|Porous materials are a class of materials with low bulk density and high specific surface areas. They possess a wide range of novel chemical and physical properties and find important applications in the energy- and environment-related fields. For example, catalysts along with supports in chemical synthesis reactors are desired to be porous for easy gas diffusion and high number of reactive sites. Similarly, electrodes in electrochemical devices such as batteries, fuel cells and electrolyzers need to be porous in microstructure to increase the interfacial areas between reactants and active sites to achieve high electrokinetic rate and excellent performance. Other examples of porous materials are separators and filters for gas and liquid purification, thermal insulation materials for buildings and thermal reactors, just to name a few. Developing innovative porous materials and understanding fundamental science and engineering underpinning the material performance are of critical importance to improve the device efficiency and reduce carbon emission, thus laying the ground for a clean, sustainable, and decarbonized future.
This symposium welcomes contributions from academic and industrial institutions in all aspects of porous materials, including design, manufacturing, demonstration, characterization, computational modeling, basic understanding, and practical applications.