2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EN03—Solar-Energy Conversion for Sustainable Water-Energy-Environmental Nexus

Adoption of renewable solar energy technologies are promising in addressing water-energy-environmental nexus, bringing on sustainable solutions of these inextricably linked scarce resources. Many of these emerging solar enabled technologies can boost water, energy and environmental security by improving sustainability, accessibility and affordability. Various advanced functional materials including plasmonic metal, semiconductor, carbon, hybrids etc. have been developed to effectively capture broad solar spectrum, whilst diversified solar energy conversion concepts associated to intermediate band, hot carrier, localized surface plasmon, up- and down-conversion, and multiple exciton generation are manipulated to efficiently harness solar energy. Moreover, prerequisites of efficient photo/photothermal driven processes include extended solar absorption, efficient optical-thermal management along with various strategies of rational nanostructure designs, bandgap engineering, material constituents tailoring and system configurations are judiciously considered. Recent deployment in solar evaporation, desalination, purification, sterilization and energy generation have shown promising clean water, energy and environmental solutions using less resource-intensive processes and technologies, compared to conventional options. The opportunities of renewable solar energy are explored beyond the silo, so as to address the key challenges posed by the interlinked water, energy and environmental nexus in mutually beneficial ways.

This symposium aims to bring together photo/photothermal communities with diverse disciplines to present and discuss recent advances in the solar powered sustainable water-energy technologies. Emphasis will place on solar materials, electrodes, membrane as well as device design and fabrication for solar catalysis, vaporization, desalination, purification/sterilization, solar induced pyro/thermo-electricity etc. This symposium highlights advanced nanomaterials exploration, theory-experiment verification and systematic protocol development. Researchers with different expertise attending this symposium will be exposed to cross-cutting discussion and network opportunities on emerging solar thermal and photon energy conversion technologies.

Topics will include:

  • Solar energy for water production, energy generation and environmental remediation.
  • Solar enhanced evaporation, desalination, catalysis, energy generation, purification, sterilization etc.
  • Novel solar energy conversion concepts associated to intermediate band, hot carrier, localized surface plasmon, up- and down-conversion, and multiple exciton generation
  • Emerging solar thermal nanostructures, materials and devices
  • Characterizations, properties, management of optical, thermal and structural features to advance solar energy conversion
  • Efficient solar thermal and photon energy conversion strategies, processes and systems.

Invited Speakers:

  • Pietro Asinari (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Gang Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Donglei Fan (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Qiaoqiang Gan (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA)
  • Hadi Ghasemi (University of Houston, USA)
  • Wanlin Guo (Nanjing Univeristy, China)
  • Naomi J Halas (Rice University, USA)
  • Prashant Kamat (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Bruce Koel (Princeton University, USA)
  • Qilin Li (Rice University, USA)
  • Ding Ma (Peking University, China)
  • Geoffrey A. Ozin (University of Toronto, USA)
  • Jason Ren (Princeton University, USA)
  • Srikanth Singamaneni (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
  • Alberto Vomiero (Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Peng Wang (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Ronggui Yang (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Guihua Yu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Jin Zhang (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Lin Zhou (Nanjing University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Ghim Wei Ho
National University of Singapore
Faculty of Engineering, Electrica; and Computer Engineering
Singapore
65-65168121, elehgw@nus.edu.sg

Liangbing Hu
University of Maryland
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
USA
301.405.9303, binghu@umd.edu

Baoxia Mi
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
USA
(510) 664-7446, mib@berkeley.edu

Jia Zhu
Nanjing University
College of Engineering and Applied Science
China
86-83597237, jiazhu@nju.edu.cn