On November 29, the ISSP UL hosted the first of the series of end-of-the-year scientific seminars: "Energetics: Harvesting, Storage, and Sustainable Use." The event brought together esteemed researchers and experts to delve into the forefront of energy-related studies.
The seminar was opened by Prof. Dr.phys. Anatolijs Šarakovskis, head of the Laboratory of Spectroscopy, and Dr. habil. phys. Andris Šternbergs, the deputy director for science at ISSP UL. Their opening remarks set the stage for a day of exploration and discovery.
The first session delved into energy storage materials, with a focus on Li-ion and Na-ion batteries and supercapacitors. Presentation of Dr. phys. Gints Kučinskis, head of the Laboratory of Materials for Energy Harvesting and Storage (ISSP UL), showcased the current situation and hinted at the promising future of energy storage technologies.
Following him, Ainārs Knoks and Dr. phys. Līga Grīnberga, both from the same laboratory, shed light on alternative hydrogen production and usage, providing a glimpse into the diversification of sustainable energy sources.
Dr. phys. Kaspars Pudžs, a leading researcher from the Laboratory of Organic Materials (ISSP UL), then led an insightful session on the development, application, and future of sustainable thermoelectric systems. The audience was treated to a glimpse of cutting-edge technologies that harness temperature differentials for energy generation.
The seminar took an international turn with Prof. Muhammet S. Toprak from KTH, delving into materials chemistry and the aims for further device developments in thermoelectric materials. His presentation provided a global perspective on the challenges and opportunities in this evolving field.
Each session was followed by engaging Q&A sessions, providing a platform for scholars and attendees to exchange ideas, ask questions, and explore potential collaborations.
The day concluded with a vibrant open discussion where participants and presenters engaged in stimulating dialogue, sharing insights and fostering a sense of collective progress.