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Symposium ET09—Materials for Chalcogen Electrochemistry in Energy Conversion and Storage

The strong demand for portable electronics, electric vehicles, and safe/reliable power grid inspires intensive exploration of new materials and chemistry for high-performance electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. Chalcogen elements particularly oxygen and sulfur play a critical role for next generation electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies such as Li-S batteries, Li-O2 batteries, metal-air batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, etc. In the past years, there has been significant effort on materials innovation and new chemistry discovery for each of these technologies, including i) fundamental insights into reaction mechanism and complex phase transformation behaviors in these chalcogens-based energy systems; ii) controlled synthesis and modification of novel chalcogen materials and understanding O- and S-related electrochemical reaction kinetics in batteries, fuel cells and electrolyzers; iii) developing new concepts and exploring novel high energy, high power systems based on chalcogens. However, great challenges still exist in association with performance, lifetime, efficiency and cost of these technologies, and there has been very limited synergy between the materials and chemistry study of each element. In this symposium, we aim to provide an interdisciplinary discussion forum about the current status and future perspective, including challenges and opportunities in this field, and to advance the research and development through promoting synergy and collaboration across the battery/fuel cell and aqueous/non-aqueous boundaries.

Topics will include:

  • Sulfur electrochemistry and Li/Na-S sulfur batteries
  • Oxygen electrochemistry and Li/Na-O2 batteries
  • Energy storage through anionic redox (O2n-) processes
  • Electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction reactions/oxygen evolution reactions
  • New energy storage and conversion concepts based on chalcogens
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Philipp Adelhelm (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany)
  • Lynden Archer (Cornell University, USA)
  • Peter Bruce (Oxford University, United Kingdom)
  • Mei Cai (General Motors, USA)
  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Liming Dai (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Xinliang Feng (Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany)
  • Yuguo Guo (Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Yu Huang (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Kisuk Kang (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Stefan Kaskel (Technical University Dresden, Germany)
  • Feng Li (Institute of metal research, China)
  • Ju Li (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jun Liu (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Arumugam Manthiram (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Linda Nazar (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Teófilo Rojo (Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Spain)
  • Yang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jean-Marie Tarascon (Collège de France, France)
  • Chunsheng Wang (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Donghai Wang (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Tianpin Wu (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Hui Xu (Giner Inc., USA)
  • Piotr Zelenay (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Xinbo Zhang (Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China)
  • Qiang Zhang (Tsinghua University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Jiajun Wang
Harbin Institute of Technology

Marine Cuisinier
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute
974 4454 5883, mcuisinier@hbku.edu.qa

Jun Lu
Argonne National Laboratory
630-252-4485, junlu@anl.gov

Yuyan Shao
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
509-371-6228,, yuyan.shao@pnnl.gov

Keywords for Abstract Submission

batteries, electrocatalysts, fuel cells