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X-ray based techniques for sustainable energy related materials

The Symposium is devoted to the presentation of original contributions on fundamental research of the surface, interface and bulk properties of the energy related materials using the X-ray based state of the art techniques.


The sustainable energy related materials research is now the top priority among the material research community. The X-ray based techniques (photon in - photon out and/or photon in - electron out) are instrumental to study the physiochemical properties of materials. In particular, the characterization techniques such like XPS, XAS, PEEM, LEEM, LEED, XRD, XES, etc. can be used to study the spectro-microscopic and crystallographic properties of sample surface and bulk.  

The X-ray based characterization techniques can inform about the electronic and/or chemical properties of the materials and their effect on the performance of the devices. Moreover, the dependence of physiochemical properties on the morphology and size of the material can also be analyzed. 

The techniques used in equilibrium can only inform about the static physiochemical properties while in operando conditions the mechanism of various process deciding the activity of the materials can be explained.

The symposium aims to cover four main divisions of sustainable energy materials research such as photoelectrochemical water splitting devices, solar cells, Li ion batteries, and fuel cells. Papers related to all aspects of the fundamental properties of the energy related materials used in the above mentioned devices and investigated by laboratory and synchrotron based X-ray methods are invited.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Effect of surface and interface properties on photoelectrochemical water splitting
  • X-ray based characterization of contemporary photovoltaic (perovskite solar cell, CIGS, III-V  solar cells)
  • Solid electrolyte interface, material development, stability, electrolyte for Li ion battery
  • Development of materials for fuel cells and their X-ray based characterization methods
  • Ex-situ, in-situ and in-operando studies of photocatalysts, Li ion batteries and solar cells 
  • Development of new materials for sustainable energy technology
  • Investigation of surface and interface of energy materials using various X-ray based techniques
  • Fundamental electronic properties of materials

Confirmed list of Invited Speakers and their tentative topics:

  • Dipankar Das Sarma
    Electronic properties of perovskite photovoltaic material
  • Jakub Drnec
    In-situ XRD in fuel cell research
  • Frank M F De Groot
    Operando X-ray spectroscopy of energy related materials
  • Yaroslava Lykhach
    Fuel cells
  • David J Payne
    Synchrotron based techniques in energy conversion research
  • Moniek Tromp
    Operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy in catalysis

Confirmed Scientific Committee members:

  • Silma Alberton  (Brazil)
  • Jan Ingo Flege (Germany)
  • Karsten Hankel (Germany)
  • Niroj Kumar Sahu (India)
  • Petr Novak (Switzerland)
  • Sandeep Yadav (Germany)

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Symposium organizers
Chittaranjan DASKarlsruhe Institute of Technology

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Malgorzata KOT (SOWINSKA)BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Konrad-Zuse-Strasse 1, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
Mykhailo VOROKHTACharles University

Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Praha 2, Czech Republic