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Entretien avec Robert Messinger, boursier Marie Curie pour son projet IONELECTRO

Robert Messinger est un chercheur américain de l’Université de Californie à Santa Barbara qui étudie les capacités chimiques de stockage des batteries Lithium et des supercondensateurs au CEMHTI (Conditions Extrêmes et Matériaux : Haute température et Irradiation) dans le cadre d’une bourse de mobilité Marie Curie IIF de 18 mois.

- Pouvez-vous présenter votre projet Marie Curie et votre parcours en quelques mots?

I’m an American researcher who studied chemical engineering during both my bachelor and Ph.D. degrees. The overarching objective of my project is to measure, understand, and control how specific molecular-level properties of novel material systems for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors affect their electrochemical energy storage properties. I emphasize the use of state-of-the-art solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods to gain new molecular-level understandings of these materials.

– Quels sont, selon vous, les bénéfices de ces bourses?

In addition to funding for your project, you have the freedom to explore the research questions that interest you the most. You also have additional research money to spend as you wish – on equipment, reagents, computers and software, conference travel, etc.

– Quelles ont été les difficultés rencontrées et comment les avez-vous surmonté?

For me, the most difficult aspect of writing the proposal was following the very rigid format for each section and subsection.

– Avez-vous des recommandations et remarques à donner aux chercheurs souhaitant répondre aux prochains appels à projets européens Marie Curie ?

As mentioned above, follow the guidelines for each section explicitly! Sometimes information between sections may seem redundant – but that does not matter – just re-word it with the goal of the particular section in mind.

-- Qu’est ce qui, selon vous, fait la différence entre un bon projet financé et un mauvais projet?

A good proposal is clearly written, well-organized, easy to skim, and contains quality research worth performing. Remember, the reviewers are very busy people and are also reviewing a very large number of proposals. In addition to clear prose, using charts and tables when possible will make it easier for them to understand your proposal.

– Cette expérience vous a-t-elle donné de nouvelles opportunités de recherche?

Yes. In particular, I was able to use some of the research money to visit my collaborators and their labs. These experiences facilitated rapid scientific exchange and I was able to learn a great deal more about their specific materials, characterization methods, etc.