2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium ES03-Electrochemical Energy Materials Under Extreme Conditions

The growing demands of energy consumptions in various aspects of the society require the development of novel electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices that can operate under different environments. For example, the batteries in space and deep ocean exploration will necessitate the corresponding energy storage materials to perform at high temperatures or below freezing point, and be able to charge at high electric currents (i.e., fast charging). The use of medical devices on and inside human bodies need the energy supply materials to be stretchable and flexible. The inorganic/organic interfaces play important roles in such electrochemical systems in (bio)medical environments. In addition, power systems in national defense and munitions have to be small, conformal and easy to pack. New requirements are posed for energy materials with special physical, chemical and mechanical properties that can work in extreme environments.

Therefore, urgent problems need to be addressed for electrochemical energy materials working in a wide variety of conditions. It is the purpose of this symposium to discuss such challenges and opportunities and to bridge expertise in academia research and industrial applications from advanced energy storage systems as well as catalysts in harsh electrochemical and biological environments, to energy devices beyond conventional applications. Particular attention will be paid to developing and exploring materials that are functional in (bio)medical conditions, and are critical in defense, security and aerospace applications. Also of interest are the future directions for innovative multimodal in-situ and in-operando techniques to study energy materials in such complicated configurations. 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 in these fields.

Topics will include:

  • Energy storage and conversion systems in (bio)medical devices and environments
  • Flexible and stretchable energy storage/conversion materials and systems
  • Energy storage and conversion systems for the defense and aerospace industries
  • Energy storage systems vital to security and resilience
  • Biocatalysts and biosensors for chemical and electrochemical reactions in living cells
  • Fundamental reactions, structures and transport at electrochemical interfaces under extreme conditions
  • In-situ and in-operando characterizations such as synchrotron X-ray and Cryo-EM for electrochemical materials under extreme conditions. The applications of coherent X-ray and electron beam-based techniques are highly encouraged.
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Nikhil Koratkar (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Gary Rubloff (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Ratnakumar Bugga (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)
  • Yanglong Hou (Peking University, China)
  • Joaquín Rodríguez-López (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Yang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Oleg Borodin (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Yingge Du (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Michael Eikerling (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Timothy Fister (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Konstantinos Gerasopoulos (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA)
  • Hee Tak Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Tianbiao Liu (Utah State University, USA)
  • Amy Marschilok (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Leif Nyholm (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Gang Wu (University at Buffalo, USA)
  • Jim Zheng (Florida State University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

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

Hye Ryung Byon
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry
Republic of Korea

Cynthia Lundgren
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Electrochemistry Branch

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