2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EN14-Advanced Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier that has the potential to decarbonize traditional energy sectors, including manufacturing (e.g. chemicals, steelmaking), heating (e.g. hydrogen blending in natural gas pipelines), power generation, and transportation. R&D advancements have led to steady growth in commercial deployments of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies worldwide over the past decade. In 2020, analysis of the H2@Scale vision estimated the economic potential of hydrogen demand in the U.S. as over 2X current values by 2050.

R&D priorities to enable affordable hydrogen supply include: cost-competitive green hydrogen production at scale; bulk storage of hydrogen for extended periods of time; low-cost, reliable hydrogen infrastructure technologies; and end-use technologies that can efficiently convert hydrogen fuel to heat or electricity. In all of these aspects, there is a need to design and develop materials that reduce technology cost and improve performance.

This symposium will provide an opportunity for researchers across multiple disciplines such as materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry and physics to come together and present their current understanding of issues and challenges in developing materials for the hydrogen industry. These materials developments would enable advanced water splitting technology (e.g., electrolysis, photoelectrochemical [PEC], solar thermochemical [STCH]), physical and chemical storage strategies, energy conveyance (e.g., pipelines), and energy conversion (fuel cells and hydrogen turbines).

In particular, this symposium seeks to highlight integrated multi-scale modeling and experimental studies that bridge the classical relationships between "processing - structure - properties - applications" paradigm in the “materials for hydrogen economy” space.

Topics will include:

  • Advanced water splitting materials – electrolysis, PEC, STCH
  • Materials compatibility- pipelines, storage vessels, polymers used in infrastructure
  • Hydrogen storage materials- hydrides, sorbents, carriers
  • Materials issues in hydrogen use – fuel cells, turbines, building appliances

Invited Speakers:

  • Shaun Alia (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Coleman Alleman (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Shannon Boettcher (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Mark Bowden (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Sylvie Castagnet (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et D’Aérotechnique, France)
  • William Curtin (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Dong Ding (Idaho National Laboratory, USA)
  • Sophia Haussener (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Zenyuk Iryna (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Jessica Krogstad (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Daniel Merkel (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Deborah Myers (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Kenneth Neyerlin (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Neha Rustagi (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
  • Donald Siegel (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Ellen Stechel (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Cem Tasan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Matthew Witman (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Brandon Wood (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

T. A. Venkatesh
Stony Brook University
Materials Science and Chemical Engineering

Ming Dao
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering

Huyen Dinh
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Hydrogen Production and Delivery

Chris San Marchi
Sandia National Laboratories
Hydrogen and Materials Science

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