Codec project

New conductive composites with thermosetting matrices and carbonaceous and/or metallic fillers

The aim of the project is to develop innovative formulations of conductive composites, combining styrene-free thermosetting matrices and new conductive carbon or metal fillers. These new composite formulations will enable the manufacture of bipolar plates, the building blocks of fuel cells, in compliance with future environmental and health protection standards.

Thermosetting matrix composites for bipolar plates

In the context of new energy sources applied to transport, fuel cells represent a very realistic alternative to thermal and electric motors. Its main advantage is that it causes no pollution. Manufacturing the bipolar plates used in the fuel cell requires the use of expensive or heavy materials. The use of conductive composites with thermosetting matrices seems an interesting alternative. Initial formulations incorporate styrene solvent resins, a compound classified as CMR.  The aim of the project is to propose a composite formulation incorporating a styrene-free resin.  

A project with many challenges

This study is both:

  • Fundamental, with the nanometric-scale dispersion of carbonaceous fillers of various kinds in a polymer matrix;
  • Economic, with the development of new products to access new markets
  • Ecological, with the substitution of harmful products in the production chain and the development of materials used in the production of low-carbon energy.


Academic laboratories

ICMN - CNRS / University of Orléans


PCM2E – University of  TOURS

Industrial partner

IDI composites international, Vineuil (41)


226k€ over 3 years

from regional funds (ARD CVL)


Design engineer (18 months)

Temporary teaching and research associate

Master's trainees