Presentation MAT-SUS

The Materials for Sustainable Development Conference (MAT-SUS, from 24th to 28th October 2022 in Barcelona, Spain) is a forum for directing the knowledge and tools of science and technology of advanced materials to contribute to solve major problems of society. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The drive for sustainability in materials science and technology encompasses alternative energy technologies to mitigate problems with fossil-fuel technologies, and to increase energy efficiency, as well as the mitigation of undesirable environmental impacts from technology and economic growth; the efficient use of materials, the formation of a healthy and safe environment, and many others. The Conference consists on a combination of symposia of basic and multidisciplinary science, and applied symposia focused on Sustainable Development areas. The following areas are highlighted:

  • Decarbonization and the green transition: Energy, industry and transportation.
  • Sustainable and clean environment: Clean water, clean air.
  • Human health and safety:. Diagnostic, therapeutics.
  • Materials industries of the future: Manufacturing.
  • Communication tools and education.

By the name of MAT-SUS (Materials for Sustainable Development) the conference will have two yearly editions, Spring Meeting and Fall Meeting.


The European research and innovation: transformation and storage of renewable energy Workshop will be held on Friday 28th October 2022, and it is organised by Jose Ramón Galán (ICREA Research Professor and ICIQ).
It is focused on the European research and innovation, more specifically on the transformation and storage of renewable energies.
During that day, the European funded collaborative project leaders will describe their approach, challenges and the status of their projects.

General organizers
Ardalan Armin
Sustainable Advanced Materials (Sêr-SAM), Department of Physics, Swansea University, UK, GB

María Escudero-Escribano 

ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader

NanoElectrocatalysis and Sustainable Chemistry Lab - Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

Moritz Futscher
EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, CH


  • #Suschem- Materials and electrochemistry for sustainable fuels and chemicals
    • Materials and electrochemistry of N-containing compounds
    • Materials and electrochemistry of carbon dioxide reduction
    • Electrocatalytic synthesis of high-value compounds: new routes and materials
    • Electrochemistry for the valorization of biomass
    Symposium organizers:
    Marta Costa Figueiredo
    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
    Raffaella Buonsanti
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • #OPCAT - Operando Characterization of Electrocatalytic Interfaces
    • In situ and operando spectroscopy (optical, vibrational, X-ray) and diffraction of reactive interfaces
    • In situ and operando microscopy and surface imaging
    • On-line mass spectrometry of gases and liquid products
    • Theory guided interpretation of operando data
    • Instrumental advances and developments of new methods for operando characterization
    Symposium organizers:
    Reshma Rao
    Imperial College London, Department of Chemistry
    Marcel Risch
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
    Kelsey Stoerzinger
    Oregon State University
  • #SusEnergy - Sustainable materials for energy storage and conversion
    • Na ion battery materials
    • M-N-C Catalysts
    • Electrolysis catalysts
    • In-situ diagnostics of electrodes
    • Performance optimization
    Symposium organizers:
    Tim-Patrick Fellinger
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
    Magda Titirici
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Solid State Batteries: Advances and challenges on materials, processing and characterization
    • Design of new materials for solid electrodes and electrolytes
    • Development of new processing routes
    • Electrode/electrolyte interface stability
    • Theory and modeling
    • Development of advanced characterization techniques, including in-situ/operando
    Symposium organizers:
    Alex Morata
    Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)
    Albert Tarancón
    Catalonia Institute for Energy Research−IREC
    Ainara Aguadero
    Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain.
  • #NANOMAT - Advances on the Understanding and Synthesis of Nanomaterials for Photocatalysis and Optoelectronics
    • Synthesis and physical understanding of nanomaterials
    • Design and control of optoelectronic properties
    • Deployment of nanomaterials for optoelectronic applications
    • Design of nanomaterials for photo(electro)catalysis
    • Understanding of opto-electronic and catalytic properties of photo- and photoelectrocatalysts
    Symposium organizers:
    Ludmilla Steier
    Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK
    Daniel Congreve
    Stanford University
  • #SolarFuels - Solar fuels through emerging system approaches
    • Anodic valorization
    • Next-generation membranes for system integration
    • Direct CO2 reduction from capture solutions
    • High-purity product generation
    • Integrated tandem reactions
    Symposium organizers:
    Cao Thang Dinh
    Queen's University
    F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer
    ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
  • #STAPOS - Stability of perovskite and organic solar cells
    • Immobilization of ion migration
    • Surface trap stats passivation
    • Energetic level alignment modification
    • Stabilization of phase structure of perovskites
    • Stability of the blend microstructure and related electronic changes
    • Single-component solar cells
    • Electronic processes in the solar cell upon degradation
    Symposium organizers:
    Carsten Deibel
    Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
    Qiong Wang
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany
  • #PbFreePero - The potential of lead-free perovskites: synthesis, properties, and applications
    • Fabrication and synthesis methods
    • Photophysics and carrier dynamics
    • Degradation and stability studies
    • Structural characterization
    • Ultrafast phenomena (hot carriers, polaronic distortions, etc.
    • Correlating structural and optoelectronic properties
    • Theory and simulations of the photophysical properties
    • Applications: photocatalysis, photodetectors, LEDs, solar cells, thermoelectric devices etc
    Symposium organizers:
    Loreta A. Muscarella
    Utrecht University
    Eline Hutter
    Utrecht University, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
    Henk Bolink
    Universidad de Valencia - ICMol (Institute of Molecular Science)
  • #AppTGT - Application Targets for Next Generation Photovoltaics
    • Ultra-light-weight, high power density PV for communications/aerospace-related technologies
    • Scaling of organic and perovskite solar cells for large-area devices
    • Semi-transparent solar cells and building integration of PV technologies
    • Indoor PV for Internet of Things (IoT)
    • PV-battery integration and system architectures
    • Printable solar cells and environmentally friendly manufacturing
    • PV cost and life cycle analysis
    Symposium organizers:
    Nasim Zarrabi
    Department of Physics, Swansea University, UK
    Paul Meredith
    Sustainable Advanced Materials (Sêr-SAM), Department of Physics, Swansea University, UK
  • #BRIGHT - Recent Breakthroughs in Organic Photovoltaics
    • Progress in efficiency
    • Voltage loss mechanisms in NFA solar cells
    • New thermodynamic efficiency limits
    • Interplay between excitons, CT states and free charges in the low offset systems.
    • Charge generation in non-fullerene solar cells
    • Charge transport and recombination
    • Interplay between nano-morphology and charge dynamics
    • Doping engineering in OSCs
    • Role of energetic disorder and tail states
    • Green solvent processed OSCs
    Symposium organizers:
    Thomas Anthopoulos
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) - Saudi Arabia
    Safa Shoaee
    University of Potsdam, DE
  • Neuromorphic Sensory-Processing-Learning Systems inspired in Computation Neuroscience
    • Neuromorphic Sensing
    • Neuromorphic Learning
    • Neuromorphic Computation
    Symposium organizers:
    Bernabé Linares Barranco
    CSIC and Univ. de Sevilla
    Timothée Masquelier
  • #2DNanoMat - 2D Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications
    • 2D nanomaterials for electrocatalysis
    • Applications for energy harvesting and storage
    Symposium organizers:
    Mónica Lira-Cantú
    Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
    Jordi Arbiol
    ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
  • #OPTONEXT - Next Gen Semiconductors for Optoelectronics
    • Materials for physical sensors (stress, strain, temperature, etc)
    • Chemical sensors
    • Wearable and ultraportable sensors
    • Organic light emitting diodes
    • Optical communications and LIDAR
    • Lasers
    • High-performance photodetectors and imaging sensors
    • Phototransistors
    Symposium organizers:
    Paul Shaw
    The University of Queensland, Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics (COPE), School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and School of Mathematics and Physics
    Mike Hambsch
    Technische Universität Dresden
Sponsored by
Poster prizes

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 225€ from ACS Energy Letters - Emil G Dyrvik

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 225€ from Energy & Fuels - Rossella Chiara

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 225€ from ACS Applied Energy Materials - Manasi Pranav

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 225€ from Royal Society of Chemistry - Eva Ng




The conference will be held in Barcelona (Spain) at the World Trade Center Barcelona

Address: Moll de Barcelona s/n, edifici Est, 1ª planta. 08039, Barcelona
Telephone: +34 935 088 000

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