In the context of the global challenges facing our present civilisation, energy technologies and their supporting materials are crucial. A great many opportunities remain, particularly for thermal, electrochemical and nuclear energy vectors in relation to liquid salts. Even fossil energy, and the related CO2 capture, conversion and utilisation can be accommodated efficiently in liquid salts-based processes and devices.
Thanks to their great range of working temperatures, liquid salt innovations can offer significant benefits for improving energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of the production of many materials and of processing technologies. Yet, technological advancement relies heavily on a sound understanding of the underlying science of the huge number of liquid salts and their widely varying properties.
With a focus on energy and materials, this Faraday Discussion will offer a unique opportunity for all scientists and engineers to present, discuss and debate recent discoveries and future developments in relation to the understanding and applications of liquid salts, particularly at elevated temperatures.
- Benefits to energy efficiency and environmental impact
• nanostructured silicon, carbon, and ceramics,
• carbon-metal, carbon-ceramic, and metal-ceramic hybrids,
• biomass extractions and derivatives.
- Improvements of energy conversion and storage
- Developments for nuclear reactors and spent fuels processing
- Advancement in knowledge of phenomena and processes
AimsThis Faraday Discussion aims to bring together scientists and engineers from academia and industry to discuss and debate the state of the art in liquid salts, to development of a better understanding of their fundamental properties and how their application can help in addressing some of the most important current global challenges.
FormatThe Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of physical chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines for over 100 years.
Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research.
The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.
The format of the Faraday Discussions meeting is ideal for discussions that transgress the many emerging experimental technologies and theoretical approaches. An auxiliary benefit of the meeting is to bring together established researchers in the field with the new community coming through.