MH 2014 University of Salford

MH 2014

Invited Speakers - Fundamentals


F1. Crystal structures, thermodynamics and phase diagrams

F2. Catalysis and reaction kinetics

F3. Diffusion and transport phenomena

F4. Surface and interface effects

F5. Physical properties

F6. Material synthesis and characterisation

F7. Isotope (H, D and T) effects

F8. Extreme conditions (high pressure, high temperature hydrides)


F1. Crystal structures, thermodynamics and phase diagrams

Dr Vladimir Antonov

Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Chernogolovka, Russia

"Proving the contact rules for phase regions: implications to phase diagrams of metal-hydrogen systems"


Dr Vladimir Antonov, Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Russia

Dr Vladimir Antonov is Head of the Laboratory of High-Pressure Physics at the Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Chernogolovka, Russia. Since the middle of the 1970s, Dr Antonov has been mainly dealing with the development of techniques for compressing gaseous hydrogen to high pressures, synthesis and investigation of new hydrides. By the present time, the operating range of his high-pressure chambers has been extended over the interval 1000 atm to 90,000 atm and 100 K to 1,300 K. The technique makes it possible to synthesize many new hydrides (in particular, hydrides of Fe, Co, Mo, Rh, Tc, Re, graphite, carbon nanotubes and nanofibres have been synthesized for the first time), to determine their composition, crystal and magnetic structure, magnetic and superconducting properties and to construct T-P phase diagrams.


Professor Bill David

ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and University of Oxford, UK

"Hydrogen storage: imides, amides and ammonia"


Professor Bill David, ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK

Bill David is STFC Senior Fellow at the ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Professor of Chemistry in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford. His research is principally based on new materials for sustainable energy applications, with an emphasis on hydrogen storage. Most recently, his focus has been on the development of an energy-storage programme based around ammonia. He is also involved in the development of neutron and X-ray diffraction techniques in combination with computational modelling. Bill is a Fellow in Physics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was awarded the IOP CV Boys Prize in 1990 and has also received the Inaugural British Crystallography Association Prize (2002), the European Society for Applied Physical Chemistry Prize (2006) and most recently one of three Bragg Lecture Awards (2013) to mark the Bragg Centenary of the discovery of X-ray diffraction.


Dr Jean-Marc Joubert

CNRS-Université Paris-Est, France

"Thermodynamic modelling of metal-hydrogen systems using the Calphad method"


Dr Jean-Marc Joubert, CNRS-Université Paris-Est, France

Jean-Marc Joubert was born in 1969 in French Brittany. He obtained his physics engineer diploma in 1992 from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Rennes. Since then, he has been working in the field of metal–hydrogen systems, obtaining his PhD in the Laboratoire de Chimie Métallurgique des Terres Rares headed by Dr A. Percheron-Guégan, and performing a post-doctoral stay in the Laboratoire de Cristallographie in Geneva, under the supervision of Professor K. Yvon. Since 1996, he has occupied a permanent position as a research scientist in the Laboratoire de Chimie Métallurgique des Terres Rares now part of the Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est. In 2003, he took the opportunity of a sabbatical stay at KTH in Stockholm to learn the Calphad technique together with Professor Sundman. After his return, he applied this technique to several metal-hydrogen systems.


Dr Timmy Ramirez-Cuesta

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

"High throughput inelastic neutron scattering, from fiction to reality"


Dr Timmy Ramirez-Cuesta, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

A. J. (Timmy) Ramirez-Cuesta is the Chemical Spectroscopy Group Leader in the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), part of the Neutron Sciences Directorate, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. The Chemical Spectroscopy Group boasts the world highest resolution QENS (BASIS) and the world’s only high-throughput/high-resolution INS spectrometer (VISION). Previously, he was Senior Instrument Scientist of the TOSCA spectrometer at the ISIS Facility in the United Kingdom. He is the author of aClimax, the de facto standard for calculation of INS spectra from ab-initio calculations. He has been working on computational modelling of experimental data for over 25 years and has been involved in the use of neutrons for over a decade. His scientific interests include lattice dynamics calculations, characterisation of hydrogen storage systems, metal hydrides and porous materials using inelastic neutron scattering and ab-initio computational methods, interactions of molecules with surfaces, and the modelling of surface reactions and catalysis using classical and quantum methods.


Dr Daniel Roach

University of Salford, UK

"The Interpretation of experimental polycrystalline Coherent Inelastic Neutron Scattering (poly-CINS) from magnesium deuteride"


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F2. Catalysis and reaction kinetics

Dr Tom Autrey

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

"Reversible hydrogen activation in molecular complexes: Approaches to catalysis and energy storage using amine boranes"


Dr Tom Autrey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Tom Autrey is a Staff Scientist in the Fundamental and Computational Science Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr Autrey's research interests are focused on small molecule activation in catalysis and approaches to energy storage for fuel cell power applications. He is a Co-PI on the US DOE Office of Science Catalysis Science Program and a Co-PI on the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Fuel Cell Technology project Novel Carbon-Boron-Nitrogen Containing Hydrogen Storage Materials. Dr Autrey serves on the Lujan Center Materials Program Advisory Committee and as a member of the US DRIVE Hydrogen Storage Technical Team.


Dr Elsa Callini

EMPA, Switzerland

"Hydrogen emitting reactions"


Dr Elsa Callini, EMPA, Switzerland



Professor Petra de Jongh

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

"The size dependence of reactivity and hydrogen mobility for carbon-supported MgH2 particles"


Professor Petra de Jongh, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Petra de Jongh is a professor of inorganic materials at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). She received her PhD in photoelectrochemistry from Utrecht University in 1999, and worked for 5 years as a senior scientist and project leader at Philips Research Laboratories. She started as associated professor in 2004 in the group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, working on the preparation of supported catalysts, but also building up her own research line on supported metal hydrides for reversible hydrogen storage. Presently she is full professor at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University, working on a broad range of inorganic materials for sustainable catalysis and energy storage and conversion. Her main drive is to design and prepare supported nanoparticulate systems, and understand the impact of nanosizing, morphology and confinement on the functionality of these materials.


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F3. Diffusion and transport phenomena

Professor Mark S. Conradi

Washington University, USA

"NMR in NaH: The effects of added NaOH"


Professor Mark S. Conradi, Washington University, USA

Mark S. Conradi received his BS and PhD degrees in Physics at Washington University under Professor R. E. Norberg, in 1973 and 1977. A postdoctoral period at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1977-1979) introduced him to chemistry and ESR. He became an assistant (and later associate) professor at the College of William and Mary, where he focused on NMR of simple molecular solids, such as CO. In 1986, he moved back to Washington University. There, his interests ranged from amorphous silicon and reorientations and diffusion in molecular solids to lung imaging with laser-polarized helium-3 gas. He has used NMR to study metal hydrides since 1990, including metallic storage systems and (more recently) ionic and complex hydrides. A particular specialty has been the study of hydrides under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure.


Professor Björgvin Hjörvarsson

Uppsala University, Sweden

"On site occupation and diffusion of H in transition metals"


Professor Bjorgvin Hjorvarsson, Uppsala University, Sweden

Professor Björgvin Hjörvarsson obtained his PhD in nuclear solid state physics 1990, the title of the thesis is “Hydrogen in metals, studied by nuclear techniques”. During his postdoctoral visits in France he combined nuclear techniques and surface science (CNRS, Lyon) and thereafter he started his efforts on low dimensional magnetism (CEN, Grenoble). Returning to Sweden, he continued to develop concepts and techniques related to the exploration of low dimensional effects on hydrogen in materials and magnetism. He became a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in 2000 and at Uppsala University in 2001, where he is heading the materials physics division. The main focus of his current research efforts is related to 1, 2 and 3 dimensional confinement effects, and emergent order as a consequence of combination of length scales.


Dr Alexander Skripov

Institute of Metal Physics, Ekaterinburg, Russia

"Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of atomic motion in borohydride-based materials"


Dr Alexander Skripov, Institute of Metal Physics, Russia

Dr Alexander Skripov is a principal researcher at the Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Ekaterinburg (Russia). He received his PhD in solid state physics from the Ural Technical University in 1982. His early research work at the Institute of Metal Physics was related to nuclear magnetic resonance studies of the electronic properties and phase transitions in charge-density-wave systems and A15-type superconductors. Since 1983, his research activity has been focused on metal-hydrogen systems. In 1993 he was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship and spent nearly two years at Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart and at Saarland University in Saarbrücken performing his own project on hydrogen mobility in Laves-phase hydrides. During this Fellowship, he started to use quasielastic neutron scattering for studies of hydrogen dynamics. The main focus of his current research is related to mechanisms of hydrogen motion in intermetallics and complex hydrides.


Dr Dallas R. Trinkle

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

"Hydrogen pipe diffusion in palladium: First principles, kinetic Monte Carlo, and experiments"


Dr Dallas Trinkle, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dallas R. Trinkle is an associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Physics from Ohio State University in 2003. Following his time as a National Research Council postdoctoral researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He was a TMS Young Leader International Scholar in 2008, received the NSF/CAREER award in 2009, the Xerox Award for Faculty Research at Illinois in 2011, the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award in 2014, and co-chaired the 2011 Physical Metallurgy Gordon Research conference. His research focuses on defects in materials using density-functional theory, and novel techniques to understand problems in mechanical behavior and transport.


Dr Terrence J. Udovic

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

"Probing hydroborate polyanion reorientations via quasielastic neutron scattering"


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F4. Surface and interface effects

Dr Christoph Langhammer

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

"On the role of size, shape and composition in metal nanoparticle-hydrogen interactions"


Dr Christoph Langhammer, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Christoph Langhammer is originally from Zürich, Switzerland, where he obtained his Masters degree in Materials Science from ETH Zürich in 2004. Today, he is assistant professor at the Applied Physics Department at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, where he also received his PhD degree (2009) in the field of materials science and nanoplasmonics. His research interests are in the interdisciplinary areas of surface science, nanoscience, catalysis and nano optics. Particular focus is on understanding processes at surfaces and interfaces of (nano)materials for energy applications, and the development of new optical spectroscopy techniques for in situ studies of functional nanomaterials. He is also co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at the spin-off company Insplorion AB.


Professor Eric Majzoub

University of Missouri - St Louis, USA

"Functionalized mesoporous carbon supports for hydrogen storage materials: A first-principles study of surface interactions with complex hydrides"


Professor Eric Majzoub, University of Missouri - St Louis, USA

Eric Majzoub is the Associate Director of the Center for Nanoscience at UMSL, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. He received his PhD in condensed matter physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, where he studied the structure and stability of Ti-based quasicrystals. He joined Sandia National Laboratories for a one-year postdoc position while working on complex hydrides for the Department of Energy. As a staff member at Sandia from 2002-2007 he was co-PI on the Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE) award and worked with the Sandia team on materials discovery, characterization, and thermodynamic properties of complex hydrides. During this time, he developed widely successful crystal structure prediction methods based on novel Monte Carlo techniques, resulting in the prediction of complex hydrides that were subsequently prepared in the laboratory. His interests are in the general area of energy-storage materials, and he has active research programs in batteries and supercapacitors, in addition to hydrogen storage.


Dr Sabrina Sartori

University of Oslo, UNIK and Institute for Energy Technology, Norway

"Structure determination of metal-C60 nano-composites"


Dr Sabrina Sartori, University of Oslo, Norway

Sabrina Sartori is originally from Italy, where she earned her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2003. She is associate professor at the University of Oslo since 2013 and researcher at UNIK and Institute for Energy Technology, Norway. Currently, she is also a Feinberg Foundation Visiting Faculty Program fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Her research interests include the synthesis and characterization of materials for hydrogen storage and batteries. Particular focus is on nano-scale and porous materials investigated with small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering, in-situ synchrotron radiation and powder neutron diffraction. Since 2013 she has served as a board member of MRS Bulletin, Energy Quarterly.


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F5. Physical properties


Speakers to be confirmed.


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F6. Material synthesis and characterisation


Speakers to be confirmed.


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F7. Isotope (H, D and T) effects

Professor Thomas Heine

Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

"Hydrogen isotope separation in metal-organic frameworks: Insights from theory"


Professor Thomas Heine, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Thomas Heine graduated from TU Dresden and, after postdoctoral stages in Bologna, Exeter and Dresden became Associated (2008) and Full (2011) Professor of Theoretical Physics/Theoretical Materials Science. His research interests include the development of methods and software for materials science, molecular framework compounds, 2D inorganic materials and theoretical spectroscopy. Metal-Organic Frameworks as functional nanostructured materials are one of his research focuses, supported by an ERC Starting Grant.


Hyunchul Oh

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany

"Hydrogen isotope separation in nanoporous framework materials"


Hyunchul Oh, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany

Hyunchul Oh (born 1980, Seoul) received his BEng in Materials Engineering from the Korea University of Technology and Education, South Korea in 2008 and his MSc with honors in Advanced Materials and Processes from Erlangen-Nürnberg University (FAU Erlangen), Germany in 2010. Since 2010, he joined the hydrogen storage group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart, Germany) as a scientific researcher. Oh was awarded a Max Planck Doctoral fellowship, and is currently pursuing his PhD at the International Max Planck Research School for Advanced Materials in Germany. His current research interests are gas storage and light gas isotope separation using microporous materials.


Dr Robert Smith

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, UK

"Hydrogen isotope separation for fusion power applications"


Dr Robert Smith, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, UK

Rob Smith joined the fusion branch of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, CCFE, in 2007 having spent the previous ten years working in the nuclear, power generation, research and military industries where he has worked in a variety of scientific, engineering and liaison roles within the UK and abroad. He is currently the head of the Active Gas Handling Group which operates the Tritium handling, feed and exhaust systems associated with the Joint European Torus (JET) located at Culham. In addition to this main role he is an appointed JET Engineer in Charge, which permits him to run operational shifts of the JET machine, and as part of the European fusion research program is the lead engineer for the demonstration fusion power plant (DEMO) Tritium systems currently being designed.


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F8. Extreme conditions (high pressure, high temperature hydrides)

Dr Hiroyuki Saitoh

Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Japan

"Aluminium-based interstitial hydride, Al2CuHx"


Dr Hiroyuki Saitoh, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Japan

Hiroyuki Saitoh is currently a senior scientist at Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). He received his PhD degree in material science from Tsukuba University in 2003, where he investigated structural phase transitions of macromolecules using X-ray diffraction technique. He joined Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, the former organization of JAEA, as a postdoc. He became a tenured scientist at JAEA in 2011. His research interests focus on high-pressure synthesis of functional materials, especially metal hydrides, with the aid of synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction techniques. He was the recipient of the Japan Society of High Pressure Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists in 2009.


Dean Smith

University of Salford, UK

"High pressure and temperature formation of graphene hydride"


Dean Smith, University of Salford, UK



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