Invited Speakers - Materials
Professor Etsuo Akiba
Kyushu University, Japan
"Improvement of activation and re-hydrogenation behaviors of TiFe"
Professor Etsuo Akiba is the Head of the Hydrogen Storage Division and the principal researcher of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER). He is also a professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, from December 2010. He earned his PhD degree from The University of Tokyo in 1979 in physical chemistry. He joined the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in 1979 and started his research on metal hydrides. During his over 30 year career on the research and development of hydrogen storage materials, he developed various types of materials including Ti-based BCC structured alloys and analyzed novel crystal structures using neutron diffraction. He received several awards including the Herbert C. Brown Award for Innovations in Hydrogen Research, Purdue University, USA in 2008 and The IPHE Technical Achievement Award in 2010.
Professor Isaac Jacob
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
"In pursuit of light intermetallic hydrides"
Isaac Jacob is a full professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev since 1994. There he leads and conducts a research program in hydrogenation of metals and metal alloys. An application of Nuclear Resonant (~7 MeV) Photon Scattering to the research of some hydride-forming intermetallic compounds revealed an intriguing elastic effect. This effect was later confirmed and expanded by various experimental techniques. It is correlated with the kinetic and capacitive properties of the corresponding hydrides. He uses clues from this and other relevant effects in the search for new light intermetallic hydrides. His PhD is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received a special faculty award for his discovery and investigation of new intermetallic hydrides. He obtained M.Sc. and B.Sc. in physics from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
Dr Sanjay Kumar
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India
"Tailoring the hydrogen de-sorption thermodynamics of VH2 by various alloying additives"
Dr Sanjay Kumar obtained his PhD in Chemical Sciences from Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai. He is now a Scientific Officer at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India. His research interests include the development of materials for hydrogen storage and permeation applications, structural and functional materials for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and development of nano materials for various energy conversion applications. He has had 50 research papers and articles published in reputed international and national journals and conference proceedings. He is an active reviewer of various international journals and the recipient of several best paper awards in conferences and seminars at a national & international level. Recently he has been conferred group achievement award by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India for his contribution to the development of materials for fusion reactors.
Professor Volodymyr Yartys
Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Norway
"Structure-properties relationship in nanostructured Mg-based hydrides for energy storage"
Professor Yartys is professor of materials science and hydrogen technologies at the Institute for Energy Technology and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He received a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1980 and a Doctor of Sciences in inorganic chemistry from Lviv University in 1995. He then became a professor in inorganic chemistry in 1998. He is working in the fields of materials science of nanomaterials, hydrogen and energy storage with a focus on: (a) Rechargeable Batteries; (b) Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier; (c) Novel Materials for Hydrogen Storage and Battery Applications; (d) Hydrogen storage systems; (e) Use of metal hydrides in energy management. Professor Yartys is the author of 405 publications (198 papers in peer refereed academic journals, 6 patents and three books), and has acted as a project leader in research projects funded by the EU, Norwegian Research Council, Nordic Energy Research, and industry. He is also the Secretary General of the International Steering Committee of the International Symposia on the Metal-Hydrogen Systems.
Professor Min Zhu
South China University of Technology, China
"Recent progress in enhanced storage of MgH2"
|Min Zhu is a Professor of Materials Science, and also Vice President of South China University of Technology. After receiving his PhD degree from Dalian University of Technology in 1988, he worked in the Technical University of Berlin as a Humboldt Research Fellow from 1993 to 1995. He visited Tokyo University as a senior research fellow in 2000, the National Institute for Materials of Japan in 2001, and the University of Sydney as visiting scientist in 2003. In 2002, he was appointed as a “Cheung Kong Professor” by the Ministry of Education of China. In 2010, he was appointed as the Chief Scientist for the National Key Basic Research Project from the Ministry of Science and Technology (973 Project) on “Novel high capacity hydrogen storage materials”. Professor Zhu is working in the fields of hydrogen storage materials, lithium ion battery materials, shape memory alloys and mechanical alloying, and published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals. He has received the Outstanding Teacher Award of Fok Ying Tung Foundation in 1993, the Outstanding Young Scientist Fund from NSFC in 1999, the Science and Technology Progress Award from the Ministry of Education in 2004, and the University Innovation Prize of China in Automobile Field awarded by GM China in 2010.|
Dr Francois Aguey-Zinsou
University of New South Wales, Australia
"Core-shell hydride nanoarchitectures: Design and hydrogen behaviour"
Dr Young Whan Cho
Korea Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
"Control of dehydrogenation/rehydrogenation reaction of metal borohydride-based composites"
Dr Young Whan Cho has been working on hydrogen storage materials since 2002 and is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and 20 patents. Following a PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University in 1990, he took up a position as senior researcher with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology where he is now a principal researcher. Dr Cho is also chair professor of Nanomaterials Science and Engineering of University of Science and Technology. Since 2007, he has been one of the expert members of IEA-HIA Task 22 and 32 and has worked with many international institutes, including Aarhus University, Birmingham University, Caltech, EMPA, HZG, and KIT.
Professor Bjørn C. Hauback
Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Norway
"Rare-earth borohydrides - structures and thermal properties"
Professor Hauback is Department Head of the Physics Department at IFE, Principal Scientist New Materials, IFE, and adjunct professor of Physics at the University of Oslo. He has a PhD in physics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology from 1988. His main interests are structure-property relationships of hydrogen storage materials and neutron diffraction. Hauback has about 250 articles in peer-review journals. He is a member of Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and led the Task 22 on hydrogen storage materials of the IEA Hydrogen Implementation Agreement in 2006-2012.
Dr Raphaël Janot
Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France
"Enthalpy-entropy compensation effect in the alkali silanides series:MSiH3 (M = K, Rb, Cs)"
Raphaël Janot studied chemistry at the University of Nancy I in France, where he received a Doctorate in 2001 for a thesis conducted on the preparation by ball-milling in liquid media of negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. Then, he was a post-doctoral fellow at LRCS in Amiens working on Mg-based alloys for hydrogen storage. After a second post-doctoral position at LCMTR in Thiais studying other intermetallics for hydrogen storage, Raphaël joined in 2005 the LRCS (Laboratory of Reactivity and Chemistry of Solids, Amiens) as a CNRS researcher. His recent research activities were focused on electrode materials as well as hydrogen storage. Among hydrogen storage materials, he recently investigated the properties of phases such as metallic imides-amides and alkali silicides-silanides. His interest also lies in the preparation of porous carbon materials and the effects of nano-confinement on the properties of complex hydrides.
Professor Craig Jensen
University of Hawaii, USA
"Mechanistic studies of the reversible hydrogenation of boranes to borohydrides under moderate conditions"
|Craig Jensen is a full professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hawaii. He is an inorganic chemist with broad experience in catalyst development and the synthesis and characterization of novel inorganic and organometallic materials. Professor Jensen has authored or co-authored 131 peer-reviewed publications and 8 U.S. patents and presented over 140 invited seminars and conference talks in 24 different countries. He was named the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen program’s “1999 Research Success Story” and presented with their “R&D” award in 2004. Since 1997, he has been a member of the expert groups of the International Energy Association’s tasks aimed at the development of improved hydrogen storage materials. In 2003, he founded Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers, LLC, and has since served as the company president. He was a co-chairman of the 2006 International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems and the 2007 Hydrogen-Metal Systems Gordon Research Conference.|
Dr Claudia Weidenthaler
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany
"Expanding complex aluminum hydrides towards heavier Group I and II family members"
Claudia Weidenthaler studied Mineralogy and Crystallography and finished her doctorate in 1995 at the University of Mainz (Germany). After this she worked as staff researcher at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Bremen, later as guest scientist at the University of Frankfurt. In 1999 she joined the Department of Heterogeneous Catalysis at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr as senior scientist. Since 2012 she is research group leader of the group “Powder Diffraction and Surface Spectroscopy” at the MPI in Mülheim. Her main research interest is on the crystallography of catalysts and energy related material with respect to structure-property relationships. Particular focus is on in-situ powder diffraction studies of functional materials under reaction conditions and the analysis of the real structures (microstructure) of nanosized materials.
Dr Hui Wu
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
"Novel complex hydrides for hydrogen storage and related structural studies"
Hui Wu is a materials chemist and crystallographer at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA. She received her BS (1999) and MS (2001) degrees from Tsinghua University, China, and PhD degree (2005) from the University of Pennsylvania with Professor Peter Davies. In 2005, she joined the NCNR as a post-doctoral researcher working with Dr Terrence Udovic. She was then appointed to her current position as a research scientist at NCNR in 2007. She is also a research faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Maryland since 2007. Her current research is focused on novel materials for energy storage. She has published ~80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter. She was the recipient of the 2010 Sidhu Award for her work on hydrogen storage related materials.
Professor Xuebin Yu
Fudan University, China
"Hydrogen storage in ammine metal borohydrides"
|Professor Xuebin Yu received his PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, CAS, in 2004, and his MS and BS degrees in Mineral Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in 2000 and 1997, respectively. He worked at the University of Nottingham as a postdoc in 2005-2006 and joined the University of Wollongong as a research fellow in 2007. Since 2008, he has been employed by Fudan University as a full professor. His work focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of novel light-weight hydrogen storage materials. Professor Yu has published over 130 papers, including in JACS, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and Adv. Mater., with more than 1900 citations.|
Dr Ragaiy Zidan
Savannah River National Laboratory, USA
"Interactions of C60 with metal hydride systems"
Ragaiy Zidan received his PhD in physics From Florida Tech and has been working in the area of hydrogen technology for more than 20 years. Currently, he holds a position of an Advisory Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. He is on several national and international advisory boards of universities and research councils. In 2010, Dr Zidan was honoured by the Department of Energy (DOE) for his contributions in developing electrochemical methods for alane regeneration. He and his team developed a novel closed cycle for producing alane, a high hydrogen capacity material. Hydrogen storage and carbon nano-systems are his main areas of interest. The team of researchers Ragaiy leads works on several projects ranging from fundamental science (under support from the Office of Basic Science) to applied science (e.g. automotive and electronic companies), developing hydrogen storage materials for on-board applications and portable power. Ragaiy has several publications and patents in the area of hydrogen technology.
Professor Ping Chen
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), China
"Nitrogen based materials for hydrogen storage"
Ping Chen is a professor at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS. Chen received a PhD degree in Chemistry in 1997 from Xiamen University, China. Before joining DICP, she was an Associate Professor at National University of Singapore. Her primary research interests include the development of N-based chemical and complex hydrides for hydrogen storage, catalysis, and materials chemistry. She and her team have over 15 years’ experience with amide-hydride composites, amidoboranes and metalated amines.
Dr Zhenguo Huang
University of Wollongong, Australia
"Octahydrotriborates (B3H8¯): synthesis and hydrogen storage"
Dr Zhenguo Huang received a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2007. This was followed by a postdoctoral appointment at The Ohio State University in the US, working on boron-containing compounds for solid state hydrogen storage. In 2011, he came back to the University of Wollongong as a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In the same year, he won a Discovery Early Career Research Award - “DECRA” from the Australian Research Council, supporting further research in the field of hydrogen storage. He has been exploring boron-containing compounds, not only for solid and liquid state storage, but also for batteries and photocatalytic water splitting.
Dr Craig Brown
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
"Neutron studies of hydrogen adsorption in porous materials"
|Dr Craig Brown obtained his PhD in 1999 from the University of Sussex (Chemistry) whilst at the Institut Laue-Langevin. He has been at the NIST Center for Neutron Research since that time, where he is currently Team Leader for Crystallography and Diffraction Applications, an instrument scientist on a time-of-flight neutron spectrometer, and an adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. His research addresses the structure and dynamics of molecules and materials, with recent emphasis placed on in-situ X-ray and neutron scattering measurements of porous materials for gas adsorption, storage, and industrial separations. He has received several awards, including a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2010 Neutron Scattering Society of America Science Prize, and the 2010 United States Department of Commerce Silver Medal.|
Dr Michael Hirscher
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
"Recent progress in hydrogen storage in MOFs"
|Michael Hirscher is group leader “Hydrogen storage” at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany. He studied physics at University of Stuttgart, Germany and Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA. For his achievements during his PhD he was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society in 1988. Prior to taking his position in Stuttgart, he spent a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Recently, he edited the “Handbook of Hydrogen Storage” and is operating agent of IEA-HIA Task 32 “Hydrogen-based energy storage” since 2013. His current research interests focus on nanoporous and nanoscale materials for gas storage and separation.|