International Hydrogen Conference

Understanding Hydrogen-Materials Interactions

September 17-20, 2023
Park City, Utah

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Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Jimmy Burns
University of Virginia, USA

Dr. May Martin

Committee Members

Dr. Laurent Briottet

Dr. Tilman Hickel
Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research, Germany

Prof. Jenifer Locke
The Ohio State University, USA

Prof. Masanobu Kubota
Kyushu University, Japan

Dr. Akihide Nagao
I2CNER, Kyushu University, Japan

Dr. Kevin Nibur
Hy-Performance Materials Testing, USA

Dr. Vigdis Olden
SINTEF, Norway

Dr. Neeraj Thirumalai
ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research, USA

Plenary Speakers

We are excited to announce an excellent line-up of Plenary Speakers for IHC2023. These speakers bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives to the understanding and future of research on H-material interactions.

Dr. Brian Somerday

Dr. Brian Somerday
Somerday Consulting, LLC

Brian Somerday has more than 20 years of experience in mechanical metallurgy with a focus on environmental effects on fracture and fatigue of structural alloys. During his career at Sandia National Laboratories (1997-2016), Brian led the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory (HEML) team comprised of technical staff, technologists, post-docs, and students. The HEML applied research portfolio emphasized characterization of hydrogen-assisted fracture and fatigue in structural alloys with the aim of enabling life prediction and materials selection for components in hydrogen gas service. This portfolio included projects related to hydrogen fuel technology that were designed to provide value to external stakeholders in industry and standards development organizations. The structural alloys featured in these projects were specified for pressure vessels, pipelines, and gas distribution manifolds.

Brian is currently a Materials Engineering Consultant with Somerday Consulting, LLC. Prior to forming his consulting business, Brian was a Principal Engineer at Southwest Research Institute, where his applied research projects focused on characterizing environment-assisted cracking of structural alloys in aqueous and gaseous environments. Brian has published extensively on the topic of hydrogen-assisted fracture and fatigue in structural alloys, including co-authoring the Technical Reference for Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials and co-editing the two-volume set Gaseous Hydrogen Embrittlement of Materials in Energy Technologies (Woodhead Publishing, 2012).

Prof. Bill Curtin

Prof. Bill Curtin

After gaining a BS and an MS in Physics at Brown University, then a PhD in theoretical physics at Cornell University, Prof. Bill Curtin left the academic world for industry, working in the Applied Physics Group of BP (British Petroleum). There he addressed hydrogen storage in amorphous metal alloys and the mechanics of fiber-reinforced composites, to guide development of materials with enhanced performance. After seven years at BP, he came back to the academic world, but with less focus on physics. He settled down at Virginia Tech and for five years held a position as professor attached to two engineering departments: materials science and engineering mechanics.

He joined the solid mechanics group at Brown in 1998. “Brown had an international reputation in solid mechanics. It was the best place for the type of research I wanted to conduct,” explains the professor. At that point, he had the necessary skills to study the behaviour of materials at all levels. “I had studied phenomena at the atomic and quantum levels during my PhD and at BP, I had modeled composites on the continuum scale. When I arrived at Brown, I was able to leverage these competences and work on multi-scale modeling.”

Bill joined the EPFL as Director of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in 2012.

Prof. Ian Roberston

Prof. Ian Robertson
University of Wisconsin

Beginning March 2013, Prof. Ian Robertson is serving as the ninth dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.

Ian, formerly Donald B. Willett professor of engineering at the University of Illinois and director of the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research, leads a growing college with more than 4,000 undergraduates, 1,500 graduate students, and an annual budget totaling more than $200 million.

Ian’s research focuses on how microstructure evolves in materials exposed to extreme conditions— stress, strain rate, gaseous and chemical environments and radiation—to enhance understanding of macro-scale property changes. He is author of more than 240 research publications on materials science topics and was named fellow of ASM International in 2009.

From 2011-13, Ian was director of the Division of Materials Research for the National Science Foundation. From 2003-2009, he served as Department Head for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois. He has been a member of the materials science faculty since 1983.

Ian has received numerous teaching and research awards, including DOE awards for outstanding scientific accomplishment in metallurgy and ceramics (DOE Basic Energy Sciences, 1982) for contributions to our understanding of mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement (DOE EE Fuel Cell Program, 2011), and is the 2014 recipient of the ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship.

He received his bachelor’s in applied physics, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland in 1978; and Doctor of Metallurgy, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, in 1982.

Nene Rustagi

Neha Rustagi
DOE Fuel Cell Technology Office

Neha Rustagi is a Technology Manager leading H2@Scale, systems analysis, and hydrogen delivery projects within the Systems Analysis and Infrastructure R&D Sub-programs at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO). She began her career at FCTO as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in 2014.  Previously, she has held positions in oil and gas market analysis as well as engineering and environmental compliance at power generators.

Neha received her B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 and her M.S. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012.  She completed her M.S. thesis research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her thesis was titled “Predictive Modeling of Hydrogen Assisted Fatigue Crack Growth in Pipeline Steel”.

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