National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Innovative Center of Nanomaterials Science for Environment and Energy (ICNSEE), MEXT Program
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OS-1 Theoretical and Computational Studies for the Materials Development

The envrionment and energy issues require us to develop the materials of which functions are far beyond the convetional ones. The theoretical and computational materials science is expected to play major roles in it. This session is devoted to the discussions on their roles in near future.

OS-2 Rechargeable Battery Materials

Rechargeable batteries are anticipated to play many roles in the realization of a sustainable society. Some presentations will be made on frontier works on rechargeable battery materials.

OS-3 Photovoltaics

Our session will consist of an introduction of the latest research and trend in photovoltaic systems along with a discussion on the present status of fundamental research and future development of next generation photovoltaics, such as dye-sensitized solar cells, organic thin-film solar cells, and quantum dots.

OS-4 Design of high quality fuel cell materials and devices

Based on latest experimental data, we are going to discuss the best way for development of electrolytes and electrodes in fuel cell devices. In our discussion, we will focus on the relation among microanalysis of surface/ interface/bulk, simulation, and fuel cell material properties.

OS-5 Nano Photocatalysis: Possibilities and Challenges:

Nano photocatalytic materials have shown great potentials not only in environmental remediation, but also in solar-chemical conversion by photocatalytic water-splitting as well as CO2 reduction. This session will provide a forum for review of the latest advances and discussion of the future prospects in challenges to the possibilities of nano photocatalysis, by inviting leading scientists active in this field.

OS-6 Nano Interface Characterization for E&E Materials

The functionalities of novel nanostructured materials used in the environment and energy (E&E) field of photocatalyst, fuel cell, secondary battery, solar cell and so on, are originated at the hetero-phase interfaces of solid/gas, solid/liquid, solid/solid and so on. In order to clarify the structures, chemical and physical states, reactions and dynamic phenomena at the interfaces on the nanoscale, advanced materials characterization methods are required. In this organized session, recent progress and future outlook of the state-of-the-art technology of nano-interface characterization for E&E materials and the actual applications will be discussed.

OS-7 Practical Social Needs for Thermoelectric Power Devices

This symposium is an invited session of the potential users of thermoelectric power devices. It is well known that the recovery of exhausted heat and conversion it to electricity is necessary to resolve the energy and environmental problems. Thermoelectric energy conversion can provide electric power directly from heat and be applied to low temperature heat (less than 373K) of which recovery is difficult. The objective of this symposium is to specify the practical needs from potential users for thermoelectric power devices to define a direction of thermoelectric researches.

OS-8 Environmental Catalysts and Materials

Issues of environmental protection and sustainable development are growing in interest and gaining an increasing importance in materialsscience. This session has two topics. The first topic will focus on the recent progress of nanoporous-membranes for many applications based on economic and medical significance. The second relates to nano- and recyclable-catalysts that are of prime importance aiming at green materials science.