Olchowka Jacob

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Personnel CNRS
– Chargé de Recherche / Groupe 2
Publications – Citation metrics / ORCID
– contact : prénom.nom-nom@icmcb.cnrs.fr / poste 2723 (ligne directe 054000+poste)

Compétences : Na-ion batteries / Hybrid supercapacitors / Controlled synthesis / Structure-properties relationship / Surface modification

Education and scientific position

Since Oct. 2017 : CNRS researcher : Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry in Bordeaux (ICMCB-CNRS) – Group « Energy : Materials and Batteries », Pessac, France – Member of the French research network on electrochemical energy storage (RS2E)
Main topic : New materials for Na-ion batteries and hybrid supercapacitors
Aug. 2016 – Sept. 2017 : Postdoctoral fellow : Department of Chemistry and Physics, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Supervisor : Pr Hans Hagemann
Main topic : Study by spectroscopy of lanthanides and ionothermal syntheses
Dec. 2015 – July 2016 : Postdoctoral fellow : Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Siegen, Germany. Supervisor : Pr Claudia Wickleder
Main topic : Development of new ionothermal synthesis approaches for nanophosphors
Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2015 : PhD student : Co-shared PhD between the Laboratory of Catalysis and Solid State Chemistry – UCCS, University of Lille, France (Supervisors : Dr Olivier Mentré and Dr Marie Colmont) and the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Siegen, Germany (Supervisor : Pr Claudia Wickleder)
Main topic : Study of the relationship between structural and optical properties of Bi3+ based oxides and salts


Research activities

Keywords : Sodium-ion batteries ; Hybrid supercapacitors ; New synthesis approaches for the design of electrode materials ; Crystal structure ; Ionothermal synthesis.

My research focuses on the controlled-synthesis (morphology, size, porosity, composition …) and the comprehension of the synthesis influence on the electrochemical performance of positive electrodes for Li-ion / Na-ion batteries and hybrid supercapacitors.
Among other things, I am developing ionothermal approach (use of ionic liquids as solvent, template and reactant) for the synthesis of positive electrode materials (Na3V2(PO4)2F3, LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, Co(OH)2, HxCoO2, Ni(OH)2, MnO2 …). This approach usually leads to “hybrid” materials where the ionic liquids functionalize the electrode material surface. This surface modification could be beneficial to enhance the electrochemical performance and I am currently trying to understand all the mechanisms around the surface modification and its influence on the surface composition, material’s stability upon long rate cycling, transport properties, capacity …..


Scientific production and supervision

23 articles in peer-reviewed journals

2 invited talk “keynote”, 7 oral communications, 6 posters, 3 seminars

Supervision / co-supervision : 2 PhD students, 2 master students, 5 undergraduate students.
Animator in several scientific shows/experiments for general audience (Science Me, Chimiscope …)


Relevant publications (total : 23)

Nguyen, L.H.B. ; Olchowka, J. ; Belin, S. ; Sanz Camacho, P. ; Duttine, M. ; Iadecola, A. ; Fauth, F. ; Carlier D. ; Masquelier, C. ; Croguennec, L. « Monitoring the Crystal Structure and the Electrochemical Properties of Na3(VO)2(PO4)2F through Fe3+-Substitution », ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b14249

Olchowka, J. ; Nguyen, L.H.B. ; Broux, T. ; Sanz Camacho, P. ; Petit, E. ; Fauth, F. ; Carlier D. ; Masquelier, C. ; Croguennec, L. « Aluminum substitution for vanadium in the Na3V2(PO4)2F3 and Na3V2(PO4)2FO2 type materials », Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 11719-11722. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9CC05137F

Olchowka, J.* ; Tailliez, T. ; Bourgeois, L. ; Dourges, M.A. ; Guerlou-Demourgues, L. « Optimizing pseudocapacitance by nano-structuration and surface functionalization of Cobalt oxyhydroxide with ionic liquids », Nanoscale Advances, 2019, 1, 2240-2249. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9NA00171A

Nguyen L.H.B. ; Broux, T. ; Sanz Camacho, P. ; Denux, D. ; Bourgeois, L. ; Belin, S. ; Iadecola, A. ; Fauth, F. ; Carlier, D. ; Olchowka, J. ; Masquelier, C. ; Croguennec, L. « Stability in water and electrochemical properties of compositions in the Na3V2(PO4)2F3 – Na3(VO)2(PO4)2F solid solution », Energy Storage Materials, 2019, 20, 324-334. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ensm.2019.04.010