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Solid state ionics: advanced functional materials for solid state devices

Defects, surfaces and interfaces play a major role in the transport and catalytic properties of functional materials. This symposium will focus on strategies to understand and control the functional properties of ionic and mixed conducting materials, with a view toward their application in solid state devices, such as batteries, solid oxide cells, gas sensors and memristive devices.


The functional properties of solid state ionic devices, such as batteries, solid oxide cells (SOCs), gas sensors and memristive devices, strongly depend on mass and charge transport occurring in the nanoscale. These processes are related not only to the bulk material itself and the surrounding conditions, such as temperature, oxygen partial pressure or applied electrical field, but also on the presence of local heterogeneities, mainly point defects, grain boundaries, surfaces, disolcations and interfaces. It is increasingly common for researchers to seek novel and optimized functionalities in advanced materials through the creation of “natural” or artificial interfaces (e.g. bilayers, multilayers), controlled grain boundaries (e.g. thin films with high densities of defects) and optimized surfaces (e.g. preventing segregation or enhancing surface kinetics).

The goal of this symposium is to move from the fundamentals – the physics and chemistry of defects in solid materials – to technological applications, thus linking theory, simulations, functional properties and real applications. This symposium will provide a forum for extensive discussion and exchange of information among researchers exploring defect management in 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, 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 high throughput screening, heterostructuring, doping and strain. Electrolysis, switching phenomena, photocatalysis, gas sensing, and thin film based 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 control in functional oxide interfaces, catalytic surfaces and memristive devices
  • Nanoionics: mass and charge transport in the nanoscale
  • Grain boundary transport
  • Mass transport in bulk materials for solid state devices
  • Methodologies for engineering ionic transport in functional materials: high throughput screening, heterostructuring, doping, strain, etc
  • Electrolysis of CO2 and H2O
  • Switching phenomena
  • Photocatalysis
  • Thin film based solid state devices for energy applications: batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, etc.
  • Gas sensors and memristive devices

Confirmed list of invited speakers and tentative title of the presentation:

  • Jürgen Fleig, TU Wien, Austria, “Interfacial phenomena in multifunctional heterostructures”
  • Roger A. De Souza, Aachen University, Germany, “Grain boundary characterization and modeling”
  • David Diercks, Colorado School of Mines, US, “Atom probe of grain boundaries”
  • John Paul Strachan, HP labs, CA-San Jose, USA, “Revealing the origin of switching and failure mechanisms in memristive devices by spectromicroscopy”
  • Susanne Hoffmann-Eifert, FZ-Juelich, Germany, “The role of interface reactions in memristive device heterostructures”
  • Nini Pryds, DTU, Denmark, “High mobility oxide heterostructures for nanoelectronics”
  • William Chueh, Standford, USA, “”CO2 / H2O electrolysis”
  • Jennifer Rupp, MIT, USA, “Solar-to-Fuel Conversion Reactor Materials"
  • Peter Bruce, Oxford, UK, “Oxygen redox cathodes for Li-ion batteries”
  • Eugene Kotomin, Max-Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany, “Ab-initio modelling of oxygen vacancies in perovskites”
  • Jose Santiso, ICN2, Barcelona, Spain, “Misfit dislocations  in complex oxide epitaxial thin films”
  • Igor Lubomirsky, Weizmann Institute, Israel, “Electromechanic and inelastic effects in oxygen deficient ceramics”
  • Yan Chen, South China University of Technology, China, “Electrochemical reaction processes near the surface and interface of oxide materials”
  • Ainara Aguadero, Imperial College London, UK, “Electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution and reduction reactions”
  • Christian Jooss, University of Göttingen, Germany, “Defect control at catalytic surfaces

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • J. A. Kilner, Imperial College, London, UK
  • J. Maier, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
  • J. T. S. Irvine University of St Andrews, UK
  • B. Scrosati, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
  • S. Passerini, Helmholtz-Institut Ulm, Germany
  • T. Norby, University of Oslo, Norway
  • H. L. Tuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
  • Z. Shao, Nanjing University of Technology, China
  • M. Mogensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • B. Yildiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
  • S. Barnett, Northwestern University, USA
  • G. Dezanneau, CNRS, France
  • R. O’Hayre, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • M. Varela, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • T. Ishihara, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

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Symposium organizers
Albert TARANCONCatalonia Institute for Energy Research - IREC

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

+34 933562615
David S. MEBANEWest Virginia University

Morgantown, WV 26506-6106, USA

+1 (304) 293 3426
Mónica BURRIELCNRS – Grenoble INP Minatec

Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique (LMGP) UMR 5628 3, Parvis Louis Néel MINATEC CS 50257 38016 Grenoble cedex 1 France
Regina DITTMANNForschungszentrum Juelich GmbH

Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, Juelich, Germany

+49 2461 61 4760