Plenary Speakers

-Michael Aziz
-Babu Chalamala
-Fermin Cuevas
-Rezan Demir-Cakan
-Duncan Paul Fagg
-Selmiye Alkan Gursel
-Dag Noreus
Saim Ozkar
-Burak Ulgut

-Volodymyr Yartys ( To be confirmed)

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 below.  Only abstract submitted before April 1st may be considered in this category (*)

This list will be updated before the third circular planned for the second half of March 2019, and a complete list of plenary/invited speakers will be announced by 15 April 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. Babu Chalamala
Sandia National Laboratories.

“Materials for Low Cost Grid Energy Storage”

“Grid Evolution: Grid Modernization and Transformation of the Grid Edge”  (*)

Dr. Babu Chalamala is  Manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department at  Sandia National Laboratory,. Prior to joining Sandia in August 2015, he was a Corporate Fellow at SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) for five years, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage. Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital x-ray sources. Earlier, as a research staff member at Motorola, Research Triangle Institute, and Texas Instruments, he made contribution to the development of electronic materials and device technologies. He received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and his PhD degree in Physics from the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Academy of Sciences St Louis, a Life Member of the Electrochemical Society, and a Member of the Materials Research Society. As chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Committee on Displays, he was instrumental in launching the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. He has been an active member of the Materials Research Society for twenty years and served as General Chair of the 2006 MRS Fall Meeting. He was a guest editor of the MRS Bulletin, Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE and IEEE Access. He received the 2015 James Eads Award of the Academy of Sciences St Louis.

(*) Dr. Chalamala’s  talk on Grid Evolution: Grid Modernization and Transformation of the Grid Edge (*) is scheduled for the evening of   Septmeber 10th at 8 pm. So please take note of this.   




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 Rezan Demir-Cakan
Gebze Technical University 

“The use of interlayers in metal-sulfur batteries”

Rezan Demir-Cakan completed her bachelor and master degree from Yildiz Technical University at the Chemical Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces , in Germany (2009), under the supervison of Markus Antonietti working on the synthesis, characterization and applications of hydrothermal carbon materials. Then she moved to France, the group of Jean-Marie-Tarascon, focusing on the rechargeable lithium batteries, more specifically on lithium-sulphur batteries between 2009-2012. Currently she has been working as an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Gebze Technical University. Her research interests include the synthesis of nanostructured energy materials and their application in the field of Li/Na batteries.


Dr.  Duncan Paul Fagg
University of Aveiro, Portugal.
“Fabrication and testing of anode supported Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells in biogas”

Dr. Duncan Fagg is currently employed as a Principal Researcher in the nanotechnology research division (NRD)   in the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He  obtained his B.SC in Chemstry and Materials science  Nottingham University 1992 and Ph.D. in Chemistry Aberdeen University 1997. He has over 20 years of research experience with previous placements in CICECO Aveiro, Portugal, ICV Autonomous University Madrid, Spain, Dept.Chemical Engineering, Patras Greece, School of Chemistry, St-Andrews University Scotland, and Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Roskilde Denmark.  He is the author of over 100 international scientific publications in areas covering   Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cells (SOEC), Oxygen separation membranes, Hydrogen separation membranes, Hydrogen Storage.


Professor  Selmiye  Alkan Gürsel 
Sabanci University

“Graphene-based technologies for energy applications, challenges and perspectives”

Dr. Selmiye Alkan Gürsel is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Sabancı University. Her scientific activities  covered a variety of topics with emphasis on PEM fuel cells (electrodes, catalysts, membranes and electrochemical characterization), proton-exchange membranes, radiation-induced grafting and conducting polymers. Prof. Gürsel have participated and led a number of international and national projects on energy conversion and storage including EU Graphene Flagship Projects; “Graphene-Driven Revolutions in ICT and Beyond” in FP7 and “Graphene-Based Disruptive Technologies” in Horizon 2020. Dr. Gürsel has 6 patents, has published more than 75 journal papers (h-index of 27), was cited more than 2100 times. She was the recipient of a number of awards; L’Oreal Young Woman in Science Scholarship (2010), METU Prof. Dr. Mustafa N. PARLAR Research Incentive Award (2012), Science Academy -Young Academics Prize Scholarships (BAGEP) (2013), “Academic Prize” in the inaugural Women Energizing Turkey Awards endowed by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resource (2018) . Dr. Gürsel is in the editorial board of Frontiers in Energy Research-Energy Storage journal.

Professor Dag Noreus,
Stockholm 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.


Dr. Burak Ulgut
Bilkent University

Impedance and Noise Analyses of Non-rechargeable and Rechargeable Batteries

Dr.Burak Ülgüt got his PhD in Electrochemistry from Cornell University in 2007. He  was a postdoc at the Optoelectronics group in the same university for a year. He  then spent 6 years in Gamry Instruments developing various instrumental tools about Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and Spectroelectrochemistry. In 2014 he returned to Turkey to spend a year at Inci Aku as an R&D executive. In the fall of 2015 he joined the Chemistry department of Bilkent University where he is leading a research group working on developing new electrochemical measurement and modeling methodologies mostly geared towards a better understanding of energy storage and conversion systems.


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.