Emerging Technologies

Materials Development for Net Zero Emission


Session background and objectives

・The relation between materials and energy ranges diversely from, for example, improving energy efficiency through the development of new structural materials (e.g. weight reduction or engine combustion efficiency improvement by high temperature resistant alloys) , to improving battery capabilities by developing new electrolytes.

・In this session, firstly, while keeping energy and CO2 emission reductions issues in mind, we will provide an overall look at possible material development innovations in energy related materials.

・Besides, new material development that utilizes the computer sciences, known as material informatics, is receiving a lot of attention. Increasing rates of development through innovations of common foundation technologies such as data platforms and AI will also be focused on. In addition, we will discuss the potential and challenges for international cooperation.


Itaru Yasui[Chair]


Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE); Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

Kohei Uosaki

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Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science(NIMS)


An overall look at materials in the energy field and informatics development in Japan

Materials developments required in achieving the significant reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emission, including not only for efficient energy capture, conversion, storage, and transport, but also for energy saving and energy efficient processes, are overviewed. Several projects being carried out in Japan for the above will be introduced. It will be stressed that materials development should be carried out with total system in mind.
Materials informatics (MI) is considered to play important roles in accelerating the materials development and some examples of the MI application in the development of energy related materials will be presented.

Aziz Asphahani

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Chief Executive Officer, QuesTek International LLC


Accelerated Design and Deployment of Novel Materials Needed for Improving Energy Efficiency

QuesTek Design Successes on the Embodiment of the US Materials Genome Initiative
Dr. Greg Olson, Dr. Aziz Asphahani, Dr. Jiadong Gong, Jeff Grabowski QuesTek International, Evanston, IL USA

Recent interest and a surge in funding are focused on segments of Materials Informatics (MI) related to High Throughput Experiments, Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Such segments are viewed as important factors, required for scientific discoveries of new compounds and for enabling predictions of materials properties.

Another critical segment of MI is highlighted by the US Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) aiming at accelerating the design and reducing the time and cost of deployment (i.e., Commercialization) of novel materials needed for light weighting, energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation.

The fundamental aspect of the MGI relies on microstructure design based on existing science and applying the Calculated Phase Diagrams (CALPHAD) method and Integrated Materials Engineering (ICME) technologies.

QuesTek implementation of CALPHAD/ICME and its successful design and deployment of novel energy-related materials will be illustrated with cases of light weighting (Ferrium C64 for helicopter gears), Industrial Gas Turbine energy efficiency (single crystal nickel alloy blades) and sustainable energy generation (thermoelectric materials for geothermal).

Furthermore, examples will be provided about Industrial Cooperative relationships in the US, EU and Japan, along with business models addressing Intellectual properties issues.

Takahiro Onai

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Deputy General Manager, Research & Innovation Promotion Headquarters, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd.


Magic powder will save the earth

Our company vision is to develop innovative solutions beyond the boundaries of chemistry that exceed the expectation of customers and society. As an example of our solution delivering wonders, we introduce two kinds of black and white powder for reducing the environmental load. One is the carbon anode material for high-functional Li-ion battery, and another is the CO2 adsorbent material. We also describe our materials informatics approach in these two cases. The informatics technology will enables us to develop innovative materials for solving various customer requirements and environmental issues by accumulating experimental and simulation data efficiently.

Fabrice Stassin

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Managing Director - EMIRI Association (Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative)

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