Hi, I’m Artur and I’m a CNRS Research Director at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), a mixed research unit of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and University of Strasbourg (Unistra). I’m also a board member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE). My research interests include the design of supramolecular systems, self-assembly of nanopatterns, and production and chemical modification of 2D materials towards applications in energy storage systems and sensors. In GREENCAP we focus on tuning the properties of MXenes.
What was your original motivation to become a researcher?
I was always deeply curious about the natural world and have a passion for exploring and understanding how things work. In me teens I developed a drive or desire if you like to call it as such to make a positive impact on society, whether it’s through finding cures for diseases or advancing technology for the betterment of humanity.
What is your (main) research area today?
My research interests include the design of supramolecular systems, self-assembly of nanopatterns, production and chemical modification of 2D materials towards applications in energy storage systems and sensors.
What is the main objective of your team in GREENCAP?
In GREENCAP our team aims at improving the electrochemical performance of 2D nanomaterials via chemical approaches. Our main focus is to refine the properties of MXenes by functionalizing them with small organic molecules.
What expertise and facilities does your team have to meet those objectives?
Our team develops multitude of 0D to 3D functionalized multicomponent nanostructures and networks thereof for energy, sensing and optoeletronic applications. We have an expertise in the chemistry of two-dimensional materials, their production through wet approaches, tuning of their properties, and fabrication of devices. Our facilities allow us for multiscale tailoring of smart supramolecular systems and the development of multiresponsive coatings and composites.
Which aspects of your research at GREENCAP do you believe are the most innovative and what unique opportunities offer GREENCAP to yourself and/or your organisation?
Certainly, the current global energy crisis presents a significant challenge that requires innovative solutions. As the world grapples with the need for sustainable energy sources and efficient energy storage systems, scientific research plays a crucial role in finding viable alternatives. One such promising avenue of research is GREENCAP, a technology with the potential to revolutionize supercapacitors in a clean and environmentally friendly manner. GREENCAP, as a research initiative, holds the promise of addressing these challenges. By focusing on green and sustainable practices, GREENCAP aims to develop supercapacitors in an eco-friendly way, minimizing the environmental impact associated with their production. This approach involves utilizing renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly materials, reducing the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process.
How do you see the future use of the GREENCAP-results and the impact of GREENCAP-project in our daily lives?
GREENCAP’s research efforts are likely to enhance the energy density of supercapacitors. Increasing energy density is crucial for extending the range of electric vehicles and improving the efficiency of energy storage systems connected to renewable sources like solar and wind. By developing supercapacitors with higher energy density, GREENCAP can contribute significantly to the global transition toward cleaner and more sustainable energy solutions. The impact of GREENCAP extends beyond the realm of scientific research. By advancing supercapacitor technology in a clean way, GREENCAP can facilitate the widespread adoption of renewable energy sources.