Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry: Faraday Discussion 176

27 - 29 October 2014, Fujian province, China

The development of renewable, low cost, high performance energy technologies is a key scientific challenge for the 21st century.
Many of these energy applications involve numerous dynamic energy and mass transfer processes at the length scale of sub-nanometers to micrometers that require the collaborative participation of various functional material components.
To create efficient, stable and reproducible energy systems, effective integration of material components from atomic, molecular, nano to meso-scale is thus crucial. However, the most challenging aspect is to integrate the required components together while optimizing the performance of each component and even creating new synergetic effects.
In the past decade, considerable research attention has been devoted to the fabrication of single-length scale / component materials for energy applications.
Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry: Faraday Discussion 176 will centre on discussing how individual functional components at different length scale can be effectively integrated into next-generation energy materials.

This meeting aims to bring together a global network of today's best experimentalists and theoreticians, chemists, physicists and materials scientists, providing the environment in which the cross-boundary exchange and discussion of energy-related information can take place.
This discussion will provide a forum in which the next-generation of researchers will learn the importance of combining expertise from all these areas

The 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.


  • System integration from atomic, molecular, nano to meso scale towards optimised design of energy materials
  • Design of material systems to optimizer the energy enrichment of renewable sources for photochemical, thermal-to-electric conversion, and mechanical-to-electric conversion systems
  • How interfacial chemistry takes place in the energy-related processes, focusing on design principles of efficient (electro)catalysts, in-situ characterization methods and theories in energy conversion and storage
  • New materials and innovations for energy applications, including new light harvesting materials/semiconductors, plasmonics-enhanced energy conversion, new catalysts for biomass conversion, and energy-related bioinspiration/biomimetic systems
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
Zhe Jiang Chaowei Power Energy Ltd Pen-Tung Sah Education and Scientific Research Foundation SUO-JIN (XIAMEN) Chemical Technology Co.Ltd
Xiamen University

Xiamen University, No 422 Siming South Road, Xiamen city, Siming District, Fujian province, 361005, China

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