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Fuel Cells (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From Fundamentals to Practical Applications of Fuel Cells


August 6-7, 2016


Stonehill College
Easton, MA


Ashley M. Maes & Michael R. Gerhardt

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Fuel Cells is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2016 Fuel Cells GRS will focus on the recent advances in the development of materials for proton exchange and anion exchange membrane fuel cells. This meeting will explore the fundamental issues related to catalyst and membrane materials, including degradation mechanisms and durability. Discussions will progress to applications of these materials in the development of next generation fuel cells and fuel cell inspired devices, such as electrolyzers and flow batteries.

Related Meeting

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


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Development of Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Discussion Leader: Ashley Maes (University of New Mexico, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmDario Dekel (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Advances in Materials for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmWater Transport in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells
Discussion Leader: Matthew Markiewicz (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmRegis Dowd (University of Kansas, USA)
"Engineering the Ionic Polymer Phase Surface Properties in a PEMFC Catalyst Layer"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmMayank Sabharwal (University of Alberta, Canada)
"Effect of Liquid Water on the Pore Scale Gas Transport and Electrochemical Reactions in the Catalyst Layer of a PEMFC"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmLalit Pant (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Numerical Modelling of Multi-Phase Mass Transport in PEMFCs"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmChristoph Simon (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
"Modification of Microporous Layer Properties and Influence on Oxygen and Water Transport"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amPushing PEMFCs Further: Durability and High Temperature Operation
Discussion Leader: Yaovi Holade (University of Utah, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMichael Gerhardt (Harvard University, USA)
"Anthraquinone Derivatives in Aqueous Flow Batteries"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAndrew Motz (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
"Synthesis of Highly Crosslinked Polymer/Inorganic Membranes and Discussion of the Resulting High Proton Conductivity"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amHenrike Schmies (Technical University of Berlin, Germany)
"An In-Situ XRD and SAXS Study of the Morphological Stability of Platinum Nanoparticles on Oxide Supports for Oxygen Reduction Reaction"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amYadvinder Singh (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
"3D Failure Analysis of Pure Mechanical Degradation in Fuel Cell Membranes"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Discussion Hour
Discussion Leader: Michael Gerhardt (Harvard University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmDario Dekel (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"A View from Industry and Academia"
1:50 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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