Studying the interaction of solvated ions with interfaces has long been a distinguished research topic at the interface of physics, chemistry, and processing technologies. The driving forces in iontronics are not necessarily solely electric, but possibly also osmotic due to an advective fluid flow or diffusive due to ion concentration gradients. These open a plethora of applications in signal-transducing, separation, electrochemical storage, etc. Advances in nanotechnology and computation methods have created a thriving new scientific discipline. In fact, iontronics is expected to play a prominent role in addressing some of the main challenges of the 21st century related to the energy transition, water desalination, circular economy, and green technologies.
IontronicsNL is a network of scientists, mostly based in the Netherlands, with common interest in this topic. The first meeting of the network was organized by Sanli Faez, Esther Alarcon-Llado, and René van Roij at Utrecht University.
IontronicsNL Journal ClubOn this website we share our take on the most recent experimental, theoretical, and numerical methods applied to this field and review some of the existing challenges, both in fundamental research as well as in industrial applications.
- Willem Bonn, Utrecht University
- Sanli Faez, Utrecht University