Initial drive for research on materials for energy storage and conversion have focused on mobility. This has shifted over the years between cycles of concentrated research on “hydrogen- fuel cell” and “batteries – electric car”. Truly we saw pioneering work in the 70’s on material for hydrogen storage and the fuel cells. This was followed an immensely fruitful cycle of concentrated research on batteries culminating on the introduction of Li-ion batteries in the 80’s. We saw then a tremendous comeback of intensified research on hydrogen-fuel cells starting from 2000s where road maps to hydrogen economy were prepared in a number of countries with huge financial support with well-defined targets .

In 2010 or so we again see a rise of battery research, but these lines of alternating activities were interrupted in the last 5 years or so where the drive has gained a new stimulus from the needs of renewable energy. Truly the cost of renewable energy becoming less than that of fossil fuel has altered the whole agenda for research. Now the desire to shift to renewable energy is not just due to the environmental concern, but it is a way of reducing the cost of energy. This has re-addressed the needs  of material research for energy storage and conversion where  each line of activities fits to its space, complimenting one other while still preserving some degree of competition . Thus in addition to needs of mobility, we now face materials challenges at the verge of integration of electricity grid and gas grid while each being subject to transformation by integration of renewables.

Within this setting, International Symposium on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (mESC-IS) was inaugurated in 2015. The symposium  will take place for the fifth time  between 14-17 September 2021 in virtual as well as face-to-face mode, in Akyaka, Mugla.  As before the symposium will provide a forum for discussion, under a single roof, in recent progress made in three major activity areas, namely i)batteries and supercapacitors, ii) fuel/ electrolytic cells and iii) hydrides for energy storage and conversion. The symposium will have a fair balance of plenary sessions on cross-cutting issues and the state of the art reviews as well as in-depth parallel sessions on specific topics with invited, contributed papers and poster presentations.

The symposium will follow an international summer school with the same name, (mESC-School 21) to take place just prior to symposium.

Batteries & Supercapacitors
Novel battery chemistries
Li-ion/Na-ion batteries
Li-S batteries
Metal-air batteries
Microbatteries
Electrode/electrolyte interface & associated phenomenon
-Liquids, polymer, gel & solid electrolytes
Batteries for grid energy storage
Capacitive energy storage systems
Fuel / Electrolytic Cells
-Advances in IT solid oxide fuel cells
-Protonic fuel cells
-High temperature PEM fuel cells
-Electrolytic cells for H2O and CO2 reduction
-Fuel/electrolytic cell catalysts and catalyst support
-Electrolytes; oxygen ion, proton & mixed conductors
-Novel processing in cell and stack materials
  Hydrides for Energy Storage & Conversion
-Novel materials for hydrogen storage
-Hydrides as anodes and electrolytes for
..rechargeable batteries
-Metal hydrides for thermal energy storage
-Hydrogen separation membranes at reduced
..temperatures
 

Abstract submission will be open in February 2021  and will continue until  April 15th 2021. A full page abstract, if desired with figures and tables, is invited and will be available as book of abstract during the symposium.

You may like to know that if you opt for in-person attendance, the venue is Yucelen Hotel  Akyaka Mugla, within easy reach of two international airports Milas and Dalaman.

We look forward for your contribution and participation in mESC-IS  2021.

mESC-IS Steering Committe/
Local Organizing Committee

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