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director , Professor of Chemistry

Jean-Marie Tarascon, American chemist, educator. Achievements include research in search for better electrode materials through soft chemistry; research in Li-ion batteries while addressing fundamental materials issues in other battery systems such as Ni-Cd and Pb-acid as well as in electrochemic displays; research in understanding that crystal-chemical aspects of novel compounds with respect to lithium absorbtion/desorbtion.


Tarascon, Jean-Marie was born on September 21, 1953.


DUES, University Bordeaux, Cedex, France, 1974. License, University Bordeaux, Cedex, France, 1976. Master of Science, University Bordeaux, Cedex, France, 1977.

General Academic Studies Degree, University Bordeaux, Cedex, France, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy, University Bordeaux, Cedex, France, 1981.


He worked at Bell Labs and Bellcore from 1982 to 1994, then moved to the University of Picardie Jules Verne in 1994. He has been at the College de France since 2010. He is also credited with laying foundations of the reputable Erasmus mundus masters course in energy storage and conversion "Materials for energy storage and conversion" hosted by UPJV, Amiens in association with seven universities across the globe and several energy research networks.

Tarascon's research investigates the synthesis of novel electronic phenomena and materials such as superconductors, ferroelectrics, fluoride glasses, rechargeable batteries and colossal magnetoresistance. He has made many contributions to superconductivity and was the original proponent of the thin and flexible plastic lithium ion battery.


  • Tarascon was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2014. His nomination reads:\r\nJean-Marie Tarascon is distinguished for his outstanding leadership in the materials chemistry of energy conversion and storage devices and for seminal studies of high temperature superconductors. His pioneering work on electrode reaction processes that can store more energy than those in conventional lithium-ion batteries, his work on molecular electrodes and his realization of the plastic battery, have changed thinking in the field.\r\nTarascon was nominated to the Académie des Sciences in 2005, and the University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) gold medalist in 2008.

    He won the ENI Protection of the Environment award in 2011 and was honoured by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2015 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Centenary Prize.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: International Journal Inorganic Materials, Journal Materials Chemistry, Journal Solid State Electrochemistry, Journal Solid State Ionics.


Member of Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society (Battery Technical award for plastic li-ion battery achievement 1997), Materials Research Society.