Dr. Tom Weier

Head Liquid metal battery
Phone: +49 351 260 2226

Dr. Norbert Weber
Phone: +49 351 260 3112

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International workshop on liquid metal battery fluid dynamics (LMBFD 2017)

May 16-17, 2017, Dresden, Germany

LMBFM 2017 - Dresden

(Supported by the Helmholtz-Alliance LIMTECH)


Tom Weier1, Norbert Weber1, Frank Stefani1, Gunter Gerbeth1, Douglas Kelley2

1 Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf

2 University of Rochester


Liquid metal batteries (LMBs) are promising candidates for cheap grid scale energy storage, a key ingredient of future energy systems based mainly on volatile renewable sources as wind and solar power. Based on a stable density stratification of two liquid metals and a molten salt, LMBs offer several unique advantages as huge current densities, simple construction, easy scalability on the cell level, and potentially near infinity cycle life. To realize these promises, challenging problems in high-temperature electrochemistry, materials science, and metallurgy have to be addressed. Fluid mechanics enters the field since we are dealing with cells having a completely liquid interior. Recently, this aspect has been addressed by a number of researchers and interest in this topic is on the rise. This workshop aims to support the trend, to offer a platform for discussion, and to facilitate future collaborations. While the focus shall be on fluid dynamics, talks on other aspects of liquid metal batteries and related devices (e.g., aluminum reduction cells) are equally welcome and clearly do belong to the scope of the workshop.


  • mixing and mass transfer
  • natural convection
  • magnetohydrodynamic instabilities (e.g., metal pad roll, Tayler)
  • electro-vortex flows
  • electrochemistry of LMBs (experiments as well as modeling)
  • cell design, materials selection, corrosion
  • scale-up, dimensioning and grid integration of LMBs
  • stack design and heat management

Confirmed invited speaker

  • Donald R. Sadoway (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): An overview of liquid metal batteries

Important dates

15 February 2017 online registration opens
12 March 2017 extended deadline for abstract submission
15 March 2017 notification of acceptance
26 March 2017 last day for special rate hotel reservation, online registration closes


Please use the LaTeX-template provided here to prepare your abstract. Should you prefer a different word processor, please follow closely the layout of the file ‘abstract_template.pdf’ (included in the package). Submit the abstract as a pdf-file to

Final programme

The final programme is available here in pdf format.

A book of abstracts is now available for download. It will be handed out in print to the participants at the start of the workshop. Publication of a proceedings volume is not intended.

Workshop Venue

LMBFD 2017 will be held in the QF hotel, a downtown hotel in Dresden in the direct vicinity of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Brühl's Terrace and the river Elbe. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, is well known for its cultural and historical highlights. Depending on the workshop program and interest, a visit to the Liquid Metal Laboratory of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf as well as a city tour is planned to be offered.


A limited number of rooms for a special rate are reserved in QF Hotel (the conference hotel) and ibis Hotel Bastei (15 min walking distance):

hotel single room      double room
QF Hotel 96 €/night 116 €/night
ibis Hotel Bastei 59 €/night 79 €/night

Prices include breakfast and VAT. Room booking will be possible together with online registration and shall be available from February 15 on.

Workshop fee

The workshop fee will be 200 € including a welcome reception on May 15 and the workshop dinner on May 16.


Registration is closed.


A printable leaflet containing the information presented on this web-page is available here. Please feel free to share it.


Any questions related to the workshop should be addressed by e-mail to:

Do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information. We are looking forward to seeing you in Dresden!