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Solid state ionics: advanced concepts and devices

This symposium will focus on functional properties of ionic and mixed ionic-electronic conducting materials with especial emphasis on the interplay between ions and electrons and with a view toward their application in relevant smart and energy devices.


Mass and charge transport properties occurring at the bulk, interface or surface level in ionic or mixed ionic-electronic conducting materials are often controlling the properties of relevant solid state based devices such as solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells, solid state batteries, permeation membranes, gas sensors or memristors. This symposium will focus on fundamental and applied aspects of Solid State Ionics covering theory, advanced characterization techniques, functional materials and interfaces as well as novel methodologies for the implementation of innovative concepts into enhanced devices. Moreover, the symposium will cover recent interest in ion-assisted phenomena that give rise to new families of fascinating devices such as all oxide photovoltaic cells or electrostriction-based transducers.

This symposium will provide a forum for extensive discussion and exchange of information among researchers exploring ion-conducting functional oxides in different contexts and diverse applications. This will include state-of-the art methods for structural and chemical characterization such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron-based spectroscopy and diffractometry, scanning probe microscopy and atom probe tomography, just to name a few, combined in many cases with modeling and simulation methodologies such as density functional theory and molecular dynamics. In addition, new methodologies for engineering ionic transport in functional materials will also be one of the main topics under discussion, with special emphasis in heterostructuring, doping and strain. Alternatively, advanced fabrication techniques able to define enhanced materials by design at the macroscale, such as 3D printing or ex-solution decoration, will be covered. Electrolysis, switching phenomena, photocatalysis, gas sensing, and solid state devices for energy and informatics (batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, memristors) will be some of the main applications and devices to be discussed.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

Papers are solicited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Defect chemistry in functional oxides
  • Nanoionics: mass and charge transport in the nanoscale
  • Ion-assisted phenomena including iontronics, ferroelectrics, etc
  • Methodologies for engineering ionic transport in functional materials
  • Advanced structural characterization tools
  • Advanced techniques for in situ/ in operando characterization of solid state ionics materials and devices
  • Mass transport in bulk materials for solid state devices
  • Solid State Ionics applied to energy devices: solid oxide cells, solid state batteries, permeation membranes, all oxide photovoltaics, oxide thermoelectrics, etc
  • Solid State Ionics applied to smart devices: memristors, gas sensors, transducers, etc
  • Thin film based solid state devices

List of invited speakers:

  • John T. S. Irvine University of St Andrews, UK
  • Rotraut Merkle, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Mauro Pasta, University of Oxford, UK
  • Jeff Sakamoto, University of Michigan, USA
  • Vincenzo Esposito, DTU, DK
  • Regina Dittmann, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
  • Mark Huijben, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Andreas Klein, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Mónica Burriel, CNRS-INP, France
  • Sandrine Ricote, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Felix Gunkel, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
  • David Mebane, West Virginia University, USA
  • Sam Copper, Imperial College, UK
  • George Harrington, Kyushu University, Japan

List of scientific committee members:

  • Stephen Skinner, Imperial College London, UK
  • Joachim Maier, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
  • Igor Lubomirsky, Weizmann Institute, Israel
  • Juergen Fleig, T.U. Wien, Austria
  • Werner Sitte, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Scott Barnett, Northwestern University, USA
  • Susanne Hoffmann-Eifert, FZ-Juelich, Germany
  • Harry L. Tuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
  • Zonping Shao, Nanjing University of Technology, China
  • Jennifer Rupp, ETHZ, Switzerland and MIT, USA
  • Tatsumi Ishihara, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jose Santiso, ICN2, Barcelona, Spain


Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Solid State Ionics (Elsevier Ltd.). Accepted papers will appear online immediately (with doi and page numbers) and subsequently be compiled in an online special issue. Submission open from May 1 until July 17. Attendance to the meeting is mandatory for the papers to be published.

Poster awards:


The journal Solid State Ionics (Elsevier Ltd.) has agreed to sponsor the poster awards.
3 poster prizes will be given:

- 1st prize: 250 euros,
- 2nd prize: 150 euros,
- 3rd prize 100 euros.

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Symposium organizers
Ainara AGUADEROImperial College London

Department of Materials - Sw7 2AZ London - U.K.

+44(0)20 7594 5174
Albert TARANCON (Main)Catalonia Institute for Energy Research - IREC

Jardins de les Dones de Negre, 1, Planta 2, E-08930, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona, Spain

+34 933562615
Nicola H. PERRYUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

104 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 - USA

+1 (217) 300 6335
Nini PRYDSTechnical University of Denmark

Department of Energy Conversion and Storage - Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde - Denmark

+45 22195752