Plenary Topics

Speaker Title and Abstract

Prof. Nigel Brandon OBE FREng 1,2,3

1 Dean, Faculty of Engineering, 2.06 Faculty Building, Imperial College London, SW7 2 AZ

2 Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub Co-Director, Energy SuperStore Hub Co-Director, Sustainable Gas Institute

3 Editor in Chief, Progress in Energy

Development and characterisation of functional thick film electrodes for Solid Oxide Cells

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolysers are rapidly emerging technologies for low carbon energy systems. A critical component that determines the performance and lifetime of these devices are the electrodes, typically porous composite films around 20 to 100 microns thick. This paper will review the current state of the art of Solid Oxide Cells, and the role and function of electrode materials. Work from the speaker’s group on understanding, designing and fabricating different electrode microstructures will be presented, with a focus on porous metal-ceramic composite materials.

Prof. Li Chang Ming 1,2

1 Institute for Clean Energy & Advanced Materials (ICEAM), Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China

2 Institute for Materials Science and Devices,Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215009, China

Architecting unique thin film structure for high performance biosensors

Architecting innovative thin film structures for smart biosensors and lab-on-a chip systems for medical and biological applications faces great challenges. The advances of nanoscience allow us to engineering smart thin film sensors in nanoscales from both physics and chemistry for high sensitivity and specificity in broad bio- and medical applications. Delicate design and fabrication of well-controlled thin film, layered structures and unique chemical compositions are used to construct sensing platforms for various unique biosensors, drug carriers and biochips, which offer high-throughput, high sensitivity, excellent reliability and great selectivity. The mechanisms behind are explored for scientific insights.