Symposium EN08-Materials for Emerging Electrochemical Separations

This symposium will broadly cover the fast-growing field of emerging electrochemical systems for energy and environmental separations. Major themes include emerging selective water purification electrode materials and membranes, materials and electrochemical systems for CO2 separation and sequestration, and the production of environmentally-friendly synthetic fuels.

A key focus will be on societally-important separations, including novel material designs and electrochemical systems, resulting material or device performance, and development of fundamental material structure-function relationships. The symposium will focus on fundamental material science and electrochemistry enabling innovative solutions to outstanding energy and environmental problems, such as removal of CO2 from the atmosphere or from water, emerging pollutants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water, ion-selective water purification, nutrient recovery via N-and-P-containing species separations from water, metal ion recovery, such as Li from brines, and towards zero liquid discharge water purification. Also, electrochemical separations related to the energy transition are of interest, including material and cell designs enabling energy-efficient separations, electrochemical separations towards production of synthetic fuels (H2, CO, formic acid, methanol, etc.), process intensification for co-production of water, electricity and/or synthetic fuels. Electrode materials of interest include nanoporous carbons, intercalation compounds, redox-active electrodes, electrocatalysts, as well as novel polymeric and electrically-addressable ion exchange membranes.

Topics will include:

  • Ion-selective pollutant removal with nanoporous carbons, intercalation chemistry, or redox-active materials
  • Material design for energy-efficient electrochemical separations
  • Electrode or membrane materials for effective PFAS removal from water
  • Novel electrochemical systems and materials for atmospheric CO2 removal
  • High-value materials recovery and production (e.g. Li, P, Fe, etc).
  • Material designs and performance of ion-selective ion exchange membranes
  • Electrically-addressable membrane design and application
  • Electrochemical separations towards production of synthetic fuels
  • Electrochemical water desalination (electrodialysis, capacitive deionization, redox-based desalination)
  • Nanopore structure-function relationships for species-selective water purification
  • Electrochemical materials and systems to enable zero-liquid discharge water purification
  • New process operations for electrochemical separations or process intensifications
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Husam Alshareef (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Martin Bazant (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Hanieh Bazyar (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Alan Hatton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Chengxiang Jiang (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Ryan Kingsbury (Princeton University, USA)
  • Yayuan Liu (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Volker Presser (INM–Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany)
  • Karin Schroen (University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Xiao Su (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • William Tarpeh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Lea Winter (Yale University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Matthew Suss
Technion–Israel Institute of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Douglas Call
North Carolina State University
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , [email protected]

Ekaterina Pomerantseva
Drexel University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

David Vermaas
Delft University
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