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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium LL—Materials and Architectures for Safe and Low-Cost Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies

To reduce the dependence on imported petroleum and develop a new energy landscape, electrical vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries have attracted intense interests in recent years. While much effort has been expended in increasing the specific energy and energy density at the cell level, research focused on system-level energy density, cost and safety characteristics of advanced batteries has received less attention but is urgently needed to facilitate the process of vehicle electrification. Materials barriers in the areas of safety, cost and robustness of the system need to be overcome for the adoption of electrical vehicles in a broad scale. The intent of this symposium is to provide a forum for scientists worldwide to discuss the strategies to improve the safety attributes and reduce the cost of the battery system. Moreover, this symposium is interested in multifunctional energy storage designs that can increase the final energy density at the vehicle system level.

Topics will include:

  • High-energy battery systems such as Li-ion, Li-air, Li-S and Na-ion batteries with inherent safety features
  • Batteries with aqueous electrolyte and solid-state electrolytes
  • Electrolyteand additive to improve safety such as solid-state separators and innovativeelectrolyte additives
  • Characterizationand modeling of aqueous and/or solid state electrolytes
  • Celldesign and system integration
  • Robustdesign principles for energy storage systems
  • Novelredox couples and materials for flow batteries
  • Multifunctionaldesigns where batteries can carry load or participate in mechanical energydissipation at the material, cell, or vehicle system levels
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Ratankumar Bugga (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)
  • Wayne Chen (Purdue University, USA)
  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Nancy Dudney (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Se-Hee Lee (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Yunfeng Lu (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Liqiang Mai (Wuhan Institute of Technology, China)
  • Grigorii Soloveichik (GE, USA)
  • Steve Visco (Polyplus Inc, USA)
  • Chunsheng Wang (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Xincheng Xiao (GM, USA)
  • Kang Xu (Army Research Lab, USA)
  • Guihua Yu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Jason Zhang (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yan Yao
University of Houston

Steve Harris
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ping Liu
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Department of Energy

Jie Xiao
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Energy and Environmental