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Meeting 2017 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Nanocomposites IV: Nanoscience for Renewable Energy
Sponsorship TMS Structural Materials Division
TMS: Composite Materials Committee
Organizer(s) Changsoo Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Simona H Murph, Savannah River National Laboratories
Muralidharan Paramsothy, NanoWorld Innovations (NWI)
Meisha L Shofner, Georgia Institute of Technology
Scope In the year 2050, the demand for energy globally is expected to double to 28 terawatts. In addition, the need to protect our environment by increasing energy efficiency and developing clean energy sources will become more pronounced. In retaining our energy security, nanoscience and nanotechnology present exciting and necessary approaches to address these challenges:

1. More than 1000 nanotechnology based consumer products are available in the market
2. Nanotechnology will generate above $2.5 trillion in 2020
3. Governments and companies are spending billions of dollars every year on nanotechnology
4. A large number of academic institutions are offering specialised courses in nanomaterials and nanotechnology

The basic steps of energy conversion such as charge transfer, molecular rearrangement, and chemical reactions occur at nanoscale. The development of new nanoscale materials including nanocomposites, as well as the methods to characterize, manipulate, and assemble them, creates a unique platform for developing potent energy technologies.

Contributions are solicited in but not limited to nanocomposites for:

1. Scalable methods to split water with sunlight for hydrogen production
2. Highly selective catalysts for clean and energy-efficient manufacturing
3. Harvesting solar energy with potentially up to 20% power efficiency and 100 times lower cost
4. Solid-state lighting at potentially up to 50% of the present power consumption
5. Reversible hydrogen storage materials potentially operating at ambient temperatures
6. Power transmission lines potentially capable of 1 gigawatt transmission
7. Low-cost fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, and ultra-capacitors
8. Materials synthesis and energy harvesting based on the efficient and selective mechanisms of biology

Abstracts may be submitted electronically at

Symposium organizers: Changsoo Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Simona H. Murph, Savannah River National Laboratories, National Security Directorate, Muralidharan Paramsothy, NanoWorld Innovations (NWI), Meisha L. Shofner, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering (in alphabetical order).
Abstracts Due 07/17/2016
Proceedings Plan Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume

Ceramic Composites in Diverse Applications Ranging from Oxygen Production to Nuclear Waste Immobilization
Combinatorial Fabrication of Composite Photocatalytic Nanostructures by Oblique Angle Co-Deposition
Conditions for Effective Nanocrystal Shape Control in Colloidal SILAR Reactions
Fabrication of Silicon/Graphite Nanocomposite as Promising Anode Material for Lithium-ion Battery Applications
Hydrogen Storage, Ionic Conduction, and Photophysical Properties of Fullerene Based Materials
Introducing Dislocation Lines for Controlled Thermal Conductivity in Si-based Nanocomposites by Liquid-phase Sintering
J-37: Electrochemical Supercapacitor Based on the Hierarchical Coral-like ZnCo2O4 Nanowires
Multifunctional Materials for Renewable Energy Technologies
Photonic Curing for Advanced Thin Film and Device Development
Polypyrrole Coated Silver Nanowire Supercapacitors
Surface-Functionalized Nanoporous Carbons for Kinetically Stabilized Complex Hydrides through Lewis acid-Lewis base Chemistry

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