Symposium EN10-From Single Atom to Device—Interfaces Under Electrochemical Conditions

The advancement and application of electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems have pushed to extremes for electrified interfaces where many important physical and (electro) chemical processes take place. In one extreme, academic researchers look at the single atom level to facilitate the interfacial reactions (e.g, oxygen reduction reaction) in fuel cells and (photo) electrolyzer. In another extreme, industrial scientists assemble thousands of atoms at solid/solid and solid/liquid interfaces of battery with a goal to deliver high energy density, superior power, and long life. The two directions appear distinct but require the high-performance interfaces under electrochemical conditions. To address the pressing opportunities and challenges, we have designed this symposium to highlight the recent frontiers at electrochemical interfaces for energy systems. The symposium will bridge expertise in academia research and industrial applications from electrochemical deposition, reactions, functional control, advanced characterizations to applications of energy devices. Particular attention will be paid to the understanding of interfacial chemistry, the control, and multimodal operando characterization of materials in catalysts, energy storage and conversion. This topic may also include novel architectures for mechanistic studies, such as the use of epitaxial thin film and single entities as model systems. This symposium will provide an interactive forum for scientists from various fields interested in the application of interfacial engineering to both classical and emerging applications. Specific sessions will be organized based on scientific theme topics to foster cross-fertilization of ideas and strategies. We hope this symposium will benefit materials scientists from various backgrounds, and will help encourage the implementation of rational design, smart control and advanced characterization approaches to solve the needed problems at atomic scale and device level.

Topics will include:

  • Atomically dispersed catalysts for energy storage and conversion
  • Single molecular and single entity electrochemistry
  • Additive engineering of interfaces and interphases in energy storage
  • Interfacial electrochemistry induced phase transformations in battery, fuel cell and water splitting
  • The electrode/electrolyte (e.g. solid/liquid and solid/solid) interfaces in energy storage and conversion
  • In-situ and operando characterizations of electrochemical interfacial processes (e.g. synchrotron X-ray, neutron, TEM and Cryo-EM) in functional materials
  • Single crystal, thin film and substrate supported model systems for electrochemical energy systems
  • Fundamental reactions, structures and transport at electrochemical interfaces under extreme conditions
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Miaofang Chi (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • William Chueh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Neil Dasgupta (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Frank de Groot (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Shougo Higashi (Toyota Central R&D Lab, Japan)
  • Yaqin Huang (Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China)
  • Boryann Liaw (Idaho National Laboratory, USA)
  • Edvin Lundgren (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Miaomiao Ma (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Shelley Minter (University of Utah, USA)
  • Yifei Mo (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Marie-Ingrid Richard (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France)
  • Vasiliki Tileli (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Luisa Whittaker-Brooks (University of Utah, USA)
  • Gang Wu (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA)
  • Sen Zhang (University of Virginia, USA)
  • Huiyuan Zhu (University of Virginia, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Zhenxing Feng
Oregon State University
School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

Ling Chen
Toyota Research Institute
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Kristina Tshculik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Department of Chemistry
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Hua Zhou
Argonne National Laboratory
X-ray Science Division

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