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Batteries and supercapacitors: fundamentals, materials and devices

Efficient renewable energy management is required for a sustainable development and electrochemical energy storage is expected to play a key role in this process in a near future. This symposium will cover the state of developments in the field of electrochemical energy storage, with a focus on novel chemistries, advanced materials and design considerations of batteries and supercapacitors for current and future applications in transportation, commercial, electronics, aerospace, biomedical, and other sectors.


Electrochemical energy storage is a rapidly advancing field building on a continuous stream of innovative ideas. Driven by the impulse for vehicle electrification and energy autonomy for residential use, improving the performance of batteries and supercapacitors has attracted intense interest over the past decades. While much effort has been oriented towards increasing the power and energy density at the cell level, research focused on system-level energy metrics, cost and safety characteristics of advanced batteries has received less attention but is urgently needed to facilitate the “wireless electrification” process. Chemistry, materials and cell design barriers in the areas of safety, cost and robustness of the power systems need to be overcome for the large-scale adoption of batteries, supercapacitors and their hybrids.  

The intent of this symposium is to provide a forum for scientists worldwide to present the state of the art developments and discuss the strategies to improve the performance metrics, safety attributes and reduce the cost of the electrochemical energy storage systems. The discussions will cover the chemistry, materials and engineering aspects for current and emerging concepts in Lithium-ion batteries and beyond, improved capacitive energy storage, hybrid systems, but also cell design towards system level considerations. This symposium will be also the right place to debate on horizons in multifunctional energy storage designs that go beyond the current system performances.

  • The topics to be covered by the symposium are firmly consistent with the Batteries & Supercaps, a ChemPubSoc Europe Journal (published by Wiley-VCH) scope and the conference proceedings/manuscripts of this symposium will have the opportunity to get published in a special issue of this journal.
  • Symposium Sponsored Best Graduate Student Poster and Oral Presentation Awards.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

The symposium will cover a wide range of topics relating to electrochemical energy storage science and technology including, but not limited to:

  • High-energy Li-ion materials: intercalation, conversion and alloying electrode materials.
  • Materials for non-Li battery chemistries (Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Al3+, etc.)
  • Advances in Lead-acid, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH and other Metal-Ion systems.
  • Organic materials and polymers for energy storage.
  • Novel redox couples and materials for flow batteries.
  • Supercapacitors, Li-ion capacitors and hybrid configurations.
  • Ionic liquids, solid and liquid electrolytes.
  • Electrode/electrolyte interface processes.
  • Binders, separators, electrolytes and additives.
  • Safety, reliability, cell design and system integration.
  • Industry view on production for P/H-EVs, stationary storage and others.
  • Characterization, modeling and theoretical advances.
  • Recycling

List of invited speakers:

  • Artem Abakoumov (Skolkovo Innovation Center, Russia)
  • Michel Armand (CIC Energigune, Spain)
  • Fanny Bardé (imec, Belgium)
  • Will Chueh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Jeffrey Dahn (Dalhousie Univ, Canada)
  • Robert Dominko (NIC, Slovenia)
  • Patrik Johansson (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Natalia P. Lebedeva (C1 Energy Storage Unit, EC)
  • Stefano Passerini (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Tobias Placke (University of Muenster, Germany)
  • Steven Renault (IMN, France)
  • Patrice Simon (Université Paul Sabatier, France)
  • Farouk Tedjar (Energy Research Institute, ERI@N, Singapore)
  • Claire Villeveille (PSI, Switzerland)
  • Atsuo Yamada (University of Tokyo, Japan)

List of scientific committee members:

  • P. Adelhelm (Jena University, Germany)
  • M. Becuwe (UPJV, Amiens, France)
  • D. Bresser (Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Germany)
  • M. Buga (ICSI, Romania)
  • P. Canepa (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • F. Dolhem (UPJV, Amiens, France)
  • O. Fontaine (University Montpellier, France)
  • S. A. Freunberger (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
  • A. Grimaud (Collège de France, France)
  • M. Salanne (Sorbonne Université, France)
  • C. Villeveille (PSI, Switzerland)


Selected papers will be published in Batteries & Supercaps, a ChemPubSoc Europe journal, published by Wiley-VCH.

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Symposium organizers
Alexandre PONROUCHInstitut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona

Campus UAB E-08193 Bellaterra Catalonia, Spain

+34 935801853
Alexandru VLADUniversité Catholique de Louvain

Place L. Pasteur 1, Lavoisier Bldg. b.208, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

+32 10 47 25 55
Bruce DUNNUniversity of California

3121B Engineering V, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595, USA

+1 310 825 1519
Mathieu MORCRETTEUniversité de Picardie Jules Verne

33 Rue Saint Leu - 80039 Amiens Cedex, France

+33 3 22 82 57 70