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Fuel Cells
August 5-10, 2012
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

Ours is a field in transition. On the one hand, several automakers are preparing to field substantial numbers of cars starting in a few years and appear committed for the long term. By and large, ‘first generation’ PEM fuel cell designs are essentially mature, with most major technical hurdles, except cost, under control. On the other hand, there is no denying that a political headwind faces our field, at least in the US. The fuel cell field has enjoyed a development path that is uniquely grounded in scientific advances. Breakthrough after breakthrough has emerged from the close collaboration of scientists and technologists. This is quite different from the more empirical path that seems typical, for example, of the battery field. In this context, we are developing a program for the GRC that considers what comes next for fuel cells and related technologies. We focus on the limits of present technology, asking how and what science might circumvent those limits. We will also explore those related areas in which the extensive science developed during the roughly 20 years of rapid progress on fuel cells might be fruitfully leveraged. The latter includes technologies of tangential overlap such as air electrodes for other applications, flow batteries, microbial fuel cells and so on. We also want to consider the larger context of hydrogen-based systems. Above all, we seek to return the GRC to the predominantly scientific flavor that is the particular hallmark of the ‘GRC’ brand.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmBeyond Hydrogen?
Discussion Leaders: Tom Jarvi (Sun Catalytix) and Tom Zawodzinski (University of Tennessee/ORNL)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmJohn Deutch (MIT)
"Changes in the energy outlook and the implications for fuel cell utilization"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmMark Johnson (ARPA-e)
"ARPA-e and Fuel Cells"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCan We Operate Above 1 V?
Discussion Leader: Nenad Markovic (Argonne National Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPiotr Zelenay (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
"Oxygen Reduction on Non-precious Metal Catalysts: How Close Are We to a Viable System?"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amPlamen Atanassov (University of New Mexico)
"Templated Non-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmVictor Batista (Yale University)
"Inverse Design of Catalysts for CO/CO2 Systems"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEmerging Fuel Cells
Discussion Leader: Matthew Mench (University of Tennessee)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmGrigorii Soloveichik (General Electric)
"Rechargeable Direct Organic Fuel Cells: Challenges"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAndrew Herring (Colorado School of Mines)
"The Role of Water in Alkaline Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFuel Cell Durability
Discussion Leader: Lesia Protsailo (UTC Power)
9:00 am - 9:40 amChristina Roth (TU-Darmstadt)
"Durability of Electrocatalysts"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDane Morgan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Computational Studies of Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKenji Miyatake (Yamanashi University)
"Performance and Durability of MEAs with Hydrocarbon Membranes and Binders"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAlong the Continuum: Redox Flow and Metal-Air Batteries
Discussion Leader: Gabriel Veith (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMike Perry (United Technologies Research Center)
"High Power Density Flow Batteries and Future Opportunities"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmM. Stanley Whittingham (SUNY-Binghamton)
"Metal Air Batteries: Myth vs Reality"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmUnderstanding Limits in Electrodes
Discussion Leader: Bryan Pivovar (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:40 amNalini Subramanian (GM)
"ORR Kinetics and Impact on High Current Density Performance of Cathodes with Low Pt-loading"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amGerd Duscher (University of Tennessee)
"Advanced Electron Microscopy of Fuel Cell Catalysts"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKunal Karan (Queen's University)
"Studies of Properties of Thin Film Proton Conductors"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2
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 pmElectrodes in Hot, Dry Systems
Discussion Leader: Robert Savinell (Case Western Reserve University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSanjeev Mukerjee (Northeastern University)
"Fundamental Aspects of Phosphate Anion Poisoning at a Membrane Based Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell Interphase"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAlex Papandrew (University of Tennessee)
"Extremely Hot & Incredibly Dry: Recent Developments in Solid Acid Fuel Cells"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmImproving Conductors
Discussion Leaders: Stephen Paddison (University of Tennesse) and Silvia Licoccia (University of Rome-Tor Vergata)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMark Tuckerman (NYU)
"Lessons from the Dynamics of processes in Water"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amVito DiNoto (University of Padua)
"Interplay between Conductivity and Relaxation Phenomena in Ion Conducting Materials by Broadband Electric Spectroscopy"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmNitash Balsara (UC-Berkeley)
"Effect of Ionic Clusters on Proton Transport"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBest of the Posters
Discussion Leaders: Elena Savinova (University of Strasbourg) and Peter Pintauro (Vanderbilt)
TBA
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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