Progress and Future Challenges in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research










Ahead of COP26, H2FC Supergen will be exploring the role of hydrogen and fuel cell research in the pathway to net zero. The H2FC Supergen Hub would like to invite you to a one-day virtual event to celebrate the highlights of 18 years of hydrogen and fuel cell research within various Supergens projects.

We will be welcoming back our distinguished alumni from academia, and industry to share their journey and offer their own perspectives of working in the area. As well as reflecting on the last 18 years in hydrogen and fuel cell research, we will also be making future projections of what role hydrogen and fuel cells will play in a zero carbon world.


Wednesday 14 July 2021



***followed by a networking session via Wonder (16.30 – 17.30)


The event will take place via MS Teams Live.

Lunch and the networking reception will take place using the platform, Wonder, which is a virtual event space where people can meet and talk.


Register via Eventbrite.

About the Event

In the run up to COP-26, what is hydrogen and fuel cell’s role in achieving net zero emissions.

We will be covering a wide range of topics (technical and non-technical) including:

  • Advanced materials for fuel cells and electrolytes
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Hydrogen safety
  • Technology commercialisations
  • Policy issues
  • Hydrogen future
  • Future skills
  • Science communication/ public outreach.

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We look forward to seeing you at the event!



The full agenda will be confirmed shortly. Confirmed speaker are listed below.

Preliminary Agenda

10.30 – 11.00 – Welcome and Introductions

Professor Nigel Brandon, Imperial College London

Laura Finney. Senior Portfolio Manager – Hydrogen. EPSRC

11.00 – 12.00 – Advances in fuel cells and electrolysers

— Electrode materials for anion exchange membrane fuel cells and electrolysers  – Qiong Cai, Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey (bio)

Reflections on SUPERGEN – 10 years on – Prof Paul Shearing, Dept of Chemical Engineering, University College London (bio)

Rethinking nanoparticles in energy materials and devices: formation, functionality and role – Dragos Neagu,  Lecturer at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde (bio)

Towards operando generation of nanomaterials in SOCs – Xiangling Yue, EPSRC UKRI Innovation Fellow, University of St Andrews (bio)

12.00 – 12.15 – Short break

12.15 – 13.15 – Commersialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

Commercialisation Models for the ‘Age of Electrochemical Power’ – Dan Brett, Professor of Electrochemical Engineering at UCL

13.15 – 14.15 – Networking virtual lunch

14.15 – 15.15 – Advances in hydrogen production, storage, distribution and safety

In situ investigation of hydrogen storage  – Daniel Reed, Lecturer in Materials Chemistry, University of Birmingham

My Hydrogen Journey: From Supergen to the National Physical Laboratory  – Arul Murugan, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (bio)

Hydrogen storage in nanoporous materials – investigations into hydrogen densification  – Valeska Ting, Professor of Smart Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol

Complex Hydrides and Porous Materials: Past Research, Current Status and Future Perspectives, Henrietta Langmi, Associate Professor, University of Pretoria (bio)

15.15 – 15.30 -Short break

15.30 – 16.30 – Policy, system modelling, education, national programmes, science outreach

Development of a large, high-fidelity, whole-system optimisation model for planning, design and operation of hydrogen value chains for net zero, Sheila Samsatli,
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Prize Fellow, University of Bath (bio)

A career-defining journey through the hydrogen economy, Paul Dodds, Professor of Energy Systems at UCL (bio)

From Hydrogens to Neutrons, Martin Owen Jones, Professor/Energy Materials Coordinator, Science and Technology Facilities Council/Universioty of Strathclyde (bio)

16.30 – 17.30 – Networking reception


Qiong Cai

Qiong Cai

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
University of Surrey

Paul Shearing

Paul Shearing

Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering
University College London

Dragos Neagu

Dragos Neagu

Dr /Lecturer
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering | University of Strathclyde

Xiangling Yue

Xiangling Yue

Position: Dr/EPSRC UKRI Innovation Fellow
School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed

Lecturer in Materials Chemistry
University of Birmingham

Arul Murugan

Arul Murugan

Arul Murugan, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

Valeska Ting

Valeska Ting

Professor Smart Nanomaterials
University of Bristol

Henrietta Langmi

Henrietta Langmi

Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Sheila Samsatli

Sheila Samsatli

Dr/ Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Bath

Paul Dodds

Paul Dodds

Professor of Energy Systems
University College London

Martin Owen Jones

Martin Owen Jones

Professor/Energy Materials Coordinator,
Science and Technology Facilities Council/Universioty of Strathclyde