Professor Kazunari Domen
Topic: Photocatalytic water splitting to produce solar hydrogen on a large scale
Bio: Dr. Domen joined Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996 and then moved to The University of Tokyo as Professor in 2004. He has also been a Special Contract Professor at Shinshu University since 2017. Prof. Domen retired from the University of Tokyo in 2019, but he continues his research actively as University Professor in The University of Tokyo. Prof. Domen has been working on overall water splitting reaction on heterogeneous photocatalysts to generate clean and recyclable hydrogen. Since 2000, he has been developing various kinds of photocatalysts that respond to visible light for efficient solar hydrogen production.
Professor Andreas Züttel
Topic: Transition from fossil to renewable energy and the role of hydrogen
Bio: Born 22. 8. 1963 in Bern, Switzerland. 1985 Engineering Degree in Chemistry, Burgdorf, Switzerland. 1990 Diploma in Physics from the University of Fribourg (UniFR), Switzerland. 1993 Dr. rer. nat. from the science faculty UniFR. 1994 Post Doc with AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA. 1997 Lecturer at the Physics Department UniFR. 2003 External professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2004 Habilitation in experimental physics at the science faculty UniFR (www.unifr.ch). President of the Swiss Hydrogen Association “HYDROPOLE” (www.hydropole.ch). 2006 Head of the section “Hydrogen & Energy” at EMPA (www.empa.ch) and Prof. tit. in the Physics department UniFR. 2009 Guest Professor at IMR, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. 2012 Visiting Professor at Delft Technical University, The Netherlands, 2014 Full Professor for Physical Chemistry, Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL (www.lmer.epfl.ch), Switzerland. 2017 Co-Founder of GRZ Technologies Ltd. (www.grz-technologies.com). 2020 Member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Science (SATW, https://www.satw.ch)
Professor Nigel Brandon
Topic: Progress and challenges in solid oxide electrolysis for the low carbon energy transition
Bio: Nigel Brandon is an electrochemical engineer who has spent his career working on the science, engineering and technology of electrochemical devices for the low carbon energy transition, in particular fuel cells, flow batteries and electrolysers. He holds an engineering degree and PhD from Imperial College London, to which he returned as an academic in 1998 following a 14 year research career with BP and Rolls-Royce, and where he now holds the Chair in Sustainable Development in Energy. He is a founder of Ceres Power, a UK company developing fuel cell and electrolyser technology based around a unique metal-supported solid oxide cell technology, and a founder of RFC Power, a UK company developing a novel liquid-gas flow battery to store renewable power.
He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2007 for his contribution to fuel cell engineering, and made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2008. He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his services to UK-China science in the field of energy and climate change.
Professor Xianguo Li
Topic: Hydrogen Fuel Cell for Sustainable Aviation
Bio: Professor Li’s main research interests and activities are in the area of thermal fluid/science, including energy systems and energy storage, various energy conversion devices, propulsion and power generation systems, aerosol generation and applications, and transportation fuel cell and battery systems. These research projects involve thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic stability, multiphase flow, heat and mass transfer, liquid atomization and sprays, combustion, power generation and propulsion systems. Professor Li is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Energy, which established the International Green Energy Conference series and launched the annual review series Progress in Green Energy. He is also the Field Chief Editor, Frontiers in Thermal Engineering. He is currently serving on the editorial board of dozens of international scientific/technical journals, book series on fuel cells and energy systems, as well as an encyclopaedia on Energy Engineering and Technology. Professor Li is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC) and a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), and serves as VP Technical Program for CSME. Previously he served as the CSME Division Chair for the Advanced Energy Systems technical division. He also currently serves as the President of the International Association for Green Energy and President of the Fuel Cell Division, International Association for Hydrogen Energy and established the World Fuel Cell Conference series.
Professor Greg F. Naterer
Topic: Advances in Sustainable Hydrogen Production with Offshore Applications
Bio: Dr. Greg Naterer is the Vice–President, Academic and Research, at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in Charlottetown. In this role, he is advancing the university’s vision of excellence in teaching, research, and public service, while enhancing partnerships across UPEI’s ten faculties including a new Faculty of Medicine. Previously he was the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Naterer has served in prominent national and international leadership roles in higher education and research, including as Chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science of Canada (NCDEAS), Thermophysics Technical Committee of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), and NSERC Discovery Grant Committee (Mechanical Engineering). He has made significant research contributions to Mechanical Engineering, specifically energy systems and heat transfer, including 3 books, 6 patents and over 300 journal articles in these fields. He led a multidisciplinary international team of university and industry partners that developed and constructed the world’s first large–scale copper–chlorine cycle of thermochemical hydrogen production. Among his awards and honors, Dr. Naterer received the Julian C. Smith Medal of the Engineering Institute of Canada for exceptional achievements in the development of Canada. He was awarded the CNS Innovative Achievement Award for research ingenuity by the Canadian Nuclear Society, and the CSME Jules Stachiewicz Medal of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering for outstanding contributions to heat transfer. Dr. Naterer is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received his BMath (Applied Mathematics), MASc (Mechanical Engineering) and PhD (Mechanical Engineering) degrees from the University of Waterloo.
Professor Krishnan Rajeshwar
Topic: Ternary Oxide Semiconductors and Alloys for Solar Hydrogen Generation
Bio: Dr. Rajeshwar is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also the founding director of the Center for Renewable Energy Science & Technology (CREST) on campus. He was elected Vice President of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and is a past President of the ECS. He is a past Editor of the ECS Interface and currently serves on the editorial boards of several electrochemical journals. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the ECS Journal of Solid State Science & Technology. After post-doctoral training at Colorado State University, he joined UT Arlington in 1983. His research interests span a wide spectrum and include photoelectrochemistry; solar energy conversion; renewable energy; materials chemistry; semiconductor electrochemistry; and environmental chemistry. Dr. Rajeshwar is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and received the Energy Technology Division Research Award and the Electrodeposition Division Research Award of the Electrochemical Society. He has authored monographs and edited books, special issues of journals, and conference proceedings on energy conversion. He is the author of over 350 refereed and well-cited publications (cited over 21,000 times, h-index: 72). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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