MH 2014 University of Salford

MH 2014

Invited Speakers


A number of speakers have now very kindly accepted our invitations. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further confirmed speakers to the website. Please follow the links below for the invited speakers in the Fundamentals (F), Materials (M) and Applications (A) tracks. Below the links you will find our Plenary Speakers.


Fundamentals (F)

Materials (M)

Applications (A)



Dr Robert C. Bowman Jr

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA

"Planck Sorption Cryocoolers - A very successful metal hydride technology for space exploration"


Dr Robert Bowman Jr, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA Robert C. Bowman Jr is now at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and is an adjunct Professor in metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah. He earned chemistry degrees from Miami University, MIT, and the California Institute of Technology. Dr Bowman has over 45 years of research experience on the properties and applications of metal hydrogen systems. He is the author/co-author of 250+ publications on these materials. He holds three patents on using metal hydrides for electrochemical devices and hydrogen storage. Prior to joining ORNL, Dr Bowman was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory being involved in the development of hydrogen sorption cryogenic refrigerators for space flight applications and the characterization of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage. He had been previously employed at Aerojet Electronic Systems; the Aerospace Corporation; and the Monsanto – Mound Laboratory where he performed basic and applied studies of numerous metal-hydrogen systems for nuclear and energy technologies.


Professor Nigel Brandon

Imperial College London, UK

"UK hydrogen and fuel cell research - an overview"


Professor Peter Brandon, Imperial College London, UK

Professor Nigel Brandon, OBE, FREng, holds the Chair in Sustainable Development in Energy at Imperial College London and is Director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell SUPERGEN Hub.  His research interests are focussed onto electrochemical power sources, in particular related to fuel cells, electrolysers and energy storage. He has published over 150 papers in the field and holds 12 patents. He was founder of the UK fuel cell company Ceres Power in 2001, and was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2007, and the Baker Medal in 2011.



Professor Shin-ichi Orimo

Tohoku University, Japan

"Cool hydrides! Research topics and trends in Japan"


Professor Shin-ichi Orimo, Tohoku University, Japan

Shin-ichi Orimo received his PhD in materials science/physics from Hiroshima University in 1995. He was a JSPS research fellow (1993-1995), a research associate in Hiroshima University (1995-2002), and a guest researcher in Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research awarded by Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and MEXT Fellowship (1998-1999). He is currently a professor of WPI-AIMR (The World Premier International Research Center Initiative, Advanced Institute for Materials Research) as a Principal Investigator, Institute of Materials Research (IMR) as a Head of Section, and Special Advisor to the University President, Tohoku University. The related research was recently awarded by “Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (JSPS, 2011-2013)”, and by “The Commendation for Science and Technology (the Minister of MEXT, 2012)”.


Dr Ned T. Stetson

US Department of Energy, United States

"Hydrogen storage research and development efforts supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office"


Dr Ned Stetson, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, US Department of Energy

Dr Stetson is the Hydrogen Storage Program Manager in the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office. Dr Stetson has over 20 years of experience in hydrogen storage materials and technology development. For the US DOE, Dr Stetson manages the portfolio of hydrogen storage projects that includes development of low cost carbon fiber composite overwrapped pressure vessels, hydrogen storage materials development and system engineering. Prior to joining the US DOE, Dr Stetson researched complex hydrides at the University of Geneva where one of his accomplishments was the synthesis and structure determination of BaReH9, the only reported compound with higher hydrogen to non-hydrogen atom ratio greater than that of methane. Dr Stetson also spent over 10 years at ECD-Ovonics, where he was involved with the development of novel hydrogen storage materials and hydride-based hydrogen storage systems – these efforts resulted in the commercialization of the Portable Ovonic™ Solid Hydrogen Storage canister product line.


Professor Andreas Züttel

EMPA, Switzerland

"Hydrogen as the basis for a sustainable energy economy"


Professor Andreas Zuettel, EMPA, Switzerland Andreas Züttel is currently Head of the section “Hydrogen & Energy” at EMPA, Switzerland, and a professor in the Physics department at the University of Fribourg, where he received his PhD in 1993. In 1994, he was a postdoctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA. He then returned to the University of Fribourg to join the Physics Department as a lecturer. Professor Züttel has also been an external professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, a guest professor at IMR, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and a visiting professor at Delft Technical University, The Netherlands. He is also President of the Swiss Hydrogen Association “HYDROPOLE“.


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