2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium CP03-Advances in In Situ Techniques for Diagnostics and Synthetic Design of Energy Materials

Discovery of new functional materials has always been at the forefront of energy technologies. While tremendous R&D efforts are needed for the long journey from the early material discovery to the use in real devices, they often rely on the tools and techniques for material diagnostics and synthetic design. Over the last decade, much progress has been made in developing electron, X-ray and neutron based in situ diagnostic techniques enabling the investigation of time dependent structural and chemical changes within materials, at interfaces and in devices under real working conditions. In particular, the recent development in sample environment and in situ capabilities open new opportunities for probing electron, proton, lithium, oxygen, and other charge/mass carriers, and tracking their transport in liquid, solid and across liquid-solid/solid-solid interfaces. This symposium focuses on advances in electron, X-ray and neutron scattering, spectroscopy, spectro-imaging techniques of improved spatial/temporal resolution and chemical sensitivity and their use in characterizing materials, interfaces and devices relevant to energy sciences. Applications include electrochemical energy storage, fuel cells, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics and nuclear energy systems.

Topics will include:

  • Emerging techniques in electron, X-ray and neutron scattering, diffraction, spectroscopy, and holography for energy sciences
  • Advances in spectro-imaging of liquid, solid and liquid-solid/solid-solid interfaces in energy technology devices
  • In situ, operando techniques for probing materials, interfaces and devices under working conditions
  • Advances in ultrafast diffraction, spectro-imaging for capturing metastable and transient states in organic/inorganic materials during chemical/photochemical/electrochemical reactions and other dynamic processes
  • Techniques/approaches for multimodal characterization at multiple spacial dimensions and time scales
  • Fundamental understanding and controlling of radiation damage by intense electron, X-ray and neutron beams
  • In situ investigation of reactions and transformation in molecules, particles, thin films and solids in the gas, liquid or solid state during synthesis or processing of materials for energy technology
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Jennifer Dionne (Stanford University, USA)
  • Jianming Bai (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Mahalingam Balasubramanian (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Hendrik Bluhm (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Zhenxing Feng (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Anatoly Frenkel (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Jeroen van Bokhoven (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Renske van der Veen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Chengjun Sun
Argonne National Laboratory
Advanced Photon Source

Jenny Lockard
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Markus Winterer
University of Duisburg-Essen

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