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 EN10—Transformation, Reaction and Organization at Functional Interfaces for Sustainable Energy Systems and Environmental Managements

For electrochemical energy devices (e.g., electrocatalysts, fuel cells) and environment systems, the gas/solid, liquid/solid and solid/solid interfaces are critical nexus where many important chemical processes take place. For example, the surfaces of electrocatalysts can be one kind of gas/solid or liquid/solid interfaces where electrochemical reactions take place and materials transform. In addition, the interfaces at several environmental devices (e.g., heavy ion removal) may experience re-organizations in different processes. However, these interfacial processes are not well understood and controlled, which affects the development of devices for energy, environment and sustainability. To address the pressing opportunities and challenges, we have designed this symposium to highlight the recent trends in the transformation, reaction and organization of functional interfaces for sustainable energy systems and environmental managements. The symposium will bridge expertise in academia research and industrial applications from electrochemical deposition, interfacial reactions, functional control, advanced characterization and scientific management to applications of energy and environmental devices. Particular attention will be paid to the understanding of interfacial chemistry, the control, and multimodal in situ characterization of functional materials in catalysts, energy conversion and environmental processes. This topic also includes novel architectures for mechanistic studies, such as the use of single crystal surfaces and substrate-supported entities as model systems. This symposium will provide an interactive forum for scientists from various fields interested in the application of interfacial engineering. We hope 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 this field.

Topics will include:

  • Interface for Energy-Water nexus
  • Control of electrochemical deposition for catalysis applications
  • Electrocatalyts interfaces during electrochemical reactions
  • Model systems for electrochemical energy systems
  • The electrode/electrolyte (e.g. solid/liquid and solid/solid) interfaces in energy conversion
  • In Situ/Operando characterizations of electrochemical interfacial processes in functional materials
  • Interface for fluid-geomaterials or nature materials
  • Interface for extreme conditions (nuclear, waster, heavy-metal separation, sequestration)
  • Opportunities and challenges of using 4th generation synchrotron X-ray facilities for studies of interfaces of functional materials
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Chih-hung Chang (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Sue Clark (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Sheng Dai (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Kristina Edström (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Xiaofeng Feng (University of Central Florida, USA)
  • Zhanhu Guo (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
  • Yaqin Huang (Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China)
  • Deborah Jones (Université de Montpellier, France)
  • Richard Kurtz (Louisiana State University, USA)
  • Jos Lenders (Wiley Publishing, Germany)
  • Sanjeev Mukerjee (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Steven Sloop (OnTo Technology LLC, USA)
  • Jacob Spendelow (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Severin Vierrath (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
  • Robert Weatherup (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Xingchen Ye (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
  • Yingjie Zhang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Xiaoyu Zheng (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Hua Zhou (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

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

Carmen Murphy
Johnson Matthey
United Kingdom

Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy
Clarkson University
Chemical Engineering

Huolin Xin
University of California, Irvine
Physics and Astronomy

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