U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office

High-Throughput/Combinatorial Techniques in Hydrogen Storage Materials R&D

On June 26, 2007 the Hydrogen Storage Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held a one-day meeting to identify how to better implement high-throughput/combinatorial techniques to benefit challenging research on advanced hydrogen storage materials. Participants represented industry, academia, and National Laboratories.

Invited presentations reviewing the state-of-the-art of these methodologies served as a springboard for breakout group discussions. These presentations included overviews of several recently awarded DoD/DLA projects. Meeting participants were also invited to make brief presentations on their work and/or present ideas on how high-throughput/combinatorial techniques might be applied to advancing hydrogen storage materials to meet DOE performance targets.

Following the presentations, breakout groups discussed the applicability of high-throughput/combinatorial synthesis and analysis of each of the three types of advanced hydrogen storage materials: adsorbents, chemical hydrogen, and metal hydrides.

The objectives of this meeting were:

  • Assess the potential for high-throughput/combinatorial methods to benefit and accelerate hydrogen storage materials R&D
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the application of high-throughput/combinatorial techniques to hydrogen storage materials R&D
  • Match high-throughput/combinatorial techniques with specific types of hydrogen storage materials
  • Identify the technical challenges and limitations associated with applying these techniques to hydrogen storage materials R&D
  • Recommend appropriate "next steps," if any, to advance the application of these techniques to hydrogen storage materials

Agenda and Attendees

Breakout Group Summaries and Conclusions

Invited Presentations

  • Meeting Background, Purpose and Agenda, (PDF 206 KB) Ned Stetson, DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office
  • Status of Hydrogen Storage Materials R&D, (PDF 1.5 MB) Sunita Satyapal, DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office
  • Combinatorial Synthesis and High-Throughput Screening of Hydrogen Storage Materials and Catalysts, Xiongfei Shen, Intematix Corp.
  • High Throughput/Combinatorial Screening of Hydrogen Storage Materials: UOP Approaches, (PDF 480 KB) Adriaan Sachtler, UOP, LLC
  • Combinatorial Approach for Hydrogen Storage Materials, (PDF 2.3 MB) Grigorii Soloveichik, General Electric Global Research
  • NIST Combinatorial Methods, (PDF 909 KB) Leonid Bendersky, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • HT Combinatorial Screening of Novel Materials for High Capacity Hydrogen Storage (New DoD/DLA Project), (PDF 1.0 MB), Ali T-Raissi, University of Central Florida, Florida Solar Energy Center
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  • High-Throughput Methodology for Discovery of Metal-Organic Frameworks with a High Binding Energy (New Joint UC-Berkeley/Symyx DoD/DLA Project), (PDF 846 KB) Jeffrey Long, University of California, Berkeley
  • High Throughput/Combinatorial Screening of Hydrogen Storage Materials, (PDF 1.0 MB) Tom Boussie, Symyx Technologies, Inc.
  • High Throughput Combinatorial Screening of Biometic Metal-Organic Materials for Military Hydrogen-Storage Materials (New Joint Miami U/NREL DoD/DLA Project), (PDF 1.4 MB) Philip Parilla, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Contributed Presentations

  • Potential of High-Throughput Experimentation with Ammonia Borane Solid Hydrogen Storage Materials, (PDF 852 KB) Jonathan Male, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • High-Throughput and Combinatorial Screening of Hydrogen Storage Materials, (PDF 471 KB) Ewa Ronnebro and Anthony McDaniel, Sandia National Laboratories
  • NIST Combinatorial Methods Center, Michael Fasolka, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Kevin Ott, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Verbal presentation
  • Samuel Mao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, no presentation-displayed a combinatorial library sample prepared at LBNL.
  • Alan Cooper, Air Products