2020 MRS Fall Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EN04—Beyond Lithium-Ion Batteries—Materials, Architectures and Techniques

The energy of commercial lithium ion battery (LIBs) systems increases in an evolutionary manner by approximately 7% every year. To achieve revolutionary game-changing advances, however, new entirely new paradigms are required that are outside established ceramic high cathodes and predominantly graphite-based anodes. In parallel, emerging stationary application require a new paradigm in cost effectiveness, requiring transformative approaches toward reducing system watt hours per dollar. This symposium seeks to bridge the two concepts seeking materials and device architectures to bring about revolutionary rather than evolutionary advances in energy, safety, power, cyclability and/or cost, not possible with existing LIB systems. It is recognized that in-situ and operando imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy, high-throughput calculation, and multiscale characterization are the key towards understanding the structure – electrochemical performance relations for beyond-lithium. Thematically the symposium will have following thrusts: Lithium and sodium metal batteries (LMBs, SMBs) for revolutionary advances in specific energy; Solid-State Batteries (SSBs) for revolutionary advances in safety; hybrid ion capacitors (HICs) for revolutionary advances for power and cyclability; Sodium, potassium, aluminum, organic and aqueous batteries for revolutionary advances in cost and/or durability; advanced analytical and simulation methods for revolutionary advances in structural insight.

Topics will include:

  • Solid-State Batteries (SSBs), emerging solid-state electrolytes, semi-solid electrolytes, advanced analytical methods to electrolyte discovery and structure-properties relations, electrolyte – anode interactions, electrolyte – cathode interactions, fundamental studies of the ionic diffusion in solid-state. Theory/computational modeling, battery reliability and safety.
  • Lithium and sodium metal batteries (LMBs, SMBs), anode design, dendrite growth, S, Se, SSe cathodes, separators, studies of parasitic species shuttle, studies of crossover, holistic analysis of device performance, in-situ and operando methods, emerging electrolytes. Theory/computational modeling, battery reliability and safety.
  • Hybrid ion capacitors (HICs), other emerging fast charge – high cyclability architectures, flexible devices. Electrode materials, electrolytes, advanced analytical methods. Organic devices offering advances in performance and/or cost. Conventional symmetric or asymmetric ultracapacitors (supercapacitors) are outside the scope.
  • Metal-air batteries, including Li-O2, Na-O2, Zn-O2, fundamental studies of the ionic diffusion. Theory/computational modeling and new architectures.
  • Sodium ion batteries (SIBs, NIBs), potassium ion batteries (KIBs), aluminum ion batteries, dual-ion batteries, organic batteries, and aqueous batteries for revolutionary advances in cost and/or durability. Electrode materials, electrolytes, separators, advanced analytical methods.

Invited Speakers:

  • Hailong Chen (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • William Chueh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Marca Deoff (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Bruce Dunn (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Timothy Fister (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Betar Gallant (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Yong Lei (Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany)
  • Xin Li (Harvard University, USA)
  • Miao Liu (Institute of Physica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Joachim Maier (Max Planck Institute Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Yang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • X.A. Andy Sun (Western University, Canada)
  • Hailiang Wang (Yale University, USA)
  • Chunsheng Wang (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Zhongshuai Wu (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Yanwu Zhu (University of Science and Technology of China, China)

Symposium Organizers

Dong Su
Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
(+86)-10-8264 9555 , dongsu@iphy.ac.cn

David Mitlin
The University of Texas at Austin

Chunlei Wang
Florida International University
305-348-1217, wangc@fiu.edu

Yan Yu
University of Science and Technology of China
86-551-63607179, yanyumse@ustc.edu.cn