TopicA: Functional Materials and Devices
The forthcoming shortage of natural resources, the demand for more efficient chemical processes for the conversion of energy and matter, especially with respect to carbon management, is growing rapidly. Therefore a search for alternative energy resources and catalysts (80% of processes in chemical industry rely on catalysis) are of paramount importance in both academic and industrial sectors.
Efficient, large scale energy storage and conversion requires the development of catalysts with superior properties for such applications as: electrode surface reactions in novel batteries and fuel cells, artificial systems capable of efficient conversion of light energy into practical fuels, catalysts for the chemical industry. Cheap, abundant and environmentally benign materials, with optimal parameters for solar and chemical energy conversion (light absorption, charge conduction), could diminish the world dependency on contaminating fuels, providing clean energy from the sun. Controlling materials structure, defects, electronic properties, charge and energy transfer across interfaces is of primary importance for such applications since their functionality is governed by their atomic structure and by the kinetics of the redox processes occurring therein. Atomistic materials simulations offer understanding that is difficult or impossible to achieve experimentally, have a predictive power and thus are intensively used for materials design in academia and industrial materials research and development labs.
This symposium aims bringing together scientists from various disciplines of chemistry, physics and materials science, from both academic and industrial sectors in the field of catalytic materials. The symposium will address fundamental processes occurring in catalytic materials within experimental and computational domains. Topics to be discussed include processes occurring within fuel cell catalysis, electro- and photocatalysis, oxygen reduction reactions in metal-air batteries, water oxidation and reduction catalysis, chemical catalysis and electrocatalysis within porous materials. A particular attention will be paid to modelling electrified interfaces at operating conditions. 1
We would like to encourage discussion between academic and industrial partners. Such interactions are crucial for promising academic ideas to meet the technological market requirements.
1 Cucinotta, C.; Kosa, M., Electrochemical Interfaces for Energy Storage and Conversion. In Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Bhushan, B., Ed. Springer Netherlands: 2015; pp 1-14.