Conference introduction

Co-chairs: Hannes Jónsson (University of Iceland) and Geert-Jan Kroes (Leiden University).

To realise the hydrogen economy, conceptual and technological breakthroughs are needed in the areas of sustainable production and storage of hydrogen. Production methods based on solar energy ideally convert solar energy to chemical energy in hydrogen with an efficiency of at least 10%, and are based on cheap, abundant, non-toxic and long-term stable materials. According to DOE˙s targets, storage compounds should ultimately have at least 7.5 wt% content of H2. In addition the compound should take up little volume, the adsorption and desorption of H2 should be reversible and occur close to PEM fuel cell operating temperatures (≈ 80 °C) and at ambient pressures. Cost and safety are also important considerations.

The conference will focus on new methods for producing and storing hydrogen. There will be a focus on nanoscience and surface science approaches to these topics, but other avenues will be addressed as well. The meeting will bring together both experimentalists and theoreticians working in these areas. Eight technical sessions will feature both invited talks and contributed talks. Poster presentations will also be held. The conference program will be complemented by presentations given by the members of the Research Training Network “Hydrogen” to summarise network achievements and explore possibilities of continuing the research within a framework of a new network.

The conference will start with dinner on Sunday evening and end with lunch on Friday. There will be an excursion on the Wednesday afternoon.

Network composition

the PIs of the network are:
Michael Grätzel (EPFL), Andreas Züttel (EMPA), Jens Nørskov (DTU), Bengt Kasemo (Chalmers University), Wojciech Grochala (Warsaw University), Hannes Jønsson (University of Iceland), David Clary (University of Oxford), Hans Geerlings (Shell), and Geert-Jan Kroes (Leiden University).