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3rd Zing Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Conference

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Hydrogen-248x300The third Zing International Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference in lovely Cancun, Mexico will focus on recent work on:

Novel PGM based and Non-Platinum based Nanomaterials to Systems for the Portable, Stationary and Automotive Sectors

This conference will focus on modern aspects and new developments of hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications and will cover the following areas:

Theme 1: Hydrogen Production and Materials
Theme 2: Renewable Hydrogen
Theme 3: Materials for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Storage
Theme 4: Fuel Cell Research & Development
Theme 5: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Applications
Theme 6: Hydrogen Safety Engineering.

Carefully selected Plenary and Invited lectures from distinguished researchers from all over the world are the core features of the hydrogen and fuel cell conference. Presentations from contributed abstracts and a poster session for delegates will be available. The chairmen strongly encourage participation in scientific discussions in a relaxed atmosphere as well as the participation of younger engineers and scientists.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells are an important part of the world Energy portfolio; the deployments in early markets and the consolidation of efforts will help to drive innovations in this growing multi-billion dollar sector

Conference Sponsors



The 3rd Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Conference is supported by Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, a journal published by De Gruyter Open.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells is a peer-reviewed, electronic-only journal that publishes original, high-quality research on topics broadly related to H2 energy systems. Find out more on this PDF.

The Conference Chairs

Bruno G Pollet 
Eau2Energy, UK

Professor Pollet has recently joined industry to head up a R&D Centre in a young, dynamic and forward-thinking High Tech company in the UK. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster (UK) and the University of Yamanashi (Japan). Professor Pollet was a (full) Professor of Energy Materials and Systems at the University of the Western Cape (RSA), R&D Director of the National DST Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Competence Centre (an industry oriented and led RD&D Centre with a strong emphasis on demonstrator/prototype development and Energy Materials manufacturing), SAIAMC Programme Director and Member of the RSA Department of Trade & Industry Electric Vehicle Industry Steering Committee. Professor Pollet is known both in academia and industry to be a dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic, positive and visionary individual with expertise and experience in the research fields of Hydrogen Energy, PEMFC, Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis and Electrochemical Engineering. He has excellent business development, networking, leadership and communication skills. He was formerly a co-founder and an Associate Director of the Birmingham Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research, and Operations and Delivery Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications led by Professor Kevin Kendall FRS in the UK.

Walter Mérida 
The University of British Columbia

Dr. Mérida was born in Guatemala and he completed his higher education in Italy and Canada (Physics, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering). His graduate research included work on natural gas liquefaction and fuel cell technology.

From 1996 to 1999 Dr. Mérida worked at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, coordinating joint research between Ballard Power Systems, British Gas Investments Canada, and two universities (UVic and Simon Fraser). He served on the Board for General Hydrogen Corporation prior to private financing (1999-2000).

Dr. Mérida joined the faculty at UBC in 2002: he is a professor in Mechanical Engineering, and an associate member in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He was a visiting professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (2010), and he was co-appointed at the National Research Council (Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation) from 2002 to 2011. He is currently the director at UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre.


Talk Consideration Deadline: 7th September 2015 Closed………. Poster Submission Deadline: 7th October 2015

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, you can either Sign In to your account and add the abstract or Submit Your Abstract directly to us using the links below.

The Venue

Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
Cancun, Mexico.



17th November 2015 – 20th November 2015

The Omni Cancun Hotel is a five-star, “Gran Tourism” resort nestled between the dazzling Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. It offers stylish 5 Star all-inclusive accommodation in a beautiful location, overlooking expansive swathes of white sandy beach. Capturing the spirit and tradition of the Mayan culture, the resort is elegant and contemporary, surrounded by acres of tropical gardens that lead down to the sea. The three cascading zero-entry swimming pools are a definite highlight, with swim-up pool bar, sunken chaise lounges and a unique ocean view Mega Jacuzzi seating up to 35 people.

Eating and drinking at the Omni Cancun is a real treat with 7 restaurants offering a wide choice including Italian, Mexican, Indonesian, Sushi, rotating themed buffet and seafood. For drinks, there are 5 bars including the Kukus Jacuzzi Beach Bar or you could head to the Lobby Bar to sample their delicious Martini Menu and listen to live music in the evening – a great way to round off another perfect conference day!

To view an informative slideshow for this venue, click here


Venue Rating*****
Nearest AirportCancun


Plenary Speakers


Christophe Coutanceau
Université de Poitiers
Electrochemical Conversion of Biomass for Clean Hydrogen Production


Vladimir Molkov
University of Ulster
Hydrogen Safety Engineering For Indoor Systems


Gregory Jerkiewicz
Queen’s University
Platinum Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis: Unraveling the Origins of Its Unique Behavior


Federico Rosei
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
Multifunctional materials for electronics and photonics


Søren Linderoth
Technical University of Denmark
SOFCs on the move from high to low temperature operation


Steven Holdcroft
Simon Fraser University
Advances in Polyaromatic Membranes/Ionomers for PEM and AEM fuel cells

Invited Speakers

reid-150x150Chris Reid
Disrupting The Business Case Around Solid State Hydrogen Storage
Jensen-CustomJens Oluf Jensen
DTU, Technical University of Denmark
Non-Noble Oxygen Reduction Catalysts by Means of Encapsulated Iron Carbide
makarov1Dmitriy Makarov
University of Ulster
Fire Resistance of Onboard Hydrogen Storage: Recent Developments in Thermal Protection
herreraEsteban Durán Herrera
Universidad de Costa Rica
Preliminary evaluation of Co, Cu, Ru and Ni dye-sensitized-TiO2 substrates as photocatalysts for water-splitting hydrogen production

peppleyBrant A. Peppley
Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre
Polymer Electrolyte Electrolyser versus Solid Oxide Electrolyser Technology: A Comparison of How to Make Hydrogen
du-150x150Shangfeng Du
University of Birmingham
Direct catalyst electrodes based on PtPd nanodendrites for PEFC applications
swider-lyons-CustomKaren Swider-Lyons
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Challenges in the accurate measurement of oxygen reduction electrocatalyst activity in RDE and CCMs
DuronSergio Miguel Durón Torres
Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
The Mexican Hydrogen Society / Mixed Oxides as Catalyst-Supports for Oxygen Evolution Reaction
Gabriel-CustomKamiel Gabriel
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
A Summary of Canada’s Program on Hydrogen Production using the Thermo-chemical Cu-Cl Cycle
Burheim1-e1434529714294Odne Burheim
Sor-Trondelag University-College
Thermal conductivity of different PEMFC regions and impacts on numerical modelling
jostinsJohn Jostins
Coventry University
Hydrogen and fuel cells in the context of closed loop mobility

Contributing Speakers

Sasan Ebrahimi
Simon Fraser University
Marco A. Rodriguez
Binghamton University SUNY
Torsten Berning
Aalborg University
Patrick Nonjola
CSIR, South Africa
Shouzhong Zou
American University
Quentin Meyer
University College London
Erik Engebretsen
University College London
Vidal Bharath
University College London
Joelle Penniston
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Sadegh Hasanpour
The University of British Columbia
Katerina Horakova
Institute of Physics AS CR
Muhammad Imran Din
University of the Punjab
Thomas Jordan
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Ki Bong Lee
Korea University
Harby Alexander Martinez Rodriguez
Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Manizales

Conference Programme

programme-pic-e1436367393550A copy of the conference programme can be viewed by using the link below.
Please Note: This programme is subject to change. The programme will be updated regularly as information is received and we will always display the most current version here. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

Conference Programme

Conference Fees

We can offer 2 types of registration for the conference. Please review the available options to select the most appropriate for you. If you have any questions regarding the registration options, please get in touch via info@zingconferences.com

  • An Event Pass with shared accommodation.
    Share a room with another delegate at the venue to receive the best priced conference attendance and accommodation package.
    When Registering select – Sharer
  • An Event Pass without accommodation
    Provides full conference attendance whilst leaving you free to make your own accommodation arrangements.
    When Registering select – Event Pass
Sharer Option
Earlybird Price$899*
Earlybird Price valid until 31st Aug

Standard Sharer Price $1050
Standard Sharer Price valid from 1st Sept

Accommodation Nights – 17th,18th & 19th Oct

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Event Pass Option
Earlybird Price $670*
Earlybird Price valid until 31st Aug
Standard Price $799 
Standard Price valid from 1st Sept


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Sharer Option fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract collection
  • Accommodation at Omni Cancun on an all-inclusive basis
  • Complimentary Wifi in conference room, guest rooms and public areas
  • Breakfasts
  • Buffet lunches (including the final day of the meeting)
  • Evening meals
  • Farewell Dinner including entertainment
  • All Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster Session & refreshments
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference

Accommodation Information

We offer the reduced rate Sharer option based on 2 persons sharing a room at the conference. Please be aware if you book this package you will be sharing a room with another same sex attendee. If you would like to nominate another attendee to share the room, please notify us of this fact in the ‘Special Requirements’ field of the registration form.

Event Pass fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract collection
  • Complimentary Wifi in conference room and public areas
  • Buffet Lunches (including the final day of the meeting)
  • Evening meals on Days 1&2
  • Farewell Dinner (Evening Meal on Day 3)
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster session & refreshments
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference

Event Pass fees do not include

  • Accommodation at the conference venue.
  • Breakfast

Accommodation reservations for the venue can be made directly by delegates via the Reservations link in the section below.

*Please Note: When you register with the Sharer Option, we will not secure your place in a room at that time. Until Zing Conferences receives full payment of your invoice, your place in a room will not be reserved and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. We have a limited number of rooms secured at the advertised rates. 

The Earlybird Rates are valid for those who register and pay in full by 31st August 2015. After this date, the fees will return to the standard prices

Prices are shown and payable in Dollars. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card payment. We can no longer accept payment by cheque.


If booking your accommodation with Omni Cancun, all meals (except breakfast) are included in your registration, so you may wish to book on a Bed & Breakfast basis. You could also book on an All-Inclusive basis, perhaps to enjoy the Lobby Bar for after dinner drinks and discussion.

Until the end of September, if using this link, please mention you are attending a Zing Conference to receive a special group discount when making your reservation.

To book your accommodation directly with the Omni Cancun please use the following link
Reserve Accommodation at Omni Cancun
Alternative Accommodation
The Omni Cancun is located on the Hotel Boulevard in Cancun. As such, there is a range of hotels located in close proximity which you may prefer to stay at for the conference. We can provide you with a list of alternative hotels by emailing info@zingconferences.com. Search engines or hotel comparison websites will also provide you with a good range of hotels at varying prices.


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