Trondheim piers. Photo: John Mizanski

Water Phenomena in PEM

Sorption, Swelling and Breakthrough Processes


Workshop in Trondheim, Norway, 3 - 4 October 2013


The workshop Water Phenomena in PEM: Sorption, Swelling and Breakthrough Processes will be held in Trondheim, Norway, from 3rd to 4th October 2013. It will focus on recent advances in the fundamental understanding of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM), both from an experimental and a theoretical point of view.


Steven Holdcroft (Simon Fraser University), Signe Kjelstrup (NTNU), Jay Benziger (Princeton University), Mike Hickner (Penn State), Keith Promislow (Michigan State University), Armand Soldera (University of Sherbrooke), Adam Weber (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.), Tom Zawodzinski (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Viatcheslav Freger (Technion), Gérard Gebel (CEA), Renate Hiesgen (Hochschule Esslingen), Sandrine Lyonnard (CEA), Atsushi Ohma (Nissan Research Center), Yu Morimoto (Toyota Central R&D Labs), Michael Schuster (FuMA-Tech), Juergen Fuhrmann (WIAS).


Chemical structure and evolution of morphology

Water sorption and swelling

PEM surface phenomena

Program, poster and map

Program: Final Program PEM2013 [pdf] (11.09.13)

Useful maps: Map of NTNU (Mazemap), NTNU Gløshaugen campus [pdf]

Workshop poster: PEM 2013 (814 KB) [pdf]

Workshop fee

There is no conference fee for speakers or students. The workshop fee for all other participants is 1.000 NOK.

Venue and location

Rica Bakklandet Hotel (map). City of Trondheim, About Trondheim (NTNU), Visit Trondheim.

Important dates

Opening of abstract submission 01 April 2013
Deadline: Abstract submission 31 May 2013
Deadline: Registration for non-speakers 31 July 2013
Workshop 03-04 October 2013

Call for abstracts

Abstracts (max. 300 words) must be submitted by 31 May 2013. Please use the following form: PEM2013 AbstractTemplate.doc - (pdf)


Peter Berg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)


Michael Eikerling, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Program Schedule

Thursday October 3. 2013

Room D5-175, 5th floor, Natural Science Building (Realfagbygget) NTNU Gløshaugen Campus

08:30-08:45 Peter Berg, NTNU Welcome
08:45-09:20 Tom Zawodzinski, University of Tennessee Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Lab. Interrelating physical, thermodynamic, structural and functional properties of proton conducting membranes [pdf] (3,5 MB)
09:20-09:55 Gérard Gebel, CEA-LITEN-DEHT LCPEM From water sorption to water management: X-ray and neutron scattering studies [pdf] (2,6 MB)
09:55-10:30 Michael Hickner, Pennsylvania State University Water binding interactions in superacid proton exchange membranes [pdf] (9,5 MB)
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break  
10:50-11:25 Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University Interfacial and internal water transport through PFSA and Hydrocarbon ionomer membranes [pdf] (2,8 MB)
11:25-12:00 Jay Benziger, Princeton University What makes Nafion special? [pdf] (4,3 MB) How does transport occur in Ionomers - especially Nafion?
12:00-13:30 Lunch Location: Kafe Kjelhuset, 1st floor
13:30-14:05 Keith Promislow, Michigan State University Network formation and ion conduction in ionomer membranes [pdf] (3,2 MB)
14:05-14:40 Jürgen Fuhrmann, Weierstrass Institute (WIAS), Berlin Numerical strategies for electrolyte simulations [pdf] (1,4 MB)
14:40-15:00 Coffee Break  
15:00-15:35 Adam Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The role of the interface in controlling transport phenomena in PFSAs

15:35-16:10 Renate Hiesgen, University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen

High resolution imaging of mechanical Nafion 112 and conductive properties of nanostructures in solid polymer electrolytes for fuel cell application [pdf] (1,8 MB)

18:00 - Workshop Dinner Vertshuset Grenaderen

Friday October 4. 2013

Room H2 (129), Main administration building (Hovedbygningen) NTNU Gløshaugen Campus

08:45-09:20 Michael Schuster, FuMA-Tech GmbH Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) as key component of batteries and fuel cells: Recent developments [pdf] (2,9 MB)
09:20-09:55 Yu Morimoto, Toyota Central R&D Labs. Perfluoro-sulfonimide ionomer for PEFCs
09:55-10:30 Atsushi Ohma, Nissan Research Center Ionomer in catalyst layers and its influence on the transport properties
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break  
10:50-11:25 Viatcheslav Freger, Technion-Israel Institute of technology Hydration, micro‐morphology and relaxation in Nafion [pdf] (2,3 MB)
11:25-12:00 Armand Soldera, Université de Sherbrooke Multiscale simulation to explore the effects of water in Nafion [pdf] (2,7 MB)
12:00-13:30 Lunch Location: Realfagkantina, Natural Science Building (part A, 1st floor)
13:30-14:05 Signe Kjelstrup, NTNU Thermal osmosis and thermoelectric potentials in polymer electrolyte fuel cell membrane materials [pdf] (2,2 MB)
14:05-14:40 Sandrine Lyonnard, CEA Grenoble Structure/transport interplay in perfluorinated membranes and model surfactants systems probed by scattering techniques
14:40-15:00 Michael Eikerling, Simon Fraser University (SFU) Concluding Remarks


Poster of workshop PEM 2013 [pdf] (816 KB)Travel

The meeting starts Thursday morning, October 3rd. We recommend that you travel by air. Trondheim Airport Værnes is located 35 kilometres north-east of the centre of Trondheim. The easiest transportation to and from the airport is by airport shuttle Værnes-Ekspressen that stops right at the Rica Bakklandet Hotel (bus stop "Bakkegata"). Alternatively, you can use Flybussen and walk a short distance. If you prefer the train, NSB.


Rica Bakklandet Hotel, Trondheim (city center). The single rooms will include breakfast and free wifi. NOK 945 per person/night for speakers and students. Efforts will be made so secure special rates for other participants also.


Dr. Peter Berg, Department of Physics NTNU, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway. Phone: +47 73593462. Fax: +47 73597710. Email:

Conference website:

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