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Materials Webinar | Functional Nanomaterials for Fuel Cell Electrochemistry

21 Sep 2021, 08:00 PM (EDT)

Nanostructures, Electrocatalysis, Fuel Cell, Energy Conversion
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Welcome from the Chairs

Materials Webinar Series

Functional Nanomaterials for Fuel Cell Electrochemistry

Fuel cell represents a unique electrochemical energy technology for a sustainable future. To render the technology viable in practical applications, a critical first step is to develop effective catalysts at both the cathode and anode, so as to reduce the energy barriers of the electron-transfer reactions involved and ultimately enhance the current density and power output. Within this context, understanding the catalyst structures and unraveling the electron-transfer mechanisms play an indispensable role in advancing fuel cell electrocatalysis. This entails a multidisciplinary effort, from materials chemistry in the design and engineering of electrode catalysts to spectroscopic assessments of the electron-transfer kinetics, and to theoretical investigations of the catalytic active sites and reaction energetics.

It is therefore a great pleasure and honor to welcome three world-leading experts to join us in the webinar today, who have made seminal contributions to the area of functional nanomaterials and fuel cell electrocatalysis. They will showcase recent progress in their laboratories in tackling the varied hurdles of fuel cell electrocatalysis, and highlight significant issues for future research.

Date: 21/09/2021 Tuesday (US time) | 22/09/2021 Wednesday (CEST)

Time: 5:00pm PDT | 2:00am CEST | 8:00pm EDT

Webinar ID: 828 6890 4633

Webinar Secretariat: materials.webinar@mdpi.com

Chair

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Santa Cruz

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Bio
Shaowei Chen finished his undergraduate study in China in 1991 with a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, and then went to Cornell University receiving his MS and PhD degrees in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Following a postdoctoral appointment in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he started his independent career in Southern Illinois University in 1998. In summer 2004, he moved to the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry and the Faculty Director of the UCSC COSMOS program. Shaowei Chen’s research is focused on functional nanomaterials and their applications in electrochemical energy technologies and antimicrobials. Thus far he has published 376 articles, with an h index of 79.

Invited Speakers

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University (USA)

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Professor Abruña, Émile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry, is the director of the Center for Alkaline Based Energy Solutions (CABES) and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2). He completed his graduate studies with Royce W. Murray and Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980 and was a postdoctoral research associate with Allen J. Bard at the University of Texas at Austin from 1980-81. After a brief stay at the University of Puerto Rico, he joined Cornell in 1983. He was Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology from 2004-2008. Prof. Abruña has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Presidential Young Investigator Award, A. P. Sloan Fellowship, J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship and J. W. Fulbright Senior Fellow. He is the recipient of the Electrochemistry Award for the American Chemical Society (2008), and the C.N. Reilley Award in Electrochemistry for 2007. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He received the D. C. Grahame Award from the Electrochemical Society for 2009, the Faraday Medal of the Royal Society for 2011, the Brian Conway Prize from the International Society of Electrochemistry for 2013, was named Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 2013 and in 2017 was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2018), and was awarded the A. J. Bard Award of the Electrochemical Society (2019), the Frumkin Medal of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2019), and the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry (2021). Prof. Abruña is the co-author of over 525 publications (h-index = 93) and has given over 650 invited lectures world-wide. He considers his 56 Ph.D. students and 75 Post-Doctoral associates as his most important professional achievement.

Department of Chemistry, Brown University (USA)

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Shouheng Sun received his BSc from Sichuan University (China), MSc from Nanjing University (China), and PhD from Brown University (USA). He joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, New York, USA) first as a postdoctoral fellow (1996-1998) and then as a research staff member (1998-2004). In 2005, he returned to Brown University as a tenured Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 2007. He is now the Vernon K. Krieble Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Engineering. He serves as Associated Editors of the Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances, and is the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His main research interests are in chemical synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles for catalytic, magnetic and biomedical applications (h index 131).

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Chemistry, University of California Irvine (USA)

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Vojislav Stamenkovic is a Professor at the University California, Irvine, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Chemistry, and Staff Scientist, Technical Leader and Principal Investigator at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Belgrade in 2001, after spending three years as a visiting scientist at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2002 to 2005 he was a postdoctoral and staff scientist within the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and from 2006, he was a staff scientist in the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, where he has conducted multidisciplinary research related to materials for electrochemical systems. Dr. Stamenkovic is an expert in the design and synthesis of functional materials for electrochemical applications, primarily in the fields of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries. His research interests include materials for energy conversion and storage, electrocatalysis, spectroelectrochemistry, as well as functional biomaterials. In 2004 Dr. Stamenkovic received a Recognition Award from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for implementation of fundamental science into nanoscale applications, in 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Performance Award from University of Chicago, and in 2014, he received a prestigious US DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Award in recognition for his outstanding contributions in catalysts R&D. He has published over 130 articles and book chapters for which he received over 17,000 citations with an h index of 55. He has authored over 200 presentations and has been over 100 times an invited plenary and keynote speaker at major conferences, symposia and seminars. His work published in high impact journals, such as Science, Nature Materials, and Angewandte Chemie, is often featured in the headlines of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Labora

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST/CET

Prof. Dr. Shaowei Chen

Chair Introduction

2:00 - 2:05 am

Prof. Héctor D. Abruña

Novel Materials and Operando Methods for Fuel Cell Technologies

2:05 - 2:35 am

Q&A Session

2:35 - 2:45 am

Prof. Shouheng Sun

Intermetallic Nanoparticles: Their Synthesis and Enhanced Electrocatalysis

2:45 - 3:15 am

Q&A Session

3:15 - 3:25 am

Prof. Vojislav Stamenkovic

Fuel Cells: Present and Future

3:25 - 3:55 am

Q&A Session

3:55 - 4:05 am

Closing of Webinar

Chair

4:05 - 4:10 am

Webinar Content

On Tuesday 21 September 2021 or Wednesday 22 September 2021 – depending on which time zone you are in, MDPI and the Journal Materials organized their 4th webinar entitled “Functional Nanomaterials for Fuel Cell Electrochemistry”.

The introduction was held by the Chair of the webinar, Prof. Dr. Shaowei Chen from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California Santa Cruz, USA. haowei Chen’s research is focused on functional nanomaterials and their applications in electrochemical energy technologies and antimicrobials.

The first speaker to kick off this webinar was Prof. Dr. Héctor Daniel Abruña from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, USA. His presentation was entitled “Novel Materials and Operando Methods for Fuel Cell Technologies”. Professor Abruña, Émile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry, is the director of the Center for Alkaline Based Energy Solutions (CABES) and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2).

The second presentation with the title "Intermetallic Nanoparticles: Their Synthesis and Enhanced Electrocatalysis" was held by Prof. Shouheng Sun, from the Department of Chemistry, Brown University, USA. His main research interests are in chemical synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles for catalytic, magnetic and biomedical applications

The last presentation, entitled “Fuel Cells: Present and Future”, was given by Prof. Dr. Vojislav Stamenkovic from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Chemistry, University of California Irvine, USA. Dr. Stamenkovic is an expert in the design and synthesis of functional materials for electrochemical applications, primarily in the fields of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries. His research interests include materials for energy conversion and storage, electrocatalysis, spectroelectrochemistry, as well as functional biomaterials.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A and a discussion, moderated by the Chair. The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Materials, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

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