The proposed seminar will bring together different communities working on the outstandingly important subject of energy material research using neutrons or synchrotron radiation and provides an overview of the broad spectrum of applications of both probes with a strong focus on highlighting their complementarity in selected scientific fields, which include:

  • Hydrogen and gas storage systems
  • Hydrogen/fuel cells
  • Catalysis
  • New materials for hydrogen production applications
  • Solar cells
  • Energy storage batteries and fast ionic conductors

Each of these topics is introduced by an overview presentation by a renowned expert in their respective field. In addition the current status and future of photon and neutron sources as well as new and emerging experimental techniques are addressed by key researchers. Important is also theoretical work and modeling of the experimental results. This serves either to deeper understanding of experimental data, or in the prediction of new materials from these data is an important aspect of the sustainable energy field and will also be part of the conference.

In selecting the lecturers care has been taken to include both very experienced and promising younger scientists. The attendees of the seminar, mainly PhD students and post-docs, are encouraged to contribute to the scientific dialogue by presenting their research topics in posters and by giving their questions and remarks preference in the discussion following the lectures.

Invited Speaker

  1. S. Kohler (Deutsche Energie-Agentur): Energy-Mix of the Future
  2. A. Züttel (EMPA, Switzerland): Hydrogen storage, potential and applications
  3. R. Schlögl (FHI Berlin, Germany): Solid state catalysis
  4. C. Heske (University of Las Vegas, U.S.A.): Latest developments in solar cell research
  5. J. Eckert (UC Santa Barbara, U.S.A.): Novel hydrogen storage materials
  6. C. Buckley (Curtin University of Technology, Australia): Complex hydrates
  7. A. Braun (EMPA, Switzerland): Structure and transport in Fuel Cells Components
  8. C. Hartnig (BASF, Germany): Modeling in fuel cell
  9. J. Sauer (HU Berlin, Germany): Ab initio prediction of adsorption structures and isotherms of H2 and CH4 in microporous systems
  10. J. Larese (University of Tennessee, U.S.A.): Neutrons , Nanomaterials and Molecular Adsorption
  11. W. Lehnert (FZ Jülich, Germany): Novel materials for high-temperature fuel cells
  12. K. Funke (WWU Münster, Germany): Ionic motion in materials with disordered structures
  13. S. Adams (National University of Singapore): Modeling conduction pathways in ionic conductors
  14. W. Jaegermann (TU Darmstadt, Germany): In-situ investigation of solar cell materials by synchroton radiation
  15. L. Peter (Bath, UK): Solar fuel cells
  16. S. Bennington (ISIS, UK): tba
  17. H. Schober (ILL, Grenoble, France): Neutrons from reactor and spallation sources
  18. E. Weckert (DESY, Hamburg, Germany): Light sources of the 3rd and 4th generation
  19. S. Molodtsov (XFEL, Hamburg, Germany): tba
  20. M. Karlsson (ESS-Scandinavia, Sweden): Proton conduction studied by neutron scattering
  21. I. Lauermann (HZB, Germany): Analytics and Optimisation of CIGSE solar cells