MH 2014 University of Salford

MH 2014

Invited Speakers - Applications


A1. Hydrogen storage systems

A2. Large scale storage and transport of hydrogen

A3. Electrochemical applications: batteries and fuel cells

A4. Hydrogen purification: solid state diffusion and porous systems

A5. Effects of hydrogen on structural and containment materials

A6. Other applications of metal-hydrogen systems


A1. Hydrogen storage systems

Professor Marcello Baricco

University of Turin, Italy

"Solid State Hydrogen Tank coupled with High Temperature PEM: from materials to APU application"


Professor Marcello Baricco, University of Turin, Italy



Professor Stephen Bennington

Cella Energy, UK

"Hydrogen storage: from academia to market"


Professor Richard Chahine

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada

"State of the art and needs of hydrogen adsorption storage systems"


Professor Richard Chahine, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada Richard Chahine is founder and executive director of the Hydrogen Research Institute, and director of the NSERC H2CAN Strategic Network on hydrogen Production & Purification, Storage, and Infrastructure. The pan-Canadian Network which he initiated, involves university, industry and government. He holds the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in Hydrogen Purification, Transport and Storage at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Professor Chahine is member of the board of directors of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. He also served on different other hydrogen and energy related committees and chaired/co-chaired the Scientific Committees of HFC2011, WHEC 2012, and WHTC 2013.


Dr Tim Mays

University of Bath, UK

"Practical hybrid high-pressure/sorbent hydrogen storage systems incorporating nanoporous material"


Dr Bart A. van Hassel

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), USA

"Engineering technologies for fluid chemical hydrogen storage systems"


Dr Bart A. van Hassel, United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC), USA

Dr Bart A. van Hassel is a Principal Engineer at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), which is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining UTRC in 2008, van Hassel was senior development associate at Praxair Inc. in Tonawanda, NY, where he contributed to the development of advanced oxygen ion and electron conducting oxides for air separation membranes, which have applications in gas purification, oxygen and hydrogen production and carbon capture and sequestration. Van Hassel studied chemistry at the University of Utrecht and earned his PhD in inorganic material science from the University of Twente, both in the Netherlands. Since 2009, he has been leading UTRC’s contribution to the DOE-funded Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence (HSECoE), which focuses on the engineering of materials-based hydrogen storage systems with reversible (complex) metal hydrides, chemical hydrogen storage materials and cryo-adsorbents.


Dr José M. Bellosta von Colbe

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Germany

"Tank design challenges and optimization for metal hydride based hydrogen storage"


Dr Jose Bellosta von Colbe, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Germany

Dr José M. Bellosta von Colbe studied Technical Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. He worked on his diploma thesis at Bayer in Leverkusen (Germany) on the topic of silane pyrolisis for the synthesis of solar-grade silicium. He received his PhD from the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) on the topic of lightweight metal hydrides for hydrogen storage in 2006. After a postdoc at the Institute for Energy Technology in Kjeller (Norway), he joined the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (formerly GKSS) working on tank development for high-capacity metal hydrides and system integration. At present he is Deputy Head of the Department of Nanomaterials.


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A2. Large scale storage and transport of hydrogen


Speakers to be confirmed.


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A3. Electrochemical applications: batteries and fuel cells

Dr Takayuki Ichikawa

Hiroshima University, Japan

"Metal hydride as anode material for all-solid-state Li-ion batteries"


Dr Takayuki Ichikawa, Hiroshima University, Japan

Takayuki Ichikawa received his PhD from Hiroshima University in the field of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics in 2002. After that, he changed his research field into Materials Science, and especially started the development of hydrogen storage materials. He was a research associate in Hiroshima University (2002-2005), and he is currently an associate professor of Institute for Advanced Materials Research, Hiroshima University. His primary research interests now focus on the development of energy storage materials such as hydrogen storage materials and battery materials.


Dr Michel Latroche

University Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), France

"Role of the rare earth composition on the performance of working metal-hydride electrodes in Ni-MH alkaline batteries"


Dr Michel Latroche, Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), France

Michel Latroche was born in 1957 in France. He studied at Nantes' University and obtained his PhD at the Institut Jean Rouxel in the field of Solid State Chemistry. After a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, in the Chemistry Department with Professor J. Ibers, he joined the group of Dr A. Percheron-Guégan to work in the field of metal hydrides. He is now director of the East Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science. His main scientific interests are related to metallic hydrides. His research works deal with structural, thermodynamic and electrochemical properties of these materials. His research activities are devoted to fundamental aspects of metallic hydrides in relation with their applications such as negative electrode for Ni-MH and Li-ion batteries or hydrogen gas storage for fuel cells. He has been involved in several national and international research projects and he has published about two hundred publications and filed six patents in this research field.


Dr Motoaki Matsuo

Tohoku University, Japan

"Fast ionic conduction in ionic hydrides"


Dr Motoaki Matsuo, Tohoku University, Japan

Motoaki Matsuo received his Ph.D. degree in materials science in 2008 from Tohoku University, where he investigated microwave irradiation effect on desorption of metal hydrides and complex hydrides. Since then, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2008−2009) and an assistant professor (2010−2011) and is currently a lecturer in Orimo group of the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. His research interests are fundamental, physical, and chemical properties of lightweight hydrides: particularly solid-state ionics and hydrogen storage.


Dr Rana Mohtadi

Toyota Technical Center (TTC), USA

"Borohydrides continue to surprise: A different outlook on their properties"


Dr Rana Mohtadi, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), USA

Dr Rana Mohtadi obtained her chemical engineering Bachelor’s degree in 1998, from the University of Jordan, and her Master’s degree in 2001, from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. In 2004, under the supervision of Professor John W. Van Zee, she received her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina in the US. Her PhD work was on understanding the effects of air and hydrogen impurities on the performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. Following this, she joined the materials research department at Toyota Technical Center to study hydrogen storage materials for onboard applications. She is leading hydrogen storage research for Toyota in North America and applications of hydrides in rechargeable batteries. Dr Mohtadi has several peer reviewed articles and patents in the field of fuel cells, hydrogen storage and battery. Notable achievements include receiving the 100R&D award and more recently the “40 under 40” recognition by the auto news.


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A4. Hydrogen purification: solid state diffusion and porous systems

Professor Dhanesh Chandra

University of Nevada, Reno, USA

"Ni-Nb-Zr amorphous alloy membranes for separation of hydrogen from CO2 and other gases"


Professor Dhanesh Chandra, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Dhanesh Chandra received his BE (Mech. Engr.) degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, MS (Mechanics and Mat. Sci.) degree from University of Illinois, Chicago, and PhD from University of Denver (Metallurgy and Mat. Sci.). He is currently a Foundation Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. He started his career at the University of Denver (Denver Research Institute) and worked there for 10 years, later he joined University of Nevada, Reno, in January 1987. He has been active in Materials Science and Metallurgy research in the general area of phase transformations and energy. He has worked on classical and complex hydrides, energy storage in orientationally disordered “plastic crystals,” metal hydride heat pumps, alloy development for membranes, development of single phase oxidizer for automobile air bags, construction of phase diagrams, both experimentally as well as using CALPHAD modeling.


Professor Zheng Xiao Guo

University College London, UK

"Hydrogen purification for cost-effective fuel cell power"


Professor David Sholl

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

"High throughput computational characterization of hydrogen solubility and diffusion in intermetallics and complex metal hydrides"


Professor David Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

David Sholl is the Chair of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is also the Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability. His group has worked extensively using first principles calculations to probe the properties of interstitial hydrogen in metals for membrane-based applications and the thermodynamics of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage. He is the co-author of a widely used textbook on Density Functional Theory and is also a senior editor of Langmuir.


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A5. Effects of hydrogen on structural and containment materials

Professor Dilson Silva dos Santos

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Hydrogen diffusion and interaction with microstructure of the duplex stainless steels"


Dr Allan Walton

University of Birmingham, UK

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A6. Other applications of metal-hydrogen systems

Dr Mark Paskevicius

Curtin University of Technology, Australia

"Metal hydride heat storage prototype for concentrating solar thermal power"


Professor Bernard Dam

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

"The use of metal hydrides in hydrogen sensors and detectors"


Professor Bernard Dam of the Delft University of Technology Bernard Dam obtained his PhD in 1986 in Nijmegen for a thesis on incommensurately modulated crystals. After working as a researcher at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven and as an Associate Professor at the VU University in Amsterdam, he is now the head of the MECS (Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage) group at the Delft University of Technology since 2009. This group specializes in photoelectrochemical water splitting, and the application of metal hydrides for sustainable energy applications. Using a thin film combinatorial approach, hydrogen storage materials, hydrogen sensors and hydrogen separation membranes are being investigated. The general focus of his research is the relation between the thin film growth, the (defect)structure and the physical properties of materials.


Professor Z. Zak Fang

University of Utah, USA

"Development of thermal batteries based on metal hydrides: Opportunities and challenges"


Professor Z. Zak Fang, University of Utah, USA

Professor Z. Zak Fang at the University of Utah has extensive expertise on thermochemical reaction of materials. Specifically he has over twenty five years of experience in synthesis, characterization, and properties of metallic powder materials. He has been involved in the synthesis and characterization of metal hydrides since 2005. He served as a group leader within the Metal Hydride Center of Excellence led by Sandia National Lab from 2005 to 2010. Recently, he and his group focused on advanced metal hydrides for thermal energy storage applications. He is currently the PI and Program Director of the US DOE/ARPA-E program on advanced thermal batteries based on metal hydrides. He also served as a co-PI for a ARPA-E program on solar thermal storage using titanium hydride. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer reviewed articles. He is also the inventor of over 40 US patents. Prior to joining the University of Utah, he held various R&D Management positions in large industrial corporations. He is a Fellow of APMI. He is also a R&D100 award winner in 2009. He is the editor-in-chief of the Int. J. of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials.


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