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  Symposium K:

Innovation in Fuel Cells: from Materials to Novel Devices


This symposium will deal with the development of innovative materials for advanced fuel cell devices.  The focus will be on polymeric electrolyte membrane (PEMFC) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).

The cleanliness of hydrogen associated to the high efficiency of fuel cells offer a great alternative to the majority of today used fossil fuels. However, the implementation of hydrogen powered fuel cells on large scale still demands significant advances in fuel cell materials, aiming to enhanced performance and cost reduction for several applications. New materials associated to nanoscience and new in-situ analysis offer promising new approaches to this challenge. In recent years there is a growing interest in developing new materials for fuel cells, and this symposium will focus on recent developments in nanostructured materials for fuel cells and related applications, e.g. micro fuel cells. The focus will be on polymeric electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), where the need is to increase the operation temperature above 120°C, and on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), where the need is to reduce the operating temperature below 700°C. Advances in the performance of individual components (electrodes, interconnects, electrolytes) will be discussed as will be the performance of single cells.

Market introduction depends still on cost reduction and effective hydrogen availability. Cost reduction of fuel cell stack is closely associated to new material and material processing developments. In this context, basic and technological developments are demanding for the maturity of low to medium power fuel cell for the direct oxidation of hydrogen, concerning stationary (distributed electric power generation) and mobile applications, as well as for direct oxidation of methanol and the renewable ethanol, concerning portable applications.

For PEM, the attention will be mostly on hybrid organic-inorganic electrolytes, new polymers, and low-cost innovative catalysts.
For SOFCs, development of deposition technologies, advances in nanomaterials, thin-film materials, superlattices, and hierarchically porous materials will be considered. In-situ characterisation of cell performance is increasingly of significance and the use of several techniques such as optical cells, x-ray and neutron scattering, IR and Raman spectroscopy will be discussed. Applications will cover both portable and stationary devices, with special attention to miniaturized fuel cells.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Nanostructured materials for IT-SOFCs
  • Nanostructured materials for PEMFCs
  • Micro fuel cells
  • Redox tolerant anodes
  • Low temperature cathodes
  • Innovative characterization techniques for fuel cells
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Materials Interface studies and functionalization
  • In-situ fuel cell diagnosis
  • Fuel Cell components modeling
  • Fuel Cell materials degradation and life cycle
  • Environmental impacts of Fuel Cell materials
  • Fuel Cell reliability studies

Invited speakers/talks (confirmed list):

  • A. Serquis, CONICET, Argentina
  • A. Tavares, INRS, Montreal, Canada
  • D. Stover, IEF, Julich, Germany
  • E. Djurado, LEPMI, Grenoble, France
  • E. Ruiz-Trejo, UNAM, Mexico
  • F. C. Fonseca, IPEN, BrazilD
  • H. de Las M. Villullas, UNESP, BrazilD
  • H. P. Buchkremer, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • V. Esposito, Univ. Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • V. Rossi Albertini, CNR-ISM, Rome, Italy

Scientific committee members:

  • A. Ignatev, USA
  • L.J. Gauckler, Switzerland
  • J. A. Kilner, UK
  • V. Rossi Albertini, Italy
  • E. Ruiz-Trejo, Mexico
  • J. Janek, Germany
  • M. Rosseinsky, UK
  • A. Tavares, Canada
  • P. Nunez, Spain
  • K. Sasaki, Japan
  • M. Miyayama, Japan
  • V. Antonucci, Italy
  • H. P. Buchkremer, Germany
  • F. Barbir, Turkey
  • H. Wendt, Germany
  • G. G. Scherer, Switzerland
  • M. Eikerling, Canada
  • N. M. Marcovic, USA

Full papers: Journal of Materials Science (Springer) will publish Special ICAM 2009 issue(s) containing full papers of abstracts presented in this symposium provided such manuscripts are reviewed according to the Journal standards. Authors are invited, not obliged, to submit full length manuscripts.

For instructions, please check Full Papers Publication.

Symposium organizers:

Enrico Traversa
MANA - National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
World Premier International Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA)
1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 Japan

Phone number: +81-29-860 4896
E-mail: traversa.enrico@nims.go.jp

Reginaldo Muccillo
C.P. 11049
S. Paulo, SP, Brazil 0422-970

Phone number: +55 (11) 3133.9203
E-mail: muccillo@usp.br

Eric D. Wachsman
U. of Florida
Department of Materials Science, 207 MAE,
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6400, USA

Phone number: +1 (352) 846-2991
E-mail: ewach@mse.ufl.edu

Marcelo Linardi
CP 11049, 05422-970, S. Paulo, SP, Brazil

Phone number: +55 (11) 31339283

E-mail: mlinardi@ipen.br

Ernesto R. Gonzalez
Instituto de Quimica
CEP 780, S. Carlos, SP, Brazil 13560-970

E-mail: ernesto@iqsc.usp.br





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