Prof. Nicolas Alonso-Vante
University of Poitiers, France
Nicolas Alonso-Vante, from Ixtepec, Oaxaca (Istmo de Tehuantepec), studied Chemical Engineering at ESIQIE from the Polytechnic National Institute (1970-1974) in Mexico City. After a short activity period at the rubber Industry in Mexico City, he undertook Master’s studies with the specialty in Physical-Chemistry at the Research Center for Advanced Studies in Mexico City (1976-1978). This research center opened his eyes to pursue doctoral studies abroad in Strasbourg, France, where he obtained the degrees of Docteur Troisième Cycle (1981), and Doctorat d’Etat (1984) from the University of Strasbourg. During the years in Strasbourg, he had the opportunity to interact with Professors JM Lehn, and JP Sauvage. Both Nobel Prize winners in 1987 and 2016, respectively. Under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation he was awarded a two years Post-Doc fellowship (1985-1986) at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut-Berlin (now Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) in Germany working with Prof. H. Tributsch, where he later worked as a senior scientist in the department of solar energy until August 1997. He moved to France, in September 1997, as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Poitiers (LACCO UMR-CMRS 6503), now since 2012, IC2MP UMR-CNRS. Prof. N Alonso-Vante has developed materials in the nanodivided scale based on transition metal and chalcogenides in metallic and semiconducting form in Germany and France for over more than three decades. Using facile chemical routes, he has pioneered the use of non-platinum and non-precious metal catalysts center chalcogenides in order to understand the complex process of the oxygen reduction reaction process, an important technological reaction in low temperature fuel cells. Other interests of such materials in combination with light harvesting are devoted to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and photocatalysis. Prof. Alonso-Vante’s other main research interests are (Photo) electrochemistry and (Photo) electrocatalysis of novel materials using various ex-situ and in-situ techniques, fuel generation, interfacial characterization and surface analytical techniques. He is the author of over 200 publications, book chapters, editor of a two-volume e-book on electrochemistry in Spanish and holds 2 US, 2 German, and 2 French patents; his work has been widely cited. He has received the awards of the National Polytechnic Institute-Mexico as a R&D distinguished graduate, and of the Mexican Council of Technology SNI-III recognition as a Mexican researcher working outside Mexico, and has been awarded the NM Emanuel Medal from the Russian Academy of Science. Part of his activities have been devoted to teach many young scientists (from Mexico, China, India, Brazil, etc.) who spend from several months to several years doing master, doctoral and postdoctoral studies under his direction.
He is also a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry, the Electrochemical Society, the Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie, and of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES) and member of the Editorial board of Fuel Cells Journal.