The 4th International Symposium on Advanced Materials for Energy & Environmental Issues (ISAMEE) will be taking place from the 4–5th June, 2015 in the Auditorium of UNIST. This special event was organized by Prof. Jeong Min Baik of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST, in collaboration with Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
Attended by experts and leaders from government and energy & environmental sectors, the symposiym will feature a host of presentations on advanced materials for energy & environmental issues by 9 pioneering scientists and two very special appearances by: Dr. Tae-Hoon Lim (Vice President of KIST) and Mr. Tae Sung Lee (Deputy Mayor of Economics of Ulsan Metropolitan City).
The 2015 ISAMEE will bring together leading materials and engineering experts from national laboratories and top academic institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), California Institute of Technology (Cal-Tech), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and others.
In the opening ceremony held on Thursday morning, Dr. Jae Sung Lee, Vice President of Academic Affairs at UNIST and Dr. Byung-Ki Cheong, Director of KIST-UNIST Ulsan Center for Convergent Materials (KUUC) delivered congratulatory addresses, following the opening remarks by Prof. Jeong Min Baik of UNIST.
The primary objective of this symposium is to create a broad, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and results, identify outstanding problems, and develop new collaborations on the various areas of energy and environment. Specifically, the symposium will focus on the recent advances in renewable energy technologies, as well as current energy systems. It will also explore the potential environmental impacts associated with renewable energy technologies, including air and water pollution, damage to public health, wildlife and habitat loss, water use, land use, and global warming emissions.
In addition to a variety of technical presentations by seven distinguished guest speakers, the symposium featured two keynote addresses by the world-renowned scholars, Prof. Micheal R. Hoffmann of Cal-Tech and Prof. Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia Tech.
Prof. Micheal R. Hoffmann gave an excellent presentation on “PV-powered Electrochemical Hydrogen Generation Coupled with Chlorine Production on Mized Metal Oxide Semiconductors.” According to Prof. Hoffmann, “These reactors are currently being used in urban environments in India that lack sewers and centralized wastewater treatment facilities, as an alternative energy producing system.”
In addition, five other distinguished researchers gave plenary invited talks on allied topics: Prof. Ya Yang of Chinese Academic Science, Dr. Seung Hyub Baek of KIST, Prof. Myoung Hoon Song of UNIST, Dr. Seok-Won Hong of KIST, and Prof. Kyoug Taek Kim of UNIST.
KIST-UNIST Ulsan Center for Convergent Materials (KUUC) was founded in September 2012 with funding from UNIST, Ulsan Metropolitan City, and KIST with its mission to develop convergent materials and their application into energy and environmental technologies. The center aims to carry out next-generation R&D, while cultivating innovative future technologies, as well as science experts.