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2D materials for energy applications

Fifty years ago, it was forecast that our modern society would be supported and operated mainly by three elements of technology; i.e. materials, energy and information. Rapid rise in the research and development of new materials has not only largely improved our modern life but also controls further expansions of the other two technologies. The research of materials, such as more efficient batteries and light chemical energy conversion materials, is urgently required. Our symposium will be one such attempt in the field of energy research with focus on 2D materials.

Scope:

The growth of the human population coupled with the simultaneous improvement of living conditions is resulting in a rapidly rising global energy demand, and the negative effects on the environment in the form of pollution and global warming are becoming ever more apparent. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to take action now and concentrate on an active search for alternatives to our current fossil fuel based economy. The general consensus is that only renewable energies could provide a long-term sustainable source of energy. One needs, however, to consider that if fossil fuel is taken out of the picture, one requires an adequate substitute energy carrier for mobile applications (cars, planes, etc.). Our symposium will focus on 2D materials that have attracted the focus of the scientific community in the vast field of energy materials. The applications of such materials will be having a broad view in the area of solar cell, Battery, super capacitor, thermoelectric, spintronics, photo catalysis, and fuel cells. Scientists doing their research in all the above area will be a getting a common platform to showcase their latest findings, which all will be attached through a common string named Energy.

For example, the driving force behind the solar hydrogen generation is the green environment with enormous resources of clean fuels. Semiconducting materials emerge as the prominent media that assist water splitting into oxygen and hydrogen with the help of sunlight. The proposal of symposium on 2D materials aims to integrate  cutting edge computational aided systematic and high throughput investigation and newly synthesized 2D materials for the enhanced water dissociation activity of the recently synthesized semiconducting materials MX2 (where M= Transition metal &  X=S, Se, Te) and hydrogenated silicone, stanine, phosphorene & Mexene from band edge alignment concept. The rapid advancement of exfoliation and synthetic techniques immensely motivates the proposal on 2D materials to explore these exotic single layered materials. The outcome of the symposium can be useful from the perspective of an oil-free economy that replaces the fossil fuel consumption with sustainable energy. The results will be automatically connected to the various activities in the materials science communities, including the ongoing feedback between theory and experiment in energy harvesting for vivid industrial applications.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

The following topics both in the field of Theory and Experiments will be covered in our Symposium “2D Materials for Energy Applications ”

  • Two-dimensional (2D) materials for energy production and storage
  • 2D based materials for solar cells
  • 2D materials for enhance battery performance
  • 2D Materials for super Capacitor Technology
  • 2D Materials for Thermoelectrics
  • 2D Materials for Spintronics

Tentative list of invited speakers:

A. Experiments:

  • Z.L.Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta,  USA, zhong.wang[at]mse.gatech.edu
  • Yaroslav Romanyuk (Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) yaroslav.romanyuk[at]empa.ch
  • Katarzyna Wiesenhütte (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) k.werniewicz[at]hzdr.de
  • Stuart Irvine (Centre for Solar Energy Research CSER/Glyndŵr University) s.irvine[at]glyndwr.ac.uk
  • Kevin Sivula (EPFL - Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) kevin.sivula[at]epfl.ch

B. Theory and Computation:

  • Maurizia Palummo (University Tor Vergata Rome) maurizia.palummo[at]roma2.infn.it
  • Michael Nolan (Tyndall Natl. Institute, Cork) michael.nolan[at]tyndall.ie

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • T.K.Kang, South Korea
  • G.P.Das, India
  • B.Johansson, Sweden
  • C.G.Granqvist, Sweden

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Symposium organizers
Manickam MINAKSHIMurdoch University

School of Engineering and Information - Technology, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia

minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
Rajeev AHUJA (Main Organizer)Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University

Box-516 SE-75120 Uppsala, Sweden

rajeev.ahuja@physics.uu.se
Yong-Mook KANGDongguk University

Dept. of Energy & Materials Engineering - 30, Pildong-ro 1 gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 04620, Korea

dake1234@dongguk.edu