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Symposium E01: Electrodeposition for Energy Applications 5

Symposium focus: This well attended interdisciplinary symposium keeps a broad focus on applications in energy storage, conversion, and generation—while maintaining electrodeposition science as the central theme. This year, we include several invited tutorial-type talks to inspire experts in electrodeposition to help solve certain scientific problems in the field of energy applications—and to make experts in energy applications aware of the capabilities and knowledge in electrodeposition. Please check out the call for papers for more details.


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Symposium G02: Atomic Layer Deposition Applications 16

Symposium focus: This symposium contains cutting edge research results on applications in Atomic Layer Processing and will focus on a variety of applications of ALD and other atomic layer-by-layer processing (like etching and cleaning). The organizers would like to invite contributions to the following topics:


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Symposium A05: Advances, Challenges, and Development of Solid State Battery Electrochemistry and Materials

Symposium focus: The goal of this symposium is to address fundamental understanding on the role of material and interface electrochemistry and technological challenges of solid state battery development. (more…)

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Symposium C04: Light Alloys 6: In Honor of Hideaki Takahashi

Symposium focus: This symposium will be held in honor of Professor Hideaki Takahashi for his outstanding achievements in the field of corrosion and surface treatments of light metals, particularly anodizing of aluminum and its alloys.

It will provide a forum for discussion of recent results related to corrosion and surface treatments of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their alloys. Papers are invited on a broad range of fundamental and applied topics including local corrosion processes, environmental fracture, corrosion behavior of advanced light metals and alloys, modeling and prediction of corrosion damage accumulation, surface treatments, including anodizing and conversion coatings, of light metals and alloys for corrosion protection, formation of functional micro-/nano-structured oxide films. New thinking and new insights on oxide growth, environmentally friendly coatings, localized corrosion, and cracking mechanisms and corrosion protection mechanisms are especially encouraged. (more…)

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Symposium M02: Chemical Sensors 13: Recent Advances in Chemical and Biological Sensors and Analytical Systems

Symposium focus: This symposium will provide a forum for the broad discussion of research and development in the field of chemical and biological sensors, including molecular recognition surfaces, transduction methods, and integrated/microsensor systems.

All authors accepted for presentation are strongly encouraged to submit their full text for the issue of this symposium’s proceedings published in ECS Transactions. The ECS Transactions (ECST) manuscript submission site opens to authors on July 17, 2020, and then closes on August 7, 2020 ( (more…)

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Symposium H06: Nonvolatile Memories and Artificial Neural Networks

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This symposium will focus on the following topics:

1. Ultrahigh density, fast switching memories beyond 3D NAND flash;
2. New trend of nonvolatile memories showing fast switching and ultra-low power consumption such as FeRAM and STT-MRAM;
3. Neuromorphic devices and their use for artificial neurons, synapses, and memristors with plasticity. Typically, OxRAM, CBRAM, and PCM capable of realizing STDP (spike time dependent plasticity) for neural networks. (more…)

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Symposium A02: New Materials for Next Generation Batteries

Symposium focus: The next generation of energy storage devices requires new approaches to energy storage that take into account numerous variables that include energy density, safety, calendar life, and costs. While lithium-ion systems can meet many of these demands, new chemistries are emerging that can fill these needs and provide a wide array of opportunity for scientists and engineers that does not require the use of conventional material approaches. This symposium has interests in battery chemistries that store energy using non-intercalation chemistries, such as lithium-sulfur (Li/S) and lithium-air (Li/air) as well as cell design strategies, electrode formation, catalysts, and special electrolytes. In addition, non-lithium containing chemistries, including multivalent (Mg, Ca, Al, Zn)-based systems and Na- or K-ion systems are now gaining momentum as alternatives based on factors that include raw materials cost and the ability to use metal anodes to increase energy density. Besides new cathode materials, graphite alternatives have gained significant traction over the past several years. Specifically, new approaches to silicon, phosphorus, and tin anodes have emerged, as has a renewed interest in lithium metal protection strategies. For this symposium, all subjects on these batteries are solicited. Topics should could include the discovery of new active materials and electrolytes, new methods to discover and isolate active materials, and new approaches to electrode and cell design. Additionally, other areas of interest include electrochemical engineering, new and cell designs, cost modeling, new physical and electrochemical characterization methods, and new concepts for these systems are sought. (more…)

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Symposium A04: Electrolytes, Interfaces, and Interphases

Symposium focus: This symposium intends to highlight the advances made in new electrolyte materials, especially those designed for the new/aggressive chemistries such as Li metal, high voltage and high capacity cathode materials, as well as the fundamental science governing their bulk/interfacial/interphasial chemistries and processes, along with the advanced in-situ/operando characterization techniques and simulation that present new insights. The organizers would like to invite contributions to the following topics:

1. New electrolyte systems and materials;
2. Fundamental understanding;
3. Advanced characterization techniques. (more…)

In Honor of Robert Savinell’s 70th Birthday

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Symposium I03: Frontiers of Chemical/Molecular Engineering in Electrochemical Energy Technologies: In Honor of Robert Savinell’s 70th Birthday

Symposium focus: In honor of Robert Savinell’s 70th birthday, after more than four decades of research in fuel cells and flow batteries, this symposium is organized to celebrate his achievements. The symposium highlights current and emerging ideas in electrocatalysis, electrolytes, and device design for fuel cells and flow batteries. Topics include molecular-level understanding of small-molecule electrocatalysis (including hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon- and nitrogen-containing molecules such as alcohols, ammonia, urea, carbon dioxide, and others), membranes and electrolytes including additives, nanoparticles, and deep eutectic chemistries, redox-active molecules, and new concepts in fuel cells and flow batteries, with contributions spanning different length scales from molecules to devices. We welcome contributions from both theory and experiment, especially on studies that are designed to bridge molecular-level understanding of electrochemistry to macroscopic electrochemical technologies. The objective is to provide an interdisciplinary discussion forum on the current state and future perspectives in fuel cells and flow batteries, and to celebrate the achievements of Robert Savinell to the field. (more…)

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Symposium C02: High Temperature Corrosion and Materials Chemistry 14

Symposium focus: This symposium will focus on the fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of high temperature oxidation and corrosion, as well as other chemical reactions involving inorganic materials at high temperatures. Both theoretical and experimental papers are accepted, and contributions from industry and students are especially encouraged. Specifically, presentations on the following topics in the area of oxidation/corrosion are solicited: fundamental mechanisms of high temperature oxidation; reactions in complex environments and/or ultra-high temperatures (>1500°C); and, response of protective coatings in high temperature environments. In the area of high temperature chemistry, papers on the following topics are solicited: thermodynamic property determination; phase equilibria and phase transformations; solid state diffusion; and, volatilization reactions. Fundamental studies of materials interactions in high temperature processing or in power and propulsion are also welcome. (more…)

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