Fundamental research (both by experiment and theory) in the fields of low temperature fuel cells, solar cells, Li batteries and ultracapacitors are major thirst areas focused by the researchers. In particular, the development of novel cathode catalyst (both Pt and non-Pt based) for oxygen reduction, catalytic poisoning, anode electrodes and electrolytes (gel and solid) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), ultracapacitors, H2 production from biomass and CO2 to fuel are the topics of interest. Device fabrication and improving the efficiency without compromising the safety, cost and durability are the vision of this institute.
A major technological challenge in 21st century is the transition from fossil-fuel based energy to renewable energy. Solid-state electrochemical devices such as batteries, capacitors, fuel cells, solar cells, and sensors are some of the critical components expected to play a dominant role towards alternative sustainable energy. The accomplishment of energy sustainability involves multidisciplinary fundamental research on ion transport, interfacial phenomena, catalytic activities, role of nanomaterials, device design and performance, and computational approach.The objective of this lecture series is to provide a forum for recent advances in low temperature fuel cells, solar energy conversion devices, storage devices, impact of nanomaterials over energy conversion and storage efficiencies. Present status along with future plans and prospects will be enlightened, covering all the recent development and scientific advances. Here is the fundamental challenge we face, here are many vital and entangled questions that we are called to answer.
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