Alejandro A. Franco

Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission of France (CEA)/LITEN, France


Alejandro A. Franco is the Head of the Modeling Group, which includes 12 staff members, at the Department of Electricity and Hydrogen for Transport Applicaitons, CEA-LITEN. Dr. Franco has been developing since 2002 recognized pioneering contributions in the field of multiscale physical modelling (from ab initio to CFD) of electrochemical systems such as PEM Fuel Cells, PEM Electrolyzers, and Energy Storage devices (batteries and supercapacitors). He is working as a Package Leader in several French and international projects and as a Coordinator of one European project. He has numerous ongoing scientific collaborations with international level research institutes and industry. His scientific interests include physical electrochemistry, electrochemical degradation processes (catalyst nanoparticles dissolution and ripening, catalyst support corrosion, ion conducting polymers, etc.), nonequilibrium thermodynamics, transport processes in complex media, quantum mechanics, materials modeling, multiscale modeling methods, and numerical simulation of complex physicochemical systems. Dr. Franco got his Ph.D. degree in 2005 and his Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) in 2010. In 2005, he was the finalist of the Young Scientist Award provided by the International Society for Solid State Ionics. He is the author of around 100 international scientific communications (publications in peer-reviewed journals, books chapters, books edited, and international conference presentations), and he gave several invited seminars in first class research institutes and universities, including Stanford University and the National Research Council of Canada. He is also the organizer of international symposia on physical modeling of electrochemical systems within the context of the annual meetings of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), such as Nice (2010), Niigata (2011), and Prague (2012).

Biography Updated on 30 December 2012

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