Speakers-Plenary Sessions

-Philip Adelhelm
-Sanjoy Banerjee
-Babu Chalamala
-Fermin Cuevas
-Rezan Demir-Cakan
-Sarp Kaya
-Mykhaylo Lototskyy
-Dag Noreus
-Bilge Yıldız



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Professor Philipp Adelhelm,
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-University Berlin

to be announced”

Philipp Adelhelm is a materials scientist and graduated from the University of Stuttgart. He received his PhD degree in 2007 for his work on carbon materials for energy storage at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Antonietti group). From 2007-2009, he was postdoc at the Debye Institute of Nanomaterials Science in Utrecht, The Netherlands (de Jongh group) studying hydrogen storage materials. Between 2009-2015, he was group leader at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Janek group), with the main interest in exploring the cell chemistry of sodium based batteries. From 2015-2019 he was professor at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.Since 2019 he is professor at Humboldt-University Berlin (Physical chemistry of materials / electrochemistry) and heads a joint research group on “operando battery analysis” between Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-University Berlin.

Professor Sanjoy Banerjee,
CUNY Energy Institute

to be announced”

Sanjoy Banerjee is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, City College of New York and Director of the City University of New York (CUNY) Energy Institute. Banerjee is also the Founder and Chairman of Urban Electric Power, spun out of the CUNY Energy Institute to develop ‘beyond lithium’ batteries. Banerjee was recruited from UC Santa Barbara, where he had been Department Chair and previously taught at Berkeley, McMaster University, and worked at Atomic Energy of Canada, as Director of the Applied Science Division. He has also served as Mitsubishi Professor at the University of Tokyo, the Burgers Professor at TU Delft, and at ETH Zurich. He has also served on several advisory boards: NASA Fluid Physics, the oil- industry Flow Assurance Consortium, and the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, congressionally mandated to advise on nuclear facilities.

Dr. Babu Chalamala
Sandia National Laboratories

Materials technology gaps for low cost grid energy

Dr. Babu Chalamala is Manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department at Sandia National Laboratory,. Prior to joining Sandia in August 2015, he was a Corporate Fellow at SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) for five years, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage. Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital x-ray sources. Earlier, as a research staff member at Motorola, Research Triangle Institute, and Texas Instruments, he made contribution to the development of electronic materials and device technologies. He received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and his PhD degree in Physics from the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Academy of Sciences St Louis, a Life Member of the Electrochemical Society, and a Member of the Materials Research Society. As chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Committee on Displays, he was instrumental in launching the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. He has been an active member of the Materials Research Society for twenty years and served as General Chair of the 2006 MRS Fall Meeting. He was a guest editor of the MRS Bulletin, Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE and IEEE Access. He received the 2015 James Eads Award of the Academy of Sciences St Louis.

Dr. Fermin Cuevas

Enabling the success of the hydrogen-energy chain through international cooperation 

(authored by Fermin Cuevas, François Aguey-Zinsou, Junxian Zhang and Michel Latroche)

Fermin Cuevas obtained his PhD (1996) in Physics at UAM University of Madrid. After postdoctoral studies at MPI-Stuttgart and CNRS-Thiais, in 2002 he became permanent researcher at CNRS. His main research activities are hydrogen storage in solids as well as electrode and electrolyte materials for Ni-MH and Li-ion batteries. Currently, he is leader of the Interaction of Hydrogen and Matter group at the East Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science, co-head of the hydrogen storage axis at the French Research Network on Hydrogen Energy, and French coordinator of the International Research Network FACES, the French-Australian research network on Conversion and Energy Storage.

Professor Rezan Demir-Cakan
Gebze Technical University 

“Multivalent-ions Rechargable Batteries in Aqueous Medium “

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.

Dr. Sarp Kaya
Koç University

Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation using BiVO4 Photoanodes

Sarp Kaya received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2007 after completing his studies on ultrathin metal oxide layers at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Plank Society and Humboldt University. During his post-doctoral studies at Stanford University (2007-2010) and following research activities as a scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2010-2014) and Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) (2011-2014) he heavily utilized synchrotron radiation for investigations on gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces. He has joined the Department of Chemistry, Koç University in 2013. He has also been co-director of Koç University Tüpraş Energy Center (KUTEM) since 2019.

Dr. Mykhaylo Lototskyy
University of the Western Cape

“Thermally-driven hydrogen compression utilising 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 Senior Researcher 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.

Professor Dag Noréus,
Stockholm University

Advanced aqueous alkaline batteries based on hydrogen

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 the understanding of metal-hydrogen interaction in metal hydrides and electrodes. http://www.h2fc-fair.com/hm14/exhibitors/nilar.html


Professor Bilge Yıldız,

to be announced”

Bilge Yildiz is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she leads the Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces. She received her PhD degree at MIT in 2003 and her BSc degree from Hacettepe University in Turkey in 1999. After working at Argonne National Laboratory as research staff, she returned to MIT as an assistant professor in 2007. Her research centers on molecular-level studies of oxygen exchange kinetics on surfaces at elevated temperatures, under stress and in reactive gases, by combining in situ surface sensitive experiments with first-principles calculations and novel atomistic simulations. The scientific insights derived from her research impact the design of novel surface chemistries for efficient and durable solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells, and for corrosion resistant films in a wide range of extreme environments as in nuclear energy generation and oil exploration. She was the recipient of the Charles Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2012, the Somiya Award of the International Union of Materials Research Societies for international collaboration in 2012, and an NSF CAREER award in 2011.