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S6: Advanced materials and technologies for direct thermal energy conversion and rechargeable energy storage

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-emissions will require advances in materials development for electricity generation as well as efficient and reliable energy storage. This  symposium focuses on the advanced engineering ceramics and technologies that could help the global community to achieve the stated goals. As for the electric energy generation, sessions will focus on materials for energy harvesting and renewable energy generation. On the other hand, 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.

 

Proposed session topics

  • Thermoelectric materials for energy harvesting
  • Materials for thermionic and thermovoltaic applications
  • Materials for solar-thermal applications
  • Stationary rechargeable batteries for grid, solar, and wind technologies
  • 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
  • All-solid-state batteries
  • Solid electrolytes for batteries
  • Materials of capacitive energy storage (super-capacitors)

 

Symposium organizers

  • Palani Balaya, National University of Singapore, Singapore; mpepb@nus.edu.sg
  • Olivier Guillon, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany; o.guillon@fz-juelich.de
  • Ryoji Funahashi, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Osaka, Japan
  • Mickael Dollé, University of Montrael, Canada
  • Wei Lai, Michigan State University, USA
  • Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo Denki University, Japan
  • Valerie Pralong, CNRS CRISMAT, France
  • XiangXin Guo, Shangai Institute of Ceramics, China
  • Jang Wook Choi, KAIST, South Korea
  • Terry Tritt, Clemson University, USA
  • Fei Chen, Wuhan University of Technology, China

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