Invited speakers



Dr. Fannie Alloin

Senior researcher (CNRS) in the LEPMI (Laboratory of electrochemistry and physico-chemistry of material and interface), Grenoble, France

Title: Organic materials for lithium battery

Fannie Alloin is senior researcher (CNRS) in the LEPMI (Laboratory of electrochemistry and physico-chemistry of material and interface). She received her Ph.D Degree from the University of Grenoble, France, in 1993. She graduated from Ing. School of Institut Nationale Polytechnic of Grenoble. Her research activities involve the development of innovative electrolytes and their physicochemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic characterizations with the objective to advance in the mechanisms understanding in order to offer innovative solutions for future electrochemical generators. The research is mainly focused on lithium-ion battery technology, lithium-metal polymer, lithium-sulfur, and magnesium battery. The electrolyte can be an organic solvent, an ionic liquid or a polymer depending on the application. Their intrinsic properties (ionic conduction, solvation property, specific interactions, viscosity, thermal and mechanical properties), the electrode/electrolyte interface properties and the electrochemical mechanisms at the interfaces are the focus of her research. Her activity is also dedicated to organic electrode for lithium battery. She has published 96 papers in international journals, co-authors of 20 patents. She has been main supervisor for 18 PhD students.

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Dr. Elizabeth Castillo Martínez

Senior Research Associate at Grey Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Title: Understanding the electrochemical performance in organic >C=N- based electrode materials

Elizabeth was born in Madrid, where she did a 5 year degree in chemistry and a PhD in Solid State Chemistry 2008, both at Complutense University, the latter under the supervision of Prof. Alario-Franco on the preparation of new oxide phases under high pressure and Temperature. She moved then to the NanoTech Institute, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, with Prof. Baughman where she investigated the kinetics of polymerization of co-crystallized diacetylenes in the solid state, worked on the development of graphene nanoribbons and where she also started working in the field of Lithium Ion batteries, developing weaveable electrodes for wearable batteries, 2010. More fundamental studies understanding the mechanisms of reaction of different Li-ion battery materials were developed in Cambridge (2011, UK). Since then she dedicated to the development of new materials for Na-ion batteries in CIC Energigune in collaboration with Prof. Michel Armand (2015, Spain). She is now working in the group of Prof. Clare Grey at the University of Cambridge investigating the mechanism of operation of electrode materials for next generation electrochemical energy storage devices through solid state NMR.  Elizabeth has 40 publications (h index 15) and is co-inventor of 3 patents.

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 Dr. Robert Dominko

Senior research assistant at the National institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

Title: Stabilisation of redox active organic materials in batteries

Robert Dominko obtained PhD in 2002 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His current position is a senior research assistant at the National institute of Chemistry, Slovenia where he is head of Battery group within the Department of materials chemistry. He is associate professor at the University of Ljubljana. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the field of batteries with H index of 40 (>52 citations per paper). He has been awarded several national awards. Currently his main research activities are related to the field of post Li-ion technologies where he has several international collaborations.

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Dr. Kenichi Oyaizu

Professor of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Title: Polymers for High-density and Fast Charging Batteries

Kenichi Oyaizu got PhD in 1995 at Waseda University, moved to Tokyo University of Science as an Associate Professor in 2003, and then turned back to Waseda University in 2007. He got Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science, The Society of Polymer Science Japan in 2001, Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists in 2002, and Prizes for Science and Technology, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2013.

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Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert

Professor at the Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Title: Polymeric electrode materials for mobile and stationary energy-storage solutions

Ulrich S. Schubert was born in Tübingen (Germany) in 1969. He studied chemistry in Frankfurt and Bayreuth (both Germany) and at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (USA). He performed his Ph.D. studies at the Universities of Bayreuth and South Florida. After a postdoctoral training with Nobel prize winner J.-M. Lehn at the University of Strasbourg (France), he moved to the TU Munich (Germany) and obtained his Habilitation in 1999. During 1999 and 2000, he was professor at the University of Munich and during 2000–2007 full professor at the TU Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Since 2007, he is a full professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and founding director of the Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry Jena (CEEC Jena).

Beside his professorship, Schubert is the coordinator of the Priority Program (SPP 1568) “Design and Generic Principles of Self-healing Materials” of the German Science Foundation (since 2010), the vice chairman of the Board of the Division Macromolecular Chemistry of the German Chemical Society (since 2012), and the deputy spokesman of the research board polymer research of the German Science Foundation. He is a member of the editorial advisory boards of multiple scientific journals, such as Soft Matter, Macromol. Rapid Commun., Macromol. Chem. Phys., Polym. Chem., and J. Polym. Sci.: Part A: Polym. Chem.

Schubert received several awards, including the VICI award of the Netherland Organization for Scientific Research and the Heisenberg Fellowship (German Science Foundation). He published more than 880 publications in reviewed international journals (h-index 85), 38 patent applications, and 2 textbooks, and started four spin-offs from 2012 to 2016.

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Dr. Yan Yao

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.

Title: Designing Redox-active Polymers for Safe and Low-cost Energy Storage

Yan Yao is the Robert A. Welch Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston. He received Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA in 2008 with Prof. Yang Yang. He worked at Polyera Corporation as a Senior Scientist and Stanford University as a Postdoc Scholar with Prof. Yi Cui before joining the University of Houston in 2012. His research focuses on designing materials and architectures for safe and low-cost electrochemical energy storage, including rechargeable Mg batteries, aqueous batteries, solid-state Li metal batteries, and redox-active organic batteries. He has received US Navy ONR Young Investigator Award, Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Welch Professor Endowment in Chemistry, Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award, and two ARPA-E awards. He has 60 peer-reviewed publications, which have been cited over 14,000 times.

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Dr. Hui Zhan

Department of Chemsitry, Wuhan University, China

Hui Zhan is a Professor of Wuhan University in China. She got her PhD in 2000 at Wuhan University in Physical-Chemistry and became Lecturer at the department of Chemistry then Associate Professor in 2004. She got a full Professor position in 2014. She has published over 60 peer reviewed publications and 4 granted patents especially in the field of high-energy battery systems and novel materials for next-generation energy storage devices.

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