H2FC Supergen Research Conference 2020 – Presentations, Posters and Photos

On 17 and 18 February 2020, the H2FC Supergen conference took place at the University of Nottingham.

This page features photos and presentations from the event.

The full the album of photos can be found on our H2FC Supergen Flickr page.

H2FC Supergen Researcher Conference 2020

Day 1: Monday 17 February


Plenary sessions 

11:05 Ben Harrop from BEIS
Hydrogen in the UK low carbon economy [Bio/Abstract/Slides]

11:00 Dr Christian Walter, Sunfire, Germany
Status of SOEC and SOFC activities at Sunfire [Bio/Abstract/Slides]


Parallel Session 1.1 : Hydrogen Production 

Chaired by: Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

13:15 Keynote speaker: Nathanial Cooper, Imperial College London
Framework for the Design & Operation of a Wind-Powered Gigawatt-Scale Hydrogen Electrolyzer [Slides]

13:35 Christopher de Leeuwe, Manchester University
H2 production via chemical looping methane reforming

13:55 Laurie King, Manchester Metropolitan University
A non-precious metal hydrogen catalyst in a commercial polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyser [Slides]

14:15 Bahman Horri, University of Surrey
Development of a red-ox process for sustainable production of hydrogen

14:35 Venkatesan Krishnan, Teesside University
Hydrogen generation using a catalytic membrane reactor (CMR) – steam methane reformer (SMR) – process simulation and reactor modelling [Slides]

Parallel Session 1.2: Fuel Cells

Chaired by: Anthony Kucernak

13:15 Keynote speaker: Graham Smith, National Physical Laboratory
 Measuring the Impact of Hydrogen Contamination on PEMFC Short Stacks

13:35 Jennifer Hack, University College London
Four dimensional imaging of degrading polymer electrolyte fuel cells

13:55 Daniel Smith, University of Nottingham
The Nature of Proton Shuttling in Protic Ionic Liquid Fuel Cells [Slides]

14:15 Georgios Tsimekas, University of St Andrews
Spray pyrolysis strategy for preparation of cathode-supported protonic ceramic fuel cells

14:35 Alexandros Symillidis, Loughborough University
Ethanol electro-oxidation reaction (EOR) in alkaline medium using electrospun conductive polyaniline fibres as a promoter and support for Pd catalysts [Slides]

Parallel Session 2.1: Hydrogen Storage

Chaired by: Tim Mays

15:20 Keynote speaker: Valeska Ting, University of Bristol Keynote Speaker
Hydrogen storage in nanoporous materials – insights from investigations into high density hydrogen [Slides]

15:40 Mi Tian, University of Bath Speaker
Engineering porous materials for hydrogen application

16:00 Elizabeth Ashton, Loughborough University Speaker
Vapour hydrolysis of complex hydrides for mobile hydrogen storage [Slides]

16:20 Sanliang Ling, University of Nottingham Speaker
Extracting an Empirical Intermetallic Hydride Design Principle from Limited Data via Interpretable Machine Learning

16:40 Marcus Adams, University of Nottingham Speaker
The potential for additive manufacturing to optimise heat transfer in metal hydride reactors Residential System in the UK [Slides]

Parallel Session 2.2 “Policy, economic and social aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies” and “The role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy system”

Chaired by: Paul Dodds/ Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

15:20 Keynote Speaker: Paul Dodds, UCL
Insights from upcoming H2FC Supergen Hub report: UK industrial strategy opportunities from H2&FC report [Slides]

15:40 Paul van Schaik, Teesside University
A method for developing energy citizenship to enable decarbonisation solutions [Slides]

16:00 Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, University of Birmingham
Decarbonising freight transport – the role of hydrogen-based fuels [Slides]

16:20 Nixon Sunny, Imperial College London
Design of low-carbon hydrogen and CCS infrastructure for the decarbonisation of heat in the UK [Slides]

16:40 Xinjie Yuan, University College of London
A Novel Design of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Based Combined Cooling, Heat and Power Residential System in the UK [Slides]

Plenary session
17:20  Dr Michael Hirscher, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany [Bio/Abstract/Slides] Hydrogen storage in nanoporous materials: Advantages and limitations

3MT Competition

The winner of the 3MT competition was Xinjie Yuan from University College London [Slides]

The 3MT competition was presented by Dr Paul Dodds from University College London [Slides]

Judges included:

  • Professor Tim Hays – Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Bath
  • Jane Patterson – Consultant at Ricardo UK
  • Professor Valeska Ting – Smart Nanomaterials, University of Bristol
  • Zara Qadir – Communications Manager, H2FC Supergen, Imperial College London

Best Poster

The two winners of the best poster prize were:

Additive manufacturing based 3D printed Solid Oxide Fuel Cells – Shrikant Kawale, Imperial College London

Perovskites decorated with exsolved Ni nanoparticles applied for methane conversion to hydrogen and syngas  – Leonidas Bekris, University of Nottingham

All posters 

Theme 1: Hydrogen Production

Coventry University Electrochemical Oxidation of Ammonia Coupled with Hydrogen Production – Egle Latvyte, Coventry University

Effect of impurities on ultra-pure hydrogen production by pressure vacuum swing adsorption – Dr Ayub Golmakani, Cranfield University

Perovskites decorated with exsolved Ni nanoparticles; in-situ monitoring of phase and structural changes that dictate redox methane conversion – Leonidas Bekris, Newcastle University [poster]

Increasing Bio-Energy Yields from Food Waste by combining Anaerobic Digestion and Electrodialysis – Dr Jaime Massanet-Nicolau , University of South Wales

High-Efficiency Hydrogen Evolution from Sea water by AEM Electrolysis – Dr Praveen Kumar, K. S. Rangasamy College of Technology, India

Theme 2: Hydrogen Storage

Immobile hydrogen confined in microporous carbon at supercritical temperatures – Dr Mi Tian, University of Bath

Investigation into lithium borohydride for hydrogen storage – Sweta Munshi, University of Nottingham

Machine Learning Approach to Hydrogen Storage Material Discovery – James Wakerley, University of Nottingham

The state and properties of nanoconfined hydrogen- Dr Lui Terry, University of Bristol

Development of a novel method for the fabrication of nanostructured Zr(x)Ni(y) catalyst to enhance the sorption characteristics of MgH2- Gracia Shokano, Brunel University of London [poster]

Theme 3: Fuel Cells

Freestanding Fe, N doped GDL-electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction: towards building efficient miniaturised low-cost fuel cell systems – Jingyu Feng, Imperial College London

Triple-phase engineering of electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Low Temperature Fuel Cells (LTFC) – Silvia Favero,  Imperial College London

Cellulose nanocrystals prepared from sugarcane peel: A potential polymer material for acid fuel cells  – Dr Chioma Vivian Abiaziem, The Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Nigeria [poster]

Effects of airflow direction on the power performance of PEMFC in partial humidification condition – Dr Chan Lim , Manchester Metropolitan University [poster]

Theme 4: Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Systems and Applications

Terahertz imaging for proton exchange membrane fuel cell applications – Decio Alves de Lima, Lancaster University

Glycerol electrolysis for low electricity consumption hydrogen generation – Hui Luo, Imperial College London

Development of a new class of adaptable free-standing hydroxide-ion exchange membranes for alkaline fuel cells – Dr Petra Szilagyi, Queen Marys University London

Unitised Regenerative Fuel Cells: alternative energy storage technology with increased capacity – Dr Yagya Regmi, Manchester Metropolitan University

Theme: Hydrogen Safety

Numerical study of under-expanded cryogenic hydrogen jet flow – Dr Zhaoxin Ren, University of Warwick

Theme 6: The role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy system

Solid oxide fuel cell-calciner for power generation and production of calcined materials for direct air capture (DAC) – Dr Ali Nabavi, Cranfield University

Multi-region analysis of future GB energy system – Dr James Reed, University of South Wales

Values and limitations of hydrogen for decarbonising heat – Pooya Hoseinpoori , Imperial College London

A novel design of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-based combined cooling, heat and power residential system in the UK – Xinjie Yuan, UCL

Day 2: Tuesday 18 February

Plenary session 

08.30 Dr Stuart Hawksworth, HSE, UK
Safety of Hydrogen in the Energy System [Bio/Abstract/Slides]

09.05 Fiona Landy, Scottish Cities Alliance Hydrogen Project Manager
Race to Zero? [Bio/Abstract/Slides]

Parallel Session 3.1 Theme: Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Systems and Applications

09:45 Keynote speaker: Colleen Jackson, Imperial College London
Electrochemical Hydrogen Purification and Compression [Slides]

10:05 Yousif Al-Sagheer, University of Birmingham
Control approaches for integrating hydrogen system to renewable energy sources

10:25 Yucheng Wang, Northumbria University
Designed Fuel Cell Type Device for CO2 Electrochemical Reduction Reaction [Slides]

10:45 Abigail Morris, National Physical Laboratory
Hydrogen quality for fuel cell electric vehicles: Stability of contaminants in hydrogen in gas cylinders at ISO 14687:2019 levels and challenges in representative offline sampling [Slides]

11:05 Nuoxi Zhang, University of St Andrews
Upgrading biogas through CO2 electrolysis [Slides]

Parallel Session 3.2 Theme: Hydrogen Safety

09:45 Keynote speaker: Sergii Kashkarov, Ulster University
Explosion-free in a fire composite hydrogen storage tank

10:05 Venkatesan V. Krishnan, Teesside University
Risk Assessment Procedure and Documentation for a Hydrogen production Laboratory [Slides]

10:25 Paul Russell, Teesside University
Designed Fuel Cell Type Device for CO2 Electochemcal Reduction Reaction Title: Safety case study: Installation and operation of a low temperature hydrogen demonstrator in a laboratory on the 8th floor of a tower block [Slides]

10:45 Volodymyr Shentsov, Ulster University
Influence of nozzle shape on hydrogen-air mixing for high pressure hydrogen jet [Slides]

11:05 Wulme Dery, Ulster University
Numerical study of instantaneous high-pressure hydrogen release in a tunnel [Slides]

Parallel Session 4.1 Theme: Hydrogen Storage

Chaired by: Nilay Shah

11:25 Alastair Stuart, University of Nottingham
TANK project – Solid Sate H2 Storage [Slides]

11:45 Petra Ágota Szilágyi, Queen Mary University of London Speaker
Size-controlled Pd nano-objects embedded in metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen storage and catalysis [Slides]

Parallel Session 4.2 Theme: Fuel Cells

Chaired by: John Irvine

11:25 Sivaprakash Sengodan, Imperial College London
Cation-swapped homogeneous nanoparticles in perovskite oxides for Solid oxide fuel cell anodes [Slides]

11:45 Peimiao Zou, University of Warwick
Investigation of Perovskite Oxide SrCo0 [Slides]

Plenary session

Chaired by: Nigel Brandon 

13:05 Chris Young, EU Energy Focus
European funding opportunities for fuel cell and hydrogen projects [Slides]

13.15 Dr Sam French, Johnson Matthey
Low Carbon Hydrogen [Bio/Abstract/Slides]

13.50 Professor Gavin Walker, University of Nottingham
Solid state technologies for hydrogen systems  [Bio/Abstract/Slides]