02-25 energy harvesting systems

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Here at ACerS, we continually look for new ways to best serve our members, from organizing original conferences to launching specialized publications. And last week ACerS announced its most recent development—the establishment of a new Energy Materials and Systems Division!

“ACerS has been involved in these topics for many years,” ACerS executive director Mark Mecklenborg explains. “This is an effort to focus on better meeting the needs of the energy materials and systems community throughout the world.”

The EMS Division will be home of the Materials Challenges in Alternate & Renewable Energy (MCARE) meetings and the Energy Harvesting meetings, which this year will be combined in Seattle, Wash., Aug. 16–21, 2020. (Learn more about the combined meetings here.)

In recognition of our new Division, today’s CTT highlights some of the research published in ACerS journals beneficial to energy harvesting and storage systems.

Lithium is not the (Li)mit—researchers produce all-solid-state sodium-ion battery

To advance energy storage technologies, batteries made from materials other than lithium need to be developed and explored. Researchers from Nippon Electric Glass and Nagaoka University of Technology created one such battery—an all-solid-state sodium-ion battery.

More glass-ceramic photocatalysts and lead-free pyroelectric materials

Last month, studies by researcher Rahul Vaish on glass-ceramic photocatalysts were featured in CTT. Today, two more studies by Vaish published in ACerS journals are highlighted—one on antibacterial TiO2-based glass-ceramics, and one on lead-free pyroelectric materials.

Direct-writing additive manufacturing of lead-free piezoelectric parts

As additive manufacturing techniques become increasingly sophisticated, they offer a way to effectively construct specialized electronic devices. Two recent papers describe different direct-writing AM methods for constructing lead-free piezoelectric parts.