2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium Sessions


  • Broader Impact (BI)
  • Characterization and Modeling (CT)
  • Electronics and Optics (EL)
  • Energy and Sustainability (EN)
  • Nanoscale and Quantum Materials (NM)
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials (SM)
  • Structural Materials (ST)

Symposium CT01—In Situ/Operando Characterization of Solid–Liquid Interfaces for Sustainable Energy, Water and Environment

Sustainable energy, water, and environment are critical challenges facing the human society. To enable a sustainable future, it is of paramount importance to develop materials for energy conversion and storage, water filtration and purification, carbon capture and storage, and so on. These emerging functionalities mainly occur at the surfaces and interfaces of materials, especially solid-liquid interfaces, where molecular adsorption, chemical transformation, and charge storage processes occur. Materials development in these areas require synergistic activities of materials synthesis, characterization, and performance tests. However, in situ/operando characterization of solid-liquid interfaces remains challenging. Traditional surface science techniques usually require operation in vacuum which is incompatible with liquid environments. To bridge the gap between surface science and realistic conditions of solid-liquid interfaces, various in situ/operando imaging and spectroscopy methods have been recently developed, utilizing scanning probe, optical, electron, and/or X-ray based approaches. Such techniques have significantly advanced our understanding of the atomic and molecular scale structure and kinetics at solid-liquid interfaces, providing guidance for the rational design of materials for energy, water, and environmental technologies. This symposium will bring together scientists from around the world to discuss characterization techniques, fundamental theories/mechanisms, and practical applications related to solid-liquid interfaces.

Topics will include:

  • Scanning probe based interfacial and electrochemical characterization
  • In situ/operando optical spectroscopy of solid-liquid interfaces
  • In situ/operando X-ray spectroscopy of solid-liquid interfaces
  • Electron microscopy of solid-liquid interfaces
  • Multi-modal characterization of solid-liquid interfaces
  • Theory and modeling of solid-liquid interfaces
  • Fundamental electric double layer structures at solid-liquid interfaces
  • Solid-electrolyte interphases in batteries
  • Interfacial reaction kinetics in electrocatalysis
  • Electrochemical interfaces for supercapacitors
  • Semiconductor-electrolyte interfaces for photocatalysis and photoelectrochemistry

Invited Speakers:

  • Nina Balke (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Alexis Bell (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Shannon Boettcher (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Oleg Borodin (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Maria Chan (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • William Chueh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Zhenxing Feng (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Giulia Galli (The University of Chicago, USA)
  • Ricardo Garcia (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Spain)
  • Andrew Gewirth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Enyuan Hu (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Takuya Masuda (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Matthew McDowell (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Michael Mirkin (Queens College, City University of New York, USA)
  • Jagjit Nanda (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Reza Shahbazian-Yassar (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
  • Francesca Toma (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Michael Toney (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Huolin Xin (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Bingjun Xu (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Xiaoji Xu (Lehigh University, USA)
  • Haimei Zheng (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yingjie Zhang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Materials Science and Engineering

Ethan Crumlin
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Advanced Light Source & Chemical Sciences Division

Xiaofeng Feng
University of Central Florida

Feifei Shi
The Pennsylvania State University
Energy and Mineral Engineering

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