The first Electrochemical Conference on Energy & the Environment, ECEE 2014, was held in Shanghai, China March 13-16. The international scientific conference and joint meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry (CSE) covered a unique blend of topics pertaining to energy and the environment.ECEE 2014 served as a major forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary research from around the world through a variety of formats, such as invited and keynote oral presentations, poster sessions, and exhibits.
More than 500 scientists, the majority of whom were from Asia explored 4 main symposia topics:
• Electrochemical Energy Storage
• Electrochemical Energy Conversion
• Electrochemical Fundamentals
• Environmental Electrochemistry
There were two plenary speakers. Prof. Yongfang Li, professor of Chemistry at CAS Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, speaking on “Photovoltaic Materials and Devices for Polymer Solar Cells.” Polymer Solar Cells (PSC) have attracted great attention in recent years because of their advantages of low cost fabrication, light weight and possibility to be fabricated into flexible devices.
Dr. Li presented his current research focus, increasing the power conversion efficiency of PSC. He talked about the requirements of the high efficiency donor/acceptor and electrode buffer layer materials, and reported on recent research progress on two dimension conjugated polymers donor materials, fullerene bisadduct acceptor materials and solution-processable electrode buffer layers.
Prof. Yet-Min Chiang, the Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented “Benefits and Barriers to Large Scale Energy Storage.” Prof. Chiang highlighted his work developing a new type of flow battery based on high energy density particle suspension electrodes for ultralow-cost large scale energy storage.
More than 20 other keynote speakers added great depth to the scientific material presented in Shanghai.
Student poster award winners were Morten Stornes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Tongwen Yu, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Guangmin Zhou, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Students also had the opportunity to “meet the faculty” at an informal reception. More than a dozen academic leaders participating, including: Prof. Enrique Traversa, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Prof. Paul Kohl, Georgia Institute of Technology; Prof. Masayoshi Watanabe, Yokohama National University; Prof. Plamen B. Atanassov, University of New Mexico; Prof. Sanjeev Mukerjee, Northeastern University; Prof. Adam Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Prof. Vijay Ramani, Illinois Institute of Technology; Prof. Bin Ren, Xiamen University; Prof. Dr. Pei Kang Shen, Sun Yat-sen University; Prof. Zong-Rang Zhang, Shanghai Normal University; Prof. Shelley Minteer, University of Utah; Prof. Scott Calabrese Barton, Michigan State University.
ECS and CSE thank all the presenters, exhibitors and volunteers for their support in making ECEE 2014 a success.