Summer School 2022 Functional and Hierarchical materials for energy and sustainable development


Securing the world’s energy supply sustainably is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. Our resources are running out, our energy consumption is increasing dramatically and the climate is changing. Research in energy-related fields is, therefore, a priority for the scientific community.

To prepare the next generation of scientists to take on these challenges, the HiFunMat summer school offers a detailed overview of the most relevant energy-related areas with a focus on sustainable development. Topics included in the summer school program range from the latest challenges in photovoltaic technology (including organic, inorganic, and hybrid materials), to fuel cells and storage (batteries and electrochemical storage), to thermoelectric materials (organic and inorganic), supercapacitors, biomass, and bioenergy, catalytic materials for energy, microscopy and synchrotron characterization for energy materials and spectroscopic characterization techniques for energetic materials. These scientific courses will address knowledge from physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, material science, and biology.  

The program of summer school combines a multidisciplinary scientific program focusing on current energy challenges with pedagogical team-building activities to foster networking and collaboration.



 11 - 13 July 2022 (8 am - 7 pm)

 Collège Doctorale Européen (CDE)

46 Boulevard de la Victoire

67 000 Strasbourg, France



The ITI HiFunMat Summer School 2022 consists of:

  • 11 scientific courses
  • Poster sessions
  • Team-building & research funding activities
  • A closing conference open to the general public
  • 1 Treasure hunt through Strasbourg
  • 1 gala dinner



MONDAY, 11 JULY 2022

(8 am - 7 pm)


(9 am - 10 pm)


(9 am - 9 pm)

8:30Welcome ceremony and introduction  

S1. Photovoltaic working principle and development of hybrid materials

Nathanaelle Schneider | IPVF-CNRS, FR

S5.Beyond Li-ion batteries: diversification and materials sustainability

Maria Crespo Ribadeneyra | Imperial College London, ENG

S9. Femtosecond Spectroscopy of Organic Electronic Materials

Natalie Banerji | Univer. Bern - FemtoMat, CH


S2. Organic photovoltaics: Introduction and state of the art

Nicolas Leclerc | Univer. Strasbourg - ICPEES, FR

S6. Power-to-X: Towards Sustainable Production of Green Hydrogen and Value-added Chemicals

Hui Luo | Imperial College London, ENG

S10. Syntheses and characterization of catalytic material

Catherine Pinel | IRCE Lyon - iSTE group, FR


S3. Thermoelectric working principle and development of hybrid materials

Martijn Kemerink | Heildeberg Univer., DE

S7. Electrolyte polymers for fuel cells

Christina Iojoiu | Univer. Grenoble - LePMI, FR

S11. Soft X-rays for energy materials: Opportunities and challenges

Sufal Swaraj | Synchroton Soleil, FR


S4. Impact of structure and morphology on thermoelectric properties of doped polymer semiconductors

Martin Brinkmann | ICS-CNRS, FR

S8. The challenges of hydrogen: when biology meets energy

Marie-Thérèse Giudici-Orticoni | Mediterranean Institute of Microbiology - CNRS, FR

Interactive pedagogical session | Part 3

Interactive pedagogical session | Part 1

Interactive pedagogical session | Part 2

Interactive pedagogical session | Part 4
17:00Poster sessionCultural treasure hunt in the Strasbourg's city center

17h - 19h Closing conference: Achieving the energy transition

Open to the general public

Benoit Lebot | Ministère de la transition Ecologique (member of the négaWatt association), FR

Amphitheatre of the Collège Doctorale Européen

Evening program Gala dinner



  • To introduce young researchers (M.Sc. students, Ph.D. students, and Post-docs) to current research topics in materials science for energy and sustainable development.
  • To give young researchers networking possibilities so that they can integrate into the scientific community.
  • To bring into contact young researchers from different research fields, such as physics, physical chemistry, chemistry, material engineering, and biology, to learn to work as a team on multidisciplinary projects and to collaborate.
  • To encourage young researchers to think about today's energy challenges
  • To provide information on how to fund research projects (call for projects, Marie-Curie funds, ...).

Interactive pedagogical program

The afternoons of the summer school are dedicated to interactive sessions where PhDs, postdocs, and master students will work in groups to address hot-topic energy-related challenges with a view on sustainability. The groups will be asked to participate in elaborating a funding proposal to tackle an energy problem using what they have learned in the topics discussed earlier in the day. Students will work in groups to train them in managing collaborative multidisciplinary projects, networking, and brainstorming activities, as well as presenting their projects to the audience. The students will learn to discuss their ideas within a team, make a plan, and present it to colleagues.


This summer school is open to national and international Master, PhD and Post-docs. Registration is mandatory, and participants expected to stay for the duration of the entire program!



Registration fees:

  • Master and PhD students from the University of Strasbourg : 0 €
  • Master and PhD students from the University Haute Alsace : 0 €
  • Master and PhD students from other universities, and Postdocs : 100 € (early-bird) - 150 € (normal)


Registration deadlines:

  • 0 € registration : 15 June 2022
  • Early-bird registration : 10 June 2022
  • Normal registration : 15 June 2022

Validation of the Summer school

At the end of the summer school all participants that have been present for the duration of the whole program, and have actively participated in the seminars, discussions, and exercises, will receive a certificate of successful participation. This certificate could help students to validate ECTS or hours for the doctorate school of their home university. Unistra and UHA students enrolled in ED 182 can validate 12 hours of scientific training in their discipline, and students enrolled in ED 222 and ED 269 can validate 9 hours.


The summer school is organized by the interdisciplinary thematic Institute of Hierarchical and Functional Materials, which gathers a Master-Doctorate training program and a cluster of excellence, and is dedicated to the development of advanced composite materials with appealing and outstanding properties for health, environment, and energy applications. The Master-Doctorate program trains young researchers in the multidisciplinary domain of Material Science.

The summer school is supported by the University of Strasbourg Initiative of Excellence, and partner institutions (Institut Charles Sadron, Institut de Science de Matériaux de Mulhouse, Institute for Chemistry and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health, Université de Haute Alsace, Laboratoire d'Innovation Moléculaire et Applications, ED 182, ED 222). Their support underlines the formidable links between ITI HiFunMat and its partners, the strong collaborations, and the strength of the alsacian site in Material science.


Scientific organization:
  • Dr Laure Biniek
  • Dr Amparo Ruiz Carretero


Participating Institutions:


Faculté de physique & ingénierie
Faculté de chimie
Carnot MICA