The Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS) was founded in 1968 by Michel Figlarz with the aim of inventing new methods for the synthesis of materials by using chimie douce 1 approaches, along with a strong expertise in electron microscopy. The LRCS is a mixed research unit of CNRS and Université de Picardie Jules Verne (UMR 7314). Our lab employed 10 permanent staff members in 1974; in 2016, we are nearly 80.
Combining our expertise in synthesis chemistry, electrochemistry and characterization techniques allows to bring about new solutions to improve energy systems such as rechargeable batteries (lithium-ion batteries, lithium-air, sodium-ion, lithium sulfur, all-solid state batteries…), hydrogen storage, dye-sensitized solar cells. In 2011, the laboratory was evaluated A+ by AERES, the national agency for evaluation of research and higher education laboratories.
LRCS is a research team involving 40 permanent and 34 non-permanent staff members from about a dozen different nationalities. Our CNRS and Université de Picardie Jules Verne researchers are experts in materials synthesis, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, formulation, modelling… Our team performs its tasks thanks to a large array of state-of- the-art equipment for characterization (X-ray diffraction, electron microscopes, spectroscopy/spectrometry devices) and for prototyping (calendering machine, coater, 18650 winder…). All these fields which are essential to innovate in energy storage and conversion!
Additionally, we are strongly involved in partnership-oriented research and interdisciplinarity. This is a strength of our laboratory and a necessity in order to address the challenges of modern research! This is reflected in the sharing of our equipment and exchange of ideas at an international level, at the European level through the Alistore-ERI network over 8 countries (19 laboratories) and at the national level through the RS2E network which gathers 17 laboratories, 15 industrial partners and 3 public institutions engaging in rechargeable batteries and supercacitors research. RS2E and Alistore-ERI were both founded by the lab’s former director, Jean-Marie Tarascon.
A leading-edge fundamental research lab, LRCS also seeks to facilitate technology transfer to the industry through RS2E’s pre-transfer equipment (18650 batteries prototyping, safety, upscaling). We are also working closely with industrials (Renault, EDF, Solvay, Safran, Umicore…) to give our findings a chance to reach the market and hopefully… your daily life!
CNRS research engineer
LRCS (UMR 7314 CNRS/UPJV) is a research lab on energy conversion and storage. At LRCS, 30 experimented scientists and 40 young researchers are working on today’s and tomorrow’s batteries, photovoltaics and hydrogen storage.
1. Chimie douce is a type of chemistry which aims at producing materials at low temperatures, as opposed to
energy-demanding synthesis pathways in classical chemistry