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France’s RS2E launches 2nd YESS prize for young scientists in energy storage

France’s RS2E (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie or “research network on electrochemical energy storage”) has launched the second edition of the YESS Award (Young Energy Storage Scientist Award)—a €12,500 prize split between two young innovative researchers/scientists in the field of electrochemical energy storage. This second edition of the award expands eligibility beyond Europe to North American scientists of no more than 35 years of age, holding at least a master’s degree. The prize money is allocated €10,000 to the winner, with the remaining €2,500 to the runner-up.

Participants have to submit an innovative project via an application form. The projects can address (i) the entire field related to electrochemical energy storage, or (ii) associated characterization techniques or (iii) devices coupling an electrochemical energy conversion and storage function.

To give some examples, projects can address issues at a system level (pack, cell, BMS…), at an element level (electrode, electrolyte, current collector…), at a process level and so on. The project can be written in French or English. Applications are due by 27 July.

The winners will be announced during the Batteries 2016 congress in Nice on 29 September 2016.

The winner of the 2015 YESS award was Dr. Gregory Wildgoose of East Anglia University. The jury was unanimous about the innovative quality of his project using frustrated Lewis pairs in a new battery concept.

Initiated in 2011, RS2E is coordinated since by Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon (Collège de France, Paris) and Prof. Patrice Simon (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse), two world-class specialists of electrochemical energy storage.


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