Symposium ES03—Earth Abundant Metal Oxides, Sulfides and Selenides for Energy Systems and Devices

In recent years there has been increasing interest in the use of Earth abundant elements (C, Fe, Cu, Zn, Sn, Se, Te, Al etc) for a variety of energy system applications ranging from solar energy conversion systems to catalysts and electrocatalysts. The applications for these elements are many and varied. It should also not be forgotten that there has, for some time, been a significant amount of developing of materials such as hematite, copper oxide, and derivatives of tungsten oxide as well as functional materials such as barium titanate for energy conversion systems. These metal oxide systems are all derived from elements that are significantly more abundant than for example the platinum group or other (semi-)precious metals. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together pioneers, from both academia and industry, focusing on advances in developing novel materials combinations for energy conversion. The symposium aims to assemble leaders from various fields were materials developments are key to cross fertilise enabling a transfer of knowledge and understanding across some of the current technical research areas. Hence, this symposium will offer a particular emphasis on diversity of approach and novelty of materials application to enhance our understanding of what may be possible.

Topics will include:

  • Theory and modelling
  • Counter electrodes for DSSC type devices (CZTS, MO, CZT, etc)
  • Applications of Earth Abundant elements in p-n type photovoltaic devices
  • Photochemical anode and cathode materials based on non-PGM for solar fuel systems
  • Heterogeneous catalysts
  • Functional catalysts based on non-centrosymmetric materials systems (piezo, ferro, pyroelectric)
  • Carbon systems including carbon quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and 2D carbon
  • Processing and device performance

Invited Speakers:

  • Davide Barreca (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Russell Binions (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
  • Ken Durose (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Elvira Fortunato (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Anders Hagfelt (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Itaru Honma (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Judy Hunt (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Sohrab Ismail-Beigi (Yale University, USA)
  • Brian Korgel (University of Texas, USA)
  • Mario Maglione (CNRS, Bordeaux, France)
  • Neil Mathur (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • Martyn Mclachlan (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Paul O'Brien (Manchester University, United Kingdom)
  • Greg Rohrer (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Robert Sinclair (Stanford University, USA)
  • Wilson Smith (Technical University Delft, Netherlands)
  • Yogesh Surendranath (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Qing Wang (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Xudong Wang (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Steve Dunn
Queen Mary University of London
Engineering and Materials Science
United Kingdom

Brian Rodriguez
University College Dublin
School of Physics and Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research

Henry Sodano
University of Michigan
College of Engineering

Matjaz Valant
University of Nova Gorica
Materials Research Laboratory

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