The significant increases in demand of world energy consumption as well as clean and efficient energy resources have prompted the imperative searches of new materials and technologies. The technologies aiming for clean energy generation with zero-emission will require advances in materials development for efficient and reliable energy storage. This symposium will focus on the advanced engineering ceramics and technologies that could help the global community to achieve the 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 are key factors to extend the life, enhance the safety, and lower the cost of rechargeable batteries that are regarded as the most efficient energy storage systems for portable electronics, renewable energy storage, smart grid, and transportation applications. A deeper understanding of the battery materials/property relationship, electrode/electrolyte interface phenomena, and cell failure mechanisms is critically needed to face these challenges. The search for advanced high capacity electrode materials and the implementation of the very challenging lithium sulfur, lithium-air, and sodium-air batteries will be necessary to overcome the energy density shortfall in currently commercial batteries.

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

Proposed Session Topics
  • 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 metal-air and lithium-sulphur battery technologies
  • Sodium batteries and beyond lithium batteries
  • Solid electrolytes for batteries
  • All-solid-state batteries
  • Materials of capacitive energy storage (super-capacitors)
  • Stationary rechargeable batteries for grid, solar, and wind technologies

Symposium Organizers
  • Palani Balaya, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Ilias Belharouak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Fei Chen, Wuhan University of Technology, China
  • Mickael Dollé, University of Montrael, Canada
  • Olivier Guillon, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • XiangXin Guo, Qingdao University, China
  • Wei Lai, Michigan State University, USA
  • Valerie Pralong, CNRS CRISMAT, France
  • Naoaki Yabuuchi, Yokohama National University, Japan
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