University of Turku – Finland

The University of Turku is an international research university and an active academic community of 25,000 students and staff members from over 100 different countries. It was founded as the first Finnish language university in the country in 1920. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties and seven special units. The Faculty of Science and Engineering is a high-level research community that plays a key role in every thematic area that is included in the University’s core strategy. The natural sciences form the foundation for science, and engineering is used to create solutions that address the challenges presented by sustainable development.
The unit of materials engineering was created in 2020 to strengthen the research and education in these fields with specific focus areas on solar energy, energy storage and novel industrial materials. This unit has identified electrochemical energy storage, conversion and generation as one of the strategic research areas.

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Technical University of Munich – Germany

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is among of the leading German universities and one of only few “Universities of Excellence” in Germany. TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and
the active promotion of promising young scientists. TUM was created in 1868 and has nowadays ca 42000 (of them, about 32% international) students and 566 professors. Since 1927, 17 Nobel prizes have been awarded to TUM professors and alumni. The Department of Physics has among its research priorities
advanced functional materials for energy applications and the development of new research methodologies. Electrochemical energy storage, conversion and provision are among the main strategic research areas of the Department of Physics.

Laboratory of Electrochemistry and Physicochemistryof Materials and Interface – France

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is an interdisciplinary public research organisation under the administrative supervision of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. Internationally recognised for the excellence of its scientific research, the
CNRS is a reference in the world of research and development, as well as for the general public. The LEPMI is a joint CNRS/U. Grenoble Alpes research unit, which has significant experience in electrocatalysis, materials science, and energy storage and conversion systems (fuel cells and water electrolysers). The EIP
team has received two Prizes in Applied Electrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry for its outstanding achievements in electrocatalysis and in the elucidation of the degradation mechanisms of carbon-supported Pt-based catalysts. 


Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology – Czech Republic

Brno University of Technology (BUT) is the largest technical university in the Czech Republic with 20,000 students and 3,000 employees. It consists of 8 faculties and autonomous research institutes, including the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC). CEITEC was established in 2011 as a consortium of the six most prominent universities and research institutes in Brno. It has developed into a cutting-edge research infrastructure with dynamic international environment, promoting open access and equal opportunities. CEITEC runs a PhD school, serves as partner for industry and is in active collaboration with
many international research institutions. CEITEC BUT hosts 16 research groups structured into 2 research programmes, i.e. Advanced Nano & Microtechnologies and Advanced Materials. The CEITEC Nano Core Facility provides access to a wide range of characterization and nanofabrication techniques. All the facilities are accessible to internal and external users from academy and industry at national and international levels.


Imperial College London – United Kingdom

Imperial College London is regularly ranked amongst the world’s top universities. The Department of Materials at Imperial has over 40 years’ experience in research into diffusion properties of high temperature ceramic and metallic materials and devices. They have excellent facilities for conducting these studies, both in terms of analytical and computational equipment. The Department of Materials has an excellent track record of hosting and participating in national and European research programmes. The Department is leading 2 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in a wide range of thematic areas, including materials characterisation, and is contributing to the training activity of the hydrogen and fuel cells CDT. The CDT activities are collaborative in nature involving 50 international industry partners as well as University College London and Trinity College Dublin as core partners. 


The University of Limerick – Ireland

The University of Limerick (UL) with over 16,000 students and 1,400 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we
capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity. The success of this approach has recently been recognised, and UL has been awarded “University of the Year for 2015 and 2019”, by the Sunday Times Good University guide. Research at UL is renowned for its close alignment to real world problems and the university has an enviable reputation in fundamental research, which can have real impact on society and the economy alike, helping it achieve a ranking of 35th globally in the first ever Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. UL attained this position, based on a league of 550 third level institutes worldwide, based on its performance in a number of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) rankings. This strong focus has also allowed UL to gain a five-star rating for innovation and excellence from QS, the international ranking body, as well as successfully compete for and win the right to host 5 national centres of excellence, all of whom have significant industry involvement, and aim to tackle real world issues. UL has a strong international reach and involvement in the European Framework actions from FP2 to FP7, and current involvement in Horizon 2020 has grown UL’s international network of collaborators.


Aalto University – Finland

Aalto University works towards a better world through top-quality research, interdisciplinary collaboration and pioneering education. The university was founded 2010 as a merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The Aalto community consists of about 17450 students (of them, about 20 % international) and more than 4250 employees. The School of Chemical Engineering has among its research priorities advanced metals, active and functional materials, sustainable technologies, circular economy, etc. The School deals with materials, their production and related processes, design and applications and has a strong cooperation with the Finnish industry. The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science (Aalto CMAT) focuses on advanced functional materials, chemical synthesis, energy storage and conversion, as well as molecular and materials modelling. Aalto CMAT has identified electrochemical energy storage, conversion and generation as one of the strategic research areas.