1. HIGHTHERM 2018-2023 (ANR)
  2. CLIMATE 2018-2022 (ANR)
  3. DUVNANO 2019-2023 (ANR)
  6. NANOLETSGO 2023-2027 (ANR)

Projects details below:


This project is focused on thermoelectric materials with potential industrial applications at very high temperature, from 600°C to 1000°C and possibly higher, to harvest waste heat and convert it into usable energy. This particular temperature range targets the steel, non-ferrous, ceramics and glass industries that use a lot of energy, 50% of which being lost during the production process. this project will target the research and development of high temperature stable thermoelectric materials based on the cubic structure Th3P4. 

One of our target is the characterization of the TE modules in industrial conditions. The consortium combines the expertise the following research centers, CRISMAT laboratory, ISCR Rennes, NIMS Tsukuba via the UMI LINK, and an end user: St Gobain via the SG research center – Provence, Cavaillon.


CLIMATE aims at preparing new composite coating materials for glass solar control as well as straightforward processes for their surface coating. The originality of CLIMATE lies in the use of functional cluster-based composite materials as glass coater. CLIMATE is a project gathering 3 partners: Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes-UMR 6226 (P1), the Laboratory for Innovative Key Materials and Structure LINK (SG-CNRS-NIMS, IRL 3629) (P2) and SG Research Center – Aubervilliers (P3) which is an industrial research and development center working for the subsidiaries of the SG Group. 


DUVNANO is a multidisciplinary project that intends to respond to the demand of new simple processes toward functional thin film by proposing a novel approach that combines colloidal nanocrystals solution and Deep-UV (DUV: 266 & 193 nm) photolithography processes. DUVNANO is a PRC project gathering 2 partners highly specialized on colloidal chemistry and DUV photolithography processes respectively: Laboratory for Innovative Key Materials and Structure-LINK (CNRS IRL 3629) and Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse-IS2M (CNRS UMR7361).


Machine learning and artificial intelligence applied to thermoelectris materials. The aim of this research project is to look for highly efficient thermoelectric (TE) materials with a strategy that accelerate the prospection, i.e. using machine-learning method. This strategy allows to target only few chemical compositions to synthetized compared to classical trial and error process. This project is a collaboration with Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes-UMR 6226.


This project focus on the preparation of new phase change chalcogenides materials thin film (Sb2S3, GeTe …) by an original chemical solution deposition method, i.e. EPD, a quick, low-cost, room temperature method, and also on the study of transport and optical properties of chalcogenides materials.

Sb2S3 deposited by EPD on ITO substrates

Phase-change materials (PCM)s are those which show significantly different properties between their amorphous and crystalline forms. To be useful, PCMs should be able to switch quickly (on the order of nanoseconds) between their amorphous and crystalline forms, by electrical or laser pulses.


NanoLEtsGOs is a multidisciplinary project aiming at designing new efficient inorganic and composite photoelectrodes for solar energy conversion systems built from ligated metal clusters (MC) that are abundant metal and low-toxic light-harvesters. The objective is to control the assemblies of MC-based nano-building blocks to optimize light absorption and transport properties of photoelectrodes and develop all-solid solar cells reaching photoconversion efficiency above 10%. This project is a partnership between ISCR Rennes and LINK team.