Get to know Adrien Méry from Renault

July 2023

Adrien Méry has been working at Renault since November 2021, focussing on battery topics (chemistry/electrochemistry) with a special focus on post Li-ion batteries (including solid-state technologies among others).

Adrien Méry and his team at Renault specially focuse on leading the Work Package 7 of SAFELiMOVE “Testing and aging at multi-cell level” that aims to assess the overall electrochemical performances of the cells.

What was your original motivation to become a researcher?
It was not especially a whish originally. I like Science and I went to University for studying physics and chemistry. I discovered the field of materials for Energy applications during my Master studies and I’ve started to think about working on this research field, especially in electrochemistry for Energy storage. This was followed by a phD (on supercapacitors) and two postdocs positions (on Lithium battery) with finally, a permanent position as a researcher in REN group for a year and a half.

What is your (main) research area today?
Today my main topics are about Battery chemistry/electrochemistry with a specific focus on “next-generation battery technologies” which includes the solid-state battery topic.

What is the main objective of your team in SAFELiMOVE?
Our main objective in SAFELiMOVE consist in setting-up electrochemical tests and protocols to assess the overall performances of the cells. Renault is also leading the Work Package 7 dedicated to the realization of these tests.

What expertise and facilities does your team have to meet those objectives?
In REN, we are a team of researchers with a material and chemical/electrochemical background (several people having phD on these topics). Internally, we have laboratories to perform electrochemical tests.

Which aspects of your research at SAFELiMOVE do you believe are the most innovative and what unique opportunities offer SAFELiMOVE to yourself and/or your organisation?
I think, this is more the topic in general. Solid-state battery technologies are in line to be one of the future promising battery technologies for the next generation Electric vehicles. Thus, it is of great importance for researchers in Renault to work on this topics and in European projects that allow to learn a lot on these future technologies and also allow to bring our opinion and knowledge on these topics as Industrial player selling Electric vehicles.

How do you see the future use of the SAFELiMOVE-results and the impact of SAFELiMOVE-project in our daily lives?
As many other European projects, SAFELiMOVE helps to understand the key points and the problematics to solve for achieving targets (Energy, cycle life…) with solid-state technologies in the future. I think that the accumulation of the knowledge acquired during SAFELiMOVE adding to the knowledge acquired among the other projects related to solid-state topics can help little by little to develop this technology in the fairly near future.