International Research Network on Renewable Energy

2017- 2020
Dr. Alain Dollet

Dr Subodh Mhaisalkar



PREDIS – Distribution Network Demonstrator at G2Elab (Copyright G2Elab)

4th meeting & Fall School of SINERGIE : “Sustainable & resilient cities: energy considerations”

 5-8 Nov 2019, Singapore


The IRN “SINERGIE” for French-SINgaporean network on renewable enERGIEs is a joint CNRS-NTU initiative that is the follow-up of an international workshop on Renewable Energy which was held in Singapore in early February 2015. From 2016 to 2019, the network involved 25 laboratories from 27 institutions in France, and the Nanyang Technological University and ENGIE-Lab in Singapore. In 2020, 4 additional laboratories from 3 French institutions joined the network. SINERGIE should be renewed for 4 years in 2021.

Missions and research themes

The network aims at:

  • coordinating the organisation of conferences, lectures, seminars, symposiums, study days, theme-based workshops or any other type of meeting dealing with the scientific theme of the network;
  • facilitating and encouraging exchange of information and documentation on the scientific theme;
  • identifying common research projects relating to the scientific theme;
  • coordinating replies to invitations to tender for supporting research and technological development;
  • encouraging permanent training initiatives and promote pedagogical operations.


The scientific project adresses five topics. Each topic is co-leaded by 1 French and 1 Singaporean researcher, and organized in several subtopics.

Topic 1. Smart Grids and Power systems

Coordinators: Nouredine HadjSaid (G2Elab, Grenoble INP) Prof. Choo Fook Hoong (ERI@N/NTU)

Subtopic 1: Microgrids and Renewable Energies integration
Subtopic 2: Electromobility and challenges for the power systems
Subtopic 3: Peer to peer Energy and Cyber-physical modelling

Topic 2. Energy storage

Coordinators: Madhavi Srinivasan (ERI@N/NTU) Mathieu Morcrette (LRCS/CNRS)

Subtopic 1: Electrochemical Energy storage
Subtopic 2: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOFC/SOEC) and
Subtopic 3: Thermal Energy Storage

Topic 3. Wind and Marine Energies

Coordinators: Pierre Ferrant (LHEEA, Ecole Centrale Nantes) Narasimalu Srikanth (ERI@N/NTU)

Subtopic 1: Tidal Energy
Subtopic 2: Wind Energy

Topic 4: Photovoltaics

Coordinators: Péré Roca i Cabarrocas (LPICM/CNRS) Nripan Mathews (ERI@N/NTU)

Subtopic 1: Tandem solar cells
Subtopic 2: Fundamental recombination at bulk and interfaces
Subtopic 3: Perovskite quantum dots: New synthesis and theoretical approaches

Topic 5: Green/Smart Buildings

Coordinators: Christophe Ménézo (LOCIE/Université Savoie-MB) Yann Grynberg (ERI@N/NTU)

Subtopic 1: Building Integrated Energy systems
Subtopic 2: Indoor Air Quality and Comfort
Subtopic 3: Building Management System and Energy performance Evaluation

    institutions and laboratories involved

    French institutions


    • CNRS – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    • CEA – Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    • CentraleSupélec
    • École centrale de Lyon
    • École centrale de Nantes,
    • Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble,
    • Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon
    • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
    • Université de Corse Pascal Paoli,
    • Université Grenoble Alpes
    • Université Paris-Sud
    • Université Pierre et Marie Curie
    • Université de Picardie Jules Verne
    • Université de Nantes
    • Collège de France
    • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et Microtechnique
    • Université de Franche-Comté
    • Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard
    • Ecole Polytechnique
    • Chimie-ParisTech
    • Université de Nantes
    • Université de La Rochelle
    • Université de Savoie Mont-Blanc
    • Université Technologique de Compiègne
    • Université des Sciences et Techniques de Lille
    • Ecole centrale de Lille
    • Université d’Artois
    • Université de Paris-Est Créteil Val-De-Marne
    • Université Gustave Eiffel
    • École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

    French laboratories

    PROMES (UPR 8521), G2ELab (UMR 5269), GIPSA-Lab (UMR 5216), SIMAP (UMR 5266), LEGI (UMR 5519), GeePs (UMR 8507), AMPERE (UMR 5005), NIMBE (UMR 3685), LHEEA (UMR 6598), SPE (UMR 6134), INAC (CEA), L2S (UMR 8506), CETHIL (UMR 5008), LRCS (UMR 7314), IMN (UMR 6502), LCMCP (UMR 7574), FEMTO-ST (UMR 6174), LPICM (UMR 7647), IRDEP (UMR 7174, now UMR IPVF 9006), LOCIE (UMR 5271), LASIE (UMR 7356), LEC (EA1006), CINTRA (UMI), LAAS (UPR 8001), UCCS (UMR 8181), MSME (UMR 8208), ESYCOM (UMR 9007), LIGM (UMR 8049), COSYS department (Univ. G. Eiffel)

    Singaporean institution

    • NTU – Nanyang Technological University

    Industrial partner

    • ENGIE Lab – Singapore

    Network coordinators

    • France : Dr. Alain Dollet, Director of PROMES laboratory, CNRS

    • Singapore : Prof. Subodh Mhaisalkar, Executive Director of ERI@N, Nanyang Technological University (with support of Prof. Claude Guet NTU)



    French-Malaysian International Research Project in Chemistry


    Dr. Marc Litaudon
    Prof. Khalijah Awang


    Prof. Khalijah Awang with PhD Shelly Gapil Tiamas and Hazrina Binti Hazni. Credits: M. Litaudon

    Drying plant after harvesting. Credits: M. Litaudon

    Malaysian Plant Collection. Credits: M. Litaudon

    Prospecting in dense forest. Credits: M. Litaudon


    The LIA “International French Malaysian Natural Products Laboratory”, IFM NATPROLAB, was created on 1 January 2015 for a term of 4-years (2015-2018), and was renewed at the end of 2018, as an International Research Program (IRP) for an additional period of four years (2019-2022). IFM NATPROLAB allowed strengthening a scientific collaboration between Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN, UPR2301, CNRS) and Phytolab of the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences, University Malaya.


    In the early 2000s, ICSN-CNRS and University Malaya launched an extensive research program to systematic survey various areas of dense forests of the Malaysian peninsula in order to build a unique collection of higher plants representative of the Malaysian floristic biodiversity. Based on the chemical and biological study of the most pharmaceutically promising species, the main idea is to discover new specialized metabolites that can provide as a starting point for clinical research.

     The research carried out jointly by the two partners is basic research but can find applications in the field of health, in particular by identifying new molecules that are potentially anti-cancer, anti-diabetic or anti-infectious. At the end of this program, we hope to select natural or synthetic molecules, derived from natural models, with physicochemical characteristics and biological properties such that they can integrate the validation processes of preclinical and clinical trials that are lent to drug candidates in the pharmaceutical industry.

      main projects of research

      From 2015 to 2018, under the first mandate of the LIA, the Malaysian plant species Fissistigma latifolium (Annonaceae) and Knema hookeriana (Myristicaceae), as well as Macaranga tanarius, a Southeast Asian species of the family Euphorbiaceae, showed interesting biological properties and were selected for further chemical and biological investigations. Novel terpenoids, stilbenoids and polycetides were isolated and characterized. Of these, inhibitors of proteins that promote the occurrence of certain cancers are the subject of synthetic chemistry programs at ICSN. The study of their biological properties is also being considered. In the field of research of compounds endowed with anti-infectious properties, biological studies are being undertaken at the ICSN and Malaya University on other molecules that have shown interesting properties in inhibiting key proteins in the replication of the dengue virus, making them potential candidates for the treatment of this vector-borne disease. Very recently, studies have also been launched on the search for inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2. Finally, a research program aimed at discovering new anti-diabetic agents was launched in 2019. It focuses in particular on discovering and studying compounds capable of inhibiting certain key enzymes as part of a new approach to blood sugar control.

      These three lines of research, which make up the scientific program of the IRP’s second mandate (2019-2022), are currently being developed concurrently by French and Malaysian students working on their thesis or post-doctorate in France and Malaysia.



      • Dr. Marc Litaudon (ICSN, UPR 2301, CNRS-Université Paris-Saclay)
      • Dr. Fanny Roussi (ICSN, UPR 2301, CNRS-Université Paris-Saclay)


      • Prof. Khalijah Awang (Faculty of Sciences, University of Malaya)
      • Dr. Azeana Zahari (Faculty of Sciences, University of Malaya)

      2ème Conférence Internationale Franco-Malaisienne – IMFSC 2017

      IEA Elixir

      IEA Elixir

      French-Australian International Emerging Action in Chemistry

      IEA ArGex
      Dr Grégoire Herzog

      Prof Damien Arrigan



      The IEA Elixir (International Emerging Action – Electrogeneration of inorganic materials at liquid-liquid nano-interfaces) is managed by Dr Grégoire Herzog (CNRS, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique et Microbiologie pour les Matériaux et l’Environnement, Université de Lorraine) in collaboration with Prof Damien Arrigan (Curtin Institute for Functional Molecules & Interfaces, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University). The programme is effective from 2018 to 2020.

      Missions and research themes

      Crystallisation processes of solids from solution are of great importance in many natural and industrial processes., such as the manufacturing of pharmaceutical compounds and in the detrimental deposition of scale in pipes. The aim of the research is to explore a new method for the growth of crystalline materials by controlling interfacial reactions at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions.

      Main projects of research

      The focus of this work is based on the common interest of the Australian and French research groups for ion transfer processes at water-oil interfaces. Thanks to the application of a potential difference, we are able to push ions across the liquid-liquid interface. By this method, the mass transfer of ionic compounds is controlled to allow the investigation of crystallisation and growth phenomena. We have undertaken a systematic study of ionic crystallisation at water-oil interfaces to provide an easy way to prepare ionic crystal materials, based on the ability of electrochemistry to deliver ions to the crystallisation site.

      The work is divided on

      (i) the fabrication and the characterisation of nano-interfaces;
      (ii) the electrogeneration of inorganic materials at the liquid-liquid interface;
      (iii) the effect of confined spaces in these crystallisation processes.

      institutions and laboratories involved

      • Dr Grégoire Herzog (LCPME, CNRS-Université de Lorraine)

      • Prof Damien WM Arrigan (Curtin University, Perth)



      French-Australian International Research Network focusing on Conversion and Energy Storage for stand-alone & maritime applications

      2020- 2025
      Dr. Fermín CUEVAS
      Prof. Francois AGUEY-ZINSOU



      Read the article here


      Read the article here


      The French-Australian research network on Conversion and Energy Storage for stand-alone & maritime applications (International Research Network FACES) is managed on the French side, by Dr. Fermín CUEVAS, CNRS research director at the East-Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science (ICMPE) in collaboration with ICMCB-Bordeaux, IEM-Montpellier, IMN-Nantes, FEMTO-ST-Franche Comté, IMS-Bordeaux, LAPLACE-Toulouse et AMPERE-Lyon. On the Australian side, it is managed by Prof. Francois AGUEY-ZINSOU, leader of the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin) at The School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Deakin University, University of South Australia (UNiSA), and Flinders University (Flinders). It has been launched in January 2020.

      Missions and research themes

      The IRN-FACES aims to set-up a collaborative research network on energy materials and integrated systems between eight CNRS French laboratories, accompanied by their supporting universities, and four Australian Universities. The scientific topics of the network focus on electrochemical storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and the hydrogen energy chain (hydrogen production, storage and conversion). It targets maritime-related applications: ship propulsion and off-grid energy systems adapted to islands, coastal areas and remote isolated regions.

      Network activities and expected results

      To reach the targets of the IRN-FACES, the following activities are envisaged:

      • The organisation of workshops, seminars and training schools within the network partners and open to external collaborators.
      • To promote the exchange of permanent researchers and professors as well as master, doctoral and post-doctoral students. In particular, the exchange of students at the Master level will be chased with the support from our Universities and Engineer Schools. They are expected to trigger joint French-Australian PhD doctorates.
      • Co-participation to international congresses & conferences where the multidisciplinary expertise of the Network will be recognised and showcased.
      • To act as innovation driver for attracting international projects.

      To draw-up joint publications and implementation of joint projects between French and Australian partners within the IRN-FACES research targets.

      institutions and laboratories involved

      • Dr. Fermín CUEVAS CNRS research director at the East-Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science (ICMPE)

      • CNRS laboratories involved: ICMPE-Thiais, ICMCB-Bordeaux, IEM-Montpellier, IMN-Nantes, FEMTO-ST-Franche Comté, IMS-Bordeaux, LAPLACE-Toulouse et AMPERE-Lyon.

      • Prof. Francois AGUEY-ZINSOU, leader of the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin) at The School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW

      • Australian Universities appointed: The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Deakin University, University of South Australia (UNiSA), and Flinders University (Flinders).

      IRP FiberMed


      French-Singaporean International Research Project

      IRP FiberMed
      Georges Humbert
      georges.humbert (at)


      IRP FiberMed


      The IRP “Fibermed” (“Specialty optical fiber based biosensing for medical applications”) is developed in partnership between the research Laboratory XLIM, UMR7252, Limoges, France and the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Agency, Singapore. It addresses the development of new biosensing techniques and tool prototypes for medical diagnostics, by exploiting the properties of specially fabricated optical fiber as biosensing platforms

      Missions and research themes

      This IRP project is an extension of the PICS project implemented by the two partners from 2016 to 2018 entitled “Bio-detection platforms based on special optical fibers for clinical diagnostics” dedicated to the development of ultra-high sensitive Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) fiber-based platforms as practical clinical diagnostic tools.

      The IRP project aims at associating the complementary and multidisciplinary expertise of SBIC and XLIM, for developing new biosensing techniques and tool prototypes for medical diagnostics at the bedside (in clinical environments). The originality of this project lies in exploiting the properties of functionalized special optical fibers to improve the performances of existing biosensing techniques or to develop new biosensing techniques. This project is based on XLIM’s expertise in the design and fabrication of specialty optical fibers, and on SBIC’s expertise in the development of bio-photonic based biosensing platforms for real-life medical applications in translational modalities with the medical and industrial communities.

      MAIN projects of research

      The properties offered by the optical fibers will be used for i) increasing the length of light-analyte interactions by the infiltration of the analyte into an optical fiber or by exposing the core to gases or VOCs via an exposed-core fiber, ii) improving the reliability of the measurements with a reproducible coupling between the optical fiber and the measuring device, iii) developing prototypes of fiber probes by exploiting the robustness and the intrinsic compactness of the optical fibers.

      These properties will be exploited and associated to new concepts for developing the following projects of fiber-probe prototypes for medical diagnostics:

      1 – Biosensing fiber probes based on Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)

      2 – Biosensing fiber probes based on Metal Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF)

      3 – Biosensing fiber probes based on Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)

      4 – Fork based photoacoustic spectroscopy for in-fiber analysis of VOC or gases

      5 – Advanced in-fiber acoustic-sensor for all-fiber photo-acoustic sensing and imaging.

      6 – Metasurfaces for developing polarization-sensitive fiber-probe (via waveform engineering).

      The main expected results and benefits of the IRP FiberMed for both laboratories and its immediate environment are:

      • Generating scientific and technological knowledge,
      • Generating intellectual properties by filling patent applications throughout the chain of development of medical diagnostic tools (from the design of the optical fiber to the prototype tested in a clinical environment),
      • Prototyping realizations of biosensing tools compatible with medical applications,

      Educating and training students at Master and PhD levels

      institutions and laboratories involved

      Coordination : Dr. Georges Humbert, XLIM, UMR 7252 – CNRS – Université Limoges, Limoges

      Coordination : Dr Dinish U.S (UnnimadhavaKurupSoudamini Amma), Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Agency