ECS Sponsors Organic Battery Days 2022 at University of Houston

October 13-14 Workshop Organized by Prof. Yan Yao 


The in-person fifth Organic Battery Days (OBD) 2022 Workshop continues a series of OBD events that started in Uppsala, Sweden, in 2017. This is the first time the OBD Workshop takes place in the United States! Building on the success of previous meetings, this year’s in-person event aims to strengthen communication and cooperation among experts from academic organizations, research institutes, and manufacturing companies, as well as to exchange knowledge and experience on the most recent developments in the field of organic batteries.

The transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources creates an exponential demand for high-performance batteries. The leading battery technology based on lithium ion chemistry relies on critical mineral resources, including cobalt, nickel, and lithium, elements that are at risk of disruption due to supply chain, cost, and environmental issues. Organic materials made of abundant light-main-group elements via low-energy processes capable of storing lithium and plentiful monovalent and multivalent metals are emerging as sustainable and low-cost alternatives to transition metal compounds for energy storage.


Topics covered
  • The design and synthesis of organic electroactive materials
  • The study of these materials in various electrochemical systems (e.g., rechargeable batteries, flow cells)
  • Electrolytes for organic electrodes


Plenary Speakers
Michael Aziz Kenichi Oyaizu Héctor Abruña
Harvard University, US Waseda University, Japan Cornell University, US
Invited Speakers
Dr. Rajeev Assary, Argonne National Lab Dr. Ryan Stephens, Shell
Dr. Wei Chen, Argonne National Lab Prof. Rafael Verduzco, Rice University
Dr. Ruozhu Feng, Pacific Northwest National Lab Prof. Alexandru Vlad, Universitè catholique de Louvain
Prof. Puja Goyal, Binghamton University (SUNY) Prof. Charuksha Walgama, University of Houston, Clear Lake
Dr. Ji Eon Kwon, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Prof. Xiaolei Wang, University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Chen Liao, Argonne National Laboratory Prof. Zhirong Zhao-Karger, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Prof. Shrayesh Patel, University of Chicago Prof. Kejie Zhao, Purdue University
Prof. Philippe Poizot, Université de Nantes Prof. Shiyu Zhang, Ohio State University
Prof. Ho Seok Park, Sungkyunkwan University  
Event information
More about the program
  • October 12: Welcome to Houston Barbecue Reception kick off event, award-winning University Student Center Ballroom
  • October 13: Conference Dinner, University of Houston Hilton
  • October 14: The Board and Invited Speakers’ Dinner Meeting, off-campus location
  • October 15: For those staying over, we offer optional visits to Houston’s world-renowned museums, NASA/JSC/Space Center Houston, University of Houston Public Art Walking Tour, and an AIA Walking Architectural Tour of Houston. 

Sponsorship of the OBD Workshop provides participants with essential, valuable information as a source of networks and knowledge. The workshop is also a great place to meet an exceptional group of upcoming graduates and young professionals, especially as we face a shortage of skilled workers. 

For more information

Please contact Prof. Yan Yao, OBD2022 Chairman, at


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