International Hydrogen Conference

Understanding Hydrogen-Materials Interactions

September 17- 21, 2023
Park City, Utah

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Dear IHC Delegates,

We are excited to host the 2023 International Hydrogen Conference.  This longstanding and prestigious conference has a rich history of hosting the leading scholars in the field of H-material interactions.  The unique single session format, thriving poster sessions, and collegial debate have made the IHC an event that the technical community has enjoyed for decades.

While the pandemic has caused some delays and mandated some changes, we are excited that the 2023 International Hydrogen Conference will maintain its Rocky Mountain heritage.  We are confident that delegates will enjoy a robust technical exchange along with opportunities to engage with the world class recreational activities in Park City, Utah.

The H-material interaction technical discipline is experiencing a renaissance where many longstanding challenges are being highlighted as limiting factors for engineering advances critical to the broader society.  This has motivated exciting research that has coupled modern experimental technique, characterization approaches, and computational modeling to provide novel insights into the fundamental mechanisms governing H-material interactions.

We look forward to providing a venue for researchers to reunite with colleagues, share their research, and debate their conclusions.  We hope to see you in Park City in September 2023!!!

May Martin and Jimmy Burns
IHC 2023 Co-Chairs

Technical Program Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Jimmy Burns
University of Virginia, USA

Dr. May Martin

Committee Members

Dr. Laurent Briottet

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

Prof. Jenifer Locke
The Ohio State University, USA

Prof. Masanobu Kubota
Kyushu University, Japan

Dr. Kevin Nibur
Hy-Performance Materials Testing, USA

Dr. Vigdis Olden
SINTEF, Norway

Dr. Joe Ronevich
Sandia National Labs, USA

Dr. Neeraj Thirumalai
ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research, USA

Plenary Speakers

We will have four Plenary Speakers for IHC2023.  All the speakers will bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives to the understand and future of research on H-material interactions.

M. Grace Burke
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

M. Grace Burke is a member of the Distinguished R&D Staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Materials Science & Technology Division. She was Professor of Materials Performance (now Professor Emerita) at the University of Manchester from 2011 and was also Director of the Materials Performance Centre at the University of Manchester. From 2012 through 2016, she was concurrently the Director of the Electron Microscopy Centre. Prior to joining Manchester in late 2011, she had a 30+ year career that spanned her tenures at the US Steel Research Laboratory, Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, and the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. Her research has focused on expanding modern understanding of irradiation damage, SCC, and hydrogen embrittlement of structural alloys. Her current research activities continue to apply advanced analytical TEM and in situ ATEM in liquids and gases to study the nanoscale phenomena that lead to and control the environment-sensitive degradation of structural alloys.

Grace is a physical metallurgist; she received her B.S in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in Metallurgy from Imperial College of Science and Technology (London). She is the recipient of the 2021 Henri Coriou Medal of the European Federation of Corrosion, and the 2020 ASM-International Metallographic Society Henry Clifton Sorby Award recipient for her contributions to materials science and metallurgy. Grace was the 2005 President of the Microscopy Society of America and is currently the 2019-2023 President of the Royal Microscopical Society (UK).

William 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.

Kevin Nibur
Sandia National Laboratory USA

Kevin Nibur received his BS in Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a PhD in Materials Science from Washington State University before spending 5 years working at Sandia National Laboratories in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory. This was a formative time at Sandia as the hydrogen lab was updated and modernized. Leveraging experience from Sandia, Dr. Nibur went on to found Hy-Performance Materials Testing in Bend, OR in 2011. Here, the laboratory was built from scratch specifically to meet the growing need for mechanical testing in hydrogen gas. Innovative approaches to all aspects of testing, including test chamber design, custom transducers, and lab safety have allowed Dr. Nibur to maintain Hy-Performance Materials Testing in the vanguard of the effort to evaluate hydrogen metal interactions through mechanical testing.

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”.

Conference Topics

Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to the following:

  • H Effects on Mechanical Properties: Fracture
  • H Effects on Mechanical Properties: Fatigue
  • H Effects on Mechanical Properties: Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • H Effects on Mechanical Properties: High Temperature Hydrogen Attack
  • H Effects on Mechanical Properties: Mechanisms of Embrittlement
  • Advanced Methods for Characterizing H-Metal Interactions
  • H-Metal Interactions: Electrochemically Generated H
  • H-Metal Interactions: H Generation in Gaseous Environments
  • H-Metal Interactions: Uptake, Transport, and Trapping
  • H Effects on Non-Metals
  • Engineering Perspectives and Approaches to H Challenges

Call for Abstracts

One-page abstracts of 500 words or less (half-page) should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include the context, objective and results of the work to be presented.  Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:  February 3, 2023
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:  February 3, 2023

This conference is using a different template, please use this one instead: Please prepare your abstract according to this template:  docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted here and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

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Conference Hotel

Grand Summit Hotel

The conference will be held at the Grand Summit Hotel, Park City – Canyons Village (4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, UT 84098)

The hotel, part of Vail Resorts, is one of the country’s largest four season destination resorts and stands in the epicenter of the Canyons Resort Village that is 4 miles from Park City Mountain, 5 miles from historic downtown Park City, and 5 miles from the Utah Olympic Park.  There is a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub as well as a spa and fitness facilities.  All rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea/coffee making facilities.

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah is less than half a day away from anywhere in the United States, and once you land at the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City is an easy, 35-40 minute ride from the airport on I-80.  It is a superb destination not only for skiing but a year-round recreational haven for hiking, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding, fly-fishing, zip-lining, alpine sliding and more.  The Utah Olympic Park is an active Olympic training site and a dynamic multi-use facility.

Park City began as a silver mining town that re-invented itself as a ski-town and a year-round destination that hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival.  It was also a host city of the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Days and nights in Park City are filled with exceptional food, endless recreation and enduring impressions.  The average high temperature in September is 76F/24C and the average low temperature is 39F/4C.

In 1868, a group of prospecting soldiers stationed near Salt Lake City discovered silver in the hills surrounding what is today Park City, with sizable strikes following shortly thereafter.  In 1872, a trio of prospectors tapped into an extremely rich silver vein in Ontario Valley.  Word of the strikes spread quickly and adventurers from around the world flocked to the area, turning the tiny camp into a boomtown.  The new population soon put down roots.  Wooden mining shacks were quickly constructed and schools, churches and businesses were established.  In 1884, Park City was incorporated as a town.

The town’s residents enjoyed great prosperity for half a century.  The mountains surrenders over $400 million in silver and established many fortunes.  Park City was one of the few Utah towns established by non-Mormons.  During the mining boom, 27 saloons existed on Park City’s Main Street to “wet the whistles” of thirsty miners.  This rebellious streak continues today as Park City is home to over 100 bars and restaurants.

By the 1930s Park City residents turned their attention from mining in the mountains to the snow on the mountain slopes.  The town qualified for a loan from the Federal Area Redevelopment Agency and ski resorts became the main feature of the town.   Today, Park City is a unique blend of the old and new.  Sixty-four of Park City’s buildings ae listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of which are located along the town’s Main Street, and more than 1,200 miles of tunnels wind through the surrounding mountains, remnants of the mining era.  To learn more, one can visit the Park City Museum.

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Park City has a rich and diverse food scene.  Over the past few years, a number of ward-winning restaurants have established in Park City, along with high-end breweries, wineries and distilleries.  There is also no shortage of casual and delicious breakfast and lunch spots, with bright and airy cafes and coffee shops dotting Main Street and beyond.

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Transit within Park City

  • Free Park City Transit System
  • High Valley Transit – a new transit service that offers fare-free fixed route and micro-transit service throughout the Wasatch Back region LINK
  • Summit Bike Share – (requires payment) – sets you free to explore Park City on two wheels LINK
  • Transit to Trails – a pilot program that is a great way to access upper elevation trailheads, including Mid-Mountain, Bonanza Flat, and Bloods Lake LINK

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Past International Hydrogen Conferences

General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.