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Renowned Scientists Visit Micromeritics

Renowned Scientists Visit Micromeritics and Give Presentation on the Use of Porous Carbons for Energy Storage Applications - 7/30/2010

Recently, following Carbon 2010, prominent scientists Dr. François Béguin and Dr. Elzbieta Frackowiak visited Micromeritics’ corporate facility in Norcross, GA at the invitation of Dr. Jacek Jagiello. After a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Professor Béguin presented a lecture highlighting his work with porous carbons for energy storage and led a discussion on practical applications that included supercapacitors.

Dr. François Béguin, Dr. Elzbieta Frackowiak and Dr. Jacek Jagiello


Dr. Béguin, professor of materials chemistry at OrleansUniversity in France, conducts research activities focused on chemical and electrochemical applications of carbon materials with an emphasis on the development of nanocarbons with controlled porosity and surface functionality for energy conversion/storage to environmental protection applications. Leader of the “Energy – Environment” group at OrleansUniversity, he holds several patents. He has participated in the writing of several books on carbon materials and energy storage. Published over 230 times in leading peer-reviewed international journals, his works have been cited over 4000 times. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Carbon Conferences; chairman of numerous conferences, symposiums, and workshops; and has launched the first international conference on Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection. He is also director of two programs in the French National Agency for Research (ANR): energy storage (Stock-E) and hydrogen and fuel cells (H-PAC).


Dr. Frackowiak, professor at Poznan University of Technology in Poland, is an electrochemist whose major field of research is energy storage/conversion that includes the study of supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, electrode materials for primary and secondary cells, carbon nanotubes and nanofilaments, intercalation and insertion processes, conducting polymers, fuel cells, electrochemical hydrogen storage, and processing and functionalization of carbon materials. She has had over 200 papers published with over 3000 citations, participated in the writing of several books, and holds several patents. She is currently a member of the advisory board for Energy and Environmental Science and editor-in-chief of The Open Electrochemistry Journal. Dr. Frackowiak has participated as coordinator and advisor in many international conferences and is the Chair Elect of Division 3 “Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage” of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE).


Micromeritics welcomed the visit in an ongoing effort to stay current with ground-breaking research and to educate its employees on the wide variety of applications for its instruments. In business since 1962, Micromeritics manufactures automated analytical laboratory instruments that measure physical characteristics of powder and solids for fundamental research, product development, quality assurance/control, production, and process control applications. Measurements obtained include particle size, particle shape, surface area, pore volume, pore size and pore size distribution, material density, catalytic activity, and temperature-programmed reactions.