Workshop Details
POSTPONED TO 2022 - Molecular Chemistry in Electrochemical Energy Storage
07/20/2020 - 07/24/2020
Meeting Description:

This TSRC workshop focuses on mechanistic understanding and exploration of molecular chemistry in electrochemical energy storage including batteries, solar cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors. Both organic and inorganic molecules play critical roles in energy storage devices. Taking redox flow batteries as an example, redox active organic and inorganic molecules are charge storage carriers and their redox potential, charge capacity, and stability directly impact flow battery performance, which is also observed in supercapacitors and organic rechargeable batteries. In Li ion batteries, supporting electrolytes, electrolyte additives, electrode polymer binders, and organic solvents function in enabling fast charge transfer thus high conductivity, improving SEI stability, and improving battery cycling life. In solar cells and electrolyzers, well-defined molecular catalysts have demonstrated powerful performance in storing renewable energy into chemical bonds.

It is fundamentally important to implement physical organic chemistry in electrochemical energy storage. The primary task of the workshop is to invoke the in-depth discussion on how electronic and steric factors, solvents, and additives affect electrochemical characteristics of organic and inorganic molecules in energy storage devices. Invited presentations will emphasize battery chemistries, spectroscopic studies, and computational modeling of energy storage related molecules to understand their solution and interfacial chemistry in energy storage devices. The ultimate goal of the workshop aims to establish a structure-function relationship of energy storage related molecules in representative energy storage devices. It is anticipated that the workshop, at molecular level, will inspire creative solutions to existing challenges in current energy storage technologies, and spark novel ideas in developing new energy storage technologies.


The registration fee includes breakfast on each workshop day along with a group dinner at a fine dining establishment in Telluride. There is also a catered picnic on Wednesday night.

We wish to ensure an intimate workshop setting, with no more than 20 to 25 participants. If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering.

TSRC is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop.

Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website at Please contact Cindy Fusting at for more information.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

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