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Future electrochemical energy storage materials: from nanoscience to device integration and real environment application

The development of Electrochemical Energy Storage (EES) devices is the key challenge to face the climate change mitigation and the energy crisis for the coming years. Towards a more competitive energy markets, this Symposium will cover the main drawbacks related to the present of the EES technology as well as new findings and perspectives.


In the last decades, the EES technology has been worldwide extensively developed, allowing the successfully penetration on the market of the lithium ion-based batteries, redox flow batteries including metal air cells and supercapacitor technologies. However, those technologies suffer from several technological issues like cost, sustainability, safety, performance, and long stability. In an attempt to overcome these drawbacks, a large variety of improved nanomaterials with innovative structural and functional properties have been emerging, creating a new generation of energy storage systems. The fundamental understanding of the formation and evolution of interfaces, which leads to degradation and failure modes, is the key point behind the nanomaterial design. Additionally, novel engineering prototypes as well as in-deep evaluation in real applications are mandatory to accomplish the exigent future market requirements.

The symposium will discuss the main topics related to:

  1. High-performance materials:
    - New and economical manufacture route suitable for large scale applications
    - Improved interphase electrode/electrolyte
    - Doped materials design with innovative morphologies and porosity
    - New electrolytes formulation, additives, solid state electrolytes, water-in salt
    - Emerging chemistries with intercalation electrodes
  2. Device integration and characterization:
    - Novel cell and multi cell configuration
    - Performance optimization: operational parameters
    - Diagnosis procedures and ageing mechanism
  3. Real Application Demonstration and Economic Aspect
    - in-situ, in-operando and postmortem characterization
    - Evaluation of the performance according with the application: lifespan, efficiency
  4. Materials modeling
    - Modeling morphology and structural properties
    - Interphase studies

The symposium will share experience from interdisciplinary sectors; -industry and academic scientist -to bring an overview of the developed nanomaterials for energy storage devices. Selected papers from the symposium will be recommended by the Scientific Committee for the further consideration in the prestigious journal Electrochimica Acta.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

Abstracts will be solicited in, but not necessarily limited to, the following hot topics :

  • Materials for (Photo)batteries
  • Materials and components for Redox flow batteries: liquid (i.e., metal or organic based electrolytes), semi solid electrolytes, hybrid RFB (i.e., anode materials like Li, Zn, Fe and Cu), metal-air batteries
  • Intercalation materials for post-lithium technology (i.e. Na+; Ca2+; Mg2+, Al3+ using organic electrolytes and solid electrolytes. LiS or NaS batteries
  • Materials for supercapacitadors and pseudo-capacitadors
  • Electrode/electrolyte interfaces studies
  • New electrochemical tools for characterization of devices/materials
  • Design of the cell /multi-cell: optimization operational parameter, real environment applications (i.e. electric vehicle, grid applications, household).
  • Battery/supercapacitor hybrid systems
  • Computational design
  • Modelling or “in-operando” techniques for the detection of failure mechanism: ageing mechanism
  •  Performance in real applications and economic aspects

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Maria Skyllas-Kazacos (University of NSW, Australia)
  • Li Yongdan (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Sebastian Fantini (Solvionic, France)
  • Alejandro Franco, (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France)
  • Fatima Montemor  (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
  • Belen Sobrido (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
  •  Francesca Soavi (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Thierry Brousse (University of Nantes, France)
  • P. Simon (Université Paul Sabatier, France)

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Symposium organizers
Adélio MENDESFaculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto - Portugal

+351 22041 3612
Carlos PONCE DE LEON ALBARRANUniversity of Southampton

Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

(023) 8059 8931
Cristina FLOXAalto University

School of Chemical Engineering, Kemistintie 1, 02150 Espoo, Finland

+358 50 512 7645
Olivier CROSNIERUniversité de Nantes

Site de la Chantrerie, rue Christian Pauc, BP 50609, F-44306 Nantes cedex 3, France

+33 (0)2 40 68 31 06
Volker PRESSERLeibniz Institut für Neue Materialien GmbH

Campus D2 2 - D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

+49 02 7060 0456