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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.

Topics will include:

  • Novel redox material systems
  • Electro-active compounds in redox flow batteries
  • Ion-exchange membrane/separator synthesis, properties, and applications.
  • Electrolyte solvation chemistry
  • Nanomaterials for advanced electrode and catalysts
  • Advanced characterization and diagnosis
  • Reactions of radicals and other stability issues
  • Membrane fouling mechanism study
  • Materials for flow field and stack design
  • Transport phenomenon
  • Computational modeling
  • Stationary energy storage technologies

Invited Speakers:

  • Kathy Ayers (Proton Onsite, USA)
  • Michael Aziz (Harvard University, USA)
  • Fikile Brushett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Imre Gyuk (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
  • Brett Helms (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Leo Liu (Utah State University, USA)
  • Yi-Chun Lu (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Jodie Lutkenhaus (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Shirley Meng (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Chris Menictas (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Mike Perry (United Technologies Research Center, USA)
  • Joaquín Rodríguez-López (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Melanie Sanford (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Bob Savinel (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Ulrich Schubert (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)
  • Grigorii Soloveichik (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
  • Vince Sprenkle (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Kathryn Toghill (University of Lancaster, United Kingdom)
  • Shohji Tsushima (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Yushan Yan (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Tom Zawodzinski (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
  • Huamin Zhang (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China)

Symposium Organizers

Wei Wang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
509-372-4097, wei.wang@pnnl.gov

Xianfeng Li
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
86-41184379669, lixianfeng@dicp.ac.cn

Susan Odom
University of Kentucky
859-257-3294, susan.odom@uky.edu

Maria Skyllas-Kazacos
School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
The University of New South Wales

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Energy, Flow, Redox