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Mechanics of Electrochemical Materials and Systems

Siva Nadimpalli, Michigan State University

Scott A. Roberts, Sandia National Laboratories

Claudio De Leo, Georgia Institute of Technology

Matt Pharr, Texas A&M University

Shuman Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology

Venkat Subramanian, University of Texas, Austin

Partha P. Mukherjee, Purdue University

Brian W. Sheldon, Brown University

Electrochemical systems and processes are ubiquitous in modern life, from energy storage and conversion (e.g. batteries) to manufacturing (e.g. electroplating).  While traditional electrochemical processes of ionic and electrical transport and chemical reactions are often modelled for these systems, both fluid and solid mechanics are often of crucial for their performance and survivability. For example, intercalation and reaction induced stresses and strains can influence the capacity, cyclic stability, and kinetics of chemical reactions in energy storage devices such as batteries. 

The aim of this symposium is to bring together engineers, scientists, and leading experts in the field; to provide a platform to discuss current research developments; and to promote idea sharing to advance understanding of the mechanics of electrochemical materials and systems. 

Topics addressed in this symposium will include (but are not limited to): 

i)    Mechanics aspects of battery manufacturing, battery performance, flow batteries, fuel cells, electroplating and electrodeposition, corrosion, and model-based architecture design;

ii)  Theoretical studies: DFT, Molecular Dynamics, and continuum models of electro-chemical-mechanical systems;

iii) Experimental studies: Characterization of basic mechanical properties, degradation mechanisms, and measurement of evolution of mechanical properties;

iv) Studies which combine theory and experiments, as to explore how electrochemistry and mechanics phenomena couple together and how they affect the performance of energy systems; and

v)  Studies on mechanics-guided material design and optimization and innovative designs for improved performance of energy systems.