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Technical Meeting on Role of nuclear-based techniques in development and characterisation of materials for hydrogen storage and fuel cells


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Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

23 – 26 August 2010
Quebec, Canada


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Nowadays, energy security is a major concern, particularly within economies with few natural resources or means of energy supply. This is compounded in some cases by the lack of an adequate national distribution system. Under these circumstances, local or individual energy sources could play an important role, and hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies can provide a considerable solution. These new energy concepts and technologies considered today as a driving-force for further sustainable development and economic growth need to be more developed in order to reach better energy efficiency.
Hydrogen has the potential to contribute to a sustainable energy economy. Under the right conditions, hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells could play key roles in weaning energy users away from oil, gas and coal by reducing considerably CO2 emissions worldwide. However, considerable technological challenges related to production, storage, transportation and conversion of hydrogen need to be addressed. Therefore, continued R&D efforts for the development of new hydrogen storage and hydrogen fuel cell materials are needed, and new methods to achieve significant improvements in each technology are highly required. In addition, a close interaction between experts from different R&D communities can be another important factor contributing significantly to the effective implementation of new tools and the development of new advanced solid-state materials.

Nuclear methods play an extremely important role in the further development of hydrogen and fuel cell materials by significantly increasing performance levels. They can also be used as a tool to characterize the key features of the structural materials and their properties. Future applications based on emerging new photon, ion and neutron sources, as well as progress in advanced analytical nuclear techniques, may also have applications for hydrogen and fuel cell R&D.
The intention of this technical meeting is two-fold:

1- Increasing the effective use of nuclear tools while extending the capabilities and knowledge base in material characterization of hydrogen storage and conversion technologies.

2- Identifying nuclear methods that can be effectively applied to further study and selecting candidate materials. Further qualification and quantification of key parameters will be the centre of discussions.

The overall objective of the technical meeting, “Applications of Nuclear Techniques in Studies of Materials for Hydrogen Storage and Fuel Cell Technology” is to present the state-of-the-art in performance testing and characterization of the recent and/or candidate materials for fuel cells. The meeting will focus on the use of nuclear techniques to achieve significant improvement in this area especially in in-situ experiments.

Specific objectives of the meeting are to:

  1. Present the current status and the on-going research activities of solid state hydrogen and fuel cells materials including procedures for the performance testing;
  2. Stimulate application of nuclear techniques in R&D programs and actions related to the investigation of the materials properties for fuel cells and hydrogen storage technologies, as well as presentation of methodologies, experimental setups and their harmonization for testing of key parameters (e.g. in-situ);
  3. Facilitate sharing of cross-cutting information between scientists and researchers in corresponding  fields and discuss availability of experimental facilities with relevant nuclear techniques and their applicability for study of hydrogen storage and fuel cells materials;
  4. Establish the platform for closer interaction between experts with a special emphasis on sharing best practice and transfer of knowhow and stimulate cooperation among participants from developing countries and international reference laboratories and research institutes.

Following experts’ presentations, working groups will discuss the priorities and gaps in the areas of fuel-cells and storage materials characterization and the application of nuclear techniques characterization.

The outcome of the meeting will be a meeting report summarizing the participants’ activities and recommendations. The report will reflect the importance and relevance of nuclear techniques in the characterization and development of hydrogen storage materials for fuel cells. In addition, the full proceeding will eventually be published electronically.

The format of the meeting will be invited and contributed oral presentations presented in sessions devoted to special topics, with subsequent discussions. There will be some restriction on the duration of presentations. An electronic projector with a computer capable of reading CDs and memory sticks will be available (Power Point or Acrobat recommended). The official language of the meeting is English. No interpretation will be provided. It is expected that the meeting will start at 09:00 on 23 August 2010 and will be concluded by 15:00 on 26 August 2010.

In order to participate in the meeting, the following major steps must be completed:

1) Pre-registration
Online pre-registration is open to all interested participants; however, all further steps specified below must be completed in order for final registration to be accepted. For online pre-registration please follow the link Online Pre-registration.

2) Abstract Submission
Persons wishing to make a presentation must submit an abstract of maximum one page in total length, in electronic format directly to and The abstract must be text only and must contain the author’s name, affiliation and e-mail address. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word, HTML, or plain text. The one page abstract must be received by 14 May 2010. The abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee, and authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contributions by e-mail, by 11 June 2010. The program agenda and a book of abstracts will be prepared and e-mailed to all participants as PDF file attachments.

Important: Contributors of material to be included in the IAEA’s proceedings are required to assign all copyrights or rights to publish to the IAEA.
The authors should make sure that the files do not include copyrighted fonts or other impediments for reproduction.

The abstract shall be prepared according to the following instructions:
1) Page size: A4 (21 cm by 29.7 mm) – vertical orientation
2) Margins 25mm all around
3) Layout:

  1. Title: single-spaced, 14-point size, Times New Roman Font (TNR), bold
  2. Authors: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font
  3. Affiliation: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font, italic
  4. Text: 1.5 spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font
  5. Length: one page

 Important: In case of sending Microsoft Word files, authors should use True Type Embedded Fonts (when saving the file, click Tools, then Options, and tick Embed True Type fonts. This will help to prevent change of fonts when the file is read in a different system, as it will be in most of the cases).

3) IAEA participation
A request for participation will only be accepted if the Participation Form is transmitted through the appropriate Governmental representative authority i.e. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority), and their nomination is received at the IAEA by 14 May 2010.
Persons from IAEA Member States or invited international organizations are eligible to attend. Participants should be persons actively involved in the subject matter of the meeting. All persons wishing to participate in the work of this meeting are requested to complete the Participation Form and send it as soon as possible to the IAEA. Participants whose designations have been received by the IAEA will receive further details approximately 6 weeks before the meeting.

The presentations should be sent either as a Microsoft Word file, Power Point file, or Adobe PDF format file, complete with all text, figures and tables. All presentations will be converted as received, to an Adobe PDF file and placed on a CD-ROM for distribution to all participants at the meeting.

A manuscript will be prepared to be included in the meeting proceedings compiled by the IAEA in CD-ROM format (it will be available on the web and will include the presentations of authors submitting a manuscript). For detailed instructions regarding how to prepare the manuscript please check the link Author Instructions. Authors must submit a signed Paper Submission Form to the IAEA for copyright purposes. Electronic version of papers will be collected during the meeting.

Costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by the IAEA. No registration fee is charged to participants. As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay for participants´ travel and living expenses. However, limited financial support is available to assist the attendance of selected experts with active presentation, principally those from developing Member States. Usually only one grant for financial support is awarded per Member State. If participants or governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their experts, they should ensure that applications for grants are:

  1. Received by the IAEA Scientific Secretaries by 14 May 2010,
  2. Accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Application Form,
  3. The participant has an accepted contribution.

Applications that do not comply with these requirements will not be considered. The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering only part of the cost of attendance. The grants are paid at the meeting. Grants for financial support will be announced around 11 June 2010.

Designated participants who require a visa to enter Canada should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Canada as soon as possible. A letter of invitation, if needed, has to be requested from General Secretariat of the TM, Ms Rozanna Bojdo (

It is the responsibility of the participants to arrange their accommodation. Detailed information on transport arrangements to/from Trois-Rivières and other items will be sent to all designated participants approximately 6 weeks before the meeting.


14 May 2010

Submittal of abstracts according to the instructions above closes.

14 May 2010

Submittal of requests to the IAEA for financial support according to the instructions above closes.

11 June 2010

Participants informed of the acceptance of their contributions.

11 June 2010

Participants informed of the acceptance of their request for financial support.

23 August 2010

Meeting begins.


Mr Andrej ZEMAN
NAPC Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Vienna International Centre
Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100
A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: 0043 1 2600-21705, Fax: 0043 1 26007-21705

Local Organizer:

Mr. Jacques HUOT
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
3351 des Forges
Trois-Rivières G9A 5H7
Quebec, Canada
Tel.: 001 819 376-5011


Ms Jordana ANTAL
NAPC Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna International Centre
Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100
A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: 0043 1 2600-21754, Fax: 0043 1 26007-21754