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Richard Baker

School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews
Richard Baker
Affiliation School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews
Contact information School of Chemistry,
University of St Andrews,
North Haugh campus,
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9ST
United Kingdom T: +44 133446 3899
F: +44 133446 3808
Presentation Title Substituted ceria-based materials for applications in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell electrolytes and electrodes
Abstract Partially substituted (or ‘doped’) cerium oxide materials are of great interest for applications in SOFC components. By the careful choice of dopant identity and quantity, doped cerias can be endowed with very high oxygen ion conductivity, electronic conductivity, catalytic activity for reduction-oxidation and reforming reactions, or a combination of all three. We have developed methods for the preparation of high purity doped cerias with nanoscale particles. Impurities – even a few ppm of Si – have a strongly deleterious effect on ionic conductivity at grain boundaries while high surface area nanoparticles are desirable for applications in SOFC anodes where the material must catalyse the fuel oxidation, or reforming, reaction. This presentation will review our very recent work in which two sets of ceria-based materials were prepared for application either as electrolytes or as anode materials in SOFCs. First, the effect of multiple doping of ceria with combinations of Gd, Nd and Sm on oxygen ion conductivity, materials microstructure and, therefore, suitability for use in SOFC electrolytes will be described. A composition was found which shows better performance at intermediate temperatures than singly Gd- or Sm-doped cerias. Second, the use of nanostructured doped cerias, with and without addition of an active metal function, as anode catalysts will be covered and the important effect of preparation method on ultimate performance will be highlighted.
After obtaining his degree in Chemistry at the University of Durham, U.K. Richard Baker worked for three years in research and development at British Steel plc before moving to Imperial College, London to complete his PhD in the School of Chemical Engineering in the area of oxide materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). Three positions over five years as E.U. Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow followed at the Institut Politechnique of Grenoble, France; The Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, Aveiro, Portugal; and the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cádiz, Spain during which he worked on fundamental solid state electrochemistry, anode and electrolyte materials for SOFCs and studied the structure-performance relationships in automotive catalysts using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). He was a lecturer and principal investigator at the University of Dundee for five years before joining the School of Chemistry at St Andrews in 2005. He is now a Senior Lecturer and runs a research group whose interests include development and evaluation of new compositions, nanostructures and concepts for SOFCs; heterogeneous catalysts for pollution abatement and energy applications; and nanostructure-property relationships in functional materials using advanced transmission and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, S/TEM, EDS). He has supervised eight PhD and 7 MSc students to completion and eight postdocs and has published 69 journal articles with ~1600 citations.

Bruno G. Pollet

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Bruno G. Pollet
Affiliation Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Contact information Faculty of Engineering
Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Gunnerus Gate 1
Kalvskinnet Campus
NO-7012 Trondheim, Norway Mobile: +47 92489316
Skype: bgpollet12
Skype #: 73558984
Presentation Title Current status of hydrogen and fuel cells in Norway
Abstract Norway’s strategy is structured around five closely interrelated themes addressing: (i) energy supply security, (ii) a fully-integrated energy market, (iii) energy efficiency, (iv) decarbonising the economy and (v) research, innovation and competitiveness.  Climate change is one of the policy priorities of Norway.  The country is a heavy producer of renewable energy and electricity generation that originate almost entirely from hydroelectric power plants (over 99%).  There is also a large potential in wind power, offshore wind power and wave power, as well as the production of bio-energy from biomass.  Although, Norway has limited resources in solar energy, it is one of the world's largest producers of solar grade silicon and silicon solar cells.  Hydrogen Energy has been identified by Norway as an alternative fuel with the potential for a substantial contribution to reduce petroleum dependence and greenhouse gases emissions in the long term.  The Norwegian government supports the potential role of hydrogen for Norway in the transition to a zero-emission society [1,2].  In line with the EU, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (HFCTs) have been identified as a key area of research priority for Norway [1-3]. For example, the White Paper on Norway’s energy policy [2] explicitly describes the national hydrogen priorities, which focus on research and development within production, storage and use of hydrogen.  Indeed, among the renewable energy sources, HFCTs are considered as a key technology of the 21st century, not only because of its high efficiency in heat and electricity generation, but also because of its potential role in attaining sustainable energy system.  It is also envisaged that HFCT will be integrated into “intelligent” energy networks, with conventional and distributed renewable electricity systems.  Also, they enable flexible and adaptable fueling strategies, according to local resources, with fossil, bio-fuels or synthetic fuels to reduce impact on air pollution and climate change.  For a few years, Norway has put significant effort in HFCT R&D through national and international projects as well as in implementing a hydrogen infrastructure.  This presentation will highlight the main HFCT projects in Norway.

[1] Analyses of the potential role of hydrogen for Norway in the transition to a zero-emission society, Tore Solheimslid, Master of Science Thesis, Department of Geophysics, University of Bergen, June 2017.
[2] The Norwegian Parliament. Kraft til endring - energipolitikken mot 2030. Norwegian White Papers, 25, 2015-2016.
[3] B.G. Pollet, I. Staffell, J.L. Shang, Electrochim. Acta 84 (2012) 235.

Bruno G. Pollet is full Professor of Renewable Energy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He is a member of the IAHE Board of Directors. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Professor Molkov’s HySAFER (UK). He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Yamanashi at Professor Watanabe’s labs (Japan). His international research covers a wide range of areas in Electrochemical Engineering, Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Sono-electrochemistry (Power Ultrasound in Electrochemistry) from the development of novel materials, hydrogen fuel cell to water treatment/disinfection demonstrators & prototypes. He was a full Professor of Energy Materials and Systems at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and R&D Director of the National Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Competence Centre. He was also a co-founder and an Associate Director of the University of Birmingham Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research (UK). He has worked for Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (UK) and other various industries worldwide wide as Technical Account Manager, Project Manager, Research Manager, R&D Director, Head of R&D and Chief Technology Officer. He was awarded a Diploma in Chemistry and Material Sciences from the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France), a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry from Coventry University (UK) and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Aberdeen (UK). He also gained his PhD in Physical Chemistry in the field of Electrochemistry and Sonochemistry under the supervision of Professors J. Phil Lorimer & T.J. Mason at the Sonochemistry Centre of Excellence, Coventry University. He undertook his PostDoc in Electrocatalysis at the Liverpool University Electrochemistry group led by Professor David J. Schiffrin. Bruno has published many scientific publications, articles, book chapters and books in the field of Sonoelectrochemistry, Fuel Cells, Electrocatalysis and Electrochemical Engineering - Scopus h-index = 24; Google Scholar h-index = 28

Wei-Hsin Chen

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU
Professor Wei-Hsin Chen, Ph. D.
Affiliation National Cheng Kung University (NCKU
Contact information E-mail:
Presentation Title

Recent Development in Hydrogen Separation and Purification in Pd-based Membrane System


Global climate change and fossil fuel depletion have driven the need to shift energy use from the conventional carbon cycle to hydrogen cycle. One of the prime advantages of consuming hydrogen as a fuel is zero emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Hydrogen can be produced from fossil fuels, biomass, and hydrocarbons. However, in most conversion processes, hydrogen-rich gases rather than pure hydrogen are produced. When hydrogen is separated from hydrogen-rich gases using membranes, palladium (Pd) has demonstrated its excellent features of high hydrogen permeability and selectivity. In addition to hydrogen separation and purification, Pd-based membranes can also be thought of as a potential tool to fulfill CO2 capture. In this talk, recent development in hydrogen separation and purification in Pd-based membrane systems such as hydrogen permeation, concentration polarization, and membrane permeance measurement will be introduced. The interfacial and bulk mass transfer phenomena of hydrogen in Pd-based membrane system will be underlined. The presentation will also show hydrogen permeation in Pd membrane tube systems approached by computational fluid dynamics (CFD), demonstrating the potential of simulations as a tool to aid in membrane system designs.

Professor Wei-Hsin Chen received his B.S. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Tunghai University, Taichung City, Taiwan, in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University in 1993. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Chen worked in an iron and steel corporation as a process engineer for one and a half years (1994-1995). He joined the Department of Environmental Engineering and Science, Fooyin University in 1995 and was promoted to a full professor in 2001. In 2005, he moved to the Department of Marine Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University. Two years later (2007), he moved to the Department of Greenergy, National University of Tainan. Now he is a faculty member and distinguished professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University. Professor Chen visited the Princeton University, USA, from 2004 to 2005, the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2007, the University of Edinburg, UK, in 2009, the University of British Columbia, Canada, from 2012 to 2013, and the University of Lorraine, France, in 2017 as a visiting professor. His research topics include hydrogen production and purification, bioenergy, clean energy, carbon capture, and atmospheric science. He has published over 350 papers in international and domestic journals and conferences with a h-index of 35. He is the editorial member of a number of international journals, including Applied Energy, International Journal of Energy Research, Energies, etc. He is also the author of several books concerning energy science and air pollution. His important awards include 2015 Outstanding Research Award (Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan), 2015 Highly Cited Paper Award (Applied Energy, Elsevier), 2016 and 2017 Highly Cited Researcher Award (Thomson Reuters, Web of Science), etc.

3rd International Hydrogen Technologies Congress / March 15-18, 2018 / Alaaddin Keykubat University, Alanya, Turkey