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Fuel Cells
July 20-25, 2008
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

The 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells will focus on the fundamental science of polymer electrolyte fuel cells for automotive, portable, and stationary power applications. Although the landscape is now replete with demonstration units and prototypes for various applications, fundamental limitations still exist in the basic technology that impede ubiquitous implementation. The focus of this conference will be to explore and debate these limitations and potential solutions. Where possible, speakers with differing viewpoints and pathways will be selected for presentation and discussion. Recent understanding of degradation mechanisms and the development of novel materials will be a major focus. Performance limitations from the nano-to-macro scale will also be covered, along with new solutions to diagnostic challenges. Structural design of the catalyst layer and membrane at the nano-scale holds much promise in achieving low cost, high performance robust fuel cell materials and will also be included.

A new feature of the 2008 conference will be the inclusion of speakers for a rapid presentation format session that will open the conference. Interesting, controversial, and novel findings of very recent discovery will be solicited in a brief presentation (3-5 slide) format, allowing broad participation from attendees and early discussion of important emerging issues.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm Fuel Cells: New Innovation and Ideas
Discussion Leaders: Matthew Mench (Penn State University) / Stephen Campbell (Ballard Power Systems)
7:40 pm - 8:15 pmSelected Speakers (7 minute talks)
"Rapid Communication Session I"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmSelf-Nominated Speakers (7 minute talks)
"Rapid Communication Session II"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Fuel Cells: Overcoming Technical Barriers to Commercialization
Discussion Leader: John Elter (Plug Power Inc.)
9:00 am - 9:40 amB. K. Ahn (Hyundai Motor Company)
"Fuel Cell Design Challenges"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJohn Elter (Plug Power Consultant)
"Nano-Structured Electrodes"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmShyam Kocha (Nissan Motor Company)
"Influence of Oxides on the Activity and Durability of PEMFC Catalysts"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Membrane Electrode Assemblies
Discussion Leader: Felix Buechi (Paul Scherrer Institut)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmKenneth Reifsneider (University of South Carolina)
"Life Cycle Prediction of the Chemical and Mechanical Durability of Membranes"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmNed Djilali (University of Victoria)
"Multi-objective optimization of MEAs"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Catalysts
Discussion Leader: Dane Morgan (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDave Thompsett (Johnson Matthey)
"Noble Metal Based Catalysts"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDarija Susac (Simon Fraser University)
"Non-precious Metal Model Thin Film Catalysts for PEM fuel Cells"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJingguang Chen (University of Delaware)
"Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Carbide and Bimetallic Electrocatalysts"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Interfacial Reaction and Electrochemistry
Discussion Leader: Tom Zawodzinski (Case Western Reserve University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMichael Janik (Penn State University)
"First-Principles Evaluation and Design of Electrocatalysts for Alternative Fuel Cell Systems"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmPeter Strasser (University of Houston)
"Activation through Degradation - Dealloyed core-shell Pt fuel cell electrocatalysts"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Diffusion Media
Discussion Leader: Jeff Allen (Michigan Technological University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPo-Ya Abel Chuang (General Motors)
"Impact of Diffusion Media on Fuel Cell Operation"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amCristoph Hartnig (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research)
"High resolution in-situ investigation of transport processes in low temperature fuel cells"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDavid Harvey (Ballard Power Systems)
"Simulation of PEMFC Porous Media"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Macroscopic Modeling
Discussion Leader: Jim Waldecker (Ford Motor Company)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAdam Weber (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
"Modeling Heat and Mass Transfer in PEFCs"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmFernando Garzon (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
"Fuel and Air Impurity Effects in Fuel Cells"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Characterization and Durability
Discussion Leader: Michael Hickner (Penn State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJoachim Scherer (DANA Sealing Products - REINZ-Dichtungs-GmbH)
"Performance and durability from the View of Metallic Bipolar Plates"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHiroshi Hasegawa (FC Cubic)
"Polymer Electrolyte Characterization using Electrochemical and Phase Mode AFM"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmYu Morimoto (Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc.)
"The catalyst layer: what is known and what is unknown?"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Fuel Cell Barriers
Discussion Leaders: Matthew Mench (Penn State University) / Stephen Campbell (Ballard Power Systems)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAllison Fisher (Motorola)
"Fabrication and Assembly of MicroFuel Cells"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEdward F. Kiczek (Hydrogen Energy Systems)
"Challenges and Barriers Toward Achieving a Hydrogen Economy"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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