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Conference Themes

Global warming is a real threat for the society. Energy produces from nonrenewable energy sources enhanced CO2 emission globally and thus it is a key concern for the global warming/climate change and decarbonization. Furthermore, materials processing for multifunctional applications are also emit CO2. Sustainable materials are advancing rapidly to achieve zero-carbon legislation targets. Agencies are promoting the use of sustainable technologies to address abrupt climate change and exponentially growing energy demands. From the environmental perspective, the deployment of urban and futuristic sustainable materials technologies is essential. Thus, decarbonization of energy and materials are much sought after for the sustainable development. Following themes are included for the conference but not limited to those below:

 

1. Photovoltaic technology: Materials, devices and systems

Papers are solicited in established and emerging types of solar energy harvesting. Solar energy harvesting includes both photovoltaics and solar thermal.  The following topics are listed for this theme but not limited to those below.

 

  • Semiconductor absorber materials and devices

  • Silicon, perovskites, organics, metal oxides, Kesterites, Chalcopyrites, III-Vs and colloidal quantum dots based devices

  • Surface passivation and carrier selectivity,

  • Anti-reflection coating,

  • Device engineering, device degradation mechanisms,

  • Novel single junction/tandem device structures, silicon/perovskite, organic/inorganic, silicon/III-V, silicon/Kesterite, silicon/oxide

  • Emerging PV, building integrated PV, flexible solar cells, transparent/semitransparent power generating windows

  • Concentrated solar power, solar thermal, solar water heating, PV recycling

  • Module encapsulation and PV system integration, Asset management

  • AI and ML for PV technology

 

2. Hydrogen Technology: Materials, production and utilization

Papers are solicited in established and emerging types of hydrogen production using renewable techniques, utilization, economics and policies. The following topics are listed for this theme but not limited to those below.

 

  • Nanostructure and thin film Materials and devices,

  • Photo-catalysis, photo-electrocatalysis and electrocatalysis,

  • Membrane and device integration,

  • Green hydrogen through methane cracking, plastics upcycling; bioreactor fermentation; and chemical looping,

  • Electrolyser and Fuel cells

  • Efficiency enhancement, cost reduction, sustainable materials integration,

  • H2 for Green NH3, power generation, transportation, steel industry,

  • Techno/economy analysis for green Hydrogen

 

3. Energy Storage devices and Micro-grid

Energy storage has a critical function in surmounting the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, ensuring a consistent and dependable power supply. By examining these technologies, the conference seeks to unravel their capabilities, efficiency, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, thereby facilitating the seamless integration of renewable energy into existing grids for decarbonization. This theme delves into various energy storage (mechanical/thermal/electrochemical) technologies and their wide-ranging applications.

These encompass all types of storage technologies listed below but not limited to these topics.

 

  • Materials and devices

  • Batteries and supercapacitors

  • Pumped hydro storage,

  • Compressed air energy storage, and thermal energy storage

  • Micro-grid and E-vehicle, Smart charging, Vehicle to grid

  • Efficient renewable energy integration

  • System design, Power electronics

 

4. Hybrid Energy and Energy Economics

Decarbonizing energy and reducing CO2 emissions needs innovative design and integration of the renewable energy harvesting systems. Thus, integrating different renewable energy harvesting much sought-after. Photovoltaic technology, Wind energy, PV and Green hydrogen, wave energy can be complemented by storage systems for the clean and efficient renewable energy. Energy economics and policy also play a critical role in decarbonization.

  • Wind energy,

  • Wave and Tidal energy,

  • Geothermal energy and Ocean thermal energy conversion

  • Nanogenerator

  • Energy Economics and Policy

 

5. Passive/active cooling and low-energy buildings

A significant emission is associated with heating and colling for the buildings (residential and commercial). Through the development of passive and active colling strategy, the energy requirement for the heating/colling can be reduced significantly. It is a step towards decarbonizing buildings and develop sustainable society.

  • Dielectric/metal/dielectric coating,

  • phase change materials,

  • Thermo-chromic and electro-chromic,

  • Liquid immersion,

  • Smart windows,

  • Zero-energy and energy-plus buildings

  • Decarbonize data centres

 

6. Blockchain, Machine learning and AI for Decarbonization:

The digitalization pathway offers innovative technology for decarbonization energy sector and improved performance enhancement of the renewable energy harvesting system. Data driven analysis helps to maintain the heath of the assets  Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is the combination of multiple sites, technologies, and assets and gives insight of the system. Following topics are included but not limited to those.

 

  • Materials and system

  • Asset management, EL image auto-classification, power prediction,

  • Digital twin,

  • Accelerated materials development,

  • Deep learning, data analytics, virtual plants, carbon credits

  • Blockchain for energy

 

7. Recycling and Sustainability

The growing demands of materials and accessories enhanced the CO2 emission. The large deployment of renewable energy system ad storage technology also needs efficient recycling to main the demands and sustainable development.

  • PV and battery recycling,

  • Electronic recycling,

  • Waste to energy, biomass,

  • Carbon capture utilization and storage,

  • Decarbonised materials, processes and components with enhanced circularity performance,

  • Low-carbon footprint steel, aluminium and concrete

  • Waste heat recovery

 

8. Sustainable Composites Technologies

Composite materials characteristically support sustainable technology solutions due to their excellent specific strength, dimensional stability, and recyclability. Advanced composite materials efficiently contribute towards the initiative for a carbon-neutral society, e.g., Clean and sustainable mobility transition, H2 drivetrains and storage, eVTOL solution by strategic fiber placement, lightweight composites for electrical vehicle (EV) structural parts, impact energy consumption towards reduced emissions.

 

  • Lightweight, sustainable composite manufacturing technologies for hydrogen economy.

  • Techno-economic and life cycle assessment (LCA) of advanced composites, circular economy solution for composite recycling.

  • Advanced materials and composites for next-generation additive manufacturing technologies; multi-scale printing applications; conductive materials, ceramics, and metal printing, high performance plastics for printable structures, etc.

  • Recycling mechanism for fiber-reinforced composites; an easily repositioned and reused process, recycling of composites more efficiently at the end of their working life.

  • Advanced bioplastics, bio-composite materials.

  • Next-generation composites for aviation (aircraft primary and secondary structures), lightweight automotive, and marine offshore

  • Composite materials development for harsh environment utilities; elevated temperatures, pressure, extreme loading, and humid and corrosive conditions.

  • Fiber-reinforced polymer composites processing utilizing carbon fiber/glass fibers/aramid fiber/natural fiber.

  • 3D Printing

 

9. Water

Through efficient water management, particularly wastewater treatment, can reduce their carbon footprint significantly through the deployment of an energy efficiency system. A green approach to wastewater treatment is critical for sustainable development. Materials design and synthesis methods are also key to decarbonizing water management. 

  • Wastewater treatment

  • Desalination

  • Greenwashing

10. Membrane science and applications

  • Membranes for energy, climate change, desalination, drinking, and wastewater treatment.

  • Membranes for gas separation, vapor permeation/pervaporation, carbon capture, utilization, and storage.

  • Membranes for health, food processes.

  • Membrane fabrication and characterization, membrane fouling, and fundamentals.

11. Quantum computing and its applications

  • Quantum algorithm, Quantum circuit modeling, Quantum measurement.

  • Gates, QIS, QML, QEC.

  • Cryptography, quantum communication.

12. Sustainable materials for healthcare applications

Sustainable materials play a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare where cutting-edge advancements, eco-friendly solutions, and collaborative strategies promote health, well-being, and environmental stewardship within healthcare applications.

  • Innovations in Biodegradable Medical Materials

  • Circular Economy in Healthcare: Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling

  • Renewable Energy-Powered Healthcare Facilities

  • Green Chemistry and Biomaterials in Healthcare

  • Reducing Plastics in Healthcare: Alternatives and Innovations

  • Low-Carbon Medical Devices: Design, Manufacturing, and Performance

  • Future Trends and Opportunities in Sustainable Healthcare Materials

13. Electronics

  • Low Energy Devices

  • Power Electronic Devices

  • AI, big data, IoT, 5G

  • Materials, Devices and Circuits

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