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Chao-Yang Wang

Electrochemical Engine Center (ECEC)

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802 USA

Biography: Dr. Chao-Yang Wang received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa, and he is currently Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the Pennsylvania State  University. He has been the founding director of Electrochemical Engine Center (ECEC) since 1997. Dr. Wang received NSF CAREER award and premier research award from the Penn State  Engineering Society, and has been a senior technical advisor to the United Nations  Development Program (UNDP) and a delegate to Indo-U.S. and Canada-US fuel cell workshops. A fellow of ASME, Dr. Wang serves on the editorial board of several journals and book series. He holds 16 U.S. and international patents and has published nine book chapters and reviews as well as over 150 journal articles. He has over 5500 SCI citations and an H-index of 41. Dr. Wang’s research interests cover the transport, materials, and manufacturing aspects of batteries and fuel cells.


Title: Thermal Management of Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries


Abstract: Advanced Li-ion battery technology is presently receiving huge attention worldwide for applications to electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles that aim to significantly boost fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emission. In this revived pursuit of vehicle electrification, grand challenges lie in cycle life, cost and highly dynamic operation requirements under harsh ambient temperatures of automotive Li-ion batteries. Heat generation and thermal transport plays major roles in understanding and solving these challenges. This talk will unravel critical thermal phenomena involved in automotive Li-ion batteries and elucidate how the thermal phenomena impact degradation processes at the nanoscale interface between electrode and electrolyte as well as interact with electrochemical and mass diffusion processes occurring at a myriad of length scales. Specific problems will be discussed of: 1) Li plating in the carbon anode under high-rate charging and subzero temperatures, 2) metal ion dissolution from cathode materials and subsequent migration into the anode to catalyze solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation at elevated temperatures, and 3) thermal runaway and explosion. Needs and practice of thermal management will be highlighted. Current efforts to link thermal and electrochemical phenomena via experimental diagnostics and fundamental modeling will be shared [1-7].


[1] C.Y. Wang, W.B. Gu and B.Y. Liaw, Micro-macroscopic coupled modeling of batteries and fuel cells. part 1 model development, J. Electrochem Soc, Vol.145, pp.3407-3417, 1998.

[2] W.B. Gu and C.Y. Wang, Thermal-electrochemical modeling of battery systems, J Electrochem. Soc., Vol.147, pp.2910-2922, 2000.

[3] V. Srinivasan and C.Y. Wang, Analysis of electrochemical and thermal behavior of Li-ion cells, J. Electrochem. Soc., Vol.150, pp.A98-A106, 2003.

[4] K. Smith and C.Y. Wang, Solid state diffusion limitations on pulse operation of a lithium ion cell for hybrid electric vehicles, J. Power Sources, Vol.161, pp.628-639, 2006.

[5] Y. Zhang and C.Y. Wang, Cycle-life characterization of automotive Li-ion batteries with LiNiO2 cathode, J Electrochem Soc., Vol.156, A527-535, 2009.

[6] O.J. Kwon and C.Y. Wang, Lithium deposition in the anode of automotive Li-ion batteries, in Proc of 216th Electrochemical Society Fall Mtg, Veinna, Austria, 2009.

[7] W.F. Fang, O.J. Kwon and C.Y. Wang, Electrochemical-thermal modeling of automotive Li-ion batteries and experimental validation using a three-electrode cell, Int J. Energy Research, Vol.34, pp.107-115, 2010.



Ismail B. Celik

Robert C. Byrd Professor, ASME Fellow, and NETL Resident Institute Fellow

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

West Virginia University, Morgantown WV 26506-6106

(304) 293 3209 (direct!), (304) 293 6689 (fax)


Biography: Dr. Celik (Ph.D., 1980, Mechanics and Hydraulics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA) is a Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown WV. He is the director of the Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applied Multi-physics Center as well as being the leader of flue cell research groups at WVU NIFT (National Institute for Fuel-cell Technology).


Dr. Celik’s expertise is in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) which has become an invaluable research tool in many areas of science and engineering. A challenging problem in the CFD applications has been the unknown degree of errors and related uncertainty that is inherent in discrete computations. Dr. Celik’s pioneering research in this area has lead to significant contribution in assessment of accuracy and uncertainty involved in CFD applications. Dr. Celik also made unique contributions in the area of combustion and emissions, turbulence prediction via large eddy simulation (LES), transport processes within fuel cells, assessment of worker exposure to hazardous contaminants, and transmission of influenza via aerosols.


Dr. Celik has authored more than 250 technical publications; of these more than 60 are archival journal publications. Dr. Celik has served in several leadership positions in the ASME Fluids Engineering Division (FED). He has lead the FED CFD Technical Committee as the chair (1988-1992) and as vice chair (2004-2006) and fostered the idea of performing numerical uncertainty analysis in parallel to experimental uncertainty analysis in CFD applications. He also served as a member of the FED CFD Standard Committee as wells being a member of the America Nuclear Society (ANS) CFD Guidelines Committee. Dr. Celik was an Associate Editor to the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering during 2000-2005. He is the recipient of WVU Benedum Scholar award and the Robert C. Byrd Professorship award. He is also a Fellow of ASME.


Title: Effect of Impurities in Coal-Syngas on the Performance of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells


Abstract: High temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are amenable for utilization of various fuels including synthetic gas produced from coal by gasification. However, coal gas inevitably contains many impurities, such as species of Sulfur, Arsenic, Phosphorus, etc. which can be detrimental to the operation of the cell even when only trace amounts of are present. Experimental and numerical results will be presented from an ongoing study aiming at understanding the degradation mechanisms of various contaminants in a typical SOFC. Experiments show that a typical SOFC could loose up to 80% of its power within several hundred minutes when exposed to 5-10 ppm of PH3. Detailed measurements have revealed that PH3 reacts with Ni to form secondary phase hence leading to loss of active sites in the anode. Modeling results indicates that the severest degradation occurs when PH3 reaches the anode–electrolyte inter-phase and starts to deactivate electrochemical reactions.



Erik Dahlquist

Professor and Research Director

School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, Malardalen University

E-mail address:, Tel: 021-15 17 68



Biography: Erik Dahlquist has a back-ground from ASEA/ABB where he was working with product and process development 1975-2002 as project manager for development of new energy and environmental processes like cross flow membrane filtration, gasification and combustion processes. Member of the board of directors at ABB Corporate Research 1992-1995, global business manager for advanced control, optimization and simulation 1996-2002 at ABB Industrial solutions for Pulp and paper applications. Adj prof at KTH 1997-2000 and full prof at Malardalen univ in Energy engineering since 2000 (part time to 2002). Dean for the faculty of science and technology 2001-2007. Research director for some 30 researchers and 60 PhD students in the area Process and Resource Optimization, where the focus is on optimization of existing and future industry and power plant processes as well as energy efficiency improvement in buildings. 20 patents, some 150 scientific publications.


Title: How to Develop a Sustainable Fossil Fuel Free Country


Abstract: Starting from the national energy balance of today actions are discussed on how to drive towards a fossil fuel free society. The available renewable energy resources are identified and how these can be utilised is discussed. This includes both investigation of the possibility to use crops with a higher yield from an energy point of view, as well as to localise spots where the wind is high enough for wind power plants. Hydro power already gives 70 TWhel/y in Sweden, but new resources and enhancements of the existing are reviewed. The possibility to use solar power in combination with other resources for both heat and power is investigated, where TPV, Thermo Photo Voltaic is as interesting as PV-technique in a country with little sun-shine winter time. The use of waste like household waste and crops like straw for both poly-generation and bio-gas production are described. Actions to save energy in industry are discussed for process industries and manufacturing industries, as well as for offices and households. LED lamps instead of conventional lamps have a high potential which is also relatively easy to implement. Next step is to make a scenario for how to reach a consumption that is less the available resources, and here different consumption patterns as well as ways to change these are handled. Different political actions, like information, taxes and incentives like subsidies are discussed. Introduction of new price models for energy and power is another tool that is being evaluated. By implementing these we can avoid the need for building new peak power capacity to compensate for the intermittent production from sources like wind and sun power. Energy efficient buildings and smart homes can give major impact on one of the major needs as heating is of major importance winter time, and cooling summer time. The pros and cons for different solutions are discussed.



Huamin Zhang


Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China




Biography: Prof. Zhang received his B.S. degree from Shandong University of China in 1982, and got his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degrees from Kyushu University of Japan in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Then, as a visiting professor he worked in SUD-CHEMIE of Japan from 1992 to 1995. Then he served as a senior researcher and the director of the Laboratory of New Catalytic Technology in Kansai Research Institute from 1995 to 2000 until he went back to China. He has been the director of the Fuel Cell R&D Center from 2000 to 2003 and the assistant to the director of DICP from 2004 to 2006. Now, he is the leader of PEMFC Key Material and Technology Research Group, the director of DICP-SAMSUNG Fuel Cell Joint Lab and DICP-BORONG Redox Flow Battery Joint Lab. Prof. Zhang is recipient of numerous awards, including NSFC outstanding oversea young scientist award in 2000, and more than 10 premier research award from the Chinese govenment from 2000. He has been a chief scientist of China's fuel cell technology development and redox flow battery technology development. Prof. Zhang serves on the editorial board of several journals and holds more than 112 chinese and international patents and has published 2 book chapters and as well as over 200 journal articles. Prof. Zhang’s research fields cover R&D of key material and components and system integration of fuel cell, regenerative fuel cell and redox flow battery, and his work has been highly cited. In 2009, Prof. Zhang is appointed as a chief scientist of China in energy storage field and responsible for the R&D of large scale and high efficient redox flow battery technology, which is an important project under 973 program.


Title: Redox Flow Battery for Energy Storage


Abstract: Energy storage technologies have long been recognized to have significant potential to promote renewable energy (such as solar and wind etc.) and smart grid program. The use of energy storage in smart grid for load leveling and peak shaving can improve the utilization of generation, transmission, and distribution assets, and can allow utilities to defer investment in additional capacity. Energy storage can also be of use in dynamic operation of the grid when renewable energy involved, providing frequency regulation and spinning reserve.


Compared with other energy storage technologies, redox flow battery (RFB) have some competitive advantages – long life, high energy convention efficiency, active thermal management, and independence of energy and power ratings – make them particularly well-suited for relatively large-scale utility applications. For more than 20 years’ research, there are several flow battery types, including Fe-Cr, zinc-chlorine, zinc-bromine (Zn-Br2), polysulfide-bromide (PSB) and vanadium redox flow battery (VRB). Of these, VRB have special advantages in design simplicity and ease operation because the same electrolyte is used for both the positive and the negative side, make VRB becoming the focus of R&D of RFB. Due to its outstanding advantages of VRB, it is well suited for a variety of applications, firming the intermittent renewable energy output power, peak shaving to the grid, effective power in the remote area, energy storage for electricity vehicle rapid charge station, back-up power for substation and telecommunication sites.


So far, there are some research organizations and corporations focusing on the R&D of VRB, including University of New South Wales (UNSW) and V-fuel Ltd. in Australia, Sumitomo Electrc (SEI) in Japan, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) and Rongke Power Ltd. in China, Cellennium Company, Ltd. in Thailand. The demonstrated VRB system ranged from kW to MW of power and kWh to MWh of capacity, with the demonstrated fields in wind farm, solar power station, electricity vehicle charge station, remote telecommunication station and peak shaving for grid.


In this presentation, current progresses and issues, future development trend of RFB will be described in detail.



Jiujun Zhang

Senior Research Officer Fuel Cell Catalysis Competency Leader Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation

National Research Council

4250 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5

Tel: 604-221-3087; Cell: 604-376-8597 ; Fax: 604-221-3001 Email:



Biography: Dr. Jiujun Zhang is a Senior Research Officer and PEM Catalysis Core Competency Leader at the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI). Dr. Zhang received his B.S. and M.Sc. in Electrochemistry from Peking University in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from Wuhan University in 1988. Starting in 1990, he carried out three terms of postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, York University, and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zhang has over twenty-seven years of R&D experience in theoretical and applied electrochemistry, including over thirteen years of fuel cell R&D (among these six years at Ballard Power Systems and five years at NRC-IFCI), and three years of electrochemical sensor experience. Dr. Zhang holds several adjunct professorships, including one at the University of Waterloo and one at the University of British Columbia. His research is mainly based on fuel cell catalysis development. Up to now, Dr. Zhang has co-authored 220 publications including 150 refereed journal papers and 3 edited books. He also holds over ten US patents and patent publications.

Title: Non-noble Metal Electrocatalysis: A sustainable solution for PEM Fuel Cells

Abstract: Electrocatalysts have large responsibility to both high cost and insufficient durability in today’s PEM fuel cell technology, hindering its commercialization. Developing new electrocatalysts is the priority research work across the fuel cell community. With respect to high costly Pt-based electrocatalysts, non-noble metal catalysts are considered the most cost-effective and feasible way to permanently resolve the cost issue for PEM fuel cell commercialization. Although the activity and stability are still large challenges for state-of-the-art non-noble metal catalysts in practical PEM fuel cell applications, great progress has been made in recent years. In this presentation, we review the historical and current R&D status of non-noble metal catalysts towards the ORR for PEM fuel cells, with focus on analyzing and discussing the challenges and perspectives of non-noble metal catalysts development. We summarized three ways to approach the success of non-noble metal catalysts: (1) Understanding the ORR mechanism and active sites to know how to achieve high intrinsic activity; (2) Exploring new synthesis techniques to control catalyst structure for high active site density; and (3) Optimizing catalyst layer to achieve high performance MEAs. Based on our own work on heat-treated transition metal (Fe and Co) macrocycles, some detailed research results and future directions towards non-noble metal catalyst development will be disclosed.



Marc Rosen

President, Engineering Institute of Canada

Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, L1H 7K4

Tel: 905/721-8668, ext 3756; Fax: 905/721-3370 Email:



Biography: Marc A. Rosen is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada. He served as founding dean from of the Faculty from 2002-08. Dr. Rosen became President of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2008. He served as President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering from 2002 to 2004, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. With over 50 research grants and contracts and 400 technical publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in thermodynamics, energy technology (including cogeneration, district energy, thermal storage and renewable energy), and the environmental impact of energy and industrial systems. Much of his research has been carried out for industry. Earlier, Dr. Rosen was a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. While there, he served as department Chair and Director of the School of Aerospace Engineering. He has also worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honours, including an Award of Excellence in Research and Technology Development from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Engineering Institute of Canada’s Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering’s Angus Medal for outstanding contributions to the management and practice of mechanical engineering. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Energy Foundation.


Title: Energy Sustainability: A Key to Addressing Environmental, Economic and Societal Challenges


Abstract: Sustainability is a critically important goal for human activity and development. Energy sustainability is of great importance to any plans for overall sustainability given the pervasiveness of energy use, its importance in economic development and living standards, and the significant impacts that energy processes and systems have on the environment. Many factors that need to be considered and appropriately addressed in moving towards energy sustainability are examined in this presentation. These include appropriate selection of energy resources bearing in mind sustainability criteria, facilitation of the use of sustainable energy resources, enhancement of the efficiency of energy-related processes, and a holistic adoption of environmental stewardship in energy activities. In addition, other key sustainability measures are addressed, such as economics, equity, land use, lifestyle, sociopolitical factors and population.


The objective is to help identify sustainable energy solutions and ways to overcome the barriers, so that sustainable energy can better contribute to sustainable development. The challenges and opportunities of sustainable energy are global in extent, and greatly affect developed and developing countries alike. But the objective of sustainable energy is difficult to attain, due to economic and other pressures, and much effort is needed to overcome such barriers. Since climate change poses one of the greatest challenges facing humanity and is greatly affected by energy utilization, it will receive special attention in the presentation. To avoid climate change and its potential disruptive impacts, energy use need to become more sustainable in all respects, including production, utilization, distribution, storage and waste disposal. Conclusions are provided related both to options and pathways for energy sustainability and to the broader ultimate objective of sustainability.



Siva Sivoththaman

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada

Office: PRC 1001

Phone: (519) 8884567 ext.35319




Biography: Dr. Siva Sivoththaman is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has served as the first director of UW's Nanotechnology Engineering Program when it was launched in 2004. At Present, Dr. Sivoththaman is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Devices and Systems at the University of Waterloo.


Title: Photovoltaic Energy Conversion: Future Directions and Role of the Research Community


Abstract: The global photovoltaics production has been steadily growing over the last two decades and the trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. The growth has also seen sharp increase in the manufacture of the base semiconductor material - silicon, for the PV market. Current industrial manufacturing processes are mainly dominated the traditional, time-tested technologies. On the other hand, new device and material concepts based on nano-technologies show tremendous promise in terms of performance of the PV devices. Most of these new concepts are at an early stage of research. Once these scientifically-unchallenged concepts are realized experimentally at a larger scale, and after their safety, reliability, manufacturability are proven, the new technologies are expected to make headway into the PV manufacturing in the medium-to-long term.