BU Materials Day 2018

Novel Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage: Emerging opportunities and challenges

Location: Photonics Center, Room 906, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Host: Professor Srikanth Gopalan (ME, MSE)
The Program

    8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast, East End Lounge
    8:45 a.m. Welcome
    Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, College of Engineering
    Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research
    9:00 a.m. Arumugam Manthiram, University of Texas
    9:45 a.m. Emily Ryan, Boston University
    10:30 a.m. Coffee Break, East End Lounge
    10:45 a.m. Scott Barnett, Northwestern University
    11:30 a.m. William Woodford, Form Energy (with introduction by Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore)
    12:15 p.m. Lunch Buffet, East End Lounge
    1:15 p.m. Meilin Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology
    2:00 p.m. Lincoln Miara, Samsung Research America
    2:45 p.m. Coffee Break, East End Lounge
    3:00 p.m. Harry Tuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Srikanth Gopalan, Boston University
    4:00-5:30 p.m. Student Poster Session, and Wine & Cheese Reception, 7th floor atrium


Division of Materials Science & Engineering
BU Institute for Sustainable Energy
College of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Chemistry


As concerns of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change mount, humanity is being forced to address its impact on the environment. In the field of stationary power generation, there is an acute need for grid-based and distributed energy conversion and storage technologies to accommodate increasing off-peak generation of renewable energy.

Critical advancements must be made in the areas of grid storage capacity and fuel-adaptable distributed-energy generation. In the transportation sector alone there is an urgent need for carbon-neutral technologies that deliver higher energy and power densities, longer drive distances and longer lifetimes, and faster recharge times.

A plethora of high-efficiency devices and systems are being considered to meet these challenges including fuel cells, high temperature electrolyzers, novel batteries, and supercapacitors. Central to the functioning of these devices is the interplay of structure, interphases, charge transfer at electrochemical interfaces, and the transport of charge and mass in response to electrochemical driving forces. The pursuit of long lifetime and reliability hinges on understanding time-dependent phenomena at electrodes and electrolytes that occur at various length scales.

The event will feature leading scientists and technologists in the field of electrochemical and energy conversion and storage. It will cover leading edge research on the discovery and synthesis of the materials, structures, architectures, in addition to design strategies.

AFM image: Yu, Y., Surface segregation in strontium doped lanthanum cobalt ferrite: effect of composition, strain and atmospheric carbon dioxide (Doctoral dissertation), Boston University, 2016.

Event Flyer & The Program



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  • Agganis Arena Garage
    925 Commonwealth Ave.
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  • Langsam Garage
    278 Babcock Street
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    665 Commonwealth Ave.
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    Monday – Friday, 7 am – 9 pm (other lots are open 7am – 11pm)
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    549 Commonwealth Ave.
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