Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Storage and Energy Applications
Speaker:Prof. Sammy Lap Ip CHAN
Associate Professor (Reader) Tenured
School of Materials Science and Engineering
University of New South Wales
Date & Time:19 Mar 2013 (Tuesday) 14:30 - 16:30
Organized by:Supporting Group – Chemistry and Physics


Since the announcement of the protocol to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, suppression of carbon dioxide emission has become a common objective world-wide. While the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen was intended to agree on the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. The global warming crisis has stimulated research in hydrogen relating technologies as hydrogen is one of the cleanest sources of renewable energy. In a recent report of Australian Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, even for the mid-level energy consumption, the Australia hydrogen demand in the future 50 years represents a significant hydrogen usage of 11 billion m3/year in 2030, and shoot up to 25 billion m3/year in year 2050 – the target year for the industrialised nations to cut emission 80-95% below the 1990 levels. This imposes a heavy demand on the capability of hydrogen storage and hydrogen purification.


Prof. Sammy L.I. Chan started his career in Materials Engineering in England, where he received an Honours BSc(Eng) in Metallurgy from Imperial College, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After a year of postdoctoral fellowship there he joined National Taiwan University in 1986, first as an associate professor, then a full professor. Chan moved to University of New South Wales, Australia in 2003, and leads a research group on energy materials, corrosion engineering and metal matrix composites. He publishes extensively in these areas, and has authored and co-authored over 150 papers in international journals and conferences, in addition to 6 book chapters on energy materials. Chan is a Fellow of Institute of Materials and Australian Institute of Energy. He is also a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Engineer. Chan took the role of editor of Materials Chemistry and Physics in 2009. Chan also holds several honorary professorial positions at other universities.