Speakers – Plenary Sessions


Prof. Frano Barbir, University of Split, Croatia

The role of hydrogen in decarbonization of energy

Prof. Barbir holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering both from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. His research interests include heat and mass transfer in PEM fuel cells, effects of operational conditions on fuel cell performance and durability, design of fuel cells and fuel cell stacks and systems, fuel cell applications, and hydrogen energy concept and its role in context of energy future. He has authored and/or co-authored more than 200 papers on hydrogen and fuel cells published in scientific and technical journals, books, encyclopedias, and conference proceedings, as well as 7 U.S. and one EU patent on various aspects fuel cell stack and system design and operation. He is the President of Croatian Hydrogen Association, a Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy, and the Chairman of the States Representatives Group at Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. He is a member of the Croatian Academy of Technical Sciences. He is a recipient of Croatian Annual National Science Award for technical sciences, and a recipient of Hrvoje Pozar Award by Croatian Energy Society for exceptional contribution to energetics.

Dr. Mykhaylo Lototskyy, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Gas-phase applications of metal hydrides

Dr. Mykhaylo Lototskyy graduated from the Moscow State University in 1977 and received his PhD degree in 1992 from the Lviv State University. He joined Mechanical Engineering Institute, Kharkov, where he worked on metal hydrides. Dr. Lototskyy’s work on metal hydrides in co-authorship with the group from Moscow State University was awarded Lenin Comsomol Prize. Following postdoctoral position at the Institute for Energy Technology Norway, Dr. Lototskyy joined the University of the Western Cape where he is now a Key Programme Manager at HySA Systems Competence Centre hosted by UWC. Dr. Lototskyy’s research interest focuses on metal hydrides and nanocomposites, thermodynamic and the kinetic performances of metal – hydrogen systems, gas-phase applications of metal hydrides including storage, compression and separation / purification of hydrogen.

Dr. Reinhard Tatschl, AVL List GmbH, Austria

Multiphysics Simulation of Battery and PEM Fuel Cell Systems – Modelling Challenges and Engineering Applications

Reinhard Tatschl is Principal Research and Technology Manager of the business unit Advanced Simulation Technologies of AVL List GmbH in Graz, Austria. He received his PhD from Graz University of Technology in 1992 and joined AVL as a research engineer, with his main activities related to CFD modeling and simulation of multiphase and reactive flows. In 1999 he took over the responsibility for the CFD software development activities, since 2012 he has been holding the current position which comprises initiating and coordinating in-house R&D activities as well as collaborative research and innovation projects with industry and academic partners. His current main research interests are related to modeling and simulation of batteries adopting different cell chemistries and electrode materials as well as polymer electrolyte and solid oxide fuel cells and related electrolyser technologies. He has published about 100 articles in conference proceedings and in international peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Olivier Joubert, University of Nantes & CNRS, France

Materials challenges toward high temperature electrolysis

Olivier Joubert is presently full professor in Chemistry of Materials at University of Nantes and is Chair of electrochemical storage and conversion of energy group (ST2E) of "Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (CNRS-IMN)". The major research interests of professor Joubert revolve around development of new materials for technological applications such as high and intermediate temperature ceramic Solid Oxide (SO) fuel or electrolyser cells (SOFC and SOEC). He is co-author of 120 publications, 25 invited talks and 5 patents. Olivier Joubert is chairing the French Research Network on Hydrogen Energy which assembles all French academic research groups in the field of electrolysis production and storage of hydrogen and also its conversion to electricity using fuel cell.

Prof. Duncan P. Fagg, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Nitrides as potential electrode materials for proton ceramic electrochemical devices 

Dr.Duncan Fagg, is currently employed as a Principal Researcher in the centre for mechanical technology and automation (TEMA) in the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He is the author of over 135 international scientific publications, with a H-factor of 32, and 8 book chapters. He has over 20 years of research experience in materials engineering for electrochemical devices with previous placements in CICECO Aveiro, Portugal, ICV Autonomous University Madrid, Spain, Dept.Chemical Engineering, Patras Greece, School of Chemistry, St-Andrews University Scotland, and Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Roskilde Denmark. At present, he is the coordinator of a scientific team of 10 researchers, studying the conversion of intermittent renewable electricity into chemical products, such as hydrogen or synthetic hydrocarbons, their storage and their later reconversion to electricity in fuel cells. Work encompasses the design components for both protonic and oxide-ionic solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and separation membranes as well as hydrogen storage materials.


Prof. Volodymyr YartysInstitute for Energy Technology, Norway
Hydrogen based energy storage: Status and recent developments

Prof. Volodymyr A. Yartys is a Professor of Materials Science and Hydrogen Technologies and Senior Scientist I at Institute for Energy Technology, Norway. He received PhD degree from Moscow State University in 1980, DSc degree from Lviv University in 1994 and became a Professor in Inorganic Chemistry in 1998. Prof. V.A. Yartys is an international expert in the area of hydrogen based energy storage working on:  (a) Nanomaterials for energy storage;  (b) Rechargeable Batteries;  (c) H2 as an Energy Carrier; (d) New Materials for Hydrogen Storage  and Battery Applications; (e) Hydrogen storage systems; (f) Use of metal hydrides in energy management. V.A. Yartys published two books and more than 250 peer reviewed papers which collected more than 8000 citations.  He has been leading numerous research projects funded by European Commission, NATO Science for Peace Program, Norwegian Research Council, Nordic Energy Research, industry.  Prof. V.A. Yartys is an Editor of Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Elsevier, representative of Norway in the International Society for Electrochemistry and a Member of the Steering Committee of the International Symposia on Metal Hydrogen Systems.

Prof. Justo Lobato Bajo, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Another way of green H2 production. SOdepolarized electrolysis at high temperature

Prof. Lobato holds the Degree in Chemistry and the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering both from University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain. He is presently full professor in Chemical Engineering at the same University. He is the Coordinator of the M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and is responsible of the electrochemical energy storage and conversion research line of the Electrochemical and Environmental Engineering Lab of the Chemical Engineering Department at UCLM. His main research topics are electrochemical treatment of wastewaters and polluted soil/gas; PEMFCs; Electrochemical synthesis of compounds, H2 production, Microbial Fuel Cells, Redox Flow Batteries, Life Cycle Assessments... He has published more than 150 papers in JCR Journals, has written different book chapters and has participated in different International Conferences around the world (more than 160 communications). His research interest focuses on the development of membranes and electrodes for high temperature PEMFC, renewable energy storage by means of hydrogen production using hybrid sulphur thermochemical cycle or chlor-alkali process, connection of renewable energy with batteries and electrochemical devices, etc. He is an active member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and Spanish Association of H2 (AeH2). He is evaluator of Research Projects for ANEP (Spain), MIUR (Italy), ANR (France), NCSTE (Kazahstan), CSF (Czech Republic) and CNDI (Romania) and a member of the Editorial board of different Research International Journals (Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, Catalysts, Nanomaterials,…).

Prof. Dag Noréus, Stockholm University, Sweden

Ni-electrodes based aqueous rechargeable batteries continue to improve their performance

Dag Noréus is a professor in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University. He earned his PhD degree in reactor physics in 1982 at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and completed his postdoc at Daimler-Benz, Metal Hydride Laboratory, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1983. Noréus became a researcher in 1984 and a professor in 2000 in the Department of Structural Chemistry, Stockholm University. His research interests include x-ray diffraction, elastic and inelastic neutron scattering, and electrochemistry focusing on rechargeable aqueous battery systems.  

Prof. Miran Gaberšček, National Institute of Chemistry and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mechanisms in advanced battery systems: theory vs. experiments

Dr. Miran Gaberšček, Professor of Materials Science is Head of Department for Materials Chemistry at the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2009 he has also been the Director of Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Technologies, Ljubljana, Slovenia (the Centre joins 4 academic institutions and 10 industrial partners in Slovenia). Since 2003 he has been affiliated to the University of Ljubljana where he currently holds the position of Full Professor for the field of Materials Science. The primary research field of M. Gaberšček has been novel electrochemical systems for energy storage and conversion, more specifically primary and secondary batteries and fuel cells. In particular, he has been focused on explanation of complex charge transport and reaction mechanisms in these devices. Together with coworkers he has invented various novel or significantly improved active materials and explained their functioning using innovative approaches. 

Prof. Saim Özkar, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Increasing the catalytic efficiency of rhodium(0) nanoparticles in hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane

Dr. Özkar graduated from Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul in 1972, and then worked for two years in industry. He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1976 and joined the Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University in 1979. He spent one year at the Max Planck Institute in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, Germany as a scholar of Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in 1986, 2 years at the University of Toronto as visiting professor in 1988-1990, and now 5 total years at Colorado State University since 2000 starting with a Fulbright Fellowship of 9 months. He was awarded Science Prize by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey in 1996 and has been a permanent member of Turkish Academy of Sciences since 1996. His research interests involve the catalysis, organometallic chemistry, transition metal nanoparticles (synthesis, characterization, and catalytic use in many industrially important reactions) as well as the reaction kinetics and mechanisms of catalysis.

Prof. Yun Wang, University of California, USA

Fundamental aspects of air cathode design for lithium air battery 

Yun Wang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanics and Engineering Science from Peking University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He went to the Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. Dr. Wang has produced over 80 publications in PEM fuel cell, Li-air battery, and other energy systems. He has received a number of awards, including the prestigious President's Award and Outstanding Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council and the 2011-2012 Applied Energy Certificate of Excellence: Most Downloaded Authors. Several of his seminal works are highly cited in major energy/power journals. Dr. Wang served as Track chair/co-chair, session chair/co-chair, conference chair and committee member for many international conferences on power and energy. Dr. Wang received 2018 Reviewer of The Year from the Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage. Dr. Wang is currently Professor at the UC Irvine.

Prof. Jasna Janković, University of Connecticut, USA

Solving challenges for clean energy adoption - from a nano-scale world to macro-scale applications 

Dr. Jasna Jankovic is an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut (UConn) since 2018. Prior to joining UConn, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, Department of Chemical Engineering, under the supervision of Dr. David Wilkinson, followed by a 7 years employment as a Senior Research Scientist at the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation in Burnaby, Canada, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Daimler. Dr. Jankovic’s research focus is in advanced characterization of fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries using microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, fabrication of novel electrodes for electrochemical devices, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and clean energy education. She has more than 25 years of experience in clean energy sector, more than 50 publications and 2 patents. Dr. Jankovic is a recipient of several Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awards in Canada, and a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) awards and Department of Energy (DOE) sub-awards in the US.


Prof. Rezan Demir-Cakan, Gebze Technical University, Turkey

Organic electrodes for aqueous electrolyte Zn-ion Batteries

Rezan Demir-Cakan completed her Bachelor and Master degree from Yildiz Technical University at the Chemical Engineering Department. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces , in Germany (2009), under the supervison of Markus Antonietti working on the synthesis, characterization and applications of hydrothermal carbon materials. Then she moved to France, the group of Jean-Marie-Tarascon, focusing on the rechargeable lithium batteries, more specifically on lithium-sulphur batteries between 2009-2012. Currently she has been working as an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Gebze Technical University. Her research interests include the synthesis of nanostructured energy materials and their application in the field of Li/Na batteries.