Symposium EN07-Emerging Electrocatalytic Materials and Devices for Clean Energy and Environmental Applications

This symposium is designed to highlight the most recent advances in the design, synthesis, characterization, and device evaluation of advanced electrocatalysts for energy and environmental applications. The development of highly efficient and low-cost electrocatalytic systems is at the core of electrochemical energy storage and conversion, fuel and chemical production, and environmental remediation. The mechanistic understanding and design of catalysts have been greatly improved by recent progress in precision synthesis of well-defined materials at multiple lengths (molecular/single-atom, cluster, nanoparticles and macroscale materials), advanced characterization technologies with in-situ or operando probes, and multiscale simulation methods. In addition, the transition from fundamental understanding to practical application has been accelerated by the emerging design of reaction systems and reactors that complement and maximize the performance of electrocatalysts. This symposium will provide an interactive forum for scientists from various fields who are interested in developing new catalytic materials and novel reactors, as well as in the advanced characterization of catalytic processes at surfaces and interfaces. Reactions of interest will include electrochemical water splitting and fuel cell reactions, CO2 conversion, nitrogen cycle electrochemistry, C-H functionalization, biomass valorization, and wastewater treatment, etc. This symposium will help encourage the implementation of predictive design, smart synthesis/control and advanced characterization approaches to advance the electrocatalysis for energy and environmental applications.

Topics will include:

  • Catalytic sites functionalized by molecular/atomic structure and coordination environment
  • Heterogenization of molecular catalysts
  • Novel approaches to synthesizing functional electrocatalysts
  • Structural characterization of complex and dynamic catalyst surfaces and interfaces
  • Interfacial phenomena in electrochemical reactors
  • Development of catalytic system with cooperative interactions between sites/phases
  • Computational work demonstrating the reactivity and promise of active sites
  • In-situ/operando characterization of electrocatalytic reaction and conversion processes
  • Machine learning/Artificial intelligence (ML/AI) assisted electrocatalyst development
  • New electrochemical reactor design

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Héctor D. Abruña (Cornell University, USA)
  • Raffaella Buonsanti (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Jillian Dempsey (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Zhenxing Feng (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Shoji Hall (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Marta Hatzell (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Frances Houle (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Paul Kenis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Christina Li (Purdue University, USA)
  • Yuanyue Liu (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Smaranda Marinescu (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Akinobu Nakada (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Beatriz Roldán Cuenya (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
  • Ted Sargent (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Marcel Schrier (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)
  • Yang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Samira Siahrostami (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Ifan Stephens (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Dong Su (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • William Tarpeh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Francesca Toma (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Jesus Velazquez (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Younan Xia (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Zhichuan Xu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Peidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Iryna Zenyuk (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Sen Zhang
University of Virginia
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María Escudero-Escribano
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
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Charles McCrory
University of Michigan
Department of Chemistry
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Haotian Wang
Rice University
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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