Prof. Leon L. Shaw's Group

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Technical Presentations

  1. Over 270 technical presentations in national and international conferences, universities and various companies

  • 80 plus invited talks and keynote presentations in national and international conferences, universities and various companies.

  • The most recent keynote presentations and invited talks are listed below.

Recent Keynote Presentations and Plenary Lectures


  • L. Shaw, Q. He, and M. Ashuri, “Hierarchical Design and Synthesis of Si Anodes for Next-Generation Li-ion Batteries,” Energy Award Lecture in the Plenary Session of the 20th Assembly of the European Advanced Materials Congress 2018, August 20 – 22, Stockholm, Sweden

  • L.Shaw, “Hierarchical Design and Synthesis of Nanomaterials to Enable High Capacity Rechargeable Battery Electrodes,” Keynote Presentation at THERMEC’2016, May 29 - June3, 2016, Graz, Austria. 


  • L. Shaw, J. Shamie, C. Liu, and V. Sprenkle, “High Voltage, High Capacity, Ambient Temperature Sodium-Based Flow Batteries,” Keynote Presentation at Cleantech 2014, Washington DC, June 15 – 19, 2014.

  • L. Shaw, “Energy Storage Enabled by Nanomaterials and Advanced Processing,” Keynote Presentation, ISPlasma2013, Nagoya, Japan, January 28 - February 1, 2013.

  • L. Shaw, “Nanomaterials for Onboard Hydrogen Storage Applications,” Plenary Lecture, YUCOMAT 2012, the Fourteenth Annual Conference of MRS of Serbia, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, September 3 – 7, 2012.

  • L. Shaw, “Energy Storage: Research Directions, Applications , and Challenges" Invited Webinar Lecture at Webinar, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, May 23, 2012.

  • L. Shaw, “Enhancing Hydrogen Storage Properties through Nanoscale LiBH4,” The John & Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture, Michigan Technological University, April 9, 2010.


Recent Invited Presentations


  • L. Shaw, L. Li, S. M. Imran Ayub, M. Islam, and J. Li, “A Novel Concept of Micro-Extrusion through High Aspect Ratio Nozzles for High Speed Additive Manufacturing,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium of “Additive Manufacturing of Composites and Complex Materials II”, MS&T 17, Pittsburgh, PA, October 8 – 12, 2017.

  • L. Shaw, C Liu, J. Shamie, and V. Sprenkle, “High Voltage, High Capacity, Room Temperature Na-Based Hybrid Flow Batteries for Grid-Scale Energy Storage,” Invited Presentation at THERMEC 2018, Paris, France, July 8-13, 2018.

  • L. Shaw, L. Li, and C. Liu, “Enhancing the Capacitive Energy Storage of Activated Carbon through Mechanical Activation,” Invited Presentation at 2016 Collaborative Conference on 3D and Materials Research (CC3DMR), Incheon/Seoul, South Korea, June 20-24, 2016.

  • L. Shaw, “Mechanical-Activation- Enhanced Surface Functionalization and Capacitance for High-Performance Li-ion Capacitors,” Invited Presentation for the Creativity Week of SIU, Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, Illinois, April 6 th , 2016.

  • Q. He, J. Li, L. Li, and L. Shaw, “3D Printing of Gas Diffusion Layers with Separate Gas and Water Pathways for PEMFCs,” Invited Presentation at “Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials for Alternative Energy” in MS&T 2015, Columbus, OH, October 4-8, 2015.

  • L. Shaw, “Room temperature, hybrid sodium-based flow batteries with multi-electron transfer redox reactions,”Invited Presentation,Chemistry Department Colloquium, Illinois Institute of Technology, February 18th, 2015.

  • L. Shaw, “Electrochemical properties and performance of Na3MnCO3PO4 – A high capacity, multi-electron transfer redox cathode material for sodium ion batteries,” Invited Presentation, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, April 3rd, 2015.

  • C. Wang C. Wang, J. Kaduk, M. Sawicki, and L. Shaw, “Na3MnCO3PO4 – A Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Cathode Material for Sodium Ion Batteries,” Invited Presentation at “Nanostructured Materials for Rechargeable Batteries and for Supercapacitors III” in 2015 TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 15-19, 2015.

  • J. Shamie, C. Liu, L. Shaw and V. Sprenkle, “Hybrid Na-based Flow Batteries for Next Generation Grid-Scale Energy Storage,” Invited Presentation at “Energy Storage IV: Materials, Systems and Applications Symposium” in MS&T 2014, Pittsburgh, PA, October 12-16, 2014.

  • L. Shaw, J. Suri, Y.-S. Lin and E. Olevsky, “A Comparative Study of Liquid Phase Sintering vs Spark-Plasma Sintering of Si3N4/SiCNanocomposites,” Invited Presentation at the symposium on "Nanoparticulate Materials: Production, Consolidation and Characterization" in the TMS 143rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS 2014), San Diego, California, February 16-20, 2014.

  • L. Shaw, M. Sawicki, and J. Shamie, “Studies of Cathodes and Anodes for a New-Generation Na-ion Batteries,” Invited Presentation at the symposium on "Nanostructured Materials for Rechargeable Batteries and Supercapacitors" in the TMS 143rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS 2014), San Diego, California, February 16-20, 2014.

  • L. Shaw, " Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Storage,"Invited Presentation at the Symposium on "Nanomaterials for Structural & Energy Application" in THERMEC’ 2013, December 2 – 6, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • L. Shaw, "New Directions in Energy Storage," Invited Presentation, Illinois Science & Technology Leadership Luncheons, United States House of Representatives, Washington DC, February 27, 2013.

  • L. Shaw, “Batteries for Electric Vehicle and Utility Applications: Technology Status and Challenges," Invited Presentation, the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE), University of Illinois at Chicago, August 5 – 16, 2013

  • L. Shaw, “Challenges and Opportunities in Reducing Air Pollution via Electric and Fuel-Cell Vehicles,” Invited Presentation, the AAEES/AEESP/A&WMA Meet & Greet Lecture and Breakfast at the 106th Annual Conference of Air and Waste Management Association, Chicago, Illinois, June 25 – 28, 2013

  • L. Shaw, “Supercapacitors: Technology Status and Potentials for High Energy Density Storage,” Invited Presentation, ASM Chicago Chapter Meeting, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, April 9th, 2013.

  • L. Shaw, “Electrochemical/Battery Storage Technologies,” Invited Presentation, Electrical Energy Storage Technologies and Applications Workshop, Argonne National Laboratory, March 20 – 21, 2013.

  • L. Li, K. Crosby, M. Sawicki, L. Shaw, and Y. Wang, “Effects of Surface Roughness of Hydroxyapatite on Cell Attachment and Proliferation,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium on "Surface Properties of Biomaterials III" in MS&T '12, October 7-11, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • L. Shaw and J. Wang, “Dental Restoration Enabled by Additive Manufacturing: Slurry Micro-Extrusion,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium on “Micro- and Nanoscale Processing of Biomedical Materials” in 2011 MRS Fall Meeting, November 28 – December 2, 2011, Boston, MA.

  • P. Lavorato and L. Shaw, “Low Temperature Sintering of Gadolinium-Doped Ceria for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium on "Controlled Synthesis, Processing and Applications of Structural and Functional Nanomaterials" in MS&T’ 2011, October 16 – 20, 2011, Columbus, OH.

  • L. Li, K. Crosby, M. Sawicki, L. Shaw, and Y. Wang, “Characterization and Design of the HA-Ti Composite Surface for Ti-Based Implants,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium on "Surface Properties of Biomaterials" in MS&T’ 2011, October 16 – 20, 2011, Columbus, OH.

  • K. Crosby and L. Shaw, “Low Temperature Sintering of Ti-6Al-4V for Orthopedic Implant Applications,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium on "Next Generation Biomaterials" in MS&T’ 2011, October 16 – 20, 2011, Columbus, OH.

  • L. Shaw, “Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Storage and Conversion Technologies,” Invited Presentation at the Illinois Institute of Technologies, October 6, 2011, IIT, Chicago.

  • L. Shaw, “Challenges and Opportunities for Hydrogen Storage Materials and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells,” Invited Presentation at the City College of New York, October 3, 2011, CCNY, New York.

  • L. Shaw and H. Luo, “WC-Co Cermets with Simultaneous Improvements in Hardness and Toughness Derived from Nanocrystalline Powder,” Invited Presentation at the Symposium on Nanostructured Materials in THERMEC’ 2011, August 1 – 5, 2011, Quebec City, Canada.

  • J. Wang and L. Shaw, “Transparent Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite by Pressure-Assisted Sintering,” Invited Presentation at the symposium on “Next Generation Biomaterials” in MS&T 2010, Houston, Texas, October 17 – 21, 2010.

  • Y. Zhong and L. Shaw, “A Study on the Synthesis of Nanostructured WC-Co Particles from WO3, Co3O4 and Graphite,” Invited Presentation at “A Symposium in Honor of Professor Reza Abbaschian: Processing, Crystal Growth and Phase Equilibrium of Advanced Materials” in MS&T 2010, Houston, Texas, October 17 – 21, 2010.

  • L. Shaw, “The Pathways to On-Board Hydrogen Storage for Fuel Cell Vehicles,” Invited Presentation at the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) Associates Program Annual Meeting, UConn, May 27, 2010.

  • L. Shaw, X. Wan, Y. Zhong, and K. Crosby, “Novel Hydrogen Storage Properties Derived from Nanoscale LiBH4,” Invited Presentation in the Conference of  "Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2010,” Cocoa Beach, Florida, February 21-25, 2010.

  • L. Shaw, “Ultralow Temperature Sintering and Simultaneous Improvements in the Hardness and Toughness of Hydroxyapatite (HA),” Invited Presentation at WPI, January 20, 2010.