Symposium: Ceramics for Energy and Environment

Scope of the Symposium:
Ceramic materials enable reduced emissions and ensure efficient use of resources in many areas of energy supply and environmental technology. Distinguished properties such as ionic and mixed conductivity, electromechanical/piezoelectrics, corrosion resistance, catalytic, and photocatalytic make advanced ceramics an interesting choice for application with high requirements. The focus of our symposium is on advanced ceramics that can promote increased performance and environmentally friendly and efficient use of resources.  The symposium will cover papers on technical ceramics that are key components for advanced energy and environmental technologies

Abstracts on the following subjects may be submitted:

  • Advanced Ceramics and Systems for Electrochemical Conversion and Storage: fuel cells, electrolyzers, solid state batteries, etc.
  • Ceramics for Solar and Thermal Conversion Technologies: thermoelectrics, photocatalysts, photovoltaics, solar-to-fuels, water splitting, etc.
  • Catalytic Ceramics for Energy Conversion and Environmental Applications
  • Ceramics Enabling Environmental Protection: Clean Air and Water
  • Advanced Sensors for Energy and Environment Applications
  • Ceramics for Electromechanical Conversion
  • Advances in Mixed Ionic-Electronic Ceramics

Symposium Organizers:

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Paul Muralt (EPFL - MEMS and energy harvesting)
  • Nguyen Minh (UC San Diego - SOEC/SOFC)
  • Sven Uhlenbruck (FZ Jülich - Solid State Batteries)
  • Federico Smeacetto (Politecnico di Torino - Glass ceramics)
  • Ziqi Sun (QUT - Bio-inspired materials)
  • Gilles Gauthier (Univ. Ind. de Santander - New materials for electrochemistry)
  • Olivier Guillon (FZ Jülich - Gas separation membranes)

Scientific Committee:

  • Eliana Navarro S. Muccillo (IPEN)
  • Sven Uhlenbruck (FZ Juelich)
  • Andre Ferlauto (UFABC)
  • Cesar Steil (UGA, France)
  • Ziqi Sun (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
  • Debora Marani (UFABC)
  • Fernando Marques (Univ. Aveiro, Portugal)
  • Adriana Serquis (I. Balseiro, Argentina)
  • Fernando Prado (Univ. Nacional del Sur, Argentina)
  • Enrico Traversa (Univ. Roma)

Organizers information:

Vincenzo Esposito
Vincenzo Esposito is a Professor in “Ceramic Science and Engineering” and technology coordinator at Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark. He developed his career at Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, University of Florida, and at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN) – Brazil. His research interest is primarily on functional inorganic nano-materials and processing for emerging technologies in energy, catalysis, electromechanical, electronics, and electrochemical systems. His research profile lies at the frontiers between nanoionics, solid state chemistry and advanced materials processing. Recent highlights of his recent work are on nano-confinement of highly defective metal oxides interfaces to achieve new metastability domains, designing a new thermochemical methods to manipulate interfaces in ionotronic composites, and disclosing fast mass diffusion mechanisms in highly defective metal oxides. 

Fabio Coral Fonseca
Fabio Coral Fonseca graduated in Physics in 1993 and completed his Ph.D. in 2001 both at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). The Ph.D. work was focused on the relation between microstructural and electrical properties of ceramic oxygen ion conductors and involved a sandwich period at a Université Lille 1, in France. Before joining the fuel cell project at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN) in 2003, he was a Fapesp post-doc fellow at the Physics Institute of the University of Sao Paulo. Since 2005 he is a researcher fellow of the Brazilian National Council of Research (CNPq) dedicated to the development of materials for both polymeric and ceramic fuel cells. He was a Fapesp post-doc fellow at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany (2008) and a visiting scientist at the University of Grenoble Alpes in France (2008-2017). Since 2012 he is the head of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Center at IPEN. He is the co-author of 88 indexed scientific papers and two kids.

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