Plenary Speakers

Professor Ping Chen, Ph. D,

Professor, division head of Hydrogen Energy and Advanced Materials, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Ping Chen graduated from Xiamen University in 1997 and was a faculty member of National University of Singapore before she joined Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 2008. Her primary research interests include materials development for hydrogen storage and heterogeneous catalysis. She pioneered the research in amide-hydride system for hydrogen storage and developed alkali/alkaline earth hydride-transition metal composite catalyst for ammonia synthesis. She has more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles with more than 10,000 citations and 60 patent applications with 17 granted. She serves the community as a member of Executive Committee of IEA-Hydrogen, International Steering Committee (ISC) for the International Symposia on Metal-Hydrogen Systems, advisory board of Chem, Scientific Reports, and Journal of Physical Chemistry, associate editor of Journal of Energy Chemistry, meeting chair/vice chair of MRS Spring 2011, MH2018 and GRC-HMS 2019 etc.

Professor Petra E. de Jongh

Chair Catalysts and Energy Materials, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Petra de Jongh (born 20 January 1971) received her PhD in photoelectrochemistry in 1999, and worked 5 years as a senior scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in the Netherlands and Singapore. Since 2004 she works at Utrecht University and since 2014 as Chair Catalysts and Energy Materials in the group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis. In 2013 she was visiting professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. Her research focuses on supported nanoparticles and mesostructured materials, and gaining insight in the impact of particle size and distribution, confinement and pore structure on the functionality of these materials. An important application is the design of more efficient and durable catalysts, often in collaboration with industry, based for instance on studying the stability of supported metal nanoparticles under dynamic conditions. Another major research line is the use of inorganic materials for energy storage and conversion, including nanoconfined light metal hydrides for reversible hydrogen storage and fast ion conductors for all solid‐state batteries. Recently her interests have expanded to include electrocatalytic and thermal CO2 conversion.


Professor Evan Gray

Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre and School of Environment and Science
Griffith University

Dr Patrick Hartley

Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission

Dr. Michael Hirscher

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Michael Hirscher is leading the “Hydrogen Storage Group” at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany. Prior he spent a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He studied physics at University of Stuttgart, Germany, and at Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA, receiving his Dr. rer. nat. in Stuttgart. In 1988 he was awarded with the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max Planck Society. At the International Symposium on Hydrogen & Energy in Switzerland he received the “Hydrogen & Energy Award 2015”. Since 2010 he is member of the International Steering Committee of the International Symposia on Metal-Hydrogen Systems (MH). From 2013 to 2018 he has been Operating Agent of Task 32 “Hydrogen-based Energy Storage” of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen TCP and now is leading Task 40 “Energy storage and conversion based on hydrogen” since 2019. He has been vice chair and chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Hydrogen-Metal Systems in 2017 and 2019, respectively.


Invited Speakers

Dr Tom Autrey

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Prof. Marcello Baricco

Dr. Martin Dornheim

Head of Department, Department of Nanotechnology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

Science of Hydrogen & Energy Award, Sapporo 2020

International Visitor of the University Nottingham

Deputy Research Director of the Institute of Materials Technology and Centre for Hydrogen Technology at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

Invited Research Scientist “Energy Technology Research Institute – ETRI”, AIST Tsukuba, Japan

Head of the Department of Nanotechnology
and the Hydrogen Storage Activities at the   Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Deputy Head of the Department of Nanotechnology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Deputy Group Leader “Hydrogen in Metals”, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

PhD., Material Physics, „Impact of stress and strain on thermodynamics of metal hydride systems“, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Dipl.-Phys, Theoretical Solid State Physics, “atomistic simulations of misfit dislocations in semiconductor heterostructures”, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Phys.-Vordipl., Universität Hamburg

After his early work on the effect of stress and strains on the phase boundaries of hydride phases in yttrium and niobium thin films he moved to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht where he continued to work on hydrides and the effect of additives on nucleation and growth as well as on the grain sizes and grain size stability in magnesium hydride. He was involved in the discovery of the formation of different borohydrides (LiBH4, NaBH4 and Ca(BH4)2) starting from MgB2 and the respective alkali(ne earth) metal hydrides and led the comprehensive investigations on the reaction mechanisms in Reactive Hydride Composites (RHCs). He started, developed and led new comprehensive in-situ measurements on the reaction mechanism and the effect of additives in RHCs, which led to an enormous increase of cycling stability of RHCs and composites of RHCs and polymers. Under his leadership, HZG started in 2005 the development and characterisation of hydrogen stores based on interstitial hydrides, complex hydrides and hydride composites for a wide range of applications from the gram scale of hydrogen up to the tens of kg of hydrogen scale.

Prof. Yaroslav Fillinchuk

Prof. David Grant

Head of Advanced Materials, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK

Prof David Grant (DMG), is Professor of Materials Science and Head of Advanced Materials in the Faculty of Engineering. He is also Director of the Beacon in Propulsion Futures at the University of Nottingham. In the energy sector, David has researched into multicomponent hydrides, complex hydrides, cost-effective low temperature metal hydrides, multilayer metal hydride coatings and developed practical metal hydride hydrogen stores with a number of industrial partners. Other demonstrators have utilised the high enthalpy of metal hydrides as practical thermal stores for Concentrated Solar Power and energy scavenging devices for heating and cooling. He is/has been an expert on the hydrogen storage task 22, 32 42 of the International Energy Agency. In 2010-11 he was seconded to EON UK in energy research engagement. He has worked on over 100 fundamental and applied research projects with industry, both as an academic and as a consultant (190 journal papers (h index 42); 25 EPSRC; 3FP5/6/7; 12 Link/TSB/I_UK projects, networks and 50 PhDs).

Dr Zhenguo Huang


Assoc. Prof. Hai-Wen Li

Prof. Craig Jensen

Dr. Craig Jensen has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hawaii since 1986. He has authored or co-authored 146 peer-reviewed publications, 9 U.S. patents, and 2 books which have recived over 10,000 citations. He has served as the thesis advisor for 24 PhD students. His research activities have included: the development of novel transition metal complexes for organic transformations; nonclassical polyhydride complexes; liquid organic hydrogen carriers; and reversible dehydrogenation of complex hydrides.  In recognition of his work in these areas, he was named the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen program’s “1999 Research Success Story” and presented with the US DOE EERE “R&D” award in 2004. In 2003, he founded Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers, LLC and has since served as the company president. He was a co-chairman of the 2006 International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems and the 2007 Hydrogen-Metal Systems Gordon Research Conference. In 2017, he hosted International Symposium on Hydrogen and Energy.

Dr Michel Latroche

Dr Kasper Moeller

Prof. Shin-Ichi Orimo

Assoc. Prof. Sabrina Sartori

Dr Veronica Sofianos

Dr Joseph Teprovich

Professor, California State University Northridge

Joseph received his Ph.D in Chemistry from Lehigh University in 2008.  He worked at Savannah River National Laboratory as a post-doctoral research scientist from 2009-2011 and was a staff scientist from 2011-2017.  In 2017, he became a professor at California State University Northridge in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  He has numerous publications and patents regarding the use of metal hydrides in a variety of energy storage applications and presented this research at a variety of national and international conferences.  This research includes the synthesis of alane (AlH3) for portable power systems, boron based hydrides for solid ionic conductors, alanates for use as high capacity anode materials, metal intercalated carbon nanocomposites for hydrogen storage, and metal hydride based thermal energy storage systems for concentrating solar power.

Prof. Valeska Ting

Professor of Smart Nanomaterials, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol, UK

Prof Valeska Ting is Professor of Smart Nanomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is the Research Director for the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol, UK. Valeska leads a research group of 10 in the area of nanoporous materials for applications such as hydrogen storage, is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the EPSRC-led cross-research council Energy theme and holds a prestigious £1.2M EPSRC Research Fellowship in Energy. In 2013 she was awarded the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Sir Frederick Warner medal (international award presented every 2 years for work in sustainability, and was the 2013 recipient of the UK’s Parliamentary and Scientific Committee’s SET for Britain Gold Medal for Engineering, as well as the Westminster Medal. She has represented the Royal Institution and the Royal Society in STEM outreach (public engagement and engaging policy makers), is a member of the BBC’s BAME Academy and tries to be a positive role model and supporter of women in engineering.

Prof. Min Zhu