Plenary Speakers

-Michael Aziz
-Fermin Cuevas
-Dag Noreus
Saim Ozkar
-Volodymyr Yartys ( To be confirmed)

A complete list of plenary/invited speakers will be announced before the second circular planned for  15 February 2019. (*

Professor Michael Aziz, Harvard University

Organic-based aqueous flow batteries for massive electrical energy storage 

The ability to store large amounts of electrical energy is of increasing importance with the growing fraction of electricity generation from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar. Flow batteries show promise because the designer can independently scale the power (electrode area) and energy (arbitrarily large storage volume) components of the system by maintaining all electro-active species in fluids. Wide-scale utilization of flow batteries is limited by the abundance and cost of these materials, particularly those utilizing redox-active metals such as vanadium or precious metal electrocatalysts. We have developed high performance flow batteries based on the aqueous redox behavior of small organic and organometallic molecules, e.g. [1-6]. These redox active materials can be very inexpensive and exhibit rapid redox kinetics and long lifetimes, although short lifetimes are more common [7]. This new approach could enable massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost.

Michael J. Aziz received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard in 1983. He has been a member of the faculty at what is now the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since he joined in 1986 and is now Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies. Aziz has made significant contributions to a number of fields in applied physics and materials science. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Materials Research Society. Among his research interests are novel materials and processes for energy technology and greenhouse gas mitigation. He is the Faculty Coordinator for Harvard’s University-Wide Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, for which he developed a quantitative course on Energy Technology for a group of students in diverse disciplines. He is coauthoring a textbook, “Introduction to Energy Technology: Depletable and Renewable”.
1-B. Huskinson, M.P. Marshak, C. Suh, S. Er, M.R. Gerhardt, C.J. Galvin, X. Chen, A. Aspuru-Guzik, R.G. Gordon and M.J. Aziz, “A metal-free organic-inorganic aqueous flow battery”, Nature 505, 195 (2014),
2-K. Lin, Q. Chen, M.R. Gerhardt, L. Tong, S.B. Kim, L. Eisenach, A.W. Valle, D. Hardee, R.G. Gordon, M.J. Aziz and M.P. Marshak, “Alkaline Quinone Flow Battery”, Science 349, 1529 (2015),
3-K. Lin, R. Gómez-Bombarelli, E.S. Beh, L. Tong, Q. Chen, A.W. Valle, A. Aspuru-Guzik, M.J. Aziz, and R.G. Gordon, “A redox flow battery with an alloxazine-based organic electrolyte”, Nature Energy 1, 16102 (2016).
4- E.S. Beh, D. De Porcellinis, R.L. Gracia, K.T. Xia, R.G. Gordon  and M.J. Aziz, “A Neutral pH Aqueous Organic/Organometallic Redox Flow Battery with Extremely High Capacity Retention”, ACS Energy Letters 2, 639 (2017).
5-D.G. Kwabi, K. Lin, Y. Ji, E.F. Kerr, M.-A. Goulet, D. DePorcellinis, D.P. Tabor, D.A. Pollack, A. Aspuru-Guzik, R.G. Gordon, and M.J. Aziz, “Alkaline Quinone Flow Battery with Long Lifetime at pH 12” Joule 2, 1907 (2018);
7-M.-A. Goulet & M.J. Aziz, “Flow Battery Molecular Reactant Stability Determined by Symmetric Cell Cycling Methods”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 165, A1466(2018).


Dr. Fermin Cuevas


 Hydrides as conversion-type anodes for Li-ion batteries                                                                                                                              

Fermin Cuevas obtained his PhD in Physics at UAM University of Madrid in 1996. He moved then to the Max-Planck-Institute of Metals Research, Stuttgart (Germany), for a two-year postdoctoral stay. After one year teaching at UAM, he got a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission to continue further postdoctoral training at CNRS in the Laboratoire de Chimie Métallurgique des Terres Rares (France). In 2002, he got a permanent research position at CNRS and in 2007 his Habilitation as PhD supervisor from Paris XII University. His main research interest deals with hydrogen storage in solids and electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. He has published about 100 articles in international peer-review journals. His work has been initially focused on the synthesis, crystal structure and microstructure of intermetallic compounds, and thermodynamic, crystallographic and kinetic properties of their hydrides. Later, his research area has been enlarged to novel light materials (complex hydrides and metal-carbon composites) for hydrogen storage, and to the synthesis of nanoscale hydrides and Si-based composites for anodes of Li-ion batteries.



Professor Dag NoreusStockholm University

“to be announced 

Dag Noréus is a professor in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University. He earned his PhD degree in reactor physics in 1982 at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and completed his postdoc at Daimler-Benz, Metal Hydride Laboratory, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1983. Noréus became a researcher in 1984 and a professor in 2000 in the Department of Structural Chemistry, Stockholm University. His research interests include x-ray diffraction, elastic and inelastic neutron scattering, and electrochemistry focusing on the understanding of metal-hydrogen interaction in metal hydrides and electrodes.

Professor Saim Özkar
Middle East Technical University

Magnetically Separable Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts for Hydrolytic Hydrogen Generation from Ammonia Borane

Saim Özkar has completed his undergraduate study in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul in 1972, and then worked for two years in industry. He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1976 before joining the Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University as an Assistant Professor in 1979, where he is now a Full Professor. He spent one year at the Max Planck Institute in Mülheim as Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Scholar in 1986, 2 years at University of Toronto as visiting professor in 1988-1990, and 9 months at Colorado State University as Fulbright Fellow in 2000. His current research interests involve the transition metal nanoparticles; synthesis, characterisation, and catalytic applications in hydrogen generation, hydrogenation, oxidation, and coupling reactions.Saim Özkar was awarded the TÜBİTAK 1996 Science Prize and has been a member of Turkish Academy of Sciences since 1996.


Professor Volodymyr Yartys, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)

“to be announced “

Volodymyr Yartys is professor of materials science and hydrogen technologies at the Institute for Energy Technology and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He received his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1980 and a Doctor of Sciences in inorganic chemistry from L’viv University in 1995. He then became a professor in inorganic chemistry in 1998. He is working in the fields of materials science of nanomaterials, hydrogen and energy storage with a focus on: (a) Rechargeable Batteries; (b) Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier; (c) Novel Materials for Hydrogen Storage and Battery Applications; (d) Hydrogen storage systems; (e) Use of metal hydrides in energy management. Professor Yartys is the author of 429 publications (210 papers in peer refereed academic journals, 6 patents and three books), and has acted as a project leader in research projects funded by the EU, Norwegian Research Council, Nordic Energy Research, and industry.




(*) If you think that your work would be of interest for the mesc-is audience at large, please indicate this in your abstract submission in Easychair.  Submissions of general interest  for the audience   may  be placed in  plenary sessions,  together with those  posted above.   Only abstract submitted before February 7th may be considered in  this category.