Johnson Matthey  - JM (Coordinator)

new JM logoJohnson Matthey plc (JM) is a speciality chemicals company and a leader in sustainable technologies that uses its expertise in advanced materials and technology to innovate and improve solutions that are valued by our customers. JM has 12,500 employees in over 30 countries, and an underlying profit before tax in 2015/16 of £386.3m. Major products include emission control catalysts and systems for vehicles and industry, process catalysts and technology for the oil refining, gas processing and petrochemical industries, fine chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and materials and components for new energy systems including advanced batteries and fuel cells. JM was named as Britain’s “Most Admired Company” in Management Today’s peer voted awards in December 2014.

Linked Third Party Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (JMFC) is a global business dedicated to the supply of high quality fuel cell components for automotive and stationary applications, backed by full research and development efforts. JMFC was formed in 2000 and demonstrates Johnson Matthey’s commitment to fuel cell technology. JMFC’s MEA manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK was completed in 2003; this purpose-built facility uses state-of-the-art, flexible manufacturing methods to produce large volumes of fuel cell components for hydrogen and methanol fuelled systems.

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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG - BMW

B 100 80px 3er RGB72DPIBMW Group is a global manufacturer of premium class automobiles and motorcycles, covering the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. In 2014 ca. 2,167 million automobiles and over 134,000 motor cycles were sold worldwide at total revenues of approximately €67 billion. The BMW headquarters are located in Munich and German production sites include Munich, Regensburg, Dingolfing, Leipzig, Berlin and Landshut. BMW also has major production sites in Austria, South Africa, USA, Great Britain and China.
In Munich, BMW operates its own research and development centre (FIZ, Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum, engl. Research and Innovation Centre), in which approximately 8,500 engineers are developing future cars and are conducting research and pre-development on various types of vehicles, systems and infrastructure designs. BMW Group´s expenditures for R&D summed up to €4.15 billion in 2014. Since BMW has a long tradition in participating in joint research programmes, its associates are very experienced in conducting and participating in national and European funded projects.

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DANA Power Technologies Group – Reinz-Dichtungs GMBH - DANA

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Dana is a leading manufacturer of top-quality vehicle technology solutions that it develops and produces under the Victor Reinz® brand. Dana supplies a full-service range of outstanding products on a global scale, including as sealing, shielding, and valve cover systems for the automotive industry; service parts for the open replacement parts market; gasket materials and special gaskets for industrial applications, alongside components for fuel cells.

REINZ-Dichtungs-GmbH is a subsidiary of DANA Incorporated and employs 1,000 people in Neu-Ulm, Germany

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SGL Carbon GmbH - SGL

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SGL Carbon is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Carbon’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight.
Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Carbon’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Carbon are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.
With 40 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Carbon is a company with a global presence. In 2015, the Company’s workforce of around 5,700 employees generated sales of €1,323 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
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The team "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy" (AIME) at the Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Materials (ICGM) is a joint research unit of CNRS (French National Research Organisation) and the University of Montpellier. It associates competence in innovative synthesis routes to hierarchical materials with tailored architecture and in surface reactivity and the chemistry of interfaces, with complementary theoretical and experimental approaches applied to energy storage and conversion and environmental remediation processes. The perspectives of the research are two-fold: elaboration of original materials enabling emerging energy technologies and the study of the interfacial properties and mechanisms governing exchange of energy and matter at interfaces.
The fuel cells and hydrogen materials and devices research programme at CNRS Montpellier (ICGM-AIME) has been developed over the past 20 years and currently encompasses activities on materials and cell developments for proton exchange membrane and proton ceramic fuel cells, PEM and alkaline electrolysis and hydrogen generation from liquid fuels as well as hydrogen sensors. One driver for this research is the future use of fuel cells in automotive and stationary applications, and the group plays a particularly active role in the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (Joint Technology Initiative).

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Technische Universität München - TUM

TUMTechnische Universität München is the leading German University of Technology with currently more than 39000 students and almost 10000 employees. It is organized into 13 faculties dealing with all areas of modern technology. In TUM’s Munich School of Engineering, Scientists from different faculties carry out collaborative research on energy-related topics, especially in the areas of electric mobility, renewable energy, power plants, and sustainable building technology. Electrochemistry and Catalysis play a large role at the University, and the new Catalysis Research Center was opened recently. There are several working groups directly studying electrochemical topics at the University, and numerous others involved in catalysis, both from experimental and from theoretical viewpoint.
The Department of Informatics is one of the 13 faculties of TUM. The Chair of Robotics and Embedded Systems has several pillars into which its activities can be grouped, among them activities in the area of electromobility. The chair also hosts an Electrochemical Research Group led by Dr. Oliver Schneider that originated from the former Physics Chair E19. The group has strong ties to the Chemistry Department and the Physics Department as well. Dr. Schneider has more than twenty years of experience in electrochemistry. The focus of the research group is on electrochemical materials science and on electrochemical energy conversion and storage. In the group currently activities on the synthesis and characterization of new cathode catalysts for low temperature PEM fuel cells, on fundamental aspects of electrocatalysis and metal ion batteries, and on electrodeposition from ionic liquids are carried out. The methods applied for characterization of samples with local resolution include electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (EC-STM) and the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance technique (EQCM).

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Technische Universität Berlin - TUB

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The Technical University Berlin (TUB) is a tier-one Science and Engineering school.
The Electrochemical Energy, Catalysis, and Materials Science Laboratory at the TUB (head: Prof. Peter Strasser) studies surface electrocatalytic reaction processes at the liquid/solid interface on well-defined extended and nanostructured materials, mainly working on fundamental and applied aspects of obtained materials. Specific tasks include i) wet-chemical synthesis of well-defined and nanoscale metal catalysts as well as noble metal free nitrogen-doped carbon catalysts, and ii) evaluation of the electrocatalytic activity and stability of the new materials. Furthermore, the group has much expertise in the design and preparation of nanostructured particle catalysts of metallic or oxidic nature. The laboratory uses advanced analytical tools to characterise the geometric and electronic structure of new catalyst materials – ex situ and in situ analytical techniques (TPD, Raman, XPS, SAXS). Strong focus has been the use of synchrotron scattering and spectroscopic methods as well as electron microscopy methods to characterise the nanostructured catalytic materials.

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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg – Institute for Microsystems Engineering - IMTEK


The University of Freiburg is an internationally established research entity with excellent scientific background in life science, material science and energy applications. The Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg with an overall number of 18 professorships and more than 200 scientists covers nearly all interdisciplinary areas of expertise in microsystem technology. It is therefore one of the world leading institutes within this innovative and seminal scientific area. A significant focus is on the development of new energy concepts which is for example reflected by the Research Training Group ‘Micro Energy Harvesting’. In the Laboratory for MEMS Applications of Prof. Zengerle there have been several works dedicated to transport processes in microfluidic and nanofluidic systems. The junior research group of Dr. Simon Thiele (Head of Porous Media Group) is attached to Professor Zengerles lab. The key competence of this group is tomographic investigation of materials samples for energy applications.

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Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd - VTT


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT’s activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and from its wide multitechnological knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders. VTT has a staff of 2470 and turnover M€272 (2015).
Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation in numerous European R&D Framework Programme projects and within various thematic programmes. VTT is ranked among the leading European RTOs.

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Pretexo is a small company (EURL) – France created in 2007 by Dr Nathalie Cros. Pretexo has developed various activities to facilitate and improve information sharing, communication and dissemination between partners and towards the public.
Pretexo proposes its skills in various fields such as administrative management, reporting, implementation and maintenance of dedicated project websites and internal project workspaces, and meeting organisation. Pretexo's assistance allows the coordinator and each partner to focus on scientific aspects of the project. Pretexo is currently involved in administrative management and achievement of communication tools (web sites, internal workspaces, workshop organisations) of several European and French National Research Agency funded projects.
Further, Pretexo also provide complete organisational support for scientific international conferences.

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