Symposium EN21—Next-Generation Solid-State Super Ion Conductors
Highly conductive ion “super conducting” materials continue to emerge as vital functional materials, enabling sustainable technologies in fields ranging from energy storage to clean energy generation and chemical separations. In both existing and emerging technologies, development of robust, highly functional solid state ion conductors promises important technical benefits related to enhanced performance, extended material lifetimes, and improved application safety. Advancing the development and widespread implementation of these important materials, however, requires improved understanding of the challenges confronting these materials and community collaboration to overcome these challenges. This multidisciplinary symposium will bring together experts from academia, the national laboratories, and industry to expand our understanding of the principles governing stable solid-state ion conductivity and deepen insights into critical structure/property/processing relationships in these materials.
Emphasizing not only Li-ion conductors, but also Na-ion, multivalent ion, and other alternative ion conducting solids, this symposium will promote both experimental and theory-based discussions around the performance of existing ion-conductors and highlight the discovery of new solid state ion conducting chemistries. Development of ion-conducting materials as ceramics, glasses, thin films, and composites will be discussed. Integrating studies of fundamental transport mechanisms, new synthesis strategies, and advanced characterization techniques, this symposium will explore ion conducting solids across a wide range of length scales (atomic to macroscopic).
Industrial engagement will connect the details of the fundamental materials research to real-world application space. Industrial speakers, organizers, and sponsors will lend relevant focus to technical research discussions and identify important challenges and opportunities for next generation ion conducting materials.