ESPE23 – European Symposium & Workshop on Polymer Electrolytes for Battery Applications


Polymer electrolytes have a long history in battery research and both material development and our fundamental understanding of ion transport mechanisms in polymers has evolved with it. Today, we are standing at the crossroads overseeing many possible winding paths down battery lane with a multitude of battery technologies to choose from. Diversification in many different cell chemistries opens new avenues to explore and encourages to revisit some concepts and findings of past days.

The pandemic has made it difficult for our community to meet and exchange, which has become clear during the International Symposium of Polymer Electrolytes (ISPE17) in Canada October 2022. While we remain dedicated to other international communities, not least the ISPE, we, the Organizers, feel that a more limited meeting in terms of scope and geographical target group would be highly appreciated. It is our ambition to assemble primarily the European academic research community in this area, including a large number of PhD students other newcomers, together with relevant researchers from industry this year at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany for the first European Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes for Battery Applications (ESPE23) hosted from September 25th to 27th 2023.

We would like to give newcomers to the field the opportunity to meet leading experts, present their latest results, network and find new colleagues and friends to advance the development of polymer electrolytes together. Furthermore, we would like to encourage PhD students of our Center of electrochemical energy storage (CELEST) as well as our research cluster for post-Li storage (POLiS) to join this meeting in the framework of a workshop module of the Graduate school of electrochemical energy storage (GS-EES) to get in touch with the latest trends and advances in this exciting area.

We hope to see many of you this September in Karlsruhe!

The Organizers

Fabian Jeschull, Patrick Théato, Dominik Voll, Daniel Brandell

Important Dates

Abstract submission opens: 20.04.2023

Abstract submission deadline: 30.06.2023

Abstract acceptance notification: 15.07.2023

Registration opens: 01.07.2023

Registration deadline: 01.09.2023

Call For Abstracts

We invite all participants to contribute with an oral or poster presentation on their recent work. Abstract submission will open on 20.04.2023. We accept abstracts on the following topics:

  • Synthesis and characterization of materials for polymer electrolyte applications
  • Experimental and theoretical studies on ion transport in polymer electrolytes or gel polymer electrolytes
  • Integration of polymer electrolytes in batteries and their characterization
  • In-situ, operando or post-mortem studies on polymer degradation
  • Topics related to cell manufacturing

Only abstracts adhering strictly to the abstract template will be accepted. The abstract template is provided for download under following link. Abstracts can be submitted through our online submission system until 30.06.2023. Please select during the submission process if you are interested in an oral or poster presentation. Also note that the slots for oral presentations are limited and will be selected.

Letters of Invitation are sent out in 15.07.2023 via email to the corresponding authors of all accepted abstracts.

Important information for presenting participants

Poster and oral presentations must be in English.

Poster sizes should be DIN A3 (portrait format). All presenters will receive a Poster-ID and find their designated poster wall in the foyer in front of the lecture hall. The poster walls will be available with begin of the welcome reception. Please mind to remove the poster latest Wednesday morning.

Invited talks should be 25 min (+5 min discussion); The duration of talks of accepted oral presentations should be 15 min (+5 min discussion). For oral presentations a dedicated conference laptop will be available to upload your presentation prior to begin of your session. Please bring your presentation on a USB flash drive.

ESPE23 is an in-person meeting to promote scientific exchange and foster networking possibilities in our community. Therefore, we will not provide the option to deliver your talk remotely.

Registration & Abstract Submission

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Confirmed speakers as of now

Time (CEST) Speaker University / Company
tba Michel Armand CIC energiGUNE
tba Alexander Shaplov Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology
tba Claudio Gerbaldi Politecnico Torino
tba Dominic Bresser Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
tba Corsin Battaglia EMPA
tba Maria Martinez-Ibanez CIC energiGUNE
tba Jelena Popovic-Neuber University of Stavanger
tba Jonas Mindemark Uppsala University
tba Laurent Rubata Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
tba Javier Cerretero-Gonzalez ICTP-CSIS, Madrid
tba Guiomar Hernandez Uppsala University
tba Stefano Passerini Sapienza Università di Roma
tba Monika Schönhoff Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
tba Vito Di Noto Università degli Studi di Padova
tba Gunther Brunklaus Helmholtz-Institut Münster
tba Federico Bella Politechnico Torino
tba Zora Chalkley Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
tba David Mecerreyes University of the Basque Country


All participants are kindly requested to register until 01.09.2023, latest.
There will be no walk-in registration.

Registration Fees
Students & PhDs: 310 €
Postdocs & Senior Scientists: 400 €


In case of any questions please email


ESPE23 will take place at KIT Campus South directly in central Karlsruhe nearby the Karlsruhe castle. The university campus can be readily reached on foot or by tram (stop “Durlacher Tor / KIT” or “Kronenplatz”). The event will be hosted in NTI (faculty of Communications Technology) lecture hall in building 30.10, room 030 (ground floor). A campus plan can be found here: (searchable by building and faculty).


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe


By car: You can find a comprehensive summary of how to get to KIT on the following link:

By plane: The closest airport is Baden Airport, near Baden-Baden, with a number of low budget connections from all over Europe arriving daily. There are bus connections from the airport directly to Karlsruhe or nearby train stations to hop on one of the commuter trains to the city. Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is just an hour away from Karlsruhe by ICE train (either with a stopover or a change of trains in Mannheim). There are two trains leaving hourly from FRA to Karlsruhe and vice versa. We recommend to book a “flexible ticket (FlexTicket)” in advance (visit, so you can hop on any train towards Karlsruhe. Another option, somewhat further away is Stuttgart Airport. From the airport there are commuter trains to Stuttgart main station. There are several trains leaving to Karlsruhe every hour. The train ride takes about 1h. 

By train:.Karlsruhe main station (Karlsruhe Hbf) is located in the city centre and is a hub that can be readily reached from several surrounding airports (Frankfurt ca. 1h, Baden Airport ca. 1h, Stuttgart, 1.5-2h) or by international trains from Basel SBB (Switzerland), Brussels, Munich or Paris.

Hotels nearby

Any place between Karlsruhe main station and KIT Campus South will be suitable to reach the symposium within less than 15-20 min by tram or on foot. Please find a couple of options below:

Organizing Committee

Fabian Jeschull, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Applied Materials – Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS)

Patrick Théato, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) & Soft Matter Synthesis Laboratory – Institute for Biological Interfaces III (IBG3)

Dominik Voll, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)

Christian Schmitt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Soft Matter Synthesis Laboratory – Institute for Biological Interfaces III (IBG3)

Daniel Brandell, Uppsala University
Angström Advanced Battery Laboratory (AABC)

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