Nccavs joint User Group Symposium

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NCCAVS Thin Film Users Group

Topic: Energy Storage
Meeting Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

**FREE!!! Just Show Up!**

Semi Global Headquarters
Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

3081 Zanker Rd.

San Jose, CA
**Park in SEMI Global Parking Lots ONLY**
Meeting Sponsored by:

  • Kurt J. Lesker Company

  • Indium Corporation

  • Vacuum Engineering & Materials (VEM)

This seminar focuses on thin film technologies related to Display and Lighting. The purpose of this seminar is to bring together leading researchers in academia and industry with innovative technologists to nurture a free exchange of triumphs and challenges in the advances in display and lighting technologies. 

Sing-Pin Tay,

Charitha Perera,

Michael Oye, 

Advanced Studies Laboratories (ASL) and Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz,



12:30PM: Lunch


1:00PM: Introduction and Welcome


1:10PM: Fueling the future: Safe, Dense, Reversible Hydrogen Storage in Hybrid Nanomaterials,

Jeffrey UrbanLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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 and 2D hybrids.  I will specifically highlight advances toward room-temperature storage and the atomic limit of selective encapsulation. 

Bio:  Jeff Urban a Facility Director at the Molecular Foundry and Staff Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Berkeley Labs.  His research focuses on the materials and physics of mass, heat, and charge transport in complex hybrid nanomaterials.  He obtained his PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Physics with Hongkun Park at Harvard University and then did a postdoc in nanocrystal based thermoelectrics and photovoltaics with Prof. Chris Murray and Prof. Mercouri Kanatzidis. 


1:40PM: New class of lithium battery based on PolyPlus' proprietary protected lithium electrode technology, Bruce Katz, PolyPlus Battery Company


Bio: Bruce Katz is a battery technologist and intellectual property engineer specializing in lithium battery cell development, with 80+ issued and pending patents in the field of lithium batteries and lithium battery cell components.  Bruce did his graduate work in Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied electrochemical materials with an emphasis on lithium ion intercalating cathodes.  At PolyPlus Battery Company, Bruce has held several roles, including that of a lead researcher on the Company's lithium sulfur battery development and a key innovator of the PolyPlus protected lithium electrode technology.  Bruce is currently engaged in various aspects of the Company's business and technical activities, including new business development and manager of the Company's intellectual property, which includes a portfolio of nearly 200 patents and patent applications. 


2:10PM: Graphene-based Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage,
Min Hwan LeeUniversity of California Merced
In this talk, I will present our recent efforts to use graphene derivatives as the electrode material for fuel cells and supercapacitor. First, a nitrogen-doped graphene was applied as an air electrode material for the solid oxide fuel cell. Although platinum (and its alloys) has been inrivaled as the air electrode operating at low temperatures (< 400 °C), their availability and cost-competitiveness are not favorable for a wide deployment. Given the widespread availability of carbon and promising cost competitiveness through mass production, graphene derivatives may be considered as an alternative to the conventional noble metal-based air electrodes operating below 400 °C. Second, I will present our recent work on fabricating 3D high surface area graphene-based electrodes by electrophoresis, a scalable and cost-effective approach.
Bio: Min Hwan Lee is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Merced. Before joining UC Merced early 2012, he earned his master and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and his bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University in Korea. His research centers on small-scale charge transport and electrochemical reactions within and at the interfaces of nanostructured oxides and carbons that form the basis of applications such as fuel cells, ionic batteries and next generation data storage devices. He is an affiliate faculty of Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) at UC Merced, and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).
2:40PM: Break


3:00PM: Expectations of Next Generation Batteries from user Experience Standpoints,

Naoki Matsumura, Intel Corporation
This talk will cover the expectations for next generation batteries from a usage standpoint (energy density, power requirement, shape, cost, environmental requirement, etc.).
Bio: Naoki Matsumura is a senior component/product engineer at Intel Corporation. Naoki is responsible for technical assessment of new battery technologies and battery sourcing for Intel products/reference designs.


3:30PM: Sun to Fiber: a thin film optical funnel for broadband transport and conversion,

Matthew GarrettUniversity of California Santa Cruz
The ability to capture sunlight for society’s growing energy needs is an important goal of much of today’s energy research, and being approached from many different directions, worldwide. Utilizing novel sputtering methods to deposit binary oxides with highly controlled compositions, transparent films with continuously varying index of refraction can be manufactured. Here we describe a waveguide coupler, made from thin films, which can channel broadband light into fiber optic cable, permitting the transport of sunlight over long distances. Applications for this coupler include solar daylighting and solar thermal electricity generation.


Bio: Matthew Garrett is a postdoctoral scholar with the UCSC Electrical Engineering Department, having joined the Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR) group in March 2014. Dr. Garrett received his PhD in Physics from the University of Tennessee in 2009, where he researched carbon nanotube networks as hole transport layers for OPVs and OLEDs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. Previous to joining NECTAR, he worked in the Organic Spintronics group at the Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics. There he researched thin-film polymer optoelectronics, developing a hybrid photovoltaic-thermoelectric device and studying transport at solar cell interfaces. His current projects with NECTAR are currently the Sun to Fiber waveguide coupler, and nanostructured thermoelectric materials.

All presentations will be requested to be posted on the TFUG Proceedings webpages.


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