2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium SM07—Functional (Bio)polymers in Energy and Environment Applications

The development of inexpensive, benign and efficient sustainable materials, which can replace our dependence on the fossil reserves, is imperative. This approach can take many forms, either by improving the lifetime of a material, making it lighter, easier and more economical to transport, or by creating novel materials that allow for new functions. In this context, the exploitation of functional materials based on renewable and sustainable (bio)polymers and bioplastics (i.e., biological polymers and bio-derived synthetic polymers) such as poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs), polysaccharides, fibrous proteins, etc represents an approach that can satisfy these stringent requirements.

Improved chemical and characterization methods have promoted the growing interest in (biopolymers as it enabled tuning their surface properties and the observation of their intricate nanostructures. Functional biopolymers and bioplastics have found their way in applications in catalysis, sensing, energy storage and energy generation. However, the understanding of the coupling of the micro-, meso-, and macroscopic-length scales is far from being understood, particularly in combination with inorganic nanomaterials. This symposium will cover the range of applications of biopolymers and bioplastics in energy and environment applications.

The topics of the symposium include interdisciplinary areas merging chemistry, biology, polymer science and materials science. The invited abstracts will provide the required bridges to connect these areas with an emphasis on their characterization methods and applications. These, in turn, will help to initiate discussions towards the implementation of the various functional (bio)polymers in different areas and the cross-fertilization of the characterization methods that are used.

Topics will include:

  • Thermal insulation
  • Ionic and electronic conductors
  • Environmental remediation (heavy metal sorption, organic dye removal, etc.)
  • Life-cycle analysis
  • Sensing
  • Catalysis
  • Energy generation and storage (supercapacitors, battery, triboelectricity, piezoelectricity, biofuel cells, etc)
  • Advanced characterization of (bio)polymers
  • Functionalization of biopolymers
  • Functional carbons from (bio)polymers

Invited Speakers:

  • Laurent Billon (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France)
  • Eric Drockenmuller (University of Lyon 1, France)
  • Niklas Hedin (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Olli Ikkala (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Timothy Long (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA)
  • Isabel Marucho (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Isabel Marucho (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Hideharu Mori (Yamagata University, Japan)
  • Meital Reches (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Daniel Taton (Université de Bordeaux and CNRS, France)
  • John Texter (Eastern Michigan University, USA)
  • Magdalena Titirici (Queen Mary University of London, England)
  • Silvia Vignoli (University of Cambridge, England)
  • Feng Yan (Soochow University, China)

Symposium Organizers

German Salazar-Alvarez
Stockholm University
Materials and Environmental Chemistry
468163942, german@mmk.su.se

Marie-Helene Delville
Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux
Chemistry of Nanomaterials

Bernd Wicklein
Materials Science Institute of Madrid-CSIC
34-91-3349000, bernd@icmm.csic.es

Jiayin Yuan
Clarkson University
Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science and Center for Advanced Materials Processing
315-268-4247, jyuan@clarkson.edu

Keywords for Abstract Submission

characterization of biopolymers, Energy generation and storage, Environmental remediation, functionalization of biopolymers, Ionic and electronic conductors, sensing and catalysis, Thermal insulation