This major symposium is in honor of the distinguished work and lifetime achievements of Prof. Kenneth Poeppelmeier, an internationally recognized expert in materials chemistry and has served the inorganic solid state and materials chemistry communities for over 40 years.
Ken received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1978 under Prof. John D. Corbett, after which he began his professional career as a Senior Staff Chemistry at Exxon Research and Development (J. Solid State Chem., 1982, 44, 89; J. Solid State Chem., 1982, 45, 71). Ken is the Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Ken is a leader and pioneer in the design, synthesis, and elucidation of structure-property relationships of mixed metal oxides and mixed anion materials. His research has had tremendous impact on understanding the growth of oxide substrates and led to the identification of remarkable oxide nanoparticle surface structures (Nano Letters, 2014, 14, 191), as well as sensible structures for complex oxide surfaces (Nature 2002, Nature Materials 2010). Ken's work on acentric materials, beginning with a review article that started a renaissance in the field (Chem. Mater. 1998), has led to the development of design rules for synthesizing new acentric materials (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007) and influenced other groups worldwide working in this space. More recently, Ken has been the Director of the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science and member of the Institute of Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University. He has led interdisciplinary energy-related research thrusts, including the synthesis of high voltage cathode materials based on reversible intercalation of multivalent ions. This has improved understanding of structure-property relationships in framework structures and led to the development of post-spinel with potential use in battery applications. Additionally, Ken has been actively involved in the synthesis of size- and shape-controlled mixed metal oxide nanoparticles for use as supports in the catalytic upcycling of polymers.
His research of Interest in Inorganic solid-state chemistry has always had widespread use in energy-related applications across diverse fields such as heterogeneous catalysis and solar energy research. Professor Poeppelmeier's research, which ranges from the growth of single crystals to the synthesis of new transparent conductors, emphasizes the connections between the synthesis and structure of new materials, the physical properties of new materials, and the technological advances that result from these discoveries.
This symposium reflects the broad arch of Prof. Kenneth's career across chemistry, physics, and material science. The overarching theme of the Poeppelmeier Symposium on Materials Chemistry is to think "in three dimensions" so that, and paraphrasing A.F. Wells, "we will come to regard the formation of one-, two- and three-dimensional arrangement of atoms in both molecular and non-molecular crystals as the logical result of the same processes that lead to the more familiar finite groups of atoms of ordinary chemical experience." The discovery of useful new materials is usually facilitated by a combination of theory and experiment leading to understanding the coupling of these properties to the atomic structure.
Submissions are welcome that focus on new materials and the wide range of characterization techniques that can be brought to bear to understand structure-property-relationships, including studies that focus on high quality single crystals. Papers that utilize modern facilities to conduct complex experiments, for example employing synchrotron and neutron facilities, are encouraged.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
A round table discussion open to everyone interested will be organized at a specific date and time during the symposium. It will be a platform for high level representatives of various industries, technologies, and academic disciplines to freely discuss and debate all topics of this symposium, and identify positive and efficient pathways towards sustainability in industrial practices, technologies, and research.
You are cordially invited to actively participate in this symposium by submitting and presenting a paper, or by attending the round table. We look forward to meeting you in Panama, December 2023.