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Chemistry for Energy Thematic Program Co-Chairs:
Patrick Mercier, National Research Council of Canada, Canada
Clémence Fauteux-Lefebvre, University of Ottawa, Canada
Michael Hoepfner, University of Utah, USA

The Chemistry for Energy theme includes the following symposia:

Elena Baranova, University of Ottawa, Canada
Angel Caravaca, CNRS, IRCELYON, France

Invited speakers:
Kulbir Ghuman, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada
Drew Higgins, McMaster University, Canada
Yong Zhang, Hefei University, China
Antonio de Lucas-Consuegra, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Mita Dasog, Dalhousie University, Canada
Loic Assaud, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Josh Byers, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Ana Raquel De La Osa Puebla, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Ali Seifitokaldani, McGill University, Canada
Alexandros Katsaounis, University of Patras, Greece
Michail Tsampas, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Netherlands

This symposium will provide an interdisciplinary forum on Artificial photosynthesis and Energy from the Sun topics. The symposium will be focused on the latest research on production of solar fuels from solar energy and water to accomplish the efficient storage of solar energy in a chemical form. e.g., hydrogen or other gas/liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Topics of interest include but not limited to:

(1) Generation of fuels in photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical cells (PECs); (2) Sunlight driven production of bio-fuels and bio-hydrogen with enzymes and photoautotrophic microorganisms; (3) Utilization of renewable resources such as water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen or biomass for photoelectrochemical generation of fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia and hydrocarbon compounds; (4) generation of fuels with electrocatalysts; (5) Synthesis and characterization of photocatalysts or electrocatalysts; (6) Development of novel materials for solar energy conversion; and (7) simulation and modeling of materials, devices, and systems for solar energy conversion. 

Yaser Abu-Lebdeh, National Research Council Canada
Mickaël Dollé, Université de Montréal, Canada

Development of efficient energy storage strategy is one of the key steps toward the success of the emerging electric vehicle industry (including buses, trams…) and the large-scale energy storage systems for the utilization of renewable energy sources. Current lithium-ion battery chemistry has served as one of the most important options, however, the limitations with respect to the energy/power density, cost and cycle life still need to be addressed. Flow batteries are also at the stage of commercialization, but new and more advanced chemistries are necessary to render those more efficient and cost-competitive. Similarly, improving the energy density of supercapacitors is one of the key challenges for this technology. Novel approaches encompassing new battery / supercapacitor chemistries and concepts are thus needed. This session will present state-of-the-art and innovative approaches in developing new materials and chemistries for energy storage and conversion applications as well as their end-of-life including recycling.

Samira Siahrostami, University of Calgary, Canada

Award lectures:
Nick Mosey, Queen’s University, Canada2021 CSC Tom Ziegler Award recipient

Invited speakers:
Joseph Montoya, Toyota Research Institute, USA
Alexis Bell, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Tom Woo, University of Ottawa, Canada
John Keith, University of Pittsburg, USA
Nongnuch Artrith, Columbia University, USA
Giannis Mpourmpakis, University of Pittsburg, USA
Heather Kulik, MIT, USA
De-en Jiang, University of California, Riverside, USA
Bin Wang, University of Oklahoma, USA
Sergey Gusarov, National Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Alberta, Canada
Yuanye Liu, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Phililp Suatet, University of California, Los Angelos, USA

The use of computational techniques has tremendously impacted materials chemistry in the last decades. A notable shift is from primarily using these approaches to understand fundamental materials properties to true predictions and design of new materials. This symposium will focus on these recent developments including new techniques such as electronic structure tuning, crystal structure prediction or high throughput approaches with an emphasis on energy related applications ranging from Li-ion batteries, porous materials, fuel cells, electrolyzers and photovoltaics.

Harvey Yarranton, University of Calgary, Canada
Simon Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Invited Speakers:
Martha Chacon, Florida State University, USA
Hongbo Zeng, University of Alberta, Canada
David Sinton, University of Toronto, Canada
Esben Taarning, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark

Many scientific challenges remain in the production, transportation, upgrading, and utilization of conventional energy sources. These resources include conventional oil and gas reservoirs, oil sands deposits, unconventional tight formations, and biomass resources. Many of these processes involve chemistry, fluid flow, and phase behaviour at the nanoscale while confined in nanosized geometries. Technical sessions for this Symposium will attract a diverse set of chemists and engineers. Example keywords/technical areas include: transport in nanoconfined geometries, characterization of complex chemistries, surface science, heterogeneous catalysis, fluid flow, phase behaviour and condensation in confined spaces, and the fundamentals of chemical processes in confined space.
Example Sessions:

1) Chemical structures of petroleum compounds and their impact of oil production and processing,
2) Interfacial phenomena in petroleum processes; Water/oil flow, separation and treatment.
3) Phase behaviour and fluid flow in unconventional shale oil and gas resources,
4) Chemistry of biomass conversion for energy production,
5) Catalyst design for petroleum refining; commodity chemical catalysis.

Cross-listed with Chemistry at the Frontiers, and Chemistry for Health.

Simon Rondeau-Gagné, University of Windsor, Canada
Tricia B. Carmichael, University of Windsor, Canada

Organic electronics involves materials that are inherently easy to tailor, both electrically and mechanically, to enable functionalities previously unimaginable for conventional electronics. This bourgeoning field unites chemists, materials scientists, physicists, and engineers together in a multidisciplinary research towards the development of the next generation of optoelectronic devices. With a myriad of potential applications ranging from healthcare to energy conversion, new electronic devices with innovative properties and high performance are constantly being developed. This symposium will cover all key aspects of organic electronics to give a comprehensive view of the field from materials and fundamental physics to devices and applications.

Cross-listed with Chemistry at the Frontiers, and Chemistry for Health. 

Matteo Duca, Quebec Centre for Advanced Materials (QCAM), Université de Montréal, Canada
Gilles Guichard, Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie, France
Dongling Ma, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Énergie, Matériaux, Télécommunications, Canada
Diego Mantovani, Laboratory for Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Université Laval, Canada
Aline Rougier, Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée, France

Inspired by intense transatlantic affinities, complementary and successful exchanges and interactions, this symposium will present research on designing and developing advanced functional materials from two excellence hubs in this field ( and The symposium will focus on two overarching themes: 1) energy and sustainability; 2) health and biomedical applications. Emphasis will fall on understanding how the chemical underpinnings can pave the way for the design of tailored functional materials.
The richly diverse organizing committee brings together considerable expertise: peptide chemistry and self-assembled materials (Guichard); nanomaterials for energy and environmental remediation (such as photocatalytic degradation of pollutants) (Ma); functional biomaterials for reparative and regenerative medicine (Mantovani); chromogenic materials, and devices and materials for renewable energy (Rougier). Abstracts will be solicited from researchers working at Quebec and Nouvelle Aquitaine institutions, as well as international leaders in these fields interacting (or willing to develop interactions) with Canadian/French partners. Keynote invited speakers will open each half-day session, which will follow a common thread linking talks from both themes. This holistic approach will foster cross-fertilisation and encourage new collaborations. Thus, the symposium will take on a broader significance and its unique angle will enhance the scope of the whole IUPAC-CCCE conference.