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S12: Global Young Scientist Forum: Nanomaterials for Energy



Although many newly investigated materials and processes for energy generation, storage, and conversion provide significant advantages over existing technologies, few bridge the gap from laboratory demonstrations over prototype devices to commercial products. In particular, large volume production, handling, and integration of nanostructured materials for existing technology platforms is a challenging task when ensuring high device reproducibility at low cost. This symposium will elaborate how industrial uptake of new material technologies can be accomplished, identify current hurdles that prevent economic impact, and elucidate how research, industry, and policy support implementation of new nanomaterials for improved energy generation, storage, and conversion devices.


Proposed Session Topics:

  • Photovoltaics: Potential and prospects of a post-silicon era (organic, CIGS, perovskite, and beyond)
  • Batteries: Post lithium-ion concept application potential and hybrid storage media
  • Hydrogen economy: Nanomaterials for hydrogen production, storage, and utilization
  • Carbon nanotubes, fullerene, graphene, and diamond: Integration and commercialization potential of carbon-based functional materials for energy applications
  • Large-scale integration of nanostructured materials for energy applications
  • Sustainable production of nanostructured materials (low-energy fabrication, atom economic materials synthesis, replacement of critical materials, etc.)
  • Virtual materials: Calculations and simulations for reduced innovation cycles
  • Economic and policy aspects of nanomaterial integration and commercialization


Point of Contact:

  • Thomas Fischer, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Teresa Andreu, Catalan Institute of Energy Research, Spain
  • Sanjay Mathur, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Silke Christiansen, Helmholtz-Center Berlin, Germany
  • Thomas Kirchartz, J├╝lich Research Centre, Germany


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