TopicA: Functional Materials and Devices
Energy conversion, energy transport, and energy storage are one of the most demanding technological challenges of our society. A sustainable, safe and resource efficient energy systems can only be accomplished by the development and production of the necessary functional and engineering materials.
Materials for the electric grid, i.e. the system for the transport of electric energy, are becoming more and more into the focus, as the developments towards decentral and DC systems put many demands on the development of new materials for our electrical systems. New contact materials for switches, converters, etc. are needed as well as wide band gap semiconductor for power systems.
As for energy conversion, semiconducting compounds play an important role. Some of them are used as thermoelectric materials for the conversion of heat to electricity and vice-versa. Others and particularly oxides are used as transparent conductive electrodes (TCO) or light emitting diodes (LED). Semiconducting oxides are more and more used also for renewable energy generation. Such materials (TiO2, ZnO, WO3, and many more) are of both scientific and technological interest, e.g. for photovoltaics or photo(electro)chemical water splitting for hydrogen generation or in conjunction with CO2 reduction for fuel generation.
Similarly, materials for heat storage and heat transport are currently developed. Phase change materials, good thermal conductors, and thermal insulator materials are developed for various applications.
This symposium will bring together material scientist from these different fields in order to discuss similarities and differences in these materials, their production, their properties and their application.
Topics of the symposium are (besides others):
- Preparation methods for materials for energy engineering
- Properties of materials for energy engineering
- Applications of materials for energy engineering
- Contact materials and materials for the electric grid
- Materials for power electronics and power systems
- Metal oxide, doping and defect engineering
- Electrical, optical, and catalytical properties of materials
- Materials for heat storage, heat transport and thermal isolation
- Corrosion behaviour
- Operational devices and their materials
- Theoretical calculations for energy materials