Welcome to Dr. Frédéric Blanc from University of Liverpool, UK. He was visiting the group for three days and gave an academic report entitled “New Solid-State Lithium and Sodium Ion Conductors” at 10:00 am on July 19th. The report was about examples of the investigation of the defects chemistry and the Li+ and Na+ diffusion pathways in new solid-state ceramics and glass Li+ and Na+ conductors using an approach focusing on solid-state NMR spectroscopy techniques and integrating diffraction and computational modelling-based studies.
At the group meeting that afternoon, Dr. Frédéric and our group held a heated discussion on communication and cooperation. We introduced our project and research interest including syngas conversion, recoupling/decoupling techniques and in-/ex-situ NMR studies of batteries. Dr. Frédéric gave a introduction of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) enhanced NMR. Much attention was focused on the details in the facilities and experiments. All of us gained a lot from that group meeting.
Frédéric graduated from the School of Chemistry in Lyon (France) in 2004 and obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2008 from the University of Lyon and the European Center for High Field NMR in Lyon, under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Copéret and Prof. Lyndon Emsley. He studied the structure – dynamics relationship in heterogeneous catalysis and developed new solid state NMR methods to understand the chemistry on surfaces. He then received a Lavoisier fellowship and underwent postdoctoral work at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, NY for three years with Prof. Clare P. Grey, where he got interested in the understanding of the structure elucidation of energy materials with NMR spectroscopy. He then moved to the University of Cambridge as a Marie Curie fellow and looked at the dynamics of oxygens and protons in electrolytes by high temperature NMR spectroscopy. In December 2012, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry and the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016, where he is focusing on the development and application of NMR spectroscopy in materials chemistry.
Dr. Frédéric Blanc