Significant increases in world energy consumption and demand for clean and efficient energy resources have prompted the imperative searches of new materials and technologies. The intermittent nature of renewable power generation technologies will require new solutions for efficient and reliable energy storage. This symposium will focus on advanced engineering ceramics and technologies that could help the global community achieve its stated goals. It will explore state-of-the-art materials and technologies for energy storage, improvements in materials design, electrodes architecture, electrolytes, separators, and cell chemistry, which are key factors to extend life, enhance safety, and lower cost of rechargeable batteries regarded as the most efficient energy storage systems for portable electronics, renewable energy storage, smart grid, and transportation applications.

A deeper understanding of battery materials, property relationships, electrode/electrolyte interface phenomena, and cell failure mechanisms is critically needed to face these challenges. The search for advanced high capacity electrode materials, solid electrolytes, and implementation of very challenging all-solid-state batteries, lithium batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, metal-air batteries, and beyond lithium technologies including sodium batteries and Mg/Ca/Al-based batteries will be necessary to overcome the energy density shortfall and safety issues in current commercial batteries.

The symposium will focus on crystal chemistry, structural analysis, materials processing, powder metallurgy, sintering, transport properties, structural and mechanical characterization, new testing methods, cost/performance and reliability issues, commercialization, market prospects, and recyclability related to batteries and supercapacitors.

Proposed sessions

  • Solid electrolytes for batteries
  • All-solid-state batteries
  • Advanced anode and cathode materials for lithium batteries
  • Materials design, screening, and electrode architectures for lithium batteries
  • Diagnostics and materials characterization for lithium batteries
  • Electrode/electrolyte interface characterization for lithium batteries
  • Applications-focused lithium batteries
  • Lithium-sulfur battery technology
  • Sodium batteries, potassium batteries, magnesium batteries, and calcium batteries
  • Materials of capacitive energy storage (super-capacitors)
  • Recycling of battery materials
  • Stationary rechargeable batteries for grid, solar, and wind technologies


  • Palani Balaya, National University of Singapore, Singapore,
  • Olivier Guillon, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany,
  • Ilias Belharouak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • XiangXin Guo, Qingdao University, China
  • Yasutoshi Iriyama, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Do Kyung Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Wei Lai, Michigan State University, USA
  • Vilas G. Pol, Purdue University, USA
  • Valerie Pralong, CNRS CRISMAT, France
  • Naoaki Yabuuchi, Yokohama National University, Japan