D. Multiscale design of functional materials for energy conversion, harvesting and storage

Keynote speakers:

Alexey V. Kimel Radboud Universiteit, Netherlands
Thomas Schrefl University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria
Llius Manosa University of Barcelona, Spain
Wanyi Nie University of Buffalo, USA
Joseph Barker University of Leeds, UK
Peter Wadley University of Nottingham, UK

This symposium gives an overview of the state-of-the-art research towards the development of multiscale modelling of functional materials for effective energy technologies. It consists of electric and magnetic material themes and highlights research ranging from understanding energy conversion mechanisms and materials discovery to materials selection for device simulation and performance prediction. The symposium targets a broad audience of researchers seeking to understand the fundamental properties of these materials and interactions at different scales for enhanced energy-related functionalities.

An electric materials theme based mini-symposium will address the multiscale modelling of electro-caloric, mechano-caloric (including baro-caloric) materials, novel classes of (bending based) flexo-caloric and (torsion based) twisto-caloric materials, and associated shape memory, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials for solid-state green refrigeration technologies. Perovskite-based hybrid organic-inorganic materials for solar energy conversion also represent a novel class of energy harvesting materials with very high conversion efficiency. Similarly, geometry-optimized electrode materials for efficient electrocatalysis will be considered.

A magnetic materials theme based mini-symposium will address the latest advances in the multi-scale modelling of magnetic sensors and actuators suitable for energy harvesting, the discovery of hard magnetic materials for energy storage, multi-functional magnetic materials including magneto-optic, magneto-elastic, magneto-caloric materials, and multiferroics suitable for energy conversion.

The symposium covers the following topics:

  • Electro-caloric, elasto-caloric, flexo-caloric and twisto-caloric materials 
  • Hybrid perovskite based solar energy conversion materials 
  • Energy harvesting and storage by magnetic technologies
  • Multi-functional magnetic materials and applications (magneto-optic, magneto-elastic, magneto-caloric)
  • Multiferroics and magneto-electric phenomena
  • Hard magnetic materials for permanent magnets

Symposium organizers:

Ondrej Hovorka University of Southampton, UK
Avadh Saxena Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Libor Šmejkal Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany