Symposium FE
Fuel Cells: Materials and Technology Challenges

Convener:
Antonino S. ARICO', CNR-ITAE, Italy
 
Members:
Sukhvinder BADWAL, CSIRO Energy Technology, Australia
Vincenzo BAGLIO, CNR-ITAE, Italy
Perla B. BALBUENA, Texas A&M University, USA
Jay BENZIGER, Princeton University, USA
Dario R. DEKEL, Technion, Israel
Koichi EGUCHI, Kyoto University, Japan
Juergen FLEIG, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
K. Andreas FRIEDRICH, DLR-German Aerospace Center, Germany
Kuan-Zong FUNG, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
John T.S. IRVINE, University of St. Andrews, UK
Tatsumi ISHIHARA, Kyushu University, Japan
Deborah JONES, CNRS-University of Montpellier, France
Carina LAGERGREN, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Maria Jesus LAZARO, CSIC, Spain
Qing Feng LI, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Nguyen MINH, University of California at San Diego, USA
Mogens MOGENSEN, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Sanjeev MUKERJEE, Northeastern University, USA
Elena PASTOR, University of La Laguna, Spain
Javier RODRIGUEZ VARELA, Cinvestav, Mexico
Thomas SCHMIDT, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Subhash C. SINGHAL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Francesco VIZZA, CNR-ICCOM, Italy
Masahiro WATANABE, University of Yamanashi, Japan
Piotr ZELENAY, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Tianshou ZHAO, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
 
Martin BRAM, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany
Serhiy CHEREVKO, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany
Elisabetta DI BARTOLOMEO, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
Elisabeth DJURADO, University Grenoble Alpes, France
K. Andreas FRIEDRICH, DLR-German Aerospace Center, Germany
Steven HOLDCROFT, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ulrike KRAMM, University of Darmstadt, Germany
Julia KUNZE-LIEBHAEUSER, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, Austria
Qing Feng LI, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Maria Victoria MARTINEZ-HUERTA, CSIC-ICP, Madrid, Spain
Hamish MILLER, ICCOM-CNR Firenze, Italy
Yu MORIMOTO, Toyota Central R&D Labs, Japan
Maria Assunta NAVARRA, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Isabella NICOTERA, University of Calabria, Italy
Kenneth OZOEMENA, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Jan ROSSMEISL, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Massimo SANTARELLI, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy
Stephen SKINNER, Imperial College London, UK
 
The high consumption of primary energy is one of the characteristics of our modern society. Deterioration of urban air-quality, growing dependence on insecure energy sources, and global warming are forcing the re-examination of conventional energy conversion systems throughout the world. Although new combustion technologies emit far less toxic pollutants comprising hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon mono-oxide and particulates than in the past, the increasing energy demand is resulting in growing insistence to reduce pollution. This has brought in emission legislation all over the world, in particular the legally binding treaty on climate action as outcome of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), requiring the introduction of new energy conversion technologies and zero-emission vehicles. Among the various available energy conversion systems, fuel cell technology represents one of the most viable candidate solution to these drawbacks.
Fuel cells deliver energy at high efficiency by consuming electroactive chemicals that are supplied on-demand to the cell as in a conventional thermal combustion system. Fuel cell technology can thus contribute to achieve the targets concerning with reduction of greenhouse gases emissions, increase of renewable power sources and energy efficiency. This complies with the vision for a low carbon economy by 2050. Such vision includes both hydrogen produced through renewable sources fuelling a fleet of fuel cell vehicles and high efficiency distributed power generation with fuel cells providing electrical power and heat.
The International Symposium “Fuel Cells: Materials and Technology Challenges”, through the contribution of experiences coming from several different disciplines, will focus major advances in materials science, processing and device manufacturing of the different fuel cells.
Original papers are solicited on all types of fuel cells. Of particular interest are recent developments of advanced materials, novel stack designs, emerging electrochemical cell technologies, fuel cell for portable, automotive and CHP applications, optimization and breakthroughs in performance. Reviews of the state-of-the-art fuel cell performance for specific applications, including consumer devices, electric vehicles, and distributed energy systems, may also be submitted.
Session Topics

FE-1 Solid Oxide (SOFCs) and Molten Carbonate (MCFCs) Fuel Cells

- High temperature solid oxide fuel cells
- Intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells
- Materials issues in solid oxide fuel cells
  Oxygen ion, proton and mixed conductors: conduction mechanisms
  Ceramic and metallic interconnects; sealing materials
  Mechanical and thermal properties
  Surface and interface reactions
- Direct conversion of organic fuels in solid oxide fuel cells
- Direct carbon fuel cells
- SOFC cell and stack design, electrochemical performance, reliability, degradability, fuel versatility
- Demonstration of SOFC systems
- MCFC materials development
- Corrosion issues in MCFC
- MCFC demonstration plants
- Modelling of materials and devices

FE-2 Proton-conducting (PEFCs) and Alkaline (AFCs) Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

- New and improved proton-conducting polymer membranes
  Hybrid organic-inorganic materials, polyaromatic polymers, nanocomposites….
- Electrode materials and electrocatalysts: poisoning effects
- Electrode membrane assembly
- PEFC stacks for automotive application
- PEFC stacks for stationary generation  
- Fuel cell testing
- Modelling of materials and fuel cell performance

FE-3 Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells (DAFCs)

- Electrocatalysts for alcohol oxidation
- Methanol/ethanol tolerant cathode electrocatalysts
- Non-noble metal catalysts
- Methanol/ethanol impermeable membranes
- DMFCs and DEFCs for portable and assisted power unit (APU) applications

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