This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Fuel cells are multidisciplinary systems and inherently multi-scale in space and time. Fuel cell technology achievements, and hence the accompanying commercialization advances, have been facilitated via multiple paths, e.g., materials development; the increasing ability to characterize the multi-scale structures; and progressively more comprehensive and insightful modeling approaches. Examples of these include the original discovery of solid state ion exchange membranes, and subsequent improvements that now produce extremely durable and thin membranes; catalyst material synthesis, such as advancements in nanoparticle size and shape control providing unprecedented levels of kinetic activity; and, characterization and modeling, which have enabled us to image, understand, and mitigate critical issues such as water transport and fuel cell durability.
The ongoing objectives to further reduce the cost, and increase power density and durability of fuel cells will rely on integration of these approaches. This GRC will provide an integrated view, with a focus on the most recent advances in theory, synthesis, and characterization of catalyst and membrane materials, including the introduction of machine learning; on recent characterization and numerical modeling tools, such as in operando imaging, and advanced electron and x-ray microscopy; and on imaging to simulation and open-source simulation tools. In keeping with the ideals of the GRC, the program will be built with a view to advance the frontiers of fuel cell technology, both by exposing researchers to alternate disciplines and diverse presenters, and by searching out and including leading edge applications and technology approaches for the use and production of chemical fuels such as hydrogen.