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,  Politecnico di Milano, Italia

Alberto Guadagnini

 Prof. Alberto Guadagnini (26 October 1964) is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. He has been Professeur Invité at the University of Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France) in 2010, Visiting Professor at the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, in 1997, and 2010 - 2016, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, in 2011. Head of the Doctoral Program in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, Politecnico di Milano. Advised and graduated 15 Ph.D. students, and hosted >10 post-doctoral fellows and many visiting senior scientists.

Ongoing research projects include (i) statistical scaling of hydrological quantities, (ii) stochastic groundwater hydrology, (iii) delineation of wellhead protection regions, (iv) multiscale flow and solute transport in porous media, (v) multiphase flows and enhanced oil recovery.

He has participated in several European Union projects and proposals (Coordinator; Supervisory Board member; and PI/scientist-in-charge). Close collaborations with many research groups in Israel, Europe and the USA.

Published more than 150 research papers in ISI rated, international, peer-reviewed journals, 90 of them over the last 10 years. He is Executive Editor of the Journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, and Associate Editor of the Journals Water Resources Research and Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment.

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