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Materials and Energy ‐ New Directions for the “Energiewende” - 773. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

23 Oct - 27 Oct 2022

Where: Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek, U Gießen, Germany • Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz, U Duisburg‐Essen, Germany

“Energy” and “Materials” have an overarching importance for the future development of our society. They are coupled in multiple ways ranging from fundamental science to real-world applications. Analyzing their intricate relationship as energy–materials nexus, however, is a new approach. On the fundamental physics side, the control of quantum processes in real time under non-equilibrium conditions will have practical implications for bringing the understanding and discovery of materials and the development of process design concepts to the next level. In the field of materials science, novel functional materials for energy conversion and storage and their processing towards usable devices (batteries, water splitting, fuel cells, catalysis) aims at efficient pathways for energy conversion and storage. This field benefits from a combination of fundamental understanding as well as combinatorial materials discovery and informatics to find new materials that combine application-related efficacy with availability on the level of raw materials.
Sustainability aspects require considering the entire chain of synthesis, processing, and application and thus finding optimum solutions through techno-economical multi-criteria analysis. In this context, novel energy- and resource-efficient materials processes are highly relevant for industry such as steel manufacturing, smelting, chemical industries as well as for the targeted production of high-performance materials by reduction of the number of processing steps, e.g., through additive manufacturing, and recycling. Novel high-performance materials, finally, play an enabling role for the engineering of energy-efficient technologies, such as through lightweight high-strength materials for mobility and civil engineering, high-temperature materials for turbine blades, and corrosion-resistant materials for operation under extreme conditions.

This WE-Heraeus Seminar aims at connecting “Energy” and “Materials” in a new way and steering thinking and research in new directions.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.



Vergangene Veranstaltungen

4th International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt IV)

4th International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt IV)

September 6 to 8, 2022 in Ulm, Germany

The 4th International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt IV) will take place from September 6 to 8, 2022 in Ulm, Germany. As always we will welcome some of the world's top battery speakers. This time we extend the program with calcium, zinc and aluminum batteries. The aim of the conference is to present and discuss the recent state-of-the-art and the progress in the post-lithium field. 


Short Course and Thin Film Technology Forum 2022

13th Short Course on Coating and Drying of Thin Films and 6th Thin Film Technology Forum will take place from May 9th to May 13th 2022 as a virtual event


The short course Coating and Drying of Thin Films addresses engineers, scientists and technicians working in the areas of coatings, functional films, direct printing, inkjet printing, sensors, adhesives, paints, automotive coatings, patches, optical foils, tapes, diagnostics, membranes, printed electronics, fuel cells and battery coatings, who intend to get insight into more
fundamental aspects with industrial applications or to deepen their expertise. Leading national and international scientists
and experts from academia and industry will report on topics of coating technologies, rheology, preparation of coating fluids
and about fundamentals and industrial aspects of drying technology. Coating and printing processes and drying technology
are explained interactively by easily accessible examples and in a practical workshop in the TFT Coating and Printing Lab instructed (virtually) by TFT staff members (see photos below). The 6th Thin Film Technology Forum will take place on the last
two days, where renowned scientists will present and discuss new trends in industry and academia with a focus on advances in processing of functional films, electrodes for battery, fuel cell and electrolyzer applications.
The Short Course and the TFT Forum provide a platform for scientific and technical exchange with advanced learning.

Workshop: Emerging Technologies – From Research To Manufacturing

Technology - Update and Networking

Online Workshop

April 4th, 2022 at 9 am

Deadline Registration: March 13th

The Cluster of Excellence POLiS offers its researchers a platform to transfer their developments into the industry. At the same time, POLiS benefits from the expertise of their industry partners to perform application-oriented research. The workshop „Emerging Technologies - From Research to Manufacturing“ features presentations from lead industry in the field of batteries fabrication and matching presentations from POLiS research on the latest results. The event offers mutual and intimate exchange of hot topics and fresh ideas in the field of next generation batteries, with plenty of space for meetings and open discussions.


ModVal18 - 18th Symposium on Modeling and Experimental Validation of Electrochemical Energy Technologies


March 14-16, 2022, Schloss Hohenkammer, GERMANY

ModVal18 is the 18th event of an international symposium on Modeling and Experimental Validation on fuel cells and batteries. Initiated in 2004, the symposium aims to connect researchers in academia and industry as well as theorists and experimentalists. Taking place every year in March, the venue alternates between Germany and Switzerland and is always hosted by an academic institution. This time it is organized by the DLR-Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics situated in Stuttgart.


Focus of the symposium is to present and discuss the latest research, the advances made in modeling, as well as in experimental work for model validation for fuel cells, batteries and electrolysis.

Over 100 attendees will be expected and will have the opportunity to extend their networking promoting new research collaborations.


Lectures at CISM course "Batteries - Basic Principles, Experimental Investigations and Modeling across Scales"

Hybrid Lectures
Date: Sept. 20, '21 to Sept. 24, '21

Lectures by our members:

Jürgen Janek

6 lectures on: Overview on experimental approaches assessing cell behavior on different levels (atomistic, component, cell level). Electrochemical techniques, diffraction, spectroscopy, microscopy (in situ/operando). Transport of ions/electrons in active materials and electrolytes, interface kinetics, thermal and mechanical properties. Evaluation of energy, power density, capacity fading, aging, etc.

Arnulf Latz

6 lectures on: Non equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical physics for ionic materials in electric fields. Free energy based derivation of transport theories and complex double layer formation in highly concentrated electrolytes. Models for electrochemical reactions. Microstructure resolved models of batteries. Upscaling from microstructure to extended porous electrode theory.


Post-Lithium Research: Women in Focus

Post-Lithium Research: Women in Focus
Virtual Workshop
Date: 27th - 28th of July 2021

The aim of this international virtual workshop is to highlight the role of women in state-of-the-art Post-Li energy storage research. The workshop will cover various topics from fundamental material and electrolyte research to advanced characterization and applications. Although significant progress in „bridging the gap” can be observed in recent years, female students and researchers in STEM subjects are still underrepresented. This workshop will bring together leading female scientists in Post-Li energy storage.


Ausstellung „Akku Alle?! – Elektromobilität und Energiespeicher“

Ausstellung Akku Alle
4. Juni - 8. August 2021
Münsterplatzes 25

Die Ausstellung „Akku Alle?! – Elektromobilität und Energiespeicher“ zeigt die komplette Bandbreite der Ulmer Batterieforschung. Neben einer „Blackout“-Simulation für Ulm, bei der ein mehrtägiger Stromausfall im Donau-Illertal simuliert wird, werden hochkarätige Exponate aller beteiligter Wissenschaftsinstitute ausgestellt. So auch das Wasserstoffflugzeug Hy4 des DLR.

Symposium KIT Future Fields - Design for circular economy


Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Kölch, EVA Fahrzeugtechnik

25.02.2021, 15:30 - 17:00

Kostenloses Web-Event

CV Dr.-Ing.Kölch:

Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Kölch did his doctorate at the Technical University of Munich on exhaust gas scrubbing of diesel engines powered by plant oil. As a post doctorate he studied the durability of PEM fuel cells at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Ulm. He has worked at EVA Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH for more than 16 years in various fields such as powertrain pre-development of alternative fuels, hydrogen/electric mobility infrastructure issues, upstream chain considerations, charging issues and the second life of used electric vehicle batteries.

Along with his work at EVA Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH, Dr. Kölch is also an associate lecturer at the Ingolstadt Technical University for the subjects “Electric mobility and alternative drive concepts in the automotive industry” and “Political and social trends in the field of mobility.”


3rd International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries

Symposium Vortrag
3rd International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries
8. und 9. September 2020
Kostenlose Web-Konferenz

Das 3rd International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries richtet sich an die Forschungsgemeinschaft in diesem schnell wachsenden Bereich. Ziel des Symposiums ist es, den aktuellen Stand der Technik und die Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Magnesium-Batterien vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Am zweiten Tag wird das größte europäische Projekt zu Mg-Batterien, das 'E-MAGIC'-Projekt, seine Ergebnisse präsentieren.


StorageX International Symposium - From academic breakthroughs to technological impact


Stanford Energy’s StorageX Initiative brings together Stanford faculty from materials science to computer science to economics to tackle the dominant challenges in energy storage. By addressing gaps between academic and industrial R&D, StorageX aims to accelerate the development and implementation of revolutionary energy storage technologies and concepts.

StorageX International Symposium

This week's StorageX International Symposium will feature Prof. Jürgen Janek of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, and BELLA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, speaking on "Solid State Batteries and their Challenges;"
and Prof. Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, presenting "Design 'Rules' for Solid State Electrolytes in Solid State Batteries."

Friday, June 5, at 4 pm German time.
Registration is free and open to the public.

Battery 2030+ - European Perspectives on Batteries of the Future

Battery 2030+ - European Perspectives on Batteries of the Future

Das Zentrum für elektrochemische Energiespeicherung Ulm-Karlsruhe (CELEST) veranstaltete am 25. und 26. Mai 2020 eine webbasierte wissenschaftliche Konferenz, um die Perspektiven für zukünftige Batterien in Europa zu diskutieren. Die Konferenz war eine Präsentation der in Europa durchgeführten Forschungsarbeiten im Zusammenhang mit der neu eingeführten Roadmap BATTERY 2030+. Ihr Zweck war es, die wissenschaftlichen Diskussionen innerhalb der Gemeinschaft BATTERIE 2030+ als Grundlage für die nächste Phase, als groß angelegte Forschungsinitiative, in Gang zu setzen.


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