Keynote Speakers

Jürgen Janek

Professor Jürgen Janek received his Dr. rer. nat. in Physical Chemistry in 1992 from Leibnitz University in Hannover under the supervision of Prof. Hermann Schmalzried. He has a chair for Physical Chemistry at Justus Liebig University in Giessen (JLU), is director of the JLU Center for Materials Research and Scientific Director of the BELLA lab at KIT, Karlsruhe. He was visiting professor at Seoul National University (South Korea), Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan) and D´Aix-Marseille (France). He holds numerous patents and has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers. His research interests focus on the physical chemistry of inorganic solids, solid state ionics and reactivity, specifically on the properties of mixed ionic-electronic conductors, solid electrolytes, defect chemistry of ionic materials, kinetics of solid-state reactions and solid-solid interfaces. In recent years his research is focused strongly to the chemistry of battery materials, solid-state batteries and operando studies of batteries.

Emma Kendrick

Professor Emma Kendrick is in sustainable battery technologies, and is interested in the full life-cycle from materials and manufacturing through to recycling and 2nd life. She is currently Chair of Energy Materials at the University of Birmingham (UoB), in the school of Metallurgy and Materials. She joined academia in 2016, initially as a reader at WMG, University of Warwick before moving to UoB in 2018. She spent a significant time in industry performing research into novel battery technologies; for two start-up companies in novel lithium-ion cathode technologies and latterly for SHARP research labs of Europe (SLE). Her publications and patents span work in Lithium, sodium -ion batteries and recycling, form her time in industry, and more recently academia (24 patent family applications, 80 papers, 10 invited reviews). She is associate editor of IoP J of Physics; Materials, and guest editor for a special issue on sodium-ion batteries.

Lorenzo Stievano

Professor at Université de Montpellier, at "Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier" since September 2009, Lorenzo Stievano is an expert in the spectroscopic characterization of functional inorganic materials and in the development of specific in situ and operando tools for the analysis of their working mechanisms. His research activities are currently focused in the fields of advanced Li-ion and post-lithium battery systems. He is currently involved in several different national and European academic and industrial research projects.

Invited Speakers

Giovanni Battista Appetecchi

Giovanni Battista Appetecchi is currently researcher in the Materials and Physicochemical Processes Technical Unit at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development). After graduation in Industrial Chemistry at La Sapienza University of Rome (1993), he was appointed as grant fellowship at La Sapienza University until 2002 and as contract researcher for DAIKIN INDUSTRIES and ENEA from 1998 to 2004. From 2004 he is appointed as researcher at ENEA. He was/is scientific responsible of National and European research projects. He has been working for more 27 years on basic and applied research focused on the development of materials and systems for innovative electrochemical energy storage devices, mainly lithium and sodium batteries. Main topics are: polymer/gel electrolytes; ionic liquids, composite electrodes. He is author/co-author of 169 publications in “peer reviewed” scientific journals (H-Index = 51, 9,212 citations), 7 book chapters, 163 communications/lectures at scientific meetings and 3 Italian patents.

Elena Arroyo-de Dompablo

M. E. Arroyo-de Dompablo is Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry from UCM in 1998 and was appointed postdoctoral associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2000 to 2003, to undertake computational investigations in materials for energy storage. Her research interest focuses on the combination of experimental and computational techniques to investigate various areas of solid state chemistry, including materials for rechargeable batteries and transformations of solids under high pressure conditions.

Claudio Lanciotti

Dr. Ing. Claudio Lanciotti graduated in Electronics Engineering at Bologna University in 1986, since 1989 is employed at Arcotronics Industries, now MANZ Italy SRL. He has developed processes and technologies for the production of film capacitor and lithium battery machinery. From 2003 to 2008 he developed PEM Fuel Cell systems for stationary and then led the mobility applications development. From 2008 he to 2013 has been project manager in charge of lithium ion batteries and high power capacitor applications. From 2013 until now he is involved in process development for the lithium ion battery market focusing on equipment for innovative energy storage devices. In the last 10 years he has been corporate technical leader of several European research projects.

Aleksandar Matic

Aleksandar Matic is professor of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology.  His research interests span from fundamentals of soft matter  to applied research on materials for energy applications. A particular focus is materials for next generation batteries, e.g. LiS-batteries, nano-strucured carbon materials, interface engineering of Li-metal surfaces and development of ionic-liquid based electrolytes.

Francesca Pagnanelli

Francesca Pagnanelli is Professor of “Theory of the development of chemical processes” at the Chemistry Department of La Sapienza University of Rome (IT). She is the Director of the interuniversity research centre High Tech Recycling and founder of the Spin-Off Eco Recycling for technology transfer. Research activities focus on the development of innovative hydro- and biohydro-metallurgical processes in environmental and industrial applications such as Biosorption of heavy metals, Recovery of metals from high tech wastes, Synthesis of nanoparticles, Production of biofuels from microalgae.

Wolfgang Zeier

Wolfgang Zeier received his doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry in 2013 from the Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz under der supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Tremel and Prof. Jeffrey Synder (California Institute of Technology). After postdoctoral stays at the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University, he was appointed group leader at the Justus- Liebig-University Giessen, within the framework of an Emmy-Noether research group. Since 2020 he holds a professorship for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Münster. His research interests encompass the fundamental structure-to-property relationships in solids, with a focus on thermoelectric and ion-conducting materials, as well as solid-solid interfacial chemistry for all-solid-state batteries.


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