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Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy 2024 The Lotte Hotel Jeju island, South Korea August 19-23, 2024 MCARE 2024

Program


Symposia at a Glance

MCARE 2024 will address a variety of materials and technologies that are critically needed for development of state-of-art technologies of alternative and renewable energy. The technical program features plenary, keynote and invited talks, contributed oral and poster presentations for thematically-focused technical symposiums.
MCARE 2024 consists of 9 symposia

[Symposium 1] “Materials for Hydrogen Fuel Production and CO 2 Conversion in Carbon Neutrality”

Brief description and scope of symposium
In response to the urgent global challenges of climate change, the demand for sustainable energy solutions has never been more critical. Solar-to-fuel conversion is an appealing strategy to produce environmentally friendly fuels and attain sustainable energy systems. This symposium aims to share recent progress in cutting-edge research on carbon neutrality. The topic covers key subjects including hydrogen production, CO 2 reduction, photo (electro)catalysis, and 2D materials for carbon neutrality. It highlights the transformative role of materials science in alternative and renewable energy conversion, facilitating active discussions on recent research trends and collaboration opportunities. The presentations and discussions on carbon neutrality will explore future directions in this research area.
Session topics

Materials science on electrocatalysts, photocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysts, ion-conducting polymers, porous transport layers, and other device components for the following systems:

  • Photoelectrochemical cells and photo(electro) catalysts
  • Solar driven production of fuels
  • CO 2 conversion
  • Hydrogen production and storage
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[Symposium 2] “Advanced Materials for Energy Storage”

Brief description and scope of symposium
Batteries are electrochemical devices that can store and release charges through the conversion from electrical to chemical energy or vice versa. There are many types of batteries available, representing a multi-billion-dollar industry. The state-of-the-art electrical energy storage systems are not able to meet the requirements for energy-efficient use in transportation, grid and commercial technologies. New concepts in materials design for battery technology are sought to overcome the current limitations of performance and lifetime. More critical insight is required to both in terms of material structures as well as interfacial reactions to construct next-generation batteries enabling higher energy and power densities, faster charging capability, and longer cycling abilities. This symposium explores novel energy storage materials and technologies that are critical to making the current energy storage systems more effective. In addition, abstracts are sought on supercapacitors and flexible batteries for self-powering small electronics. Abstracts are sought in fundamentals, modeling, mechanisms, materials design, screening, electrode architectures, diagnostics and materials characterization and electrode/electrolyte interface characterization of the below session topics:
Session topics

Electrode materials/architectures, electrolyte engineering, binder designs, modeling, mechanisms, diagnostics of the following systems:

  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Lithium metal batteries
  • Sodium ion batteries
  • Potassium ion batteries
  • All-solid-state batteries
  • Aqueous batteries
  • Multivalent metal ion batteries
  • Lithium-sulfur batteries
  • Lithium-air batteries
  • Redox flow batteries
  • Supercapacitors and hybrid capacitors
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[Symposium 3] “Advanced Materials for Next Generation Photovoltaics”

Brief description and scope of symposium

Next-generation thin-film photovoltaic devices are drawing significant attention as off-grid power sources for next-generation electronics and clean energy systems. To this end, a wide range of photovoltaic materials have been investigated such as perovskite, organic and colloidal quantum dot. Recently, considerable advancements have been made in next-generation photovoltaics, achieving a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of over 26%. As a current photovoltaic performance approaches commercialization, there is growing interest in long-term stability, upscaling and flexible/wearable/stretchable applications. Furthermore, the outstanding potential of next-generation photovoltaic materials have been extensively utilized in an assortment of integrated devices, including energy storage devices, water splitting devices, and tandem solar cells with additional photovoltaic materials. This symposium welcomes abstracts that address the significant challenges in the current state of novel photovoltaic material designs and device structures for improving performances, including, but not limited to, the following topics.

Session topics
  • Materials synthesis for perovskite, organic, organic/inorganic hybrid, and quantum dot solar cells
  • Fundamental analysis and device structure design for enhancing stability
  • Scale-up from lab to application and fabrication of flexible/wearable/stretchable devices
  • Solar energy conversion-storage devices, solar-driven water splitting devices, solar-driven carbon dioxide reduction devices, tandem solar cells with other photovoltaic materials
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[Symposium 4] “Advanced Materials for Fuel Cells and Electrolysis”

Brief description and scope of symposium
Fuel cells and electrolysis are devices that convert chemical energy into electrical energy or vice versa. There are many types of such devices available, corresponding to a multi-billion dollar industry. However, the cutting edge technologies about fuel cell and electrolysis systems do not fully satisfy the requirements for effective utilization in transportation, grid and commercial technologies, although the systems keep pursuing new concepts in materials design to overcome the current limitations of performance and lifetime. In this regard, Efforts for addressing such crucial limitations are needed and the development of new and advanced material structures including interfacial reactions to produce next-generation electrode and membrane materials is required, while new solutions on fuel cells and electrolysis enabling high power densities and longer stabilities should be suggested. This symposium will explore novel energy convergence materials and technologies that are critical in making the current fuel cell and electrolysis systems more effective in the future. In addition, we also strongly welcome abstracts on other fuel cell and electrolysis related materials, systems, applications and computational evaluations.
Session topics

Fundamentals, modeling, mechanisms, materials design, screening, electrode architectures, diagnostics and materials characterization and electrode/electrolyte interface characterization of the following systems:

  • Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and water electrolysis (PEMWE)
  • Direct liquid fuel cells (DMFC and DFAFC)
  • Biofuel cells (Enzymatic and microbial)
  • Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (AEMFC) and Water Electrolysis (AEMWE)
  • Water splitting reaction systems
  • Flexible fuel cells
  • Catalysts for fuel cell and water electrolysis systems
  • Membranes for fuel cell and water electrolysis systems
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[Symposium 5] “Frontiers of Functional Nanomaterials for Eco-friendly Devices Applications”

Brief description and scope of symposium
Functional nanomaterials with intrinsically new and tailored properties are key elements for developing sustainable solutions in eco-friendly applications such as energy harvesting, optoelectronic devices, and sensors. Recent progress of novel nanodevices designs has led to significant advances in the fundamental understanding of functional nanomaterials. This symposium will provide an international forum for presenting technological advances in functional materials and focus on functional nanomaterials toward eco-friendly nanodevices applications such as the emerging class of next-generation solar cells, eco-friendly multifunctional devices, printed electronics, flexible and electronic devices, and chemical and biological sensors. Specifically, this symposium will focus on the development of multifunctional materials and technologies that offer advanced processing, improved properties, and cost and energy-efficient synthesis, with emphasizing the recent innovation in nanotechnological approaches and the assessment of their industrial impact. Interested individuals from academia, laboratories, and industries are invited to contribute by submitting their abstracts along with the following topics.
Session topics

Innovative synthetic route of functional nanomaterials for optoelectronic and bioelectronics devices

  • Optoelectronic devices based on nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanowires, and composites
  • Synthesis, functionalization and assembly of nanomaterials and nanocomposites
  • Understanding of interface-driven functionalities and multi-material heterostructures
  • Integration of functional nanomaterials into multifunctional devices (stretchable bioelectronic devices, printed and flexible display, optoelectronic devices, etc)
  • Simulation of state-of-art semiconductor processing technologies

Advanced materials for next generation photovoltaic devices

  • Frontiers of organic, inorganic, quantum dots, and organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells
  • Advances in materials for composites-based perovskite and hybrid solar cells
  • Interfacial engineering for highly efficient and stable solar cells
  • Next generation electron and hole transport materials
  • Dynamics of charge generation, trapping and transport
  • Nanostructured oxide and nanocomposites for excitonic solar cells

Functional nanomaterials for chemical and biological sensors

  • Functional nanomaterials for chemical and biological sensors
  • Highly selective multi-component detecting chemical and biological sensors
  • Integration of chemical and biological sensors into continuous monitoring systems
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[Symposium 6] “Electromechanical Coupling Materials for Nanogenerators and Self-powered Electronics”

Brief description and scope of symposium
Recent advancements in energy harvesting research have demonstrated their feasibility and immense potential in realizing self-powered functions for low-power devices, such as sensors and body-implantable devices. These developments have led to novel power sources that can operate effectively across a wide range of conditions for extended periods, ensuring high reliability and independence.

This symposium aims to foster a deeper understanding and practical advancements in mechanical energy-harvesting strategies, micro/nanometer-scale piezoelectric, triboelectric, ferroelectric, and flexoelectric effects, as well as their coupling phenomena observed in solid dielectrics and semiconductors. We enthusiastically welcome abstracts focusing on the theoretical and experimental study of materials related to piezoelectric, triboelectric, ferroelectric, and flexoelectric effects, systematic design and optimization of mechanical energy harvesters for self-powered electronics, and investigations into the coupling effects between piezoelectric or ferroelectric polarization and semiconducting properties, including electronic band structures, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysts, photoelectrochemistry, and more.
Session topics
  • Materials and devices for piezoelectric, triboelectric, hybrid nanogenerators
  • Piezoelectric, ferroelectric, flexoelectric nanomaterial synthesis, characterization, and integration
  • Nanomaterials for flexible, stretchable energy storage devices
  • Theoretical and experimental study on nanoscale mechanical-to-electric energy conversion process
  • Fundamental study on band-structure engineering based on piezoelectric or ferroelectric polarization
  • Hybrid energy-harvesting techniques (mechanical, thermal, light, etc.)
  • Power management systems for self-powering small electronics
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[Symposium 7] “Materials for Green Ammonia Cycling”

Brief description and scope of symposium
Green ammonia production has received a lot of attention in recent years as an alternative to the traditional Haber-Bosch process to reduce CO 2 emission and energy consumption. The extraction of hydrogen from ammonia is also an attractive process using NH3 as the H2 storage medium. This symposium aims to develop key materials and processes for green ammonia production and conversion. The green ammonia process involves the electrochemical reduction of nitrogen and nitrates. It will also cover the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical reduction of nitrogen for NRR. Green hydrogen production through ammonia conversion and electrocatalytic/photocatalytic water splitting is also included in this symposium. In this special symposium, experts in the green ammonia production/conversion will gather and promote scientific exchange in related research fields.
Session topics
  • Electrochemical ammonia production by Li-mediated nitrogen reduction
  • Electrocatalytic/photocatalytic nitrate reduction for ammonia synthesis
  • Green hydrogen production
  • Theoretical modelling and analysis for green ammonia cycling
  • Decomposition of ammonia for hydrogen production
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[Symposium 8] “Semiconductor Nanocrystal Quantum Dots”

Brief description and scope of symposium
This symposium is dedicated to the cutting-edge field of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots, a rapidly evolving area of nanotechnology with significant implications for various applications ranging from optoelectronics to biomedicine. Semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots are unique for their size-tunable electronic and optical properties, making them highly valuable for a wide range of applications.

This symposium aims to bring together leading researchers and industry experts to discuss recent advances, challenges, and future directions in the synthesis, characterization, and application of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots. Participants will explore the latest innovations in material design, synthesis techniques, and the manipulation of quantum dot properties to tailor them for specific applications.

Key topics include the understanding of quantum dot behavior at the nanoscale, advances in controlling their size and shape, surface modification and functionalization techniques, and the integration of quantum dots into various devices and systems. The symposium will also delve into several other applications such as photodetectors, solar cells, bioimaging, biomedical, etc.
Session topics

Below is a list of session topics that will be a part of our discussion. Yet, the list is not comprehensive, and new topic can be suggested by all means:

  • 1. Advanced Synthesis Techniques for Quantum Dots: Exploring innovative methods for the production of high-quality quantum dots with controlled sizes and shapes.
  • 2. Optical and Electronic Properties of Quantum Dots: Understanding the unique properties of quantum dots and their applications in optoelectronics.
  • 3. Surface Modification and Functionalization: Techniques for modifying the surface of quantum dots to enhance their performance in various applications.
  • 4. Integration of Quantum Dots in Devices: Exploring the incorporation of quantum dots into electronic, photonic, and biomedical devices.
  • 5. Applications of Quantum Dots in Other Areas: Addressing the use of quantum dots in applications ranging from photodetectors, bioimaging, solar cells, etc.
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[Symposium 9] “Advanced Biomaterials and Bioelectronics”

Brief description and scope of symposium
Biomaterials and bioelectronics play an important role in biology at every length scale, from molecular, and tissue level to body-organs. The complexity of the materials and organic nature of living materials and their interfaces require new fundamental frameworks for design and interpretation of new classes of experiments. Behavior of biomaterials results from interactions of constituents on multiple length and time scales which cannot be treated by conventional biomaterials developed with traditional materials in mind. Recent advances in this field include development of the materials and design for the biomaterials from microscopic and molecular level considerations which engage to develop new bioelectronics. The goal of these series of session is to facilitate a fruitful interaction between the experts in experimental study of biomaterials on one hand and feasible tools to control them for bioelectronics and energy units.

Biomaterials from inorganic to composite with organic materials and Bioelectronics composed of these advanced materials are highly interdisciplinary scientific field that has already provided crucial contributions to understanding of human health, diseases, injuries and their treatment. Continued progress in this area will make it an integral part of health care delivery in the future. This session contributes towards this goal by promoting the exchange of ideas in this important field and enabling new interdisciplinary collaborations that will advance understanding of the role of biology and biomedicals in both societies, the American Ceramic Society and Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Session topics

Fundamentals, modeling, mechanisms, materials design, diagnostics and materials characterization for biomaterials and bioelectronics of the following systems:

  • Inorganic biomaterials and electronics
  • Bio-inspired materials and devices
  • Advanced bioelectronics and sensors
  • Biomaterials using optical nanomaterials
  • Optobiomaterials
  • Modeling for biomaterials
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