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Materials for sustainable energy technologies (M-SET)

Advanced materials underpin Sustainable Energy Technologies including Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Catalysts, Thermoelectrics, Batteries and Supercapacitors for Energy Decarbonization and Sustainability. This symposium will highlight experimental and theoretical breakthroughs in the design/implementation of such materials and devices.


Highly efficient renewable energy production, storage and management are necessary for a sustainable development. This symposium intends to cover the state of developments in the field of electrochemical energy production and storage, with a focus on advanced materials, novel chemistries, and design considerations of batteries and supercapacitors for current and future applications in transportation, commercial, electronics, aerospace, biomedical, and other sectors. The ongoing feedback between the experiment and theory concerning energy harvesting affords new scientific opportunities in materials that are being optimized for electronic, structural, optical and transport properties for sustainable energy solutions. Moreover, material modelling has become equally important along with the experimental investigation to predict the properties, which can be tuned in for different energy applications. This is because the atomistic insight of a material is one of the intuitive reasons behind its different properties and it can be derived from the electronic structure of the materials. This symposium is to address novel materials that have attracted the focus of the scientific community in the vast field of energy materials. The applications are span solar cells, photocatalytic water splitting, bioenergy, batteries, hydrogen storage and fuel cells. Scientists and engineers will be offered a platform to showcase their latest findings related to the common guideline of Sustainable Energy. The symposium will be a mixture of theory and experiments with the objective of bridging the gap between them. Materials will range from oxides to transition metal di-chalcogenides, and from bulk to two-dimensional nanostructures in the form of monolayer phases, porous solids, hetero-structures and nanocomposites. Indeed, electrochemical energy storage is a rapidly advancing field, 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 and this is urgently needed. 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. One of the objectives of this symposium is also to provide a forum for scientists 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.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

Frontiers in materials and devices for:

  • Solar cells
  • Fuel cells
  • Energy storage systems including:

    -  Batteries (Li, Na, K, Mg, Al and Zn and redox flow)
    -  Supercapacitors
    -  Bioenergy
    -  Nanostructure catalysts

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Symposium organizers
Adam F. LEERMIT University

Applied Chemistry & Environmental Science, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

+61 399252623
Arumugam MANTHIRAMUniversity of Texas at Austin

Texas Materials Institute and Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA

+1 512 471 1791
Pierre RUTERANACentre de Recherche sur les ions les matériaux et la photonique

ENSICAEN, 6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin, 14050 Caen, France

+33 (0)2 31 45 26 53
Yuping WUNanjing University of Technology

Dean, School of Energy Science and Engineering, Nanjing Tech University Nanjing 211816, Jiangsu Province, China

+86 25 58139661