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Symposium F.EN04—Beyond Lithium-Ion Batteries—Materials, Architectures and Techniques

Including Symposium S.EN07—Next-Generation Electrical Energy Storage—Beyond Intercalation-Type Lithium Ion, and Symposium S.NM08—2D Atomic and Molecular Sheets—Electronic and Photonic Properties and Device Applications


The energy of commercial lithium ion battery (LIBs) systems increases in an evolutionary manner by approximately 7% every year. To achieve revolutionary game-changing advances, however, new entirely new paradigms are required that are outside established ceramic high cathodes and predominantly graphite-based anodes. In parallel, emerging stationary application require a new paradigm in cost effectiveness, requiring transformative approaches toward reducing system watt hours per dollar. This symposium seeks to bridge the two concepts seeking materials and device architectures to bring about revolutionary rather than evolutionary advances in energy, safety, power, cyclability and/or cost, not possible with existing LIB systems. It is recognized that in-situ and operando imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy, high-throughput calculation, and multiscale characterization are the key towards understanding the structure – electrochemical performance relations for beyond-lithium. Thematically the symposium will have following thrusts: Lithium and sodium metal batteries (LMBs, SMBs) for revolutionary advances in specific energy; Solid-State Batteries (SSBs) for revolutionary advances in safety; hybrid ion capacitors (HICs) for revolutionary advances for power and cyclability; Sodium, potassium, aluminum, organic and aqueous batteries for revolutionary advances in cost and/or durability; advanced analytical and simulation methods for revolutionary advances in structural insight.

Topics will include:

  • Solid-State Batteries (SSBs), emerging solid-state electrolytes, semi-solid electrolytes, advanced analytical methods to electrolyte discovery and structure-properties relations, electrolyte – anode interactions, electrolyte – cathode interactions, fundamental studies of the ionic diffusion in solid-state. Theory/computational modeling, battery reliability and safety.
  • Lithium and sodium metal batteries (LMBs, SMBs), anode design, dendrite growth, S, Se, SSe cathodes, separators, studies of parasitic species shuttle, studies of crossover, holistic analysis of device performance, in-situ and operando methods, emerging electrolytes. Theory/computational modeling, battery reliability and safety.
  • Hybrid ion capacitors (HICs), other emerging fast charge – high cyclability architectures, flexible devices. Electrode materials, electrolytes, advanced analytical methods. Organic devices offering advances in performance and/or cost. Conventional symmetric or asymmetric ultracapacitors (supercapacitors) are outside the scope.
  • Metal-air batteries, including Li-O2, Na-O2, Zn-O2, fundamental studies of the ionic diffusion. Theory/computational modeling and new architectures.
  • Sodium ion batteries (SIBs, NIBs), potassium ion batteries (KIBs), aluminum ion batteries, dual-ion batteries, organic batteries, and aqueous batteries for revolutionary advances in cost and/or durability. Electrode materials, electrolytes, separators, advanced analytical methods.

Invited Speakers:

  • Pulickel Ajayan (Rice University, USA)
  • Joerg Appenzeller (Purdue University, USA)
  • Veronica Augustyn (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Alexander Balandin (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Oleg Borodin (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Peter Bruce (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Mei Cai (General Motors, USA)
  • Paddy K.L. Chan (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Zheng Chen (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Hailong Chen (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Manish Chhowalla (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • William Chueh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Marca Deoff (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Bruce Dunn (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Timothy Fister (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Aaron D. Franklin (Duke University, USA)
  • Betar Gallant (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Nicholas Glavin (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Wenping Hu (Tianjing University, China)
  • Deep Jariwala (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Berend Thomas Jonker (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Kisuk Kang (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Robert Kostecki (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Yong Lei (Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany)
  • Xin Li (Harvard University, USA)
  • Lain-Jong Li (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, Taiwan)
  • Mo Li (University of Washington, USA)
  • Zheng Liu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Miao Liu (Institute of Physica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Y.Q. Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Tony Low (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Joachim Maier (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany)
  • John Muldoon (Toyota North America, USA)
  • Kosuke Nagashio (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Mary Patterson (Enerdel, USA)
  • Jayakanth Ravichandran (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Jennifer Rupp (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jeff Sakamoto (University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, USA)
  • Yang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • X.A. Andy Sun (Western University, Canada)
  • Esther Takeuchi (Stony Brook University, The State University of New York, USA)
  • Anton Van Der Ven (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Angela Hight Walker (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Chunsheng Wang (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Han Wang (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Hailiang Wang (Yale University, USA)
  • Zhongshuai Wu (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Peide Ye (Purdue University, USA)
  • Xu Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Wenjuan Zhu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Yanwu Zhu (University of Science and Technology of China, China)

Symposium Organizers

Dong Su
Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Han Wang
University of Southern California
Electrical Engineering/Chemical Engineering and Material Science

Albert Davydov
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Materials Research Division

Jing Kong
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Xinran Wang
Nanjing University
Electrical Engineering

Gleb Yushin
Georgia Institute of Technology

Shirley Meng
University of California, San Diego

Dan Steingart
Princeton University
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

David Mitlin
The University of Texas at Austin

Chunlei Wang
Florida International University

Yan Yu
University of Science and Technology of China

Miaofang Chi
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

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