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.