On behalf of the General and Local Organizing Committees of the International Symposium on Innovative Materials for Processes in Energy Systems 2010 (IMPRES2010) – For Fuel Cells, Heat Pumps and Sorption Systems, it is our great pleasure to wish you all a warm welcome for your participation at the international symposium to be held in Furama Riverfront Hotel, Singapore from November 29, to December 1, 2010.

The first International Symposium on Innovative Materials for Processes in Energy Systems (IMPRES) was held in Kyoto in 2007 and after the successful meeting, the IMPRES2007 steering committee members agreed to hold the conference in every three years and this is the second IMPRES conference.

The conference is concerned with the applications of novel materials in the field of energy systems with special focus on the gas-solid reaction processes in various energy conversion systems. Materials for fuel cells, heat pumps, sorption systems and other energy conversion and storage devices will be discussed. Common concerns include material reactivity, heat and mass transfer characteristics, durability, stability under high-temperature and severe conditions and cost. This conference aims to bring workers focusing on different aspects of gas-solid reactions in energy conversion and promote an interchange of ideas across subjects.

The technical program includes two keynote lectures and contributed papers (11 oral sessions and one poster session). Prof. Isao Mochida, Kyushu University, Japan presents the first keynote paper entitled ‘A Series of Functional Carbon Materials for Efficient Battery System’, and the second one on ‘Research Topics Towards Development of Next Generation Heat Pump Systems’ is presented by Prof. Shigeru Koyama from the same university.

In preparing this edited book, we repeatedly felt that much work remains to be done in the field of heat pumps, sorption systems and innovative materials for energy conversion processes and that many directions of research are waiting for newcomers to seek out. We hope that this meeting will be professionally productive, personally enjoyable and believe that the international symposium will bring about new clues toward a breakthrough for the betterment of the energy conversion processes through fruitful and harmonious discussion in the heart of Singapore.

We thank all of the authors who have contributed to the success of IMPRES2010 and the valuable comments of reviewers that assisted in making the final decision of paper acceptance and improving the quality of articles.

Last not but the least, we would like to acknowledge the logistic supports from the conference co-organizers Division of Energy Engineering, Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan; Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore; Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan; School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Financial supports from the NEC, Japan, Mayekawa Mfg. Co. Ltd., Japan are also highly appreciated.

Bidyut Baran Saha, Kyushu University, Japan
Anutosh Chakraborty, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Kim Choon Ng, National University of Singapore
IMPRES2010 Editors

29 November 2010