Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Extraction of biomass materials
  • Development/Improvement/Performance of materials for biomass systems/plants for heat & power and biofuels production (combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, fermentation and composting)
  • Materials/Coatings of biomass combustion chambers
  • Materials for capturing CO2
  • Second generation of biofuels
  • Corrosion resistant materials for biofuel processing
  • Materials, processes and systems for water filtration and desalination in biofuels production
  • Materials for biofuels storage
  • Photovoltaics (PV)
    • Development/Improvement of processing techniques for thin film
    • Materials and techniques to increase capture of the full spectrum of sunlight
    • Suitable coatings and coating techniques. Encapsulation methods
    • Characterization of materials degradation due to sunlight. Novel methodologies for characterization of defects in solar cells
    • Recycling of solar system materials at end-of-life
    • Solar cells based on low-cost and nontoxic materials
    • Solar cells based on silicon (Si) (amorphous silicon, protocrystalline silicon nanocrystalline silicon)
      • Improvements/Advances in silicon refinement and silicon growth and modeling
      • Gettering and passivation processes
      • Silicon nanowires and nanodots
    • CdTe-based and CIGS-based thin-film solar cells
    • Multijunction cells
    • Single crystal solar cells
    • Organic/polymer solar cells
    • Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC)
    • Nanocrystalline solar cells
    • Low-cost solar cells
    • Graphene and graphene-related materials (GRMs) in Solar cell absorbers
    • Quantum Dots for higher efficiency solar cells
  • Concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and high concentration photovoltaics (HCPV)
    • Manufacture and durability of lenses for high efficient optic concentrators. Assessment of optical errors of optics concentrators
    • Techniques to decrease the alignment error between the cell and the optic and to improve the efficiency
    • Thermal management of the module
    • Methods to avoid thermal dilatations, deformations of the materials and defects in the tracking control
  • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and Solar Thermal
    • Development/Improvement of materials (silica, iron and steel, concrete, plastic, aluminum, molten salts…) and coatings used in concentrating solar power systems: collectors, mirrors/reflectors, steam generator, heat storage systems and other components
    • Materials for solar thermal collectors and storage tanks
    • Methods/materials to improve solar absorbance. Heat transfer
    • Development of thermal energy storage materials with improved heat capacity
    • Plasmonic materials
  • Novel high-performance materials for components and systems in PEM, solid oxide, microbial, alkaline, direct methanol, phosphoric acid, molten carbonate and regenerative fuel cells
  • Anode, cathode and electrolyte materials
  • Development of new materials for fuel cell catalyst. Nanotechnology. Nanocomposite catalyst
  • Degradation of fuel cell components. Identification of fundamental corrosion mechanisms
  • Recycling of fuel cell materials
  • Graphene and graphene-related materials (GRMs) in Fuel Cells
  • Materials for hydrogen production and purification
  • Characterization and analysis of high capacity materials for hydrogen storage. Carbon nanostructures. Metal hydrides...
  • Low-cost materials resistant to hydrogen embrittlement
  • Materials for hydrogen vehicles
  • Materials for hydrogen infrastructure: pipeline transport, tanks...
  • Biohydrogen
  • Graphene and graphene-related materials (GRMs) in Hydrogen storage devices
  • Water splitting plasmonic materials
  • Development/Improvement of advanced materials for high-speed, high volume processing, increasing gearing efficiency and harsh environments
  • Materials/Coatings/Methods to reduce fatigue and erosion-corrosion in constituent materials, sub- components and major structures
  • Rare earth metals in wind turbines
  • Nanoreinforcements
  • Development/Improvement of materials resistant to hot corrosion, for drilling hard rock...
  • Nanotech materials for geothermal energy
  • Development/Improvement of materials resistant to high pressure, abrasion and corrosion for water turbines
  • Construction materials in dams, hydroelectric power plants
  • Materials/Coatings/Methods to reduce fatigue and corrosion in constituent materials, sub-components and major structures
  • New materials and methods for energy-efficient tidal turbines
  • Development/Improvement of structural materials capable of operating at high temperatures, resistant to radiation damage, corrosion, environmental degradation...
  • Development of advanced ceramics and coatings for fuels
  • Development/Improvement of materials to contain nuclear waste
  • Radioactive elements used in nuclear power plants. Uranium mining and processing
  • Radiation detector materials
  • Advanced materials developed by computational modeling tools
  • Materials interactions with coolants
  • Materials for fossil fuel extraction
  • Research into advanced materials and coating techniques to increase the efficiency of power plants
  • Materials for construction of advanced ultra-supercritical plants
  • New methods and materials for CO2 storage and sequestration
  • Materials for Oil and Gas
    • Pipeline steels and other alloys
    • Electronic materials for high-temperature environments
    • Nickel-based alloys
    • Drilling materials
    • Non-metallic and composite materials (especially cement-based materials)
    • Coatings and surface processing
    • Materials for the offshore industry
    • Specific materials issues related to the hostile oil/gas environment
    • Specific materials needs in the fracking industry
  • Materials for Coal-Based Power
    • High temperature corrosion resistant alloys for boilers
    • Nickel based superalloys for boiler applications
    • Ferrous alloys for steam pipe applications
    • Selective catalytic reduction technology
  • Piezoelectric, thermoelectric and pyroelectric materials (ceramics, single crystals, polymers, composites...)
  • Plasmonic materials in thermoelectric energy conversion
  • Transmission and Distribution
    • Materials/components of smarts-, green- and micro-grids
    • Superconductors
      • Superconducting materials. LT and HT superconductors. Iron-based superconductors
      • Real and promising future applications: medical physics, power grid, cryogenic technologies, materials for liquid energy carriers (liquid natural gas and hydrogen), hydro and wind power generators...
      • Cooling
  • Storage
    • Materials for mechanical storage (compressed air storage, flywheel energy storage...)
    • Materials for electrical storage
      • Ultracapacitors - Supercapacitors - Nanostructured carbon electrodes, graphene or other electrode materials
      • Superconducting Magnetics Energy Storage (SMES)
    • Materials for electrochemical storage
      • Batteries: lithium-based batteries, improved lead acid batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries...
      • Flow batteries
      • Fuel cells
    • Materials for thermal storage
    • Materials for chemical storage: hydrogen storage, biofuels storage...
    • Graphene and graphene-related materials (GRMs) in Batteries and supercapacitors
    • Quantum dots for batteries and ultracapacitors
  • Solid-state lighting: Improvements in LEDs. OLEDs, Phosphor-based LEDs...
  • Quantum dots for energy-efficient stable lighting materials
  • Plasmonic materials in light extraction
  • Integration of renewable energy systems in buildings, phase-change materials for walls, floors and roofs, insulation materials, smart windows, energy-efficient lighting systems, appliances with Energy Star ratings...
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Active cooling systems
  • Heat exchanger pipes and tubes, and heat transfer enhancement
  • Free and forced convection
  • Conduction, Radiation
  • Condensation and boiling
  • Thermophysical properties
  • Fuel cells
  • Solar energy
  • Measurement and instrumentation, Numerical simulation
  • Plasmonic materials