CECAM and CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS, Trieste, Italy.
17 October 2011 at 08:00
21 October 2011
Trieste - Italy
LB (Main Lecture Hall)
Directors: Stefano Fabris and Ralph Gebauer
This Workshop will address emergent materials and fundamental processes relevant in the context of renewable energy production, storage, conversion, and usage. The transition to sustainable energies from traditional energy sources based on fossil fuels or nuclear power is presently hampered by the low efficiencies or high costs of the available materials. The development of new materials by engineering their structure at the nano-scale is recognized to be the main bottleneck for both technology and basic science. Rational materials design holds the promise to drastically increase the performance of both renewable energy conversion and energy storage. In this sense, new materials are a key element for a possible transition towards a more sustainable energy economy.
The discovery and understanding of new physical and chemical processes underpins the development of a new generation of materials with improved performances, which could not be achieved by just incremental optimization of the existing materials. Understanding the interplay between structure, energetics and function of this new generation of materials makes this field also very appealing from a fundamental scientific point of view. Since the structure at the atomic scale is usually responsible for the observed efficiencies, this field is an ideal playground for collaborations between experiment and theory.
Another very important goal of this Workshop is to bring scientists from developing countries in contact with state of the art research and to enable them to carry out their own research in this domain. As most developing countries lie in areas with strong solar radiation, strong winds, or both, thanks to this large resource base, they are ideally suited for implementations of renewable energy technology. Also, the absence of a powerful energy infrastructure (grids) makes the use of small, decentralized, energy conversion devices very attractive.
Topics covered in this workshop will include:
• artificial photosynthesis,
• fuel cells,
The Workshop will consist of invited lectures as well as contributed oral presentations. Also, a poster session will be organized. Applicants willing to present a poster are invited to submit a short one-page abstract along with their online application form.
Deadlines for Receipt of Applications:
30 MAY 2011 - if requesting financial or visa assistance
10 AUGUST 2011 - if no financial or visa assistance is required
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