Special issue: CINE Conference – 28/10/2022



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October 28, 2022

Special issue: CINE Conference

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About 200 people gathered on October 18 and 19 at the convention center of the Vitória Concept Hotel in the city of Campinas (São Paulo State, Brazil) to participate in the third edition of the CINE Conference. Near 80% of the attendees were CINE members, and 90% came from universities and research institutions located in the state of São Paulo. More than 80 research works were presented in poster and oral sessions.

The conference presented and discussed scientific advances in technologies for the energy transition and for a low-carbon economy. The presentations addressed the main challenges to make these technologies viable: to use materials based on elements that are abundant and well distributed on the planet, to develop inexpensive and scalable processes and to increase devices efficiency. In addition, the presenters showed innovations in the development of scientific instruments and methods that are necessary to continue advancing the field of ​​new energies.
The event was organized by the Center for Innovation on New Energies (CINE) and sponsored by Fapesp, Shell, Metrohm Brasil, MBraun and Interprise. The journal ACS Energy Letters and the Royal Society of Chemistry were sponsors of the conference prizes.


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The opening had speeches by the Director of CINE, Prof Ana Flavia Nogueira (Unicamp); the President of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Prof Antonio Meirelles; the Scientific Director of the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp), Luiz Eugênio Araújo de Moraes Mello, and the Manager of the Research and Technology Program in New Energies at Shell, Camila Brandão, who is the Deputy Director of CINE.

The authorities featured the importance of aggregating competences and investments from academia and the industry to achieve results that benefit society as a whole. Besides that, the essencial role of science in the energy transition was highlighted. “You are playing a very important role for the country and for the world in building the future we want to see,” Camila Brandão told the audience, made up mainly of researchers and students.
Fapesp and Shell are the founding sponsors of CINE, and Unicamp headquarters the Center.


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Prof Magda Titirici (Imperial College London, UK) presented advances in sustainable carbon materials obtained from biomass derivatives, and their application in sodium-ion batteries. Prof Edson Leite (LNNano – CNPEM, Brazil) told the technical story of the development of hematite-based photoanodes for water splitting devices and the journey to understand their photoelectrochemical properties.



Prof Hudson Zanin (Unicamp, Brazil), a CINE member, talked about the advances in materials development to improve the energy density of supercapacitors. Diego Bagnis, Scientific Director of ONINN (a non-profit private R&D institute located in Minas Gerais, Brazil) addressed the challenges of scaling up the perovskite photovoltaics technology. Prof Julio Meneghini (USP, Brazil), Director of the Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Innovation, talked about green hydrogen production routes such as ethanol reforming that are promising for the decarbonization of the Brazilian economy.



Within two poster sessions, 75 research works on technologies for the energy transition and a low-carbon economy were presented. Fruitful scientific discussions took place and the enthusiasm of the young researchers and students was remarkable.



In 8 oral presentations, CINE researchers presented their contributions to the development of green hydrogen generation, solar-driven CO2 conversion, high-energy-density supercapacitors, perovskite solar cells, and methane to products conversion. The talks showed the use of a wide range of advanced experimental and theoretical tools, from in situ and operando techniques to machine learning.



The 5 best works presented in posters were distinguished with 3 cash prizes sponsored by the journal ACS Energy Letters and 2 vouchers for online purchases of products of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The evaluation committee included members of the International Advisory Board of CINE and researchers from CINE and its industrial partners. The list of the winners is available on the event website.



Five members of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Center attended the CINE Conference. These scientists could also visit CINE laboratories at Unicamp as well as the new Brazilian Synchrotron Lab (one of the three 4th generation sources in the world).

The IAB members and the Director of CINE left a few words about what they saw during this intense scientific week. Watch their short videos:

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