Energy harvesting is an exciting new technology that has the promise to promote novel devices by conversion of ambient energy into electricity. The development of nanomaterials for energy harvesting technologies, including thermoelectrics, piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, pyroelectrics, electromagnetics, including the multi-modal integration has become an important design paradigm in development of nanogenerators. Additionally, the development of new Li-ion Batteries and Novel Battery Chemistries or supercapacitors capable of storing the generated energy is another crucial issue for the improvement of energy storage systems (ESSs), since those systems must address the need of efficient energy storage, high power, low cost and portability. For that, it is necessary to explore new chemistries, such as allowing and conversion materials, as well as to improve the performance of each battery component, for instance electroactive materials (cathode and anode), separators, electrolytes and device design. Self-powered systems designed to function with ultra-low power offer great promise for applications in implantable electronics, remote and mobile environmental sensors, nanorobotics, intelligent MEMSs/NEMSs, and portable/wearable personal electronics, all related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
This symposium is intended to provide a high-level discussion for scientists and engineers working on the technological development of materials and devices for energy storage and energy harvesting, as well as on the fundamental understanding of related effects. Abstracts are welcomed in the following areas: theoretical and experimental studies of energy harvesting principles and technologies; semiconductors and ferroelectrics; dielectrics; nanomaterials and fundamental coupling; investigation and applications of nanogenerators for self-powered devices and systems; materials for electrodes and electrolytes in self-charging power cells for Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors.