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Materials for Energy Applications: Li-ion, Na-ion Batteries, supercapacitors and beyond, perovskite-type Solar cells and beyond

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 materials for Batteries and Solar cells.

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 novel 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, thermoelectrics, 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, rechargeable batteries have become an indispensable part to facilitate a sustainable utilization of renewable energies in the prevalent form of Li-ion batteries. However, it leads to increasing concerns regarding its sustainability due to the limited resource and consequent price increment of lithium. Owing to more abundance and lower cost of sodium (Na), Na-ion batteries (NIB) have sparked the scientific attentions as a promising next generation alternative, in particular, for middle- to large-scale grid energy storage. This could be clearly reflected by a recent prediction of a global market expansion for NIB from $420 million in 2017 to $1.2 billion by 2020. For this reason, increasing efforts have been devoted to explore a better NIB that could fulfill the restrictive requirements of energy density, safety, costs, and sustainability. Another example, for the super capacitors, the range of topics will include capacitor performances for power uses such as electric vehicles, energy back-up applications, and renewable energy storage systems.

Materials (such as, including but not limited to carbonaceous materials, intercalation compounds, metal oxides, nitrides, molybdates, phosphates, polymers and other composites) for electrochemical double layer, hybrid, redox, symmetric and asymmetric capacitor systems will also be included. The symposium will be a mixture of theory and experiments with a strong view of bridging the gap between them.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium

  • Oxide materials and their application in energy research\
  • Two-dimensional materials for energy production and storage
  • Perovskite based materials for solar cells
  • Novel materials for enhance battery performance
  • Materials for super Capacitor Technology
  • Thermoelectrics

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Symposium organizers
Manickam MINAKSHIMurdoch University

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

minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
Rajeev AHUJADepartment 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