Green Hydrogen Research Cluster



To achieve the ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, Canada has identified hydrogen as a key fuel source. Complementary to, and in step with federal and provincial efforts, research into green hydrogen production and utilization is growing at Dalhousie University.  Areas of interest range from hydrogen production, utilization, combustion, as well as socio-economic impacts likely to be created in this next wave of low-carbon energy development.  The hydrogen cluster is a growing focus within the broader sustainable energy theme supported by Dalhousie’s Clean Technologies Research Institute (CTRI), and members of the cluster are involved in major funding initiatives. The goal of the cluster is to bring together researchers, industry partners, NGOs, and government to establish R&D in Atlantic Canada to generate green hydrogen for export and local use.

Members

 

Co-Leads

Mita Dasog

Mita Dasog, Chemistry

Research Interests: Earth abundant catalysts for hydrogen generation; Photoelectrode materials for direct conversion of light to hydrogen; On demand chemical hydrogen production

Themes: Production; Storage

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Michael Freund, Chemistry, CTRI

Research Interests: Membranes and electrolyzer designs for hydrogen generation; Silicon photoelectrode materials; Earth abundant catalysts for hydrogen generation

Themes: Production; Storage

Michelle Adams, School for Resource & Environmental Studies

Research Interests: Renewable energy and hydrogen related to industrial sustainability; Energy security for remote and/or maritime dependent communities/jurisdictions; Integration of H2 as a system-changing clean fuel for baseload energy generation, and for marine transportation

Themes: Environmental considerations; Social impact and adaptation; Supply chain; Industrial applications and utilization

Hamid Afshari, Industrial Engineering

Research Interests: Hydrogen in supply chain and sustainability

Themes: Transport; Industrial applications and utilization; Technoeconomics; Supply chain; Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerations

Paul Amyotte, Process Engineering & Applied Science

Research Interests: Process safety; Inherently safer design; Fire and explosion risk reduction

Themes: Industrial applications and utilization

Stanley Asah, School for Resource & Environmental Studies

Research Interests: Adoption, diffusion and social acceptance of new energy technologies including hydrogen; Socio-technical/energy/hydrogen system configurations; Scenario analyses of socio-technical transitions

Themes: Production; Storage; Transport; Industrial applications and utilization; Technoeconomics; Supply chain; Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerations; Law and policy

Saurabh Chitnis, Chemistry

Research Interests: Redox-active main group centres; Lewis superacids; Inorganic polymers and clusters

Themes: Industrial applications and utilization; Storage

Alexander Engau, Rowe School of Business

Research Interests: Development of optimization-based models to support and analyze decisions with respect to tradeoffs, risks and uncertainties; Logistics, transportation and supply chain management; Managerial economics, engineering and finance; Classification and learning in data science and analytics

Themes: Supply chain; Technoeconomics; Environmental considerations; Social impact and adaptation; Industrial applications and utilization

Karen Foster, Sociology & Social Anthropology

Research Interests: Rural economic development; Rural sociology; Work and employment in rural communities; Perceptions of environmental change

Themes: Social impact and adaptation

Graham Gagnon, Civil & Resource Engineering

Research Interests: Wastewater disposal and management; Water treatment; Water relations and stewardship with Indigenous communities and Atlantic First Nation Water Authority

Themes: Production; Industrial applications and utilization; Supply chain; Technoeconomics; Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerations; Law and policy; Storage; Transport

Floris Goerlandt, Industrial Engineering

Research Interests: Risk assessment and management; Safety engineering; Marine industries

Themes: Industrial applications and utilization

Dominic Groulx, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Energy systems; Energy storage; Thermal engineering and thermal management systems; Fluid flow

Themes: Production; Storage; Industrial applications and utilization; Supply chain

Ahsan Habib, Planning

Research Interests: Techno-economic analysis; Data collection and transport modelling; Travel surveys; Travel demand forecasting; Integrated urban systems modelling; Scenario and policy analysis

Themes: Transport; Industrial applications and utilization; Technoeconomics; Supply chain; Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerations

Israat Haque, Computer Science

Research Interests: Network design and optimization; Software Defined Networking; Internet of Things; Cyber Physical System

Themes: Industrial applications and utilization

Quan Sophia He, Engineering – Agricultural

Research Interests: Photocatalytic hydrogen generation; Hydrothermal generation of hydrogen/methane mixtures (hythane); Biomaterials for hydrogen storage

Themes: Production; Storage; Industrial applications and utilization

Rob Jamieson, Civil & Resource Engineering

Research Interests: Wastewater disposal and management; Water relations and stewardship with Indigenous communities and Atlantic First Nation Water Authority

Themes: Environmental considerations

Azadeh Kermanshahi-pour, Process Engineering & Applied Science

Research Interests: Biorefining for hydrogen generation; Arrested methanogenesis for hydrogen production

Themes: Production; Environmental considerations; Technoeconomics

Barret Kurylyk, Civil & Resource Engineering

Research Interests: Coastal resources management; Water relations and stewardship with Indigenous communities and Atlantic First Nation Water Authority

Themes: Environmental considerations

Craig Lake, Civil & Resource Engineering

Research Interests: Wastewater disposal and management

Themes: Environmental considerations

Evangelos Milios, Computer Science

Research Interests: Machine learning; Text mining; Both are cross-cutting research that, applicable to any of the Themes listed

Themes: Production; Storage; Transport; Industrial applications and utilization; Technoeconomics; Supply chain; Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerations; Law and policy

Michael Pegg, Process Engineering & Applied Science

Research Interests: Hydrogen-enhanced natural gas; Burner design and certification

Themes: Industrial applications and utilization

Ahmed Saif, Industrial Engineering

Research Interests: Sustainable energy supplies; Hybrid renewable energy systems

Themes: Supply chain; Social impact and adaptation; Technoeconomics

Sara Seck, Schulich School of Law

Research Interests: Sustianable Development and Natural Resources Law

Themes: Law and policy;Environmental considerations; Social impact and adaptation; Supply chain

Gurpreet Selopal, Engineering – Agriculture

Research Interests: Nanomaterials and photovoltaics for hydrogen generation

Themes: Production; Industrial applications and utilization; Environmental considerations; Social impact and adaptation

Tushar Sharma, Computer Science

Research Interests: Software engineering; Applied machine learning for software engineering; Software maintenance and evolution; Software code quality and refactoring; Mining software repositories

Themes: Industrial applications and utilization; Environmental considerations

Kate Sherren, School for Resource & Environmental Studies

Research Interests: Social and landscape implications of renewable energy; Landscape values and perceptions; Social impact assessment; Social acceptance of public good/climate-driven landscape transitions; Environmental communication; Visual methods; Big Data

Themes: Social impact and adaptation

Lauren Somers, Civil & Resource Engineering

Research Interests: Water resources sustainability, hydrology, environmental impacts

Themes: Environmental considerations

Amina Stoddart, Civil & Resource Engineering

Research Interests: Wastewater disposal and management; Water treatment

Themes: Environmental considerations; Production

Lukas Swan, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Large-scale energy storage modeling for capacity purposes; Timeseries generation vs H2 production modeling for energy efficiency and productivity and grid integration purposes; Offshore wind modeling for H2 production

Themes: Production

M. Ali Ülkü, Rowe School of Business, CRSSCA

Research Interests: Circular and sustainable supply chain and logistics systems,; Analysis of manufacturing/retailing and service operations; Analytical modelling of sustainable consumption and development

Themes: Transport; Industrial applications and utilization; Technoeconomics; Supply chain

Chad Walker, Planning

Research Interests: Analysis of planning and development models;Llocal and regional socio-economic outcomes, including public support and social acceptance; Renewable/community energy; Indigenous involvement and leadership in clean energy; Truth and Reconciliation; Energy justice and equity

Themes: Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerations; Law and policy

Peng Zhang, Chemistry

Research Interests: New nanostructured catalysts for hydrogen generation

Themes: Production

 

Nur Zincir-Heywood, Computer Science

Research Interests: Cyber security and resilience; Autonomous cyber operations, threat analysis and detection; Machine learning and data analysis; Computer communications and networks

Themes: Production; Storage; Transport; Industrial applications and utilization; Supply chain; Social impact and adaptation; Environmental considerationslandscapes

 

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