Hydrogen Day: Research on hydrogen production, storage, and use

October 01, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Hydrogen Day at Penn State, Monday, Oct. 25, will feature more than 30 poster presentations offering details on the latest research results on hydrogen production, storage and use as well as related topics.

A complete list of the posters is available online at

Some of the presentations are:

-- Enhancing Pennsylvania's emergency preparedness utilizing a stationary fuel cell

-- Carbon materials from coal for hydrogen storage

-- Hydrogen-assisted IC engine combustion as a route to hydrogen implementation

-- OptStrain: A computational framework for redesign of microbial hydrogen production systems

-- Biohydrogen production for a trickling filter reactor

-- Enhancement of hydrogen evolution with decrease in green house gas emission through CO2 control in hydrogen fermentation

-- Optimizing PT-air cathode for microbial fuel cell

In addition to the poster presentations, there will be two panel sessions -- one with industry leaders and another with academic researchers. Industry participants will include Ed Kiczek, product development manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; George Sverdrup, technology manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; George Parks, senior principal scientist, ConocoPhillips; and Matt Younkins, research engineer, Ford Motor Company.

The discussion on current academic research will include Digby Macdonald, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Technology; Thomas Mallouk, DuPont professor of materials chemistry; Matthew Mench, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Peter Eklund, professor of physics and materials science; and Bruce Logan, director of the Hydrogen Energy Center and The Kappe professor of environmental engineering.
Kathleen McGinty, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. Congressman John Peterson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Resources Committee, will be the dinner speaker. Peterson is a leading proponent of hydrogen research and policies to help reduce American's dependence on foreign energy.

Hydrogen Day is a program of Penn State's Hydrogen Energy Center. Logan says, "Hydrogen Day will bring together industry, government and academic leaders in the field at an exciting time. As our national energy policy continues to evolve, this gathering can help to clarify our country's needs as well as to explore technical solutions to development of a hydrogen economy."

Directions for registering are at www.engr.psu.edu/h2e/H2Day.htm. The registration fee is $75 before Oct. 5 and $125 thereafter. For more information, contact the Industrial Research Office at 814-865-9519 or iro@psu.edu by email.

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