Symposium ET10—Redox Active Materials and Flow Cells for Energy Applications
Recent progress in materials developments and electrochemistry studies have resulted in more flexibility and diversity of flow cell design to enhance its functionality to meet various energy conversion and storage applications. A variety of new flow cells have been developed, such as lithium-based flow batteries, flow batteries based on organic/organometallic redox couples, metal-air flow batteries, and solar rechargeable flow batteries. Meanwhile, utilizing of redox active materials in its flowing form are also being explored for hydrogen production, biomass conversion, flowable supercapacitor, and photocatalytic fuel cell, etc. Such systems present unique challenges in materials development ranging from redox active molecule synthesis and modification, electrolyte solvation chemistry, electrode and catalyst materials, to polymeric membrane materials. The subtle interplay of often highly correlated and dynamic interactions between various entities typically emerges as the functional properties of the overall flow cell architecture. Advances towards the next generation flow-based energy systems will thus be critically dependent on fine molecular tuning and fundamental understanding of both electroactive molecules, electrodes and membranes.
This symposium will include fundamental studies of redox active molecules and macromolecules containing redox-active moieties, applications of the redox material systems, as well as the computational simulation and economic analysis. The symposium is intended to cover a wide range of topics related to materials science and technology.