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November 18 Half Day Fall Symposium Energy Storage

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Join us for our 10th Annual Half Day Fall Symposium on Energy Storage

Tuesday Nov 18,2014
12:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA


12:15 Registration Begins
12:30 Networking and Lunch
1:00 Welcome and Introductions
1:10 Fueling the future: Safe, Dense, Reversible Hydrogen Storage in Hybrid Nanomaterials
Dr. Jeff Urban

Staff Scientist, Materials Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Historical trends have shown gradual decarbonization of our fuel sources over hundreds of years, the ultimate endpoint of which is hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cell applications offer safe, emissions-free energy and all of the major auto manufacturers have made commitments to the technology. However, despite this technological push, there remain fundamental scientific issues that have delayed widespread adoption of the technology. In this talk, I’ll discuss ongoing work in my group to develop hybrid nanomaterials approaches to safe, energy-dense, and reversible hydrogen storage in metallic Magnesium nanocrystals, with a focus on new work on 2D hybrid materials. This talk will specifically highlight new work which advances these materials toward room-temperature storage and the atomic limit of selective encapsulation.

1:45 Nanomaterials Enabled Hydrogen Storage Technology & Its Role In Mitigating Climate Change
Dr. Lennie Klebanoff

Sandia National Laboratory

A “big picture” presentation of the need for hydrogen technology to deal with global climate change, with some technical discussion of how nanomaterials can influence hydrogen storage together with some recent R&D results.

2:20 Extending Battery Storage Now with Silicon and Software
Dania Ghantous

VP Technology, Qnovo
Extending Battery Storage Now with Silicon and Software

Lithium ion batteries have come a long way since they were first commercialized. The improvements in performance are based on materials innovation, design and optimization of the manufacturing process. However, with the ever increasing demands from consumer and automotive applications, lithium ion batteries are still lacking in performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the status and challenges of lithium ion batteries and introduce the audience to Qnovo’s unique approach to improving battery performance.

2:55 Networking & Break
3:10 Impact of Nano- and Meso-structure on the Performance of Capacitors
Dr. Michael Stadermann

Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The morphology of supercapacitor electrodes can significantly affect their performance. The dimensions of pores on the nanoscale has been shown to affect the capacitance per area, while the dimensions of pores on the mesoscale can affects mass transport and power density. In this presentation, I will discuss modeling and experimental results on how pore dimensions can give rise to increased capacitance, and how altering of mesoscale pore dimensions by compressing the electrode affects energy and power density. Finally, I will show how hierarchical pore structures improve performance of capacitive desalination devices.

3:45 Monolithic Carbon Nanotube Electrodes: Technology and Energy Storage Applications
Dr. Phil Kraus

CEO Ultora

Ultora has developed a proprietary method to grow carbon nanotubes directly from a metal foil, providing a means of producing flexible, monolithic CNT electrodes in a single processing step. The novel growth method results in excellent adhesion and electrical contact between the CNTs and the metal foil. Ultora’s CNT electrodes comprise only materials – CNTs and metal foil – that are stable at high temperatures. When paired with ionic liquid electrolytes, supercapacitorsare made that are operable at very high temperatures – more than twice the typical maximum operating temperature of commercial supercapacitors. Applications of Ultora’s monolithic CNT-on-foil material,where low mass and thermal stability are important include: harsh environments, thermal interface materials, electromagnetic shielding, infrared absorption materials, and catalyst substrates.

4:20 The impact of Battery and Fuel Cell Storage on the Automotive Marketplace
John Suh

Executive Director Hyundai Ventures
4:55 Symposium concludes

Advance Registration Fees (Lunch included):

  • IEEE members & unemployed: $10
  • Non-Members: $15
  • Students: $5

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Low-cost, Flexible Displays using Nanoscale Droplets

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Tuesday October 21, 2014
Noon – 1  pm
Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA

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TITLE: Low-cost, Flexible Displays using Nanoscale Droplets

SPEAKER: Dr. Mateusz Bryning, CTO, Zikon

Zikon’s display technology uses nano-droplets of colored ink to create images on paper like substrates. Images can be changed by application of low voltages, which move the polarizable nano-droplets within the “paper” substrate under a combination of dipolar and/or electrophoretic forces. Unlike traditional electrophoretic e-paper displays, the technology requires no microencapsulation of the droplets, and is amenable to reflective as well as transmissive/transparent displays. Additional benefits include low-voltage operation and simplified “print-shop” display module manufacturing. The technology is particularly well suited to the needs of the $20B electronic shelf label market by offering a low cost, low voltage, low power consumption display that also has a sharp, paperlike appearance. The talk will describe our growing understanding of nano-droplet properties and the complex behaviors they can exhibit in electric fields, as well as progress toward manufacturing of low-cost shelf label displays.

Dr. Mateusz Bryning, Chief Technology Officer of Zikon, is a physicist with ten years of experience in discovering, developing and transferring new technology into application. He specializes in emerging technologies in nanotechnology, complex fluids, and advanced materials. He is Principal Investigator on NSF SBIR Phase II grant that partly supports Zikon’s development efforts. Dr. Bryning is also a Core Team consultant with SmallTech Consulting and serves as Adjunct Faculty at San Jose State University, where he teaches laboratory courses in MEMS and microfluidics and co-advises several students. Dr. Bryning holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on carbon nanotube networks.


  • 11:30 am – Registration & light lunch (pizza & drinks)
  • Noon – Presentation & Questions/Answers
  • 1:00 pm - Adjourn
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