mESC-IS 2015


The 1st International Symposium on Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion was held in Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey from 7th to 9th September 2015. The symposium has stemmed from very successful similar activities organized in past years with the involvement of two COST Actions namely MP1103 Nanostructured Materials for Solid Hydrogen Storage and MP 1004 Hybrid Energy Storage Devices and Systems for Mobile and Stationary Applications. Such activities included Barcelona meeting on “Energy Storage in the Grid” and “IDHEA” in Nantes.

The initial idea of organizing a follow-up activity has evolved into the current symposium which was wider in spectrum and built upon two concepts. One was to encompass with as much equal footings as possible three activity areas, namely solid state hydrogen storage (SSHS), batteries-supercapacitors and fuel cells-electrolysers. The other, rather than building the program on parallel sessions, the emphasis was placed on plenary sessions centered on state-of the-art reviews and cross-cutting issues that would bring researchers of diverse interests together. The format was chosen in such a manner as to maximize interactions between the participants, including young scientists and research students.

We, therefore, invited submissions in three major activity areas, i) SolidState Hydrogen Storage(SSHS), ii) Batteries and Supercapacitors and iii) Fuel Cells and Electrolysers. The spesific topics for which the invitations were issued were as follows;



The symposium followed a summer school with the same title, i.e. International Summer school on Materials on Energy Storage and Conversion (mESC-ISS 2015), taken place in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (METU) from September 3rd to September 6th, 2015. The school had two bases: one comprised overviews on such topics as SSHS, supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells, and the other encompassed material characterization techniques with an emphasis on in-situ experiments. A total of 78 trainees from diverse countries in different disciplines, some early in their graduate study, some quite experienced, have benefitted greatly from this experience.

The symposium comprised 19 plenaries and 57 oral presentations in parallel sessions. A total of 51 presentations were made in poster sessions scheduled for the second day of the symposium. After due delibarations by session chairs a total of 6 poster awards were presented on the closing session. The recipients were Akihira Matsuyama(Osaka Prefecture University), Ayşenur Öztürk(Ataturk University), Duygu Özdemir(Eskisehir Osmangazi University), Elif Daş(Ataturk University), Sanja Milošević( Belgrade University), and Yang Shen(Stockolm University).


The events—both the symposium and the summer school—were made possible with the generous support of COST action MP1103. We warmly thank all our colleagues in MP1103 for their contributions. An opportunity to publish the contributions as a special issue in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy has contributed greatly to the success of this symposium. We are grateful to Dr. T Nejat Veziroglu, who has given us his full support from the very beginning, which has been a source of encouragement throughout this process

mESC-IS 2015
Organizing Committee