5th Euroconference on Solid State Ionics

September 13-20, 1998

Benalmádena-Costa, Andalusien (Spain)

Conference Publications: IONICS Journal Volume 5


Werner Weppner
Sensors and Solid State Ionics
Technical Faculty
Christian-Albrechts University
Kaiserstr. 2
D-24143 Kiel, Germany
Tel.: +49-431-77572-550
Fax: +49-431-77572-553

e-mail: ww [at] tf [dot] uni-kiel [dot] de

Scientific Committee

U. Guth, Greifswald, Germany
R.A. Huggins, Kiel, Germany
N. Inoue, Ehime, Japan
J.T.S. Irvine, St. Andrews, UK
C. Julien, Paris, France
J.A. Kilner, London, UK
F. M.B. Marques, Aveiro, Portugal
B. Scrosati, Rome, Italy
K.A.T. Thoma, Patras, Greece
J. Vangrunderbeek, Mol, Belgium
C. Vayenas, Patras, Greece
O. Yamamoto, Tsu, Japan
A.R. West, Aberdeen, Scotland

The Conference is sponsored by the European Community DG XII: Science, Research and Development within the framework of the program "Training and Mobility of Researchers".

Scope of the Conference

Solid State Ionics is presently a very rapidly developing field. It is based on the phenomenon of fast ion transport in solids. For an increasing number of materials, predominant ionic conductivity at ambient or elevated temperatures has been found which is comparable to that of liquid electrolytes. The ionic conductivity can be of the same order of magnitude as the electronic conductivity in semiconductors. This effect offers many opportunities for new technologies. There is a tremendous potential of important practical applications in fields such as environmental protection, process control, energy conversion and storage, which can have a major impact on renewable energy technologies.

The Conference will provide a worldwide international and interdisciplinary forum for all aspects of science and technology of Solid State Ionics. The participation of young researchers entering the field as well as researchers from related fields is greatly welcome.

Special emphasis will be given to the most recent scientific aspects of understanding ionic transport in solids, technological opportunities and problems of the latest practical developments. Especially important are phenomena at junctions between ionic and electronic conductors. The simultaneous exchange of ions and electrons at these interfaces offers a new range of opportunities beyond previous devices. Thermodynamic and kinetic processes will be discussed, related to both fundamental understanding and applications.

The following fundamental topics will be covered:

  • Inorganic Cationic Conductors
  • Oxygen Ion and Other Anionic Conductors
  • Proton Conductors
  • Amorphous Conductors/Glasses
  • Polymers
  • Biological/Organic Ion Conductors
  • Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductors, Electrodes
  • Semiconductor Ionics
  • Intercalation Processes
  • Electrochemical Promotion
  • Solid State Polyphase Reactions
  • Surfaces/Interfaces/Grain Boundaries
  • Theory, Modeling
  • Crystallographic and Microstructural Aspects of Ionic Motion
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Thin Films, Layers and Microionics
  • Other Fundamental Aspects of Solid State Ionics

Special attention will be paid to the upcoming technologies of Ionics. The following topics will be extensively discussed:

  • Sensors
  • Electrochromics
  • Fuel and Hydrolysis Cells
  • Batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Electrochemically Promoted Reactions
  • Other Applications

Outline of the Organisation of the Conference

The conference will be held at Hotel Triton, Benalmádena  Andalusia, Spain. The hotel is located right on the shoreline of Costa del Sol in between Torremolinos and Marbella. The airport of Malága is within a short distance, about 15 km; transfer time is about 30 mins. Malága is readily reached from all major European destinations by scheduled and charter flights. The Conference will start on Sunday evening, Sept. 13, 1998, with a welcome reception and will end on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, after breakfast. Sessions will be organized from Monday through Saturday in the style of a workshop with informal atmosphere. The location provides many possibilities for a variety of activities to enhance personal interactions.

There will be morning and afternoon sessions which start with invited lectures of distinguished speakers. All contributed papers will be presented orally (20 and 30 mins) with time allowed for discussions. It is anticipated that no parallel sessions will be held. The conference language will be English.

Copies of all Abstracts will be distributed to participants upon arrival at the hotel. Full length papers (proceedings) will be published and will appear in the journal Ionics.

A package price has been arranged which will include 7 days of half-board accommodation at Hotel Triton (bed, breakfast, coffee breaks and dinner), registration, banquet, excursion, proceedings etc. All participants are expected to stay at the Hotel Triton. If, by special reasons, a different arrangement is requested, please, contact the chairman of the Conference.

The Conference is organized within the framework of the European program "Training and Mobility of Researchers". Especially, the participation of young researchers is encouraged.

Conference Address

Hotel Triton
Ave. Antonio Machado, 29
29630 Benalmádena Costa,
Andalusia, Spain
Tel.: +34-5-244 32 40
Fax: +34-5-244 26 49

Travel Information

Andalusia! What a sound in this word! The Moors were so delighted with the most southern province of Spain that they gave it the name "Al Andalus", which means "The Paradise". This still resonates with light and sun and tropical feelings. Andalusias Mediterranean coastline is called Costa del Sol and is about 150 km long.

The population of the Province of Málaga may be dated back at least 20.000 years and each civilization - Phoenician, Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian - has left visible traces that still enrich contemporary culture. After many years of intense investment and development Costa del Sol is most sophisticated and cosmopolitan and the perfect setting for a conference in the spirit of the Euroconferences.

The Conference hotel is located right across the Promenade from the beach of Benalmádena Costa in between Málaga and Marbella. The weather is marvellous with more than 320 sunny days and an average temperature of 27°C in September. The major city nearby, the capital of the Costa del Sol, is Málaga, one of the most ancient cities in Europe, founded about 2500 years ago.

Malaga can be easily reached by train, car and plane. Besides the regular scheduled flights there are many charter flights from major European cities.