2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium ES07-New Carbon for Energy—Materials, Chemistry and Applications

Carbon and carbon-based materials plays a crucial role in energy conversion, storage, and energy-intensive processes, either as core materials or supporting materials. Examples include electro-/photo-catalysis, batteries, supercapacitors, molecules storage/separation (H2, CO2, water desalination, etc.). Recently, new structures, improved functions of carbon and carbon-like materials (e.g., graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4)) are emerging, particularly with heteroatom doping (the so-called hetero-carbon). This includes non-metal doping (N-, B-, P-, S-doping…) and transition metal (co)doping (such as Fe, Co, Mn etc.). In the past few years, good progress has been made in understanding doping chemistry/structures. Engineering development has led to significantly improved technology performance, for example, transition metal/nitrogen co-doped carbon electrocatalysts have been used in prototype proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells; novel hard carbon has been used in large format prototype Na-ion batteries. However, grand challenges still exist before this kind of materials can be broadly deployed for energy applications: 1) discovery of scientific rules for predictive and precise synthesis of hetero-carbons, 2) understanding synthesis-structure-property-performance relationship that can enable improved performance and stability/durability, 3) innovative engineering of carbon nanostructures and architectures to facilitate energy processes (e.g., molecule/ion transfer/accommodation). This symposium is to provide an international forum for scientists and engineers to discuss status, challenges, and future directions of new carbon research from a multidiscipline perspective and to bridge the collaborations.

Topics will include:

  • New carbon synthesis and processing, e.g., doping
  • Carbon based noble metal-free electrocatalysis
  • Carbon based photoelectrocatalysis
  • Cations and anions storage in carbon materials for batteries
  • Porous carbons for supercapacitors
  • New carbon materials for fuel cells
  • Molecule storage and separation in carbon
  • Advanced experimental and theoretical tools for understanding new carbon chemistry
  • New energy applications of carbon
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Sheng Dai (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Elzbieta Frackowiak (Poznan University of Technology, Poland)
  • Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Shinichi Komaba (Tokyo University of Science, Japan)
  • Liming Dai (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Piotr Zelenay (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Gang Wu (University at Buffalo, USA)
  • Dustin Banham (Ballard Power Systems, Canada)
  • Francesco Bonaccorso (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • Anmin Cao (Institute of Chemistry, China)
  • Huiming Cheng (Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, China)
  • Andrea Ferrari (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Yongsheng Hu (Institute of Physics, China)
  • Frédéric Jaouen (University of Montpellier 2, France)
  • Ulrike Kramm (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
  • David Mitlin (Clarkson University, USA)
  • Sanjeev Mukerjee (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Deborah Myers (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Paolo Samori (Université de Strasbourg, France)
  • Seong Ihl Woo (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Quanhong Yang (Tianjin University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Xiulei Ji
Oregon State University

Jean-Pol Dodelet
INRS-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications

Xinliang Feng
Technische Universität Dresden

Hongli Zhu
Northeastern University

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