JUNE 17-19, 2024

Sustainability & Efficiency Innovations

Materials for Sustainability and Efficiency

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Symposium Chair

YuanQiao RaoYuanQiao Rao
Dow Chemical Company


A concern for the environment, regulatory pressure, corporate sustainability goals, and recognition of consumer preferences for products with reduced carbon footprint are driving innovation in sustainable materials, and efficient products and processes. Submit your abstract and participate in this special symposium highlighting international research and development efforts and success stories in the development of a more sustainable future.

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2024 Symposium Sessions

Tuesday June 18

1:30Energy Innovations
4:00Sustainability & Efficiency - Posters

Wednesday June 19

9:00Sustainability Innovations

2024 Symposium Program

Tuesday June 18

1:30Energy InnovationsTBA
Session chair: Yuanqiao Rao, Dow Chemical Company & Dave Calabro, ExxonMobil (retired), US
The Rise of Plug-In Solar in North America
E. Ginsberg-Klemmt, A. Ginsberg-Klemmt, Gismo Power LLC, US
Continuous Power for Tropical Island Installations with Ocean Thermal Energy
B. Strogen, J. Feakins, Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation, US
Upscaling OPV into production tech - What are the obstacles to reach a competitive OPV industry in Europe
T. Kolbusch, Coatema, DE
Harvesting More "Green" Energy From Geothermal Resources and Clean Water Restoration and Protection
J.H. Johnston, CaSil Technologies Limited, NZ
Renewable Energy Breakthrough with Room-Temperature Thermionics
J. Birmingham, Birmingham Technologies Inc., US
4:00Sustainability & Efficiency - PostersExpo Hall BC
Agricultural Security: Impacts on Military Readiness and National Security
D. Milonas, Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC), US
Urban water pollution extent and impact on the Village Creek in Birmingham, AL – Analysis and Mitigation strategies
A. Kaushal, M.L. Museru, K. Opare, M. Karimi, R. Nazari, University of Alabama at Birmingham, US
Birmingham Air Pollution and Urban Heat Island Effect on the Low-Income and Minorities
A. Kaushal, M. Karimi, R. Nazari, University of Alabama at Birmingham, US
An innovative Bio-capacitor as a sustainable energy storage system
N.G Andrew, H. Rathnayake, University of North Carolina Greensboro, US
Synthesis and characterization of novel iron modified geopolymer cement from laterite clay
N. Amina, S. Sultana, A. Ali, abdul wali khan university mardan pakistan, PK
Using Trichoderma harzianum and Aspergillus niger in a microbial fuel cell: an innovative technique for hexavalent chromium detoxification while producing energy.
S.A. Ali, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt, EG
AI-based Synchronization of Vehicles with Grid Elements for Optimizing V2G
D. Knight, Terbine, US
Project Sandstar
A. Uzmezler, Anka Labs Inc, US
6 ways to Optimize Energy Usage and Sustainability in Smart Manufacturing Using MQTT
R. Subramanyan, HiveMQ, US
Transformational Raw Materials
C. Heissenbuttel, Evergreeneers, US
eSki - Revolutionizing Personal Watercraft
P.P-J.P. Duffy-Protentis, eSki Watercraft, US
Solar Sauna: A Green-Energy Innovation for Spa Resorts
A.D. Thess, THESS UG, DE
High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage for the Decarbonization of the Energy System
A.D. Thess, German Aerospace Center DLR, DE
Solar Energy Driven Membrane Distillation Pilot Plant with Vacuum Enhanced Air Gap Module
C.P. Naveira-Cotta, I.V. Curcino, R.S. Moreira, A.O.C. Gómez, L.E.P. Chenche, K. M. Lisboa, R.M. Cotta, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, BR
Spark (Modular Base Support System)
J. Bishop, D. Bishop, G. Fernicola, Bishop Ascendant Inc., US
Novel Al and Fe Mixed Metal Halide Molten Salt Catholyte for Energy Storage
S.J. Percival, M. Stalcup, A.M. Maraschky, L.J. Small, A.S. Peretti, E.D. Spoerke, Sandia National Laboratories, US
Effect of EMIM cation on the CO2 Reduction Reaction on Gold
S.J. Percival, D. Richards, C. Leverant,S. Rempe, J. Venegas, E.D. Spoerke, Sandia National Laboratories, US

Wednesday June 19

9:00Sustainability InnovationsTBA
Session chair: Yuanqiao Rao, Dow Chemical Company & Dave Calabro, ExxonMobil (retired), US
Smart Window Materials and Technologies - What to Select for Your Building?
B.P. Jelle, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO
Cooling Films for a Warming Planet
T.J. Hebrink, 3M Company, US
All-natural, Eco-friendly Composite Foam for Highly Efficient Atmospheric Water Harvesting
B. Chen, S. Jing, T. Li, University of Maryland, College Park, US
Matium: The Material Medium; Making Recycling Profitable
B. Robin, Matium, Inc., US
Spark Modular Base Support Systems
J. Bishop, D. Bishop, G. Fernicola, Bishop Ascendant Inc., US
Next Generation Water Conservation AI/ML Analytics and Compliance Management Platform
A New Technology-Based Tool for Building Profitable Biodiversity-Conserving Offerings
T.C. Haas, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US
Building Smart Cities Integrating IOT for Urban Efficiency & Livability
R. Garcia, Arch System, LLC, US
Topics & Application Areas
  • Materials Recycling
  • Waste Reduction, Remediation
  • Energy Harvesting Technologies
  • Innovations in Solar Materials and Devices
  • Efficient Lighting & Display
  • Materials for Energy Transport & Grid Technologies
  • Green Chemistry & Materials Case Studies
  • Technologies for Carbon Capture
  • Innovative Materials for Carbon Capture & Storage
  • Innovations in Direct Air Capture
  • Innovations in Carbon Dioxide Utilization
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Bio-Based Product/Processes
  • Other

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