Symposium BM7—Functional Nanostructured Polymers for Emerging Energy Technologies

Nanostructured polymers have emerged as a technologically important class of materials that provide unique solutions toward many applications in electronics, energy, and healthcare technologies. The increasing level of synthetic control over the multidimensional structure and hierarchical self-assembly of polymers enables the design of next-generation devices with unprecedented multifunctionality and high performance, especially for many energy devices and systems. In the past decade, there has been tremendous interest in nanostructured polymer-based energy devices for energy harvesting, conversion and storage. There are still grand challenges for fundamental research devoted to accelerating the understanding of new macromolecular materials and structures with delicately tailored properties, tuning the functionality and mechanical flexibility of these materials, and enabling their system-level integration into novel devices.

This symposium will provide a forum for scientists and engineers working in the field of polymer nanoscience and nanotechnology to communicate recent progress on novel synthesis methods and advanced characterization techniques for nanostructured polymeric materials, to demonstrate their application in energy technologies, and to exchange ideas about new polymeric material synthesis and integration methods for self-assembly techniques to control and tune their electronic, optical, electrochemical, thermal, mechanical, and transport properties.

Abstracts on both fundamental and applied aspects of the modeling, synthesis, self-assembly and characterization of nanostructured polymers and hierarchically nanostructured inorganic/polymer hybrids, and their application within energy conversion and storage devices (e.g., solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors, thermoelectrics, piezoelectrics) and other key energy technologies, such as energy-efficient membranes for gas and liquid separation and carbon capture, are encouraged.

Topics will include:

  • Design, synthesis and self-assembly of nanostructured polymers (e.g., block/multi-block copolymers, nanoporous polymers, other 1D/2D/3D nanostructured polymers, hybrid organic/inorganic polymers, hydrogels, etc.)
  • Theoretical modeling (e.g., structure-property-performance relationship studies) and advanced characterization (e.g., structural/physical characteristic studies) of nanostructured polymeric materials
  • Nanostructured polymer-based energy storage devices and systems (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors and their hybrids)
  • Nanostructured polymer-based energy conversion devices (e.g., solar cells, fuel cells, thermoelectrics and piezoelectrics)
  • Other key energy technologies with nanostructured polymeric materials as critical component (e.g., membranes for gas and liquid separation, carbon capture or desalination)
  • Fabrication and patterning of flexible energy devices based on nanostructured polymers and their nanocomposites

Invited Speakers:

  • Chris Bettinger (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Alejandro Briseno (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
  • Peter Budd (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
  • Andrew Cooper (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Yifu Ding (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Michael Durstock (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Yossef Elabd (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Christopher Ellison (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Daniel Frisbie (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA)
  • Michael Guiver (Tianjin University, China)
  • Lijia Pan (Nanjing University, China)
  • Stefano Passerini (Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie (KIT), Germany)
  • Rachel Segalman (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Gaoquan Shi (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Carl L. Willis (Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., USA)
  • TIng Xu (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Shu Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Yan Yao (University of Houston, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Guihua Yu
University of Texas at Austin
Materials Science and Engineering

Haiqing Lin
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Chemical and Biological Engineering
716-645-1856, haiqingl@buffalo.edu

Ho Bum Park
Hanyang University
Energy Engineering
Republic of Korea
82-2-2220-2338, badtzhb@hanyang.ac.kr