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Workshop on Modeling of Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts

The International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) at UC Santa Barbara announces a workshop on Modeling of Fuel Cell Catalysts, which will take place at UC Santa Barbara from July 12-16, 2009.

This workshop will bring together modelers and experimentalists working on PEMFC and SOFC electrocatalysts to discuss the present understanding and challenges for the future.

We invite you to come make connections between fuel cell communities, modeling length scales, theory and experiment, and researchers from around the globe.

Topics for the workshop will include:

  • Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Cathodes and Anodes
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes and Anodes
  • Molecular through Continuum Level Modeling
  • Research at the Experimental/Modeling interface
  • Special Student Tutorial Session

Confirmed invited speakers include:

  • Stuart Adler (University of Washington)
  • Joongmyeon Bae (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
  • Perla Balbuena (Texas A&M University, United States)
  • Viola Birss (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Jurgen Fleig (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
  • Jeffrey Greeley (Argonne National Laboratory, United States)
  • Bing-Joe Hwang (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology)
  • Michael Janik (Penn State)
  • San Ping Jiang (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore)
  • John Kilner (Imperial College - London)
  • Shyam Kocha (Nissan, United States)
  • Tatsuya Kuwata (Tohohku University)
  • GJ La 'O (Massachusetts Institute of Technoloy, United States)
  • Deborah Myers (Argonne National Laboratory, United States)
  • Jan Rossmeisl (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Ashok Shukla (Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • Vojislav Stamenkovic (Argonne National Laboratory, United States)
  • Michael Toney (SLAC, Stanford, United States)
  • Masahiro Watanabe (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
  • Bilge Yildez (Massachusetts Institute of Technoloy, United States)
  • and more ...


Workshop dates are July 12 (10am for students / 6pm for all) - July 16 (12 noon).

The workshop will begin Sun. July 12 with the following activities:

  • July 12 10am 5pm: Science for the Students presentations. This will be a day of informal, pedagogical student presentations for other students describing the challenges and opportunities students have in their work. We strongly encourage students to attend this day to form new connections and learn from each other.

  • July 12 6pm 9pm: Registration, Welcome dinner, and Evening Presentation. All are encouraged to attend this initial kickoff event.

    The conference will end July 16 at 12 noon.

    Due to the early start on July 12, we encourage all students to arrive the evening of July 11.

    A detailed program schedule, with specific talk lengths, poster session times, etc. will be sent out in the next few weeks.

    Organizers of the Workshop:

    Dane Morgan, University of Wisconsin
    Stuart Adler, University of Washington


    Due to particularly strong interest in this workshop and our limited funds we can no longer accept unsolicited registrations. Please only register if you are an invited speaker or a student, postdoc, or colleague of one of the invited speakers. We are sorry for this limitation and we hope to be able to have a more extensive meeting in the future.

    You can register by visiting the following link: register here.

    There is no registration fee and all costs for lodging and food at the conference are covered for all participants. Invited speakers will have reasonable travel costs reimbursed. If travel costs are a major hardship for any attendee please let us know. As we have no registration fee we must limit the number of participants so please register early. Registration will close when we have reached the maximal number of participants that can be supported.

    Administrative Information:


    It is recommended that you fly into the Los Angeles (LAX) or Santa Barbara (SBA) airports. If you fly into Los Angeles and are unable to get a convenient flight from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, it is recommended that you secure transportation on the Santa Barbara Airbus, www.sbairbus.com. Be sure to get off the bus at the Goleta stop which is located at 5755 Thornwood Dr (this is the last stop). Manzanita Village has a shuttle that will provide transportation from either the Goleta Airbus stop or the Santa Barbara Airport. Once you arrive at the Goleta Airbus stop or at the Santa Barbara Aiport, please use the courtesy phone to contact Manzanita Village to arrange for your pick up (893-6161).


    Lodging has been reserved for participants at Manzanita Village which is located on the UCSB campus. Participants can check in beginning July 11th and will need to check out on July 16.


    For further details, please contact the ICMR Program Coordinator, Jennifer Ybarra, at ybarra@icmr.ucsb.edu


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