The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists from diverse disciplines, who are working on nonstoichiometric compounds (oxides, nitrides, oxynitrides, chalcogenides, intermetallics, etc.).
Traditionally, the effects of stoichiometry deviations in oxides were investigated by those looking to understand and control the electrical, diffusional, and in many cases, the mechanical properties of these materials, with the aim of using them as solid oxide fuel cell electrodes, as battery electrodes, as sensors, as permeation membranes, and in various other electrochemical reactors. Complex oxides that exhibit nonstoichiometry are now also employed for high-temperature thermoelectrics, all-oxide electronics, high speed photonics and switching, memory and magnetoresistive devices. These and other oxides are also being developed as electrodes for energy conversion and photovoltaic applications.
Furthermore, driven by the semiconductor industry interest has also expanded to include nitrides, chalcogenides, oxynitrides, oxychalcogenides, etc. Given the diverse fields of applications, it is clear that a truly international conference devoted specifically to compounds that display nonstoichiometry will allow scientists from these various fields to learn from the other fields and from other approaches, to assess the state of the art, and to discuss future developments.
This conference will cover all aspects of nonstoichiometry in inorganic compounds. Topics will span from fundamental theory to advanced characterization and device demonstrations at both the macro- and nano-scale.
The conference will last four and a half days and each half day session will consist of two keynote talks, followed by shorter presentations on current research topics germane to the keynote talks. There will also be two poster sessions.
Contributions that include one of the following aspects are welcome:
Bulk defect properties
Surface/Interface defect properties
Mass and charge transport
Thin films and coatings
Theory and simulation of defects
Materials synthesis and processing
Materials and devices for information conversion and storage
Materials and devices for energy conversion and storage
New techniques and methods for characterization
We plan sessions on the following specific topics, depending on the submission of abstracts:
Fundamental studies of defects
SOFC materials (Symposium in honor of the 65th birthday of J. Mizusaki)
Energy Materials (high-temperature thermoelectrics, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, transparent conductive oxides, …)
Materials for Lithium-ion batteries
Interfaces, surfaces and nanosize effects
Materials for information storage
Piezo- and ferroelectrics
Emerging subjects: New materials and future applications
Accepted Invitations (as of February 7th 2012)
Stefan Adams, Natl. U Singapore (Singapore)
Umberto Anselmi-Tamburini, U Pavia (Italy)
Monika Backhaus-Ricoult, Corning Inc. (USA)
Henny J. M. Bouwmeester, U Twente (Netherlands)
Claude Delmas, U Bordeaux (France)
Helmut Ehrenberg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Michael Fröba, U Hamburg (Germany)
Norihiko Fukatsu, Nagoya Inst. Tech. (Japan)
David Ginley, NREL Golden (USA)
Paul Heitjans, U Hannover (Germany)
John T. S. Irvine, U St. Andrews (UK)
Sangtae Kim, U Davis (USA)
Akihide Kuwabara, Japan Fine Ceramics Center (Japan)
Joachim Maier, MPI Stuttgart (Germany)
Manfred Martin, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
Thomas O. Mason, Northwestern U (USA)
Junichiro Mizusaki, Tohoku U (Japan)
Alexandra Navrotsky, U Davis (USA)
Truls Norby, U Oslo (Norway)
Hitoshi Takamura, Tohoku U (Japan)
Hans-Dieter Wiemhöfer, U Muenster (Germany)
Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, ZSW Ulm (Germany)
Shu Yamaguchi, U Tokyo (Japan)
Han-Ill Yoo, SNU Seoul (South Korea)
Hiroo Yugami, Tohoku U (Japan)
Professor Juergen Janek,
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany;
Professor Lorenzo Malavasi, Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia, Italy;
Professor Tatsuya Kawada, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan;
Professor Ryan O'Hayre, Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA;
Dr. Joseph Berry, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Prof. Sossina Haile, California Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Andreas Fischer, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Prof.. M. Saiful Islam, University of Bath, UK
Dr. Sun-Ho Kang, Energy Lab./Corporate R&D Center Samsung SDI, Korea
Prof. John Kilner, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
Dr. Jong-Hoo Lee, KIST, Seoul, Korea
Dr. Filippo Maglia, University of Pavia, Italy
Prof. Manfred Martin, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Prof. Tom O. Mason, Northwestern University, USA
Prof. Junichiro Mizusaki, Tohoku University, Japan
Prof. Truls Norby, University of Oslo, Norway
Dr. Jules L. Routbort, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prof. Ting-Lian Wen, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Prof. Hans-Dieter Wiemhöfer, University of Muenster, Germany
Prof. Shu Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Han-Ill Yoo, Seoul National University, Korea
See About This Conference for a list of aspects covered by the conference and a proposed list of conference topics.
In order to encourage participants to present recent work, there will be no conference proceedings.
Thanks to its geographical position, at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has always been a crossroads for different people and cultures. From the grumbling, lava-filled volcano of Mount Etna to the ancient Greek temples of Agrigento, Sicily is a land of natural and man-made beauty.
The countryside is filled with nature reserves and vineyards, all in a near-perfect climate, mild all year round, with an average rainfall among the lowest in Europe. But Sicily is not just about nature. The Greek temples, the Byzantine, Norman and Roman monuments, the cities of Palermo, Taormina, Catania, Siracusa and Agrigento, are places where the past and the present blend into an idyllic ensemble. Sicily surprises visitors at every step with its gorgeous beauty and immense cultural heritage. A huge number of castles and manors, private villas, ancient chapels and churches are there to be explored.
The town of Taormina (53km North of Catania, 53km South of Messina, 250km East of Palermo) is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea and is Sicily's most famous resort area. Such writers as Goethe and D. H. Lawrence, besotted with the glories of Taormina's panoramic views of the bays beyond and Mount Etna looming in the background, spread word of the area's charm.
Capo dei Greci, Taormina
The conference will be held at the Capo Dei Greci Hotel Resort and Spa. Located on the side of a mountain just outside of Taormina (7 km), the hotel has amazing views of the sea. The hotel has 210 rooms spread through several blocks of buildings. There are many outdoor terraces for events, all with wonderful views of the sea. There are three pools, tennis courts and a large, newly renovated spa. The conference center is housed in a separate building with modern audio/visual capabilities. There are four restaurants and three cafes/ bars. Rooms are air conditioned and have satellite television, mini bar, safe box and telephone. Wifi is available in the conference area.
For photos and more information please visit the hotel web site: http://www.hotelcapodeigreci.it/default.asp?cms=10&lingua=2
Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.
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