MSE Contingent attends international solid-state conference

U-M attendees, which included two undergraduate students, gained new perspectives and insights into energy storage and energy/fuel conversion research.
MSE Contingent attends international solid-state conference

SSI-23 attendees: MSE Assistant Professor Yiyang Li, Jennifer Rupp (conference organizer), Jinhong Min (MSE PhD student), MSE alum Lindsay Gubow (MSE '22), Jingxian Li (MSE PhD student), and Laszlo Cline (MSE undergrad).

On July 17-22, an MSE contingent led by Assistant Professor Yiyang Li attended the 23rd International Solid State Ionics Meeting (SSI-23) in Boston. SSI is an international conference on functional ceramic materials. Most participants apply the work to energy storage, energy/fuel conversion, typically either gas to electricity, electricity to gas, or directly from one fuel to another, and for electronics such as resistive memory. The conference is typically held every two years, rotating between North America, Europe, and Asia. The last one was held in 2019 in Pyeongchang, Korea; this one was delayed from 2021, while the next one will be held in 2024 in London. 

In addition to Li, attendees included MSE Ph.D. students Jinhong Min and Jingxian Li, MSE alum Lindsay Gubow (MSE '22), and undergraduates Riley Hargrave (ME) and Laszlo Cline

"I have been attending SSI for eight years, and it has become my favorite conference," said Professor Li, who won SSI's Young Scientist Award as a student in 2017 and is a former symposium organizer. "I was really excited to be able to share this experience with both undergraduate and graduate students, as they see how the fundamental science of ceramics can be used to develop cutting-edge, next generation technologies in batteries, fuels, and microelectronics."

"I learned a lot at SSI," remarked Cline. "I gained insight into how research in my field is viewed and performed by others. I gauged the recent progress and direction of other fields, partly to ascertain my own interest in the work. Additionally, I now understand how people behave at these conferences, how they interact with each other, and what they expect to learn from speakers. This experience has prepared me for future conferences so that I will be capable of contributing my own insights to the community and establishing professional connections to gain new perspectives.

"I would highly recommend this or any other conference to undergraduates interested in research," he continued. "It will give insight into how research communities function, and perhaps help them determine their interests or whether research is right for them."