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Fuel Cells
Gordon Research Conference

The Next Generation of Durable, High-Performance Components and Fuel Cells, Including Modeling, Diagnostics, and Materials Development Advancements

Dates

August 7-12, 2016

Location

Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Organizers

Chairs:
Adam Z. Weber & Plamen Atanassov

Vice Chairs:
Kunal Karan & Deborah J. Jones

Meeting Description

With the introduction of the first commercial fuel-cell vehicles, attention moves towards improving performance and durability using next-generation materials and concepts. Technological progress is being made for low and moderate temperature proton conducting and alkaline fuel cells, yet there remain issues that must be overcome to reach technical goals. Experimental and theoretical modeling work on electrodes have produced exciting results including understanding of detailed morphology, novel catalysts, and their subsequent optimizations. Next generation material sets such as alkaline exchange membranes and non PGM catalyst have made substantial progress. At the same time, new applications outside of the transportation and portable power sectors are attracting increased attention. At this GRC, an international group of scientists and engineers from industry, academia, and national laboratories will present talks and posters that focus on cutting edge developments in fuel cell research with regards to membranes, catalytic materials and electrode architectures, modeling studies, system designs, and applications. Attendees will be engaged in constructive discussions and scientific exchanges that will stimulate new ideas and facilitate new collaborations aimed at identifying and solving next-generation issues.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Fuel Cells" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmHydrogen and Its Electrochemical Applications
This session will be focused on understanding current space and next generation applications.
Discussion Leader: Mark Mathias (General Motors, Fuel Cell R&D, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmShanna Knights (Ballard Power Systems, Canada)
"Fuel Cell Commercialization: Progress and Technology Directions"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmJoeseph Cargnelli (Hydrogenics, Canada)
"Power to Gas and Hydrogen Generation State of the Art"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIon-Conducting Membranes and Understanding
Discussion Leader: Klaus-Dieter Kreuer (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amMichael Yandrasits (3M, USA)
"Perfluoro Imide Acid (PFIA) Ionomers for Fuel Cell Membranes"
9:45 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amSteven Holdcroft (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
"Towards Stable Hydrocarbon-Ionomer-Based MEAs"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmMichael Hibbs (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
"Hydrocarbon-Based Membranes for Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cells"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMultiscale Modeling of Fuel Cell Phenomena
Discussion Leader: James Waldecker (Ford Motor Company, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmMarc Secanell (University of Alberta, Canada)
"Multiscale Numerical Analysis of Transport in Fuel Cells"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmDario Dekel (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Status and Challenges in Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmYoung Investigator Presentations
This session showcases the next generation of fuel cell researchers.
Discussion Leader: Radenka Maric (University of Connecticut, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:40 amIfan Stephens (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
"Accelerating Oxygen Reduction on Model Pt-Alloy Surfaces"
9:40 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:20 amSvitlana Pylypenko (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
"A Closer Look at Non-Precious Metal Catalysts"
10:20 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:35 amTatyana Reshetenko (Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, USA)
"Determination and Separation of PEMFC Reagents Mass Transport Coefficients by Localized Limiting Current Approach"
11:35 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:15 pmPaul Shearing (University College London, United Kingdom)
"Correlative Imaging of Fuel Cells and Electrochemical Devices"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAlternate Fuel Cells
Discussion Leader: Scott Calabrese Barton (Michigan State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmShelley Minteer (University of Utah, USA)
"Energy Harvesting with Biological Fuel Cells"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmEnrico Traversa (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
"Chemically-Stable Materials Development for Proton Conducting Solid Oxide Fuel Cells"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMEA and Catalyst Layer Analysis
Discussion Leader: Deborah Myers (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amLaure Guetaz (CEA, France)
"Study by Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy of the Ionomer Distribution Within the Electrode"
9:45 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amKourosh Malek (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
"Transport Processes in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Insights from Multi-Scale Molecular Simulations"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmAtsushi Ohma (Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan)
"Current Status and Challenges of Catalyst Layer Development at Nissan"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIonomer Diagnostics and Low Pt Performance Issues
Discussion Leader: Andrew Herring (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmAhmet Kusoglu (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"State of Understanding of PFSA Ionomers and Thin Films"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Kenneth Neyerlin (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
"Local Resistance as Measured by Limiting Current"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Yu Morimoto (Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Japan)
"Is the Local Resistance Just Mass Transfer?"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion: Limitations with Low-Loaded Electrodes Group Research Outline
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNovel Catalysts and Catalyst Related Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Rod Borup (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amSylvie Escribano (CEA, France)
"Further Understanding of PEMFC Stack Degradation Thanks to In-Situ Local Measurements"
9:45 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:15 amAndreas Friedrich (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany)
"Performance of Membrane Electrode Assemblies: The Importance of Electrode Structure Ageing"
11:15 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:10 pmVojislav Stamenkovic (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"Novel High Performance Low-PGM Catalysts"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Lessons Learned from Deployment and Analysis of Fuel-Cell Technologies
Discussion Leaders: Plamen Atanassov (University of New Mexico, USA) and Adam Weber (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmHirohisa Tanaka (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)
"Platinum-Free, Zero-Emission Vehicle Powered by a Direct Hydrazine Fuel Cell"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pmEric Miller (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
"H2@SCALE Big Idea"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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