2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EN16—Combining Materials, Technologies and Societal Awareness to Harvest Natural and Human-Made Energy Sources

Sustainability calls for energy technologies to fulfill yet additional goals related to the longer-term public good. Our society has arrived to a pivotal point where we must address the need to change our daily living and energy consumption towards the sustainable pathways.

There are two hurdles inherent in the sustainability path:
A technological way to promote sustainable energy: New Materials have been widely proposed as substitutes to fossil fuels and other non-sustainable energies. The advent of nanotechnology allows to engineer novel composite materials tailored to any energy application. However, the availability of the constituent materials and the non scalable manufacturing processes has become an obstacle towards the industrialization of those renewable technology. The design of sustainable energy materials should balance the environmental impact of their synthesis with their functionality. Indeed new material processes, which are environmentally, economically and industrially sustainable, are yet to be proposed.
A societal problem: a general lack of education on the subject of energy, which translates into the need for improved public perception and governament regulations. The importance of these materials, how they relate to sustainable energy, and how they can be recycled are a few factors which could be stressed. Transitioning towards a more integrated approach to critical materials combined with education and outreach could have a transformative impact.

This symposium will foster a multi- interdisciplinary approach to the concept of harvesting energy from multiple sources of renewable energy in a highly optimized manner, while using novel and sustainable materials applied to state of the art technologies. For example: while integrating wind, thermal and solar sustainable system is a technical challenge, integrating materials that can be suitable for solar, thermal and for example rf energy harvesting becomes a materials integration challenge. It requires designing materials that also need to be manufactured with industrially compatible technologies. Also welcome are subjects that include developing and implementing large- and small-scale visualizations approaches to materials and technologies integration towards sustainability, which draw immediate attention and sensibility of public, government and education system to understand the energy sustainability challenge.

Topics will include:

  • Alternative and/or sustainable Materials to harvest energy source(s)
  • Sustainable materials and their application in energy
  • Multi functional materials applied to energy
  • Technologies promoting sustainable energy
  • Corporate and Government social responsibility - Outreach efforts to promote sustainable energy
  • Government policies: sustainable energy technologies and infrastructures

Invited Speakers:

  • Deji Akinwande (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Melanie Avgerakis (Explore Academy, USA)
  • Teresa Barnes (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • King Bruce (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Francesca Cavallo (University of New Mexico, USA)
  • Matthew Doty (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Stephanie Essig (Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Jean Fleurial (National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) RPS, USA)
  • NIck Flor (Anderson School of Business, USA)
  • Bryan Hartlin (Environmental Resources Management, France)
  • Christiana Honsberg (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Howard Katz (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Marina Leite (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Alison Lennon (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Julio Martinez (New Mexico State University, USA)
  • Venkatesh Narayanamurti (Harvard University, USA)
  • Lars Oberbeck (Total GRP, France)
  • Wenzhong Shen (Shanghai Jiaotong Solar Power Research Institute, China)
  • Tom Vandervelde (Tufts University, USA)
  • Eli Yablonovitch (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Elizabeth Zamaudio (INTEL, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Tito Busani
University of New Mexico
Electrical Engineering/Center for High Technology Materials
505-239-4202, busanit@unm.edu

Sergej Filonovich
Renewables and Power - New Energies
33-6-35-27-57-25, sfilonovich@gmail.com

Olga Lavrova
Sandia National Laboratories
Department of Energy
505-221-6174, olavrov@sandia.gov

Robert Opila
University of Delaware
Electrical and Computer Engineering
302-831-3128, opila@udel.edu

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Education and societal awareness, Energy Harvesting, Environmental impact, Material sustainability, Regulation barriers, Technology and Material integration, Technology sustainability