International Symposium on Energy Science and Technology 2018

Summary of Aims of Workshop

    The aim of this symposium is to gather scientists and engineers to report and discuss the latest progress in energy science and technology as well as future energy research directions in Asia and Worldwide. Information exchange and research collaboration will be promoted through stimulating results and engaging discussion, discussion panels, video poster sessions, and mixer events of symposium participants and OIST graduate students, and other flexible interactions. The symposium will focus on energy science and technology such as integrated energy harvesting and storage systems, energy-efficient LED/OLED lighting, rational design and synthesis of energy materials, organic-inorganic hybrid materials for energy harvesting, Lithium ion batteries, etc.

    Despite the recent advances and development of novel materials for energy harvesting, electricity storage, and energy-efficient light emitting devices, there is still plenty of room for further improvements. In particular, the developments of protocols to make these technologies amenable to industrial scale is of paramount importance (e.g., building-integrated photovoltaics). It is necessary to establish solid understanding in the areas such as robust material synthesis processes with minimum batch-to-batch variation, know-how of large area energy harvesting/storage modules for commercialization to take off, strategies ensure environment friendliness, remedies to minimize energy material degradation during operation, encapsulation and coating technologies, energy materials with enhanced energy density storage capabilities suitable for hybrid electric vehicles, film growth for energy-saving light emitting novel materials (Nobel laureate Prof. Shuji Nakamura replied indicating his interest in attending ISEST 2018). Detailed factual cost analysis in evaluating various fabrication processes taking into account cost-effectiveness in a mass production scenario. In parallel, equal efforts are needed to address the fundamental aspects of novel materials aiming high-efficiency, long-lasting devices by rational design.

The conference will emphasize the topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Rational design and synthesis of energy materials
  • Li-ion battery and efficient energy storage systems
  • In situ and in operando investigation on Li batteries
  • Fundamentals and applications of organic-inorganic perovskites
  • Cutting-edge techniques and instrumentation for energy science research
  • High-efficiency lighting
  • Organic thin film transistors, organic solar cells, and organic light emitting diodes
  • Oxide films for energy applications
  • The application of nanoscience in energy materials and devices
  • Various types of new generation solar cells, e.g. dye-sensitized solar cells, amorphous-Si solar cells, multicrystalline-Si solar cells, copper indium gallium selenide solar cells, copper zinc tin sulfide solar cells.
  • Thin film deposition techniques and analysis
  • Organic/organic, organic/metal, organic/oxide interfaces
  • Integrated energy harvesting and storage systems
  • Influence of interface structure and orientation on material electronic properties
  • Electronic and optical properties of hybrid materials
  • Electrical properties and energetics of semiconducting polymers and small molecules
  • Morphology control and optimization of thin films of novel materials

Room and board will be covered for all workshop participants. OIST will help with arranging visas, if necessary. Travel grants are available for abstracts of merit.

*OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.*


Symposium Sponsor
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
Symposium Organizer
Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit (EMSS)
Symposium Chair
Prof. Yabing Qi, OIST, Japan (
Advisory committee for the symposium
Prof. Mukhles Sowwan, Nanoparticles by Design Unit, OIST, Japan
Prof. Keshav Dani, Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit, OIST, Japan
Prof. Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Dr. Kai Zhu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA

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Last updated May 22, 2017