At the invitation of Professor Jie Zhang of the Center of Micro-nano Engineering of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Eeryn Lian of the University of Toronto gave an excellent academic report entitled "Towards Solid, Flexible and Wearable Energy Storage Systems " to the faculty and students of the college in the afternoon of May 14, 2019. The report was presided over by Professor Zhang Jie, and the faculty and students of the college participated in the academic report.
In this academic report, Professor Eeryn Lian first talked about the history and architecture of the University of Toronto, then focused on the materials and applications of light-weight, thin and flexible supercapacitors, and introduced the possible ways to achieve high performance and low-cost solid supercapacitors: using biomass carbon electrodes and solid polymer electrolytes. Professor Eeryn Lian proposed that cheap and natural materials, such as corn cob and crab shell, have large specific surface area and can be used to prepare biomass carbon electrodes, which can significantly improve the performance of supercapacitors. In addition, Professor Eeryn Lian also gives a brief introduction to the research on device stability and failure mechanism. The report is rich in content, in-depth and thought-provoking, which makes relevant researchers benefit a lot.
At the end of the report, Professor Eeryn Lian had an in-depth exchange with the teachers and students on some issues in the report, which benefited our teachers and students greatly and broadened the research ideas for scientific research work.
Keryn Lian is Professor and the Director of Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto. She graduated in polymer Materials Engineering from Shanghai Tongji University, obtained her M.Sc in Electrochemistry from University of Calgary, and PhD in Materials Science from University of Toronto. Professor Lian’s research interest is on novel materials to enable light-weight, thin, and flexible energy storage and electronic technologies. Her group has been developing advanced biomass carbon materials, pseudocapacitive materials to modify carbon electrodes, high performance proton-conducting, hydroxide ion-conducting neutral-salt and ionic liquid conducting polymer electrolytes as well as their applications in supercapacitors and other flexible electronics and devices. Prior to UofT, Dr. Lian was a distinguished member of the technical staff and Manager at Motorola Labs, where she conducted and led research in energy storage, RF-MicroElectroMechanicalSystems (MEMS) and microfluidics with advanced printed wiring board (PWB) technologies. She has published over 120 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and 35 US patents. She is an editorial board member of ACS Applied Energy Materials, a member of the Education Committee of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and a board member of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES).