Symposium ES2—Materials Challenges for Flow-Based Energy Conversion and Storage

Flow-based energy conversion and storage technologies, such as redox flow batteries, flowable supercapacitors, and fuel cells, are considered prominent candidates for grid energy storage to support the electrification of transportation, integration of the renewables, and improvement of grid reliability and efficiency. Flow systems also show much promise for water treatment, including seawater desalination and wastewater remediation. However, these technologies present unique challenges in materials development, ranging from electrolyte solution thermodynamics, electrode surface catalytic functionality, to membrane polymer chemistry and morphology. Materials properties of the electrolyte, electrode, and membrane are critical to the performance. On the other hand, recent developments of hybrid flow systems, such as the lithium-ion flow battery, solar rechargeable flow battery, and photocatalytic fuel cell, etc., have demonstrated the importance of the synergistic effect between flow-based electrochemical device and other energy technologies. Current advancements in flow battery and fuel cell science and technology have positioned them for transformational performance improvement. However, the continuing success in this field is hinged upon the new materials development with improved functionality and properties.This symposium will provide a forum to discuss the advanced materials and challenges for flow-based energy conversion and storage technologies, as well as their applications and economic effectiveness as both stationary and transportation energy systems.

Topics will include:

  • New development of electrolytes
  • Porous membranes and separators
  • Nanomaterials and design for advanced electrode
  • Advanced catalysts for fuel cells and flow batteries
  • Electrode-electrolyte interface
  • Advanced characterization and disgnosis
  • Flowable capacitive deionization systems
  • Nonaqueous flow chemistries
  • Transport phenomenon
  • Flow field and stack design
  • Solar related flow battery and fuel cell systems
  • Flow batteries and fuel cells for grid energy storage
  • Fundamental study of electrolyte solution chemistry and structure
  • Ion-exchange membrane synthesis, properties, and applications
  • Hybrid systems (aqueous/nonaqeuous, Li/redox, metal/organic, solid/liquid)
  • Computational modeling and economy analysis of flow-based systems

Invited Speakers:

  • M. A. Aziz (Harvard University, USA)
  • D. N. Buckley (University of Limerick, Ireland)
  • Y. Chao (Wuhan Univesity, China)
  • Y-M. Chiang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • C. Fujimoto (Sandia National Laboratory, USA)
  • Y. Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • I. Gyuk (U.S. Dept. of Energy, USA)
  • D. K. Kim (Korea Institute of Energy Research, Republic of Korea)
  • X. Li (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China)
  • J. Noack (Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Germany)
  • V. Presser (Saarland University, Germany)
  • D. Reed (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • R. F. Savinell (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • U. Schubert (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)
  • L. Thompson (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Q. Wang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • A. Weber (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Y. Yan (Delaware Univesity, USA)
  • G. Yang (UniEnergy Technologies, USA)
  • G. Yu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • T. Zawodzinski (University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • L. Zhang (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Wei Wang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
509-372-4097, wei.wang@pnnl.gov

Jaephil Cho
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
School of Energy and Chemical Engineering
Republic of Korea
82522172910, jpcho@unist.ac.kr

Ekaterina Pomerantseva
Drexel University
Materials Science and Engineering

Huamin Zhang
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
8641184379072, zhanghm@dicp.ac.cn