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 EN09—Advances in Conversion Electrodes for Reliable Electrochemical Energy Storage

This symposium will focus on the emerging chemistries of conversion electrodes for current and future energy storage systems. Miniaturization of computing devices and development of hybrid/electric vehicles has caused a reliance on energy dense devices ubiquitous in professional and social dealings. Furthermore, as interest in using renewable energy to replace traditional power sources increases, the necessity for large scale implementation of cost-effective energy dense electrochemical storage has become apparent. Batteries based on conversion chemistries, instead of intercalation of ions, are a promising pathway for next generation devices, as they inherently offer higher capacities and energy densities. Within the scope of conversion batteries there is a wide variety in the materials being studied, whether dependent on multivalent or single charged ion chemistries, or primary versus secondary capabilities. This includes promising advances in the fields of both aqueous (e.g. Zn/MnO2) and organic (e.g. Li/FeF3) batteries. The binding factor of these materials is the necessity of understanding the interplay between interfacial reactions and concurrent solution processes responsible for battery performance. Enveloping an array of expertise, this symposium aims to bring together a diverse set of talks in order to expose similar research communities to new material analysis and the advances of contending fields. Symposium organization will be split into two parts, one for the focus on advances in the field of aqueous chemistries, and the second highlighting recent work on conversion electrodes in organic media. Grouping the talks by content allows participants and audience members to attend talks within the field of interest and encourages exposure to new battery chemistries. The focus of chosen talks for both sections will be on the development of electrode materials, effects of the electrolyte and additives on reaction chemistries, and the characterization and modeling methods for identifying the mechanistic pathways of conversion chemistries. Along with the inclusion of a varied set of battery formulations, this symposium is intended to unite a collection of researchers working within a wide spread effort to develop these systems. This includes speakers from academia, national laboratories, startup companies and established industries.

Topics will include:

  • Current advances in electrode materials for conversion chemistries
  • New designs and architectures for conversion electrodes
  • Synthetic routes for conversion electrode materials
  • Current advances in development of solvents and additives for conversion electrodes
  • In Situ/Operando techniques for establishing conversion pathways
  • Development of multimodal approaches to elucidating conversion reactions
  • Computational modelling of energy storage materials
  • Simulations of conversion reactions

Invited Speakers:

  • Hector Abruna (Cornell University, USA)
  • Naga Phani Aetukuri (Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • Perla Balbuena (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Pieremanuele Canepa (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Xinliang Feng (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
  • Joshua Gallaway (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Andy Gewirth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Katharine Harrison (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Tim Lambert (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Linsen Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Nian Liu (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Debra Rolison (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Xia Wei (ZPower, USA)
  • Jie Xiao (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Gautam Yadav (Urban Electric Power, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Noah Schorr
Sandia National Laboratories

Vitaly Alexandrov
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
College of Engineering

Aaron Hollas
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Huilin Pan
Zhejiang University
Department of Chemistry

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