The Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS) has now more than 50 years. It had been created in 1968 by Professor Michel FIGLARZ, well-known expert in new materials synthesis in solution and by « soft chemistry 1 », LRCS developed very early a strong skills in electronic microscopy. With the arrival of Professor Jean-Marie TARASCON in 1994, the LRCS turned towards materials for conversion and energy storage.
Since 2000, LRCS became a Mixt Unity of Research of CNRS and University of Picardie Jules Verne (UMR 7314). In 1974, our laboratory hosted a dozen people; we are over a hundred in 2019. Since 2008, LRCS is under the direction of Mathieu MORCRETTE.
The addition of our abilities in synthesis chemistry, electrochemistry, materials formatting and characterization techniques allow us to offer new solution to improve energy storage and conversion’s systems such as refillable batteries (lithium-ion, lithium-air, lithium- sulfur, sodium-ion, all solid...), hydrogen storage or dyed photovoltaic cells. We are studying and synthesizing materials (inorganic, organic and polymer) constituting those systems until their possible industrial application.
Within the Energy HUB, LRCS is hosting since February 2017 a team of researchers, teachers, technicians and administrative of around 20 different nationalities (36 permanents and 65 non-permanents). Our researchers and teachers-researchers from CNRS and UPJV are specialists in materials synthesis, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, formulation and multiscale modelling. Our team are obtaining their objectives thanks to our high level equipment’s in characterization (diffraction X, electronical miscroscopy, spectroscopy/spectrometry, photophysics measures …) and in prototyping (calander, coating machine, and winding machine of battery 18650…). All those expertises are essential to be innovative in energy storage and conversion!
LRCS is also involved in partnership research and interdisciplinary. This is one of the LRCS strength and a need to face modern research! This involve a sharing of equipment’s and several international collaboration with the Alistore-ERI network (8 countries, 24 laboratories) and national with the RS2E network bringing together 17 laboratories, 15 industrials and 3 public institutions to structure French research on batteries and super-capacitors. RS2E and Alistore-ERI networks had been created by the former director of the laboratory, Jean-Marie Tarascon and are currently respectively driven by Jean-Marie TARASCON (Collège de France), Patrice SIMON (CIRIMAT Toulouse) and Christian MASQUELIER (LRCS). LRCS is also deeply involved in several training in Licence, Master and Ph-D from UPJV, in particular with the CMI (Cursus Master Ingénierie) from UFR of Sciences and an ERASMUS Mundus master (MESC+), which is a Chemistry Master specialization.
As a high quality laboratory, LRCS would also like to facilitate the research technology transfer to Industry thanks to the vivacity of the RS2E pre-transfer platform (Batteries prototyping 18650, security, materials synthesis upscale). We are closely working with Industrial partners such as RENAULT, SAFT, EDF, SOLVAY, UMICORE, MERCEN … to share our discoveries for the benefit of everyone on a daily basis.
Amiens, 13th June 2019
Mathieu MORCRETTE, IR CNRS
Director of LRCS