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Technical Meeting on Advanced Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
Vienna, Austria
24-28 September 2012 Conference ID: 42671  ()

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the progress in methods and technologies used for the Research & Development, characterisation and performance testing of functional materials for innovative energy technologies and their application in renewable sources. This meeting is a follow up activity and as a subsequent to previous IAEA meetings held in 2009 (IEA France), 2010 (UQTR Canada) and 2011 (ANL USA).

The meeting aims to present state-of-the-art research results and discuss future scientific areas where nuclear technologies will facilitate the investigations and stimulate new breakthroughs in sustainable applications of renewable and clean energy as well as development of future sources of energy production worldwide. This includes discussions between material scientists and end users of key facilities, as well as decision makers and coordinators of the research programs and, coordinators of the research programs at various experimental facilities which are involved in energy production, storage and conversion technologies. Many such new systems require high-tech materials needed by future energy sources such as high performance photovoltaic and fuel cells as well as nuclear-based systems (fusion and fission). The meeting will also help to catalyse and share recent research experiences related to the production and modification techniques as well as microstructural characterisation of materials by X-ray, ion-beams and neutron based methods. Currently various accelerator and research reactor-based methods are widely used in various domains of research and science. For example more than 50 synchrotron research facilities are operational worldwide. The unique properties of synchrotron radiation with its high-intensity X-rays, makes it a very versatile and high-in-demand tool for the exploration of processes in real-time in a wide range of matter. Complementary to synchrotron radiation is accelerator-based high-intensity neutron beams from spallation neutron sources, ions from particle accelerators, and electron beams from electron accelerators, all of which are increasingly being utilized for many studies in a diverse range of energy systems and applications.

The objective of this Technical Meeting is to present the state-of-the-art in development and application of various accelerator-based in-situ techniques, to identify research trends and scientific challenges, and to highlight the need and benefits of increased interdisciplinary and international collaborations. The meeting will also discuss specific techniques and research areas that can benefit from in-situ material characterizations using synchrotron radiation, neutron, ion and electron beams, and simultaneous combinations of different techniques. A recurrent and priority theme emerging from presentations of meeting participants is a need to develop more robust and longer working life materials for energy-related applications through a better understanding of the processes that degrade a material’s performance with use, or through ageing. Such materials are essential for the development and successful deployment of next-generation energy sources.


The overall objective of this Technical Meeting on “Advanced materials for energy storage and conversion” is to present the state-of-the-art in development and application of advanced nuclear analytical and experimental methods (accelerator and research reactor-based techniques) for performance testing and characterization of the recent and/or candidate materials for energy applications. The meeting will focus on technological base, concepts and practical utilisation of such techniques with consideration of proposals for further scientific development in this area.

Particular topics include, but are not limited, to:

2.1 Scientific and research subjects:

- Small and medium size energy production-conversion systems (solar, electrolysers and photo-voltaic)

- Structural and functional materials issues related to the energy applications (advanced cycles, durability, performance and efficiency)

- Development of experimental setups and methodologies for investigation of dynamic processes in materials and their degradation mechanisms (in-situ and real-time)

- Innovative approaches in characterisation of materials for energy storage, specifically issues regarding; synthesis, capacity and long-term stability (this includes investigation of principles and effects of degradation mechanisms)

- New research approaches for testing of materials for energy conversion; this includes photo-voltaic, photo-electrolysis, low-temperature electrolysis, etc.

- Application of computer modelling and theoretical support of experimental studies

Paper submissions are invited on all aspects of R&D, characterisation and performance testing of materials by any kind of nuclear techniques (X-ray, neutron, proton and other charged particles) applied for this purpose. The following working groups will be structured in the framework of the program: (1) R&D of new high-performance materials for nuclear energy applications, (2) Development of innovative alloys/compounds and their characterisation, (3) In situ investigation of the ageing and degradation processes at microstructural level. The proceedings of the technical meeting will be compiled and published either as an IAEA document or as a special issue of Peer-Review Journal. The IAEA will accept only oral presentations and no poster contributions will be allowed. Within the meeting, special emphasis will be given to interaction and scientific discussions among participating experts and representatives of contributing Member States.


The format of the meeting will be through invited and contributed oral presentations presented in sessions devoted to special topics, with subsequent discussions. There will be some restriction on the duration of presentations. An electronic projector with a computer capable of reading CDs and memory sticks will be available (Power Point or Acrobat recommended). The official language of the meeting is English. No interpretation will be provided. It is expected that the meeting will start at 09:00 on 24 September 2012 and will be concluded by 15:00 on 28 September 2012.

3.1 IAEA contact points:

Scientific Officer:
Mr Andrej Zeman
International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna International Centre
PO Box 100, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +431 2600 21705; Fax: +431 26007
E-mail: a.zeman@iaea.org

Meeting Secretary:
Ms Rozanna Bojdo
International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna International Centre
PO Box 100, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +431 2600 21754; Fax: +431 26007
E-mail: r.bojdo@iaea.org

3.2 Participation and registration procedure

To be considered for participation in the meeting, the following important steps have to be completed:

On-line preregistration via the IAEAs web-site: http://meeting.iaea.org/default.aspx?meetingid=42671

Submission of forms A, B and C (if applicable) to a National Government Authority in your country (i.e. National Atomic Energy Authority or Ministry of Foreign Affairs) informing that you wish to attend the Technical Meeting and requesting an official designation/nomination to be confirmed and officially communicated to the IAEA (deadline for receipt of official nominations is 20 June 2012, therefore we advise you to launch the process as soon as possible since the nomination procedure can take a few weeks).

3.3 Abstract Submission

Participation in the Technical Meeting requires active contribution from all participants either in the form of papers /presentations, or chairing sessions and preparation of topical summaries. An abstract (summary) of the paper/presentation to be made should be submitted summarizing content and principle conclusions of the paper content.

The abstract must consist of a maximum of one page in total length and be submitted electronically to the Scientific Officer at the IAEA, Mr Andrej Zeman (A.Zeman@iaea.org). The abstract must be text only and must contain the author’s name, affiliation and e-mail address. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word, HTML, or plain text. The one page abstract must be received by 20 June 2012. The abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee, and authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contributions by e-mail, by 15 July 2012. The program agenda and a book of abstracts will be prepared and e-mailed to all participants as PDF file attachments at least 8 weeks before the meeting.

The abstract should be prepared according to the following instructions:

1) Page size: A4 (21 cm by 29.7 mm) – vertical orientation
2) Margins 25mm all around
3) Layout:
• Title: single-spaced, 14-point size, Times New Roman Font (TNR), bold
• Authors: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font
• Affiliation: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font, italic
• Text: 1.5 spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font
• Length: one page

Important: in case of sending Microsoft Word files, authors should use True Type Embedded Fonts (when saving the file, click Tools, then Options, and tick Embed True Type fonts. This will help to prevent change of fonts when the file is read in a different system, as it will be in most of the cases).


The meeting may be attended only upon official designation/nomination. Participants should complete the attached Form A (Participation form) and B (Form for submission of a paper) and send them, together with an abstract of approximately 300 words to the appropriate national authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority) for subsequent transmission to the IAEA, not later than 20 June 2012, with copies to the Scientific officer Mr Andrej Zeman.

Prospective participants will be notified about the acceptance of their applications, and a preliminary programme will be published on the meeting web-site by 15 August 2012. As usually practiced in this type of meetings, the programme will include a summary session to permit participants to discuss section summaries and to make recommendations to the IAEA on future work in this field.

Upon arrival at the meeting venue the authors are requested to bring in electronic form (on a CD or a memory stick) their papers in MS Word format and their presentations in Power Point or PDF format. The outcome of the meeting will be a meeting report summarizing the panel’s findings and recommendations.


The meeting will be held at the IAEA Headquarter in Vienna, Austria. Participants will be provided with a list of hotels which offer special IAEA rates ranging between 70 – 100 EUR per night (special IAEA rates).
Further details i.e. financial (where applicable), medical coverage (where applicable), meeting room number, local transportation and program will be provided to designated participants in the official IAEA invitation letter, 8 weeks before the meeting and by 1 August 2012. Designated participants who require a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application form in due time to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria.


The IAEA is generally not in a position to bear the travel and other costs of designated participants in the technical meeting. In accordance with the established rules, Governments or other national authorities are expected to bear the travel and other costs of designated participants in the meeting. Limited funds are, however, available to help cover the cost of participants from Member States eligible to receive technical assistance under the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme (developing countries). Such assistance can be offered, upon specific request, to one participant per country provided that, in the IAEA’s view, this participant will make an important contribution to the meeting. The application for financial support should be made at the time of designation of the participant. Designated participants will receive a courtesy e-mail to inform of the amount which the IAEA will cover at the beginning of August 2012.


The working language of the meeting will be English. All communications, abstracts, and papers must be sent in English.


2 April 2012: Pre-registration opens via: http://meeting.iaea.org/default.aspx?meetingid=42671

20 June 2012: Deadline for receipt of official nominations at the IAEA

20 June 2012: Abstract Submission

15 July 2012: Authors notified of paper acceptance

1 August 2012: Dispatch of official invitation letters (an advance copy will be sent via e-mail to designated participants)

15 August 2012: Preliminary Program published on meeting web-site

24 September 2012 Meeting begins

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