In addition to training, the research mission of the plasma sector is to develop, in a context of sustainable development, the following axes:
- Plasma science, (chemical, process and materials engineering)
- Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis (chemistry and surface chemistry)
- Synthesis of nano-structured materials applied in skeletal reconstruction, aeronautics, aerospace, energy, environment and catalysis
The model that best describes the operation of the plasma sector and helps to explain the integration of its research is based on the following principles:
Encourage disciplinary research in its axes. These make it possible to improve the development and understanding of plasma, electrochemical or electrocatalytic tools and the modeling of material properties. This disciplinary research guarantees the sustainability of CREPE, gives it its credibility and ensures the quality of the themes. This research is linked to the individual skills of the participating researchers. Collaborations that strengthen the axes are obviously encouraged to maintain leadership and excellence in a global context.
Encourage the emergence of interdisciplinary themes. Those that group searches that have a beginning and an end are another integration tool. They make it possible to fully exploit the research power of CREPE. The central and major theme, for the moment, of CREPE is called the GRAPES theme for Groupe de Recherche Applied aux Piles à Électrolyte Solide. This theme brings with it a certain number of disciplinary-type challenges such as, for example, the development of skills, at the University of Sherbrooke, in the characterization of electrochemical systems operating up to 1000°C. Other themes exist or are being created, such as materials in hydrogen-powered aircraft turbines, intelligent biomaterials, plasma surface treatments for biological applications, the reduction of greenhouse gases by carbon capture, the study of fuel cell aging.
To be a world leader in interdisciplinary research. CREPE researchers also share a vision related to the need to make research more efficient by focusing on the quality of infrastructures and on methodologies that encourage this efficiency such as the intelligent combinatorial approach (coupled with modeling), on the quality of human resources in CREPE and the desire of researchers to work together and also on the desire to participate in the development of the quality of life by developing processes or materials that contribute to sustainable development. In the deliverables of CREPE, we distinguish the training of highly qualified personnel, publications related to axes and themes and the generation of intellectual property which can give rise to patents and licenses (to date, 20 patents are listed in the CVs of CREPE members) from the University of Sherbrooke.
Train the leaders of tomorrow in the areas described in the research axes.