2018 MRS Spring Meeting

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Accepting New Late Breaking Abstracts
December 1, 2017—January 11, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)

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Symposium NM03—Rational Designed Hierarchical Nanostructures for Photocatalytic Systems

Photocatalysis plays an important role in a diverse range of applications including emerging technology related to clean energy, sustainable environment and petrochemical industry such as water splitting, CO2 reduction, Nitrogen fixation, pollutant treatment energy conversion and organic reaction. In nature, photosynthesis is achieved broad light absorption and highly efficient charge transfer process by constructing hierarchical nanostructure. Heterojunction and Z-scheme systems based on rational designed hierarchical nanostructure materials have been emerged in the solar energy conversion to enhance photogenerated charge separation and transfer efficiency. It further reaches efficiently convert solar energy into chemical energy. Furthermore, understanding the photophysical process of interface between two semiconductors in heterojunction and Z-scheme, between semiconductor and liquid, will be beneficial to the design of hierarchical photocatalytic materials. In this sense, rational design and preparation of photocatalytic materials with tailored structure and functions, deep understanding both materials’ work mechanism and interfacial between solid/solid and solid/liquid properties are crucial for the development of novel photocatalytic materials, devices and system.

This symposium provides an international platform to present and discuss the latest research and prospective activates on the photocatalytic materials. This program will address latest advances in new narrow band gap photocatalysts design and construction, hierarchical nanostructures for heterojunction and Z-Scheme, fundamental understanding of photocatalytic mechanism, and theoretical modeling and simulation. Part of this symposium has a joint session with Symposium titled “Multi-scale designing and constructing photocatalytic materials for solar fuels”.

This symposium brings together top leaders in science and technology, interested newcomers and world-wide experts; and it would further expand the interest and progress in this area.

Topics will include:

  • Novel organic aggregates for photocatalyst with narrow band gap: design, synthesis and self-assembly;
  • Heterojunction nanostructures for enhanced photocatalytic performance;
  • Constructing Z-Scheme type nanostructures for high efficient photocatalytic materials;
  • Rational designed core/shell nanostructure for photocatalysis;
  • Inorganic/organic, inorganic/biological hybrid nanostructure for solar conversion;
  • Metal/semiconductor hybrid nanostructures for photocatalysis;
  • Spectroscopy technology on mechanism understanding: charge transfer and recombination process; (Joint session)
  • Theoretical calculation and simulation on the photocatalytic system. (Joint session)

Invited Speakers:

  • Yingpu Bi (Lanzhou Institute Chemical Physics, China)
  • Matteo Cargnello (Stanford University, USA)
  • Xiaobo Chen (University of Missouri Kansas City, USA)
  • Hongyou Fan (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Pingyun Feng (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Liqiang Jing (Heilongjiang University, China)
  • Bruce E. Koel (Princeton University, USA)
  • Kevin C. Leonard (The University of Kansas, USA)
  • Nathan Lewis (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Gang Liu (Institute of Metal Research, China)
  • Jingyue(Jimmy) Liu (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Kazuhiko Maeda (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Annabella Selloni (Princeton University, USA)
  • Dunwei Wang (Boston College, USA)
  • Lianzhou Wang (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Xinchen Wang (Fuzhou University, China)
  • Taro Yamada (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Yadong Yin (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Jong-sung Yu (DGIST, Republic of Korea)
  • Tierui Zhang (Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China)
  • Zhigang Zou (Nanjing University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Zaicheng Sun
Beijing University of Technology
Department Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
86-18643109631, sunzc@bjut.edu.cn

Yingbing Jiang
Angstrom Thin Film Technology LLC
University of New Mexico

Yugang Sun
Temple University
Department Chemistry
215-204-4237, ygsun@temple.edu

Franklin Feng Tao
The University of Kansas
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Keywords for Abstract Submission

charge separation, photocatalysis, semiconductor, Z-scheme