March 24-26th, 2021


University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, Benguerir, Morocco


39 Professional Speakers

Second Symposium on Materials Science and Energy

After the success of its inaugural edition in 2019 organized by Chouaib Doukkali University in El Jadida, the second annual International Symposium on Energy & Materials (EM-II) will take place in the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic in Benguerir. The EM-II aims to bring international and national researchers for high-level exchange on emerging ideas in the fields of energy materials, energy generation and energy storage. This international conference organized by MSN department will focus on fundamentals and recent advances in chemical engineering, chemistry materials science, energetic materials, and so on. The conference will cover different topics linked to materials synthesis and characterization, interfacial phenomena, systems and materials optimization and modelling. Leading scientists and researchers will share their recent progress and stimulate discussions on multidisciplinary research activities.



Opening ceremony

Advanced Materials for Energy I

All solid-state batteries: today’s status and challenges

The ways to make Si an effective electrode material for Li-ion batteries.

Spray drying method for high-performance phosphate-based cathode materials for Na-ion and K-ion batteries

Electrochemical Performances of Bio-inspired CoFe2O4 as Anode Material for Li-Ion Batteries (LIBs)

Na3CoZr(PO4)3: New Phosphate-Based Material for Sodium Ion Batteries


E-Poster Session

Solar Energy Generation and Storage I

Thermal Energy storage in the energy transition context

Efficiency of mirrors used in Concentrated Solar Power plants

Analysis of substitution and temperature effect on structure stability and optical properties of novel Ba3-xSrxTeO6 double perovskites

Double hydrated salts as a new generation for thermochemical energy storage materials: Evaluation of dehydration behavior and structural phase transition reversibility

Photocatalytic degradation of organic dye using BMT powders


High Energetics and materials

Research and Development of Energetic Ionic-Liquid Green-Propellant in Japan

Advanced Thermal Decomposition of HAN Green Propellant

Comparative study of the catalytic efficiency of heterogeneous catalysts for the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide for space propulsion applications

Characterization of lanthanum boroaluminosilicate glasses by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, NMR and infrared spectrometry

X-ray photoelectron and in situ and ex situ resonance Raman spectroscopic investigations of polythiophene overoxidation


Solar Energy Generation and Storage II

Low cost solution processing and growth technologies of thin films and nanoparticles for energy and environment

Thin film photovoltaic technologies: challenges and opportunities

Carbazole-Based Hole-Transport Materials for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells: a theoretical study


Novel and Sustainable Materials

A journey towards sustainable development technologies using locally available resources

Circular economy in wastewater treatment for a sustainable development

Advanced processes for cost effective CO2 capture in industry, hydrogen and ammonia production

Low-cost materials for environment and energy applications.

Chemical and electrochemical elaboration of material based on manganese for the removal of heavy metals in aqueous and phosphoric acid medium

High Performance Electrochemical Saline Water Desalination using activated carbon


E-Poster Session

Advanced Materials for Energy II

Poly(organophosphate) as electrolyte for batteries

Functional materials for advanced supercapacitors

In situ techniques for advanced energy storage technologies

Pyrrolidinium and Phosphonium containing Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for improving the capacity retention and cycle life of lithium battery anodes based of Si

Effect of Electrodeposition Conditions of Manganese Oxide on Supercapacitor Performances

Nickel rich cathode materials for high voltage lithium ion batteries


E-Poster Session

Materials for Environment Applications

CO2 capture and utilisation in ionic liquids

Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer: Mechanistic Studies and Water Electrolysis

Highly efficient electrocatalysts for selective electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO and HCOOH in aqueous solution

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering investigation of Polypyrrole synthetized with two different approach


Closing Ceremony

Event Partners

Event Speakers

Abdelghafour ZAABOUT

Trondheim, Norway

Abdessamad FAIK

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco


Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

Cédric Tard

Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Palaiseau, France


University of Taza, Morocco


University of Tours, France


Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco


University of Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France


University of Tours, Laboratoire PCM2E – France


Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco


Institut Charles Gerhardt, France


GREENMAT, University of Liege, Belgium


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Mohamed CHAKIR

Renault – France

Mohammed MAKHA

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco


CNRS, France


Chouaib Doukkali University, Morocco


Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research, Rabat, Morocco

Tarik Chafik

Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco

Toshiyuki KATSUMI

Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan

Advisory Board

Abdelmoula Kheribech

University Bouchaib Doukkali, Morocco

Ahmed Bachar

University Ibn Zohr, Morocco

Bochaib Manoun

University Hassan I, Morocco


University of Tours, France

Hassan Hannache

University Hassan II de Casablanca, Morocco


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Mohamed AQIL

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Mohammed MAKHA

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Nebdi Hamid

University Bouchaib Doukkali, Morocco


Chouaib Doukkali University, Morocco


Abdelwahed CHARI

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Mariam Baazizi

University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, Morocco

Marwa Tayouri

University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, Morocco

Mohamed AQIL

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Mohammed MAKHA

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Siham Abaichi

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Zakaria Kobi

University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, Morocco

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Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation and turned towards Africa.

Located in the town of Benguerir, near Marrakech, and housed in the heart of the Green City Mohammed VI, UM6P aims to radiate at a national, continental and international scale.

More of a traditional academic institution, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is a platform for experimentation, a pool of opportunities, which students like to call “The school of life”.

Dr. Zaabout, a Senior Scientist at SINTEF Industry in Norway, has over 10 years of experience developing highly efficient and cost- effective technologies for decarbonization of the industrial, energy and hydrogen sectors. Dr. Zaabout received his PhD from Aix Marseille University before starting two years Postdoctoral Fellowship at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Throughout the last ten years, Dr. Zaabout served as a key driver of the experimental demonstration of several technologies both at lab and pilot scales, where his role varied from implementer to WP leader and project leader in the framework of different Norwegian, EU funded and direct industrial projects. His activities covered a wide variety of CO2 capture and decarbonization processes (e.g., chemical looping applied to power and hydrogen production, adsorption, cryogenic, mineralization and pyrolysis). Dr. Zaabout has published nearly 40 peer reviewed high-ranking journal papers and has co-supervised dozens of students combining PhD students, postdocs and graduate engineering students. Dr. Zaabout was a key driver of licensing his co-patented innovative concept for CO2 capture.

Dr. Abdessamad Faik, is a Group Leader with extensive experience in development of innovative materials for energy storage solutions for different industrial applications. He received his PhD from the University of Basque Country (Leioa, Spain) where his work was focused on the synthesis, structural study and phase transitions at non-ambient conditions of double perovskite materials. After his PhD, he had obtained a post-doctoral fellowship at CNRS (Orleans, France), where he had studied innovative and original materials for sensible TES. Then, he worked as a guest scientist at DLR (Stuttgart, Germany). In this position, He developed and studied new materials for thermochemical energy storage at medium and high temperatures. After that, he worked at IRESEN (Rabat, Morocco), as a head of thermal systems department, where, he participated in different academic and industrial projects. He is the coordinator of thermal energy storage sub-programme of EERA-ES – European Energy Storage Alliance - Energy Storage. In 2018, he received the first edition of Researcher Recognizing Award organized by the Basque Government for recognizing the research work and scientific-technological merit of scientists at Basque Country.

Cédric Tard received his PhD from the John Innes Center (University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.) under the supervision of Prof. Chris Pickett in 2005. After two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau) in the group of Prof. Jean-Pierre Boilot, he joined the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire (Université Paris Diderot) in the group of Prof. Jean-Michel Savéant as CNRS researcher. He has been appointed Professeur Chargé de Cours at the Ecole Polytechnique in 2016 and joined the Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire (Ecole Polytechnique, IP Paris) in January 2017.

Prof. Hassan Ait Ahsaine received his BSc in physics, MSc in materials chemistry from Ibn Zohr University and a co-directed Ph.D. degree in materials science from Ibn Zohr (Morocco) and Toulon University (France). He joined the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as a postdoctoral researcher for 3 years, and then appointed at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) as a researcher in the CBS department. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Mohamed V in Rabat, he is a member of scientific morocco organization and the American Chemical Society. His research focuses on the development and synthesis of novel functional materials, from the nanoscale to the microscale, for environmental and catalytic applications. He is a member of the editorial board of frontiers in chemistry and He has more than 45 peer-reviewed paper in renowned scientific journals. He received several national and international awards.

Hervé Martinez is full professor in solid-state chemistry at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour in France. He is at present deputy director of UPPA’ Faculty of Science and Technology for Energy and Environment (STEE). He was recently (2015-2018) deputy director of IPREM, a CNRS laboratory (IPREM: Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical Chemistry for the French National Centre for Scientific Research), and director of the chemistry department of UPPA.

Prof. Martinez’s current research fields include the fundamental knowledge of materials surface and interface applied to energy storage (Li(Na) – ion batteries, redox processes and surface phenomena during electrochemical cycles, aging phenomena…), to nanomaterials for health and to the identification and understanding of corrosion process for materials used in aeronautics or automotive vehicles. He is a specialist of surface materials and physical-chemistry with a special interest for electronic and photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS-AES), mass spectroscopy (TOF-SIMS), scanning probe microscopies (AFM-STM) and theoretical calculations (DFT codes). Within these different fields, he has published 130 scientific papers and book chapters with a number of citations around 3400 and an h-index of 35 (SCOPUS). He was/is coordinator and principle leader of more than 20 research and collaborative projects and he supervised 20 Ph.D. and 7 post doctoral fellows.

Dr. Johan Jacquemin (JJ), 41 years old, is currently Associate Professor in Thermodynamics at Tours University, PCM2E Laboratory and is an Affiliate Professor at MSN-UM6P since August 2019. He received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Blaise Pascal University of Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2006. Then JJ spent two years as post-doctoral fellow at Queen’s University Belfast in the UK prior to be recruited as associate professor at Tours University in 2008. From October 2011 to September 2018, JJ was an academic staff in chemical engineering within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interest if mainly devoted in applied sciences, thermodynamic and chemical engineering. His work embraces the physical chemistry of pure components and their mixtures with other fluids and in particular on relationships between chemical structure and physical properties, with a strong focus on the development of new experimental approaches and models to design sustainable chemical engineering applications. To date, JJ has authored/co-authored more than 140 papers, 5 book chapters and has a h-index of 37 (number of citations >5,200, Google Scholar).

NOUNEH Khalid is a Professor in Ibn Tofail University Kenitra. He graduated and obtained his PhD in Physics at ELIAUS Perpignan and GES Montpellier II University (France) in December 2006. Then, he awarded in 2007, the prestigious JSPS Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science as Postdoctoral in the International Collaboration Center ICC of Kyoto University in Japan. He was also junior researcher of Inanotech-MAScIR (Moroccan Advanced Science Innovation and Research). Prof. NOUNEH has published over 44 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He coordinates and participated in 9 national and international cooperation projects related to energy and environment applications (IRESEN, PPR-37-2015, OCP-CNRST, Fp7: Eurosunmed 2013; PHC-Maghreb etc.). In addition, he is active member of Moroccan Association of the Advanced Materials (A2MA), la Société Marocaine d’Optique SMOP, et Renewable Energy University Network (REUNET)

Laure Monconduit received her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1994 from Nantes University, at the Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (France). After a postdoc with Prof. Von Schnering at the Max Plack Institut at Stuttgart, she was appointed researcher at CNRS in 1996. She was promoted research Director in 2011. She currently leads a group of 8 permanent researchers, ca. 12 PhD students and postdocs. First years at CNRS were devoted to research of new materials with original structure and properties. Her current research directions include the synthesis and characterization of new electrodes materials for Li-ion, and for post-Li systems: Na-, K-, Ca- ion batteries, the improvement of their performance by playing on the nano-structuration and the electrode formulation, on the confinement in carbon matrix… The understanding of the electrochemical mechanism through operando characterization technics (XRD, IR-ATR, Raman, Mössbauer spectroscopy) is the center of her research. She was leading the thematic group Li-ion of the European network ALISTORE-ERI and of the French network RSE2. LM is/was leader or participant of numerous scientific projects, National projects or European project (H2020 (POROUS, VIDICAT). She has also numerous collaborations with industrial partners (Saft, Umicore, Total S.A., Hutchinson, Nanomakers...). She is the author of 160 articles in international peer reviewed journals, of 10 patents, of 5 book chapters, of more than 40 oral presentations in international conferences including 20 invited lectures.

Dr Abdelfattah Mahmoud is a senior researcher at GreenMat Lab of the university of Liège (Belgium) since December 2015. His research concerns the development of the electrode materials for Alkali-ion batteries, he is also in charge of the analytical platforms of electrochemistry and Mössbauer Spectroscopy. Before joining the university of Liège, Abdelfattah was Postdoctoral researcher during 2 years at Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS-2 (Germany). His research focused on the characterization of electrochemically active materials by nuclear resonance and neutron scattering techniques. He graduated and obtained his PhD in Materials Science in December 2012, from Cadi Ayyad university in Marrakech (Morocco). His PhD focused on the development of three electrode materials (MnSn2, LiCo2/3Ni1/6Mn1/6O2, Li4Ti5O12) for high energy density lithium-ion batteries. He has been visiting researcher in many research centers, laboratories and Universities: Oak Ridge National Lab (USA, 2018), Montpellier University (France, 2011) and the Institute of Material Science of Madrid (Spain 2010 and 2012). He authored and co-authored more than 54 peer-reviewed papers, 2 patents, 70 conference papers, invited talks and extended abstracts.

After a research career of more than 12 years in France, Germany and Finland, Dr. Mohamed Chaker Necibi joined Mohammed VI Polytechnic University as a Teacher-Researcher at the International Water Research Institute (IWRI). Dr. Necibi works on the development of advanced technologies for the treatment of municipal and industrial effluents, based on the principles of circular economy and sustainable development. More specifically, he works on the optimization and integration of physicochemical, hydrothermal or biological processes for pollution removal and resource recovery from wastewaters, sewage sludge, and mining side streams, targeting heavy metals, rare earths elements, microplastics and other emerging pollutants. He is the principal investigator of many projects, guest editor for several special issues in Elsevier journals, and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and three books on Biomass of Sustainable Applications, Bioeconomy, and Circular Economy.

Dr. Mohammed MAKHA got his PhD in physics (Materials for photovoltaic applications) from Angers University (France) in 2014, in collaboration with Ibn Tofail university in Kenitra (Morocco), for development thin film solar cell based on organic materials. After a post doctorate stay at the laboratory of photovoltaic materials, Nantes university (France), he has moved to the Swiss federal laboratories for materials science and technology EMPA from 2014 to 2017 as a postdoc, where he worked in several projects related to the development of innovative materials and processes for the fabrication of flexible & semitransparent thin film solar cells for building integrated photovoltaics. In 2018, he has earned a specialized Masters in “Technological Innovation and Project Management” from the ESIEE Paris, France. He then joined Ayming consulting group in France as a consultant in the field of R&D and Innovation management and funding. Dr. Mohammed Makha joined MSN department of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University as a postdoctoral researcher since January 2019. He is working on the development of Innovative coatings for wear and corrosion protection, using physical vapor deposition process.

Dr. Moulay Tahar SOUGRATI is a CNRS Research Engineer. He is in charge of the Mössbauer spectroscopy platform of Montpellier Charles Gerhardt Institute (ICGM). His work is focused on the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to the characterization of materials for different topics such as Geology, Inorganic Chemistry and especially in the field of energy storage and conversion. Since 2009, He has been working on different families of anode and cathode materials including phosphates, sulphates, oxides, intermetallic alloys etc. He contributed to development of serval advanced operando techniques (Diffraction and spectroscopies). He is also applying Mössbauer spectroscopy to iron-based precious-metal-free catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. He is a member of the French Mössbauer Group (GFSM) and He is actively involved in the European (ALISTORE) and the French (RS2E) networks for electrochemical energy storage. A significant part of his work is carried out within international collaborations (USA, UK, China, Morocco, Germany, Belgium, etc.).

Pr. Rachid Amrousse, got his high school certificate in experimental sciences in 2002 and his Bachelor degree in 2006 from El Jadida University, and then he moved to the University of Poitiers, France. He got Master degree in 2007. In 2010, he got his PhD degree from the same University in collaboration with French space agency (CNES) and Air Liquide Society. The PhD dissertation was entitled: “The ignition of cold hydrogen-oxygen mixtures for satellite control reactions”. In 2011,

Dr. Rachid joined Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as Research Associate and he was the first foreign national recruited by JAXA. The topic of his research is in relation with “the development of high energetic materials and survey of catalysis applied to space propulsion, thermal decomposition, combustion mechanisms, characterization, stability…etc”. In 2016, Dr. Rachid got competitive budget from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for 2 years in order to develop green propellant thruster for reaction control system to be used for small satellites. In the same year, he joined the University of Chouaib Doukkali (UCD) located in El Jadida City in Morocco and from 2019, he promoted as Associate Professor of same university. In resume,

Dr. Rachid got a lot of allowances and awards for his research topics from France: Poitou-Charentes Region’s Allowance for Master Degree, CNES’s allowance for PhD degree, from European Green Aerospace Propellant (GRASP) Project, From JAXA and from JSPS. He published more than 40 papers as peer-reviewed papers and proceedings. He also give more than 60 talks as orals, keynote speakers and plenary lectures in the topics related to the propellants and he is active member of Japan Explosives Society. He reviewed more than 10 papers by year for different journals related to the catalysis and propulsion. He got also some awards as best presentations and the most important one the National Medal of Merit from the King of Morocco Mohammed VI in 2016.

Sanae NAAMANE is the manager of the Materials Engineering and Durability Center at MAScIR. She is an engineer in materials science and did her thesis on the degradation of the material of the tank of French nuclear power plants. She joined Mascir in 2012 and has since worked on the degradation and durability of materials used for solar energy. She works mainly on the effect of climatic constraints on the durability of the components. She studies both chemical and mechanical degradation phenomena. It is also interested in the soiling phenomenon which reduces the efficiency of solar power plants.

Tarik CHAFIK holds a PhD in catalytic processes engineering from the University of Lyon-France (1993). He joined University of Patras (Greece) as Post doc researcher at with Prof. Verykios (1994) then he worked at National Institute for Resources and Environment (AIST, Tsukuba Japan) from 1995 to 1997 and at the University California Berkeley (USA) in 1999 (with Prof. A. T. Bell). He is currently full Professor and Master courses coordinator at the Faculty of Sciences and Technique of Tangier (Morocco), where he is teaching Thermodynamic, Chemical engineering, Catalysis and atmospheric pollution control. His research is focused on the use of adsorption, catalysis and nanomaterials
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He gained significant experience as research director managing several research projects involving local industrial partners. Other professional activities include: expert evaluator mandated by national and international organizations, steering committees, chairing conferences sessions, journal reviewing and elected member of university commissions.

I am an associate professor at the Nagaoka University of Technology. I graduated from “The Graduate University of Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI)” in Japan and received a “Ph.D. in Engineering” in March of 2010. I have been involved in the research on combustion of energetic HAN-based ionic-liquid green-propellant for more than 10 years and succeeded in a demonstration of a HAN-based green propellant thruster at a balloon experiment. Currently, I carry out researches on not only HAN-based propellant, but ADN-based propellant, hydrogen explosion, laser ignition, and so on, and published over 25 research papers.