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Advances and enhanced functionalities of anion-controlled new inorganic materials-ANIM 4

Based on the success of the previous 3 editions (E-MRS Spring 2013, 2015 and 2019) this symposium will focus on the solid-state chemistry and physics of mixed-anion materials. Discussion will focus on the large number of potential applications for these materials and the many opportunities for innovation in the synthesis and characterization of new mixed-anion materials.


ANIM4 aims to create a European forum for the diverse range of researchers necessary to promote and advance mixed-anion materials (materials scientists, solid-state chemists and physicists, analytical scientists and device design engineers – experimentalists and theoreticians). The symposium will facilitate interdisciplinary discussions within and between these “core groups”, stimulating collaboration and strengthening European and Worldwide activities in this expanding and particularly promising field.

The symposium will survey the mixed-anion materials landscape with emphasis on the following aspects:

  • The search for new mixed-anion materials with a variety of structural frameworks (perovskite, pyrochlore, layered materials, etc.) with the goal to expand and tune their functionalities and electronic properties via anion control rather than more conventional cation substitution.
  • The introduction and optimization of physical and chemical properties for application with a particular focus on optical (photocatalytic, luminescent, nonlinear optical response), magnetic and electronic (ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, magnetoelectric, semiconductive, thermoelectric, magnetoresistive, transparent conductors) and energy (high-capacity Li-ion cathodes, solid-state electrolytes and both cation and anion ionic conductors) applications.
  • Advances in synthesis techniques that have enabled the development of mixed anion materials, with an emphasis on structural and compositional control, combined with more efficient and environmentally friendly methods.
  • Computational and machine learning approaches to accelerate the discovery and properties optimization of new mixed-anion materials. This will include the discussion of theoretical concepts and novel physics expected to appear when the anion-lattices of mixed-anion solids are suitably tailored or materials are prepared as strained films or nano-sized particles.
  • Overviewing of anion-substituted inorganic materials in device development activities: state-of the-art characterization and electronic properties improvement based on heterostructures, interface phenomena, electrode interactions and various device prototypes demonstrations.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Innovative synthesis routes for Anion-substituted New Inorganic Materials (ANIM)
  • The key-role of anion order in properties optimization.
  • Band gap and electronic structure engineering via anion substitution.
  • Ionic transport in mixed-anion solids and its application in batteries and fuel cells.
  • Optical properties: luminescence, nonlinear optical properties of mixed-anion materials.
  • Novel electronic and magnetic properties of mixed-anion materials.
  • Theory, simulation and machine learning approaches for design of new anion-controlled materials and prediction of their functionalities.

List of invited speakers:

  • Tetsuya Hasegawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan) - Thin film engineering of mixed anion perovskites
  • Hiroshi Kageyama (Kyoto University, Japan) - oxyhydride and oxynitride materials
  • Laurence Croguennec (Bordeaux University, France) - mixed-anion systems for energy applications
  • Richard Dronskowski (Hoffman Institute, Germany, China) mixed anion materials guided by theory
  • Houria Kabbour (University of Lille, France) - oxyhalide and oxyhydride materials
  • Simon Clarke (Oxford University) - oxychalcogenide and oxypnictide materials
  • Emma McCabe (Kent University, UK) - oxychalcogenide and oxypnictide materials
  • Amparo Fuertes (ICMAB-CSIC, Barcelona) - Metal oxynitrides as emerging materials with photocatalytic and electronic properties.

List of scientific committee members:

  • J. Paul Attfield (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Laurent Cario (IMN, Nantes, France)
  • Shiv Halasyanami (University of Houston, USA)
  • Matthew Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Yuichi Shimakawa (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Olivier Mentre (UCCS, Lille, France)
  • Joke Hadermann (Antwerp University, Belgium)
  • Frank Tessier (Rennes, France)

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Symposium organizers
Alain DEMOURGUESUniversity of Bordeaux, CNRS, ICMCB

87, Avenue du Dr A. Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac, France

+33 (0)5 40 00 26 55
Katsuro HAYASHIDepartment of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University

W3-701, 744 Motooka, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan

+81 92 802 2859
Michael HAYWARDUniversity of Oxford

Inorganic Chemistry Lab, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR, UK

+44 (0) 1865 272623
Sossina HAILEDept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Dept. of Chemistry, Applied Physics Program; Northwestern University

2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL, 60208-3108, USA

+1 847 491 3197