Dynamics of High-Performance Materials at Extreme Conditions

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  • Dynamics of High-Performance Materials at Extreme Conditions

  • Sheraton Boston Hotel - Constitution A/B

Sheraton Boston Hotel | Constitution A/B
Friday, November 30 | 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The study of material properties should make consideration of the conditions in which the material will be utilized – temperature, humidity, and presence of corrosive environment are all examples of service conditions. Thus it is desirable to understand the properties of materials under these extreme conditions – such as in situ investigation of structural phase transitions or transition kinetics at ultra high and ultra low temperatures, polymorph changes in a material at variable humidity coupled with temperatures, study of thermal expansion and contraction in a material, adsorption of gases in porous material at high pressures, and evaluation of electrodes and membrane of battery cell upon charge cycling. In order to perform the above mentioned studies, a fully integrated precise and flexible instrumentation is required to create the conditions and allow for direct analysis of materials. This workshop featured new research on synthesis, structural and electrochemical characterization of nanocrystalline as well as microcrystalline materials for applications in particular related to the energy storage materials.

Workshop Schedule

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Prof. Dan Morse, Institute of Energy Efficiency, University of California, Santa Barbara, and LifeCel Technology Inc., Goleta, California

Kinetically-controlled catalytic synthesis yields high-performance nanocomposites for next-generation batteries and fuel cells 

8:45 am - 9:30 am

Dr. Michael McGuire, research staff scientist, Correlated Electron Material Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Laboratory powder x-ray diffractometer at low temperatures: practices and applications 


9:30 am - 10:15 am

Prof. Joy Andrews Hayter, staff scientist, Stanford Synchrotron National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Manlo Park, California

X-ray diffraction of lithium sulfur batteries in action 


10:15 am - 10:30 am

Coffee Break 

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Prof. Zhenhai Xia, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Carbon nanomaterials for efficient catalysts in fuel cells and metal air batteries 

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Kevin Rhodes, research engineer, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

In-situ x-ray diffraction as a tool for studying the structural changes of active materials in lithium-ion batteries


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch - Provided 

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Prof. Prashant Kumta, Edward Weidlein Chair and professor, bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering and materials science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Engineering nanostructured electrochemically-active heterostructures for lithium-ion applications 


1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Dr. Hans te Nijenhuis, product scientist, PANalytical B.V., Almelo, the Netherlands

Changing materials: Trends and applications of in-situ x-ray diffraction 

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Coffee Break 

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Dr. Claudia Mujat, applications laboratory superior, Malvern Instruments Inc., Westborough, Massachusetts

Particle size analysis using scattering techniques 


3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Dr. Sandeep Rekhi (Organizer), senior applications scientist, PANalytical Inc., Westborough, Massachusetts

Investigating materials at extreme conditions of pressures and temperatures 

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