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Renewable Energy Symposium

Empowering the Clean Energy Revolution

Join us on the mission to ensure a more sustainable future for our planet. Are you curious to learn how science and technology contribute to green and clean energy? Merck will be hosting a virtual Renewable Energy Symposium where world-renowned experts will discuss their research in Batteries, Perovskite Solar Cells and Hydrogen Storage materials.

Title: Material-in-Cell-System Approaches as Enabler of High Energy Density Electrochemical Energy Storage

Speaker: Prof. Martin Winter - Director of the Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) Battery Research Center


From the very early findings of Galvani, Volta and Ritter until today, at all times Electrochemistry has been a discipline that received most attention, when a highly interdisciplinary and applied approach was followed. Life sciences, synthesis, materials science, micro- and nanotechnology, sensors, corrosion, analytics, photochemistry, energy storage and conversion, catalysis, process technology, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and modeling – to mention just a few disciplines and applications- have been greatly benefitting from the multiple contributions Electrochemistry could accomplish and will make in the future.

In public perception today, we witness electrochemical energy conversion and storage triggering gigantic expectations in the impact of Electrochemistry, which is well-reflected by the prominent roles, which batteries, but also fuel cells and capacitors play in megatrends, such as clean mobility and storage of renewables. Electrochemistry, in particular electrochemical materials science and electrochemical methodology have been discovered as the enabler for the technologies behind these megatrends.

In this presentation, we will review selected highlights of battery materials science and technology in particular in view of impact and application. At the end, a perspective on the future of battery based electrochemical energy storage will be provided.

Title: Halide Perovskites in Photovoltaics

Speaker: Prof. Antonio Abate - Director of the department of “Novel Materials and interfaces for photovoltaic solar cells” at the Helmholtz-Centrum Berlin in Germany and Professor at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy


Halide perovskites are quickly overrunning research activities in new materials for cost-effective and high-efficiency photovoltaic technologies. Since the first demonstration from Kojima and co-workers in 2009, several perovskite-based solar cells have been reported and certified, rapidly improving power conversion efficiency. Recent reports demonstrate that perovskites can compete with the most efficient photovoltaic materials. Simultaneously, they still allow processing from solution as a potential advantage to deliver a cost-effective solar technology. The presenter's talk will provide an overview of the most recent advances and future perspectives of halide perovskite photovoltaic with particular attention to the environmental impact.

Title: Engineering Porous Materials for Use in Hydrogen Storage

Speaker: Prof. Valeska Ting - Professor of Smart Nanomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Research Director for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol


Provision of energy that is non-polluting, affordable and abundant is one of the most pressing of the global research challenges we face. High surface area nanoporous materials (materials with internal pore diameters on the angstrom or nanometre length scale, which include porous carbons, zeolites and metal-organic framework materials) are exceptionally suited for applications in sustainable energy generation and storage. Such materials and their composites can be applied for the storage of alternative fuels such as hydrogen. This talk will provide an overview into how we have approached the development, evaluation, optimisation and processing of such materials to meet challenges in sustainable energy through materials engineering.

Registration is free.