Electrochem 2011, a science and technology forum aimed at the electrochemistry community in academia and industry, takes place on the University of Bath campus from Sunday 4 until Tuesday 6 September.
Professor Frank Marken, organiser of the conference, said: “Electrochemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies the interchange of chemical and electrical energy. This event allows thought-leaders in the field to present and discuss their latest research, meaning that there will be a number of exciting projects on display for visitors to learn about.”
A highlight of the event includes the demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell car from the University of Birmingham developed by Microcab Industries and the team at the Birmingham Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research, an environmentally friendly electrochemical option for the future of transportation.
Professor Marken explains: “A fuel cell converts chemical energy into electrical energy through a room temperature chemical reaction using hydrogen and oxygen from the air around us. In a fuel cell car, the electricity is then used to power an on-board electric motor, giving the car momentum.”
Dr Pollet, Associate Director of the Birmingham Centre, said: “Thanks to the initial support from Advantage West Midlands and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR), we are starting to make the necessary steps to gear up towards a zero emission campus as well as a hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure, which will help to create new jobs and working partnerships with local businesses.”
Other highlights of the event include symposia on sensor innovation and a ‘green’ symposium, during which postgraduate students will present their research into environmentally beneficial applications of electrochemistry. During the event the Faraday and the Evans medals will be presented to prominent electrochemistry academics.
Professor Marken said: “The event will be fascinating, not only for those working specifically in the field electrochemistry, but to anyone with an wider interest in new energy and sensing technologies.”
The event will be hosted at theUniversityofBathcampus, with a hog roast to kick it off on Sunday evening, and a reception in the city’s iconic Roman Baths on Monday.
Professor Marken said: “Running this event is very exciting for all of us in the University of Bath and we are looking forward to welcoming our international guests to the University. We wish them a very happy and interesting stay here inBath.”
Those interested in attending the event are able to see a full programme and book online .