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POLYSTORAGE: European training network in innovative polymers for next-generation electrochemical energy storage

The Initial Training Network POLYSTORAGE-ETN aims to develop high quality training opportunities for 16 early-stage-researchers (ESRs) in the area of “Polymers for Next Generation Electrochemical Energy Storage”.

The final objective is to train materials scientists who will be the future leaders to face some of the upcoming European energy and environmental challenges. Well-balanced combination of fundamental and basic material & polymer science with applied research in advanced energy storage devices is a key aspect of this training network. A comprehensive training programme has been designed at two levels including local activities such as enrolment in PhD programmes, local courses, etc, and network-wide activities such as sectorial secondments, 6 workshops, 2 schools and one final conference. The goal is to exploit the high number of potential synergies between innovative polymers and next generation energy storage technologies such as post-lithium batteries, redox flow batteries, and all-polymer batteries.

POLYSTORAGE gathers together 12 beneficiaries (incl. 2 industries) and 11 partners (incl. 9 industries) internationally renowned for their research and training activities in polymer science and energy storage. The industrial participants will have an active participation in the training activities and exploitation of the project results.

IMDEA Energy will train 2 ESRs within the ETN. One on “Development of conjugated porous polymers with enhanced electrochemical properties”, and the second one on “Development of redox-active colloids/suspensions for semi-solid redox flow batteries”.

Webpage: http://www.polystorage-etn.eu/

Partners: Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena (Coordinator), Universidad del País Vasco; Karlsruher Institut für technologie; Uppsala Universitet; Université Catholique de Louvain; Politecnico di Torino; Fundación IMDEA Energía; Lithops; Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour; Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö; Kemijski inštitut; Energy Storage Solutions; Faam Research Center.
- Partner Organisations: Deakin University; Scania; Toyota Motor Europe; Evonik Creavis; TCI Europe; Calix Europe; Chemspeed Technologies; NETZSCH Gerätebau; University of Ljubljana; Solvionic; Repsol; Tokyo Chemical Industry; Calix Limited.
Funding Institution/Program: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement Nº 860403.
Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 (ETN)
Period: November 2019-October 2023
Principal researcher: Dr. Rebeca Marcilla