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 EN08—Progress in Understanding Charge Transfer at Electrochemical Interfaces in Batteries

The quantity, rate and repeatability at which energy can be stored and accessed in batteries is regulated by charge transfer at the electrode interfaces. This symposium will cover new advances and emerging concepts for probing, understanding and controlling the transfer of ions and electrons across battery electrode interfaces. Phenomena of interest include but are not limited to determination of intrinsic barriers to charge transfer, the structure, composition and properties of evolving interphases active in transfer, and materials design and synthesis of both electrolyte and electrode resulting in enhanced and resilient transfer. Additionally, efforts focusing on integrating computational and experiment to deepen our knowledge of a material’s role in charge transfer and in situ and operando methods to characterize the interface/interphase evolution are of particular interest. Emphasis will be placed on energy storage applications, where the interaction strengths of redox active ions with the electrode are a critical factor for battery efficiency and resiliency. Symposium contributions are encouraged that address basic materials science hypotheses related to charge transfer processes across heterogeneous interfaces or address challenges in the development of in situ/operando measurements and computational modelling for interrogating the charge transfer process. This symposium will explore state-of-the-art research on interfacial processes across the battery technology spectrum, bringing together materials scientists and engineers from numerous disciplines.

Topics will include:

  • Electrode-electrolyte interphase identity, properties, and temporal evolution
  • Electrode and electrolyte material design for interface and interphase resiliency
  • Characterization of interfaces and interphases including in situ/operando methods
  • Computational modelling of charge transfer and interphase formation and properties
  • Ion transport mechanisms at heterogeneous interfaces

Invited Speakers:

  • Chibueze Amanchukwu (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Perla Balbuena (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Nina Balke (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Fikile Brushett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • George Crabtree (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • David Ginger (University of Washington, USA)
  • Kelsey Hatzell (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Brett Helms (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Katharine Jungjohann (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Rana Mohtadi (Toyota Research Institute, USA)
  • Karl Mueller (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Huilin Pan (Zhejiang University, China)
  • Shyue Ping Ong (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • David Prendergast (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Charles Schroeder (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Don Siegel (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Charles Sing (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Chris Takacs (Stanford University, USA)
  • Esther Takeuchi (Stony Brook University, The State University of New York, USA)
  • Sarah Tolbert (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Vijay Murugesan
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Nav Rajput
Tufts University

Rajeev Surendran Assary
Argonne National Laboratory

Kevin Zavadil
Sandia National Laboratories

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