Dr. Yaovi Holade plus all of his group members

We are advocate of inclusion and diversity in society and in research. We value all forms of diversity, so everyone is welcome as long as you are a team player, because our golden dream is to join our voice to those from all over the world and who continue [by their means] to create an inclusive culture. We provide to each trainee (Postdoc, PhD, Internship) a multidisciplinary preparation allowing him/her to consider his/her professional career in frontier fields. We enable a worthy supervision by providing proper environment for an exciting and pleasant research stay (a focus on the professional and personal development; be part of a new adventure for the lab and for yourself; help with future career development and advising). We strive to have a group where everyone is having equal opportunities to reach to the next step in the career. We assure that everyone has the support he/she needs throughout the implementation of his/her own project. We encourage each of the group member to independency and to search for unusual solutions. Our host institutions provide an outstanding research environment and infrastructure to undertake any described research opportunity with a wide array of equipment as well as excellent core facilities through national and international collaboration.


Yaovi Holade, PhD, MRSC

Sept. 2016-now: Tenured Associate Professor, Electrochemical Sciences, ENSCM & IEM, Montpellier, France. Office: 0.17

July 2019-now: Head of the internship & corporate relations office at ENSCM, France

2016: Postdoc, University of Utah, Utah, USA (Resarch Group of Prof. Shelley D. Minteer)

2015: PhD in Chemistry and Electrochemistry, University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France. (Sup. Prof. K. Boniface Kokoh & Dr. Karine Servat)

2012: MSc in Catalysis and Environment. University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France

2011: BSc in Physical Sciences and Pedagogy of Teaching. University of Lomé, Lomé, Togo

Our team is member of the “IEM’ synergy group of 4PIs”: Dr. Yaovi Holade, Dr. Julien Cambedouzou (visit his team), Dr. Sophie Tingry, and Prof. David CORNU. Their mission is to address research problems too ambitious and interdisciplinary to be dealt by a single PI working alone with his team. They leverage their backgrounds to advance materials & membranes end-uses in energy, health, and environmental. Look at our publication list for the outputs of joint research (when it is possible to make them public!).

Postdoctoral Researchers

Sarra Knani

Sept. 2021 present: Research&Teaching Assistant (“ATER” in French, Postdoc equivalency) at IEM with Lab’s Electrochemistry teaching tasks at ENSCM. Current project: Polyaniline based materials for HER, ORR, NRR. Office: 0.08. Tel. +33 (0) 4 67 14 91 73………… Email:

Feb. 2010 – Aug. 2021: Teaching Assistant, Higher School of Health Sciences and Techniques of Tunis; Higher Institute of Preparatory Studies in Geology and Biology of Soukra; University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

2015: PhD in Chemistry and Electrocatalysis. Project: Platinum-based electrocatalysts for ORR in direct methanol fuel cell (Supervisors: Prof Lotfi CHIRCHI and Dr. HDR. Teko. W. NAPPORN). University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

2009: MSc in Solid state of Chemistry. University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

2007: BSc in Chemistry. University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

PhD Researchers


Amira Ben Abderrahmane

Nov. 2022 present: PhD Researcher at IEM. Current project: Development of electrocatalysts for the selective electroconversion of cellulosic biomass into biosourced synthons in a hydrogen co-production electrolyzer. Office: 1.58. Tel. +33 (0) 4 67 14 91 73..Email:

2022: MSc in Materials Chemistry. Sorbonne Université, Paris, France. Apprenticeship project: Study of the corrosion behaviour of ZnAlMg coatings on steel (Renault France). Internship project: Myoglobin protein engineering to develop an artificial metalloenzyme for biocatalytic radical cyclization reactions (Research group of Prof. Nico Bruns)

2020: BSc in Chemistry with a minor in Physics Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

Zahra Hagheh Kavousi

Sep. 2021 present: PhD Researcher at IEM (co-supervision with Dr. Mikhael Bechelany). Current project: Design of nanoparticles by Atomic Layer Deposition and the investigation of their (photo)electrocatalytic properties. Office: 1.58. Tel. +33 (0) 4 67 14 91 73..Email:

2019: MSc in Inorganic Chemistry. Shahrood University of technology, Iran. Project: Preparation and characterization of molybdenum, vanadium and silver nano complexes supported on phyllosilicate and investigation of their catalytic properties and biological activities

2015: BSc in Applied chemistry. Payame Noor University of Tehran, Iran

Aristide Wend-Kuny Guy Nitiema

Nov. 2019 present: PhD Researcher at University Joseph KI ZERBO in Burkina Faso, and at IEM in France (co-supervision) . Current project: Gold phthalocyanines: Synthesis, Physicochemistry and (Photo)Electrochemistry. Office: 1.20. Tel. +33 (0) 4 67 14 91 61……….. Email:

2019: MSc in Inorganic Chemistry, University Joseph KI ZERBO, Burkina Faso. Project: Synthesis and characterization of gold phthalocyanine and its octacyanated and octacarboxylated derivatives.

2015: BSc in Science and Technology. , University Joseph KI ZERBO, Burkina Faso.

Jean-Félix Boué

Oct. 2020 present: PhD Researcher at IEM (co-supervision with Dr. Julien Cambedouzou) and CIRIMAT(Prof. Christophe Laurent). Current project: Electrocatalysts for H2 evolution reaction. Office: 1.20. Tel. +33 (0) 4 67 14 91 61……….. Email:

2020: MSc in Materials Chemistry, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Project: MXene materials for the electrochemical energy storage. Rearch Group of Prof. Patrice Simon, Toulouse, France

2017: BSc in Materials Chemistry. University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Engineers with PhD or MSc

Graduate Students

Charline AUGOURG

Jan. 2023 present: MSc internship, 1st year, (Research assistant) at IEM. Current project: Exploration of the frontiers of galvanic replacement reaction to develop high-entropy porous alloys as functional materials. Office: 0.08. Tel. +33 (0) 4 67 14 91 73. Email: 

Sept. 2021 – present: 2nd year Engineering, National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier, ENSCM (Major in Chemistry – Materials Environment), Montpellier, France

Sept. 2019 – June 2021: CPI at National Graduate School of Chemistry of Rennes, ENSCR, France. CPI is intensive two-year study course preparing for the competitive entrance examinations to the French ‘Grandes Écoles’ in Chemistry (the top French and highly-selective institutions)

Undergraduate Students

Alumni (total = 25)

Fahima EL AMRABT (MSc, 2022)

Sara HELIS (MSc internship, 1st year, 2022)

Dorsaf NABLI (IUT, 2nd year, 2022)

Maximilien CORONAS (MSc internship, 3rd year Engineering apprentice, 2021-2022)

Valentine CHEVILLON (MSc internship, 2nd year Engineering, 2022)

Nazym TULEUSHOVA (PhD Researcher, 2018-2021, Defended on 17-December-2021)

Charlène GARAU (Assistant Researcher, Analytical Chemistry Engineer, 2021)

Katia BADJADJ (MSc internship, 2021)

Emeric LAVOINE (MSc internship, 2021)

Samy HAMANI (MSc internship, 2nd year Engineering, 2021)

Ilyass GHANDARI (MSc internship, 1st year, 2021)

Perla HAJJAR (BSc internship, 1st year Engineering, 2021)

Tifenn ROSEC (BSc internship, 1st year Engineering, 2021)

Razik DJARA (international PhD interns, Campus France Fellowship, 2018-2020)

Layal ABDALLAH (BSc internship, 1st year Engineering, 2020)

Marie BRUN (BSc internship, 2020)

Jules CHARRETON (BSc internship, 1st year Engineering, 2020)

Andréa CASSANI (MSc, Engineer, 2019)

Rihab BOUKIL (MSc, Engineer, 2019)

Quentin PIQUES (MSc internship, 1st year, 2019)

Joelle ZGHEIB (MSc, 2018)

Paul MORANDI (MSc, 2018)

Timothé CLAUDE (MSc internship, 1st year, 2018)

Hoda EL GADDARI (MSc, 2017)

Widya Ernayati KOSIMANINGRUM (PhD, 2016-2018, Defended on 13-November-2018)

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