2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium S.EN11—Materials, Modeling and Technoeconomic Impacts for Large-Scale Hydrogen and Energy Applications

The future energy system will require large-scale energy storage to handle the intermittency associated with renewable generation sources. Ideally, storage systems will also harness seasonal excess generation to avoid terra-watt-hours of curtailment in the spring and fall. Of the potential energy storage methods, hydrogen-based storage is promising given its flexibility, both in terms of potential end uses and sources. Of interest to this symposium are advancements necessary for large-scale generation, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen. New materials to aid in low and high temperature electrolysis, photo-electrolysis, high temperature decomposition, bio-hydrogen, etc. will be discussed. The optimization of hydrogen carriers and storage materials to realize efficient, safe and economical transport of hydrogen and facilitate geographically agnostic H2 storage will be explored. New concepts and materials with potential advantages over compressed/liquefied hydrogen for bulk storage and transport will be of particular interest, especially reports on new and innovative sets of materials and bio-materials that could be involved in hydrogen carrier applications. Additionally, in the area of distribution, requirements for the use of existing natural gas pipelines for hydrogen distribution as well as methods to subvert hydrogen embrittlement concerns in containment materials will be addressed in this symposium. Abstracts regarding system design considerations and analyses of potential end uses for hydrogen will also be considered. In this way, the symposium will cover motivating factors for the development of the hydrogen economy and the essential materials advancements to enable this expansion.

Topics will include:

  • Technoeconomic analysis of hydrogen carrier materials and long-term hydrogen storage
  • Porous liquid materials for hydrogen transport
  • Integrating electro and thermal catalysis processes for hydrogen carrier production
  • Non-precious metal catalysts
  • Reducing precious metal loading in catalysts
  • Bio-inspired processes and materials for production or sorption of hydrogen including biomass and cellular processes
  • Atomistic modelling and simulation applicable to hydrogen carrier materials
  • H2 distribution in natural gas pipelines
  • Improving performance and lifetime of fuel cells and electrolyzers
  • Hybrid sorbent-hydride materials for hydrogen carriers and long-term storage

Invited Speakers:

  • Jacquelyn Birdsall (Toyota-USA, USA)
  • Hanna Breunig (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Craig Brown (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Ping Chen (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China)
  • Jeff Greenblatt (Emerging Futures, LLC., USA)
  • Gareth Hinds (National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Jeffrey Long (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Sunita Satyapal (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
  • Michael Veestra (Ford Motor Company, USA)
  • Brandon Wood (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Qjang Xu (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Chang Won Yoon (Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Claudia Zlotea (French National Centre for Scientific Research, France)

Symposium Organizers

Alexander Headley
University of Memphis

Thomas Gennett
Colorado School of Mines/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Chemistry and Materials Science
303-273-6622, tgennett@mines.edu

Bojana Ginovska
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Catalysis Science
(509) 375-5979, bojana.ginovska@pnnl.gov

Susan Schoenung
Longitude 122 West, Inc.