Brian Benicewicz, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina
Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry
Columbia, SC  29208
Phone: 803-777-0778
Fax: 803-777-8100
Tom Zawodzinski, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering
442 Dougherty Engineering Bldig.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2200
Tel: 865-974-5137


Steve Hamrock, 3M Fuel Cell Components Program
Andy Herring, Colorado School of Mines
Michael Hickner, The Penn State University
John Kerr, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Yu Seung Kim, Los Alamos National Labs
Cortney Mittelsteadt, Giner Electrochemical Systems
Robert B. Moore, Virginia Tech
Bryan S. Pivovar, National Renewable Energy Lab


This conference has had great success as the premier conference bringing together the polymer community and fuel cell scientists. Our objective is to engage a broad spectrum of the polymer community in meeting the needs of this technology.  We will schedule talks that present the vision of the funding agencies and industry to provide perspective followed by talks from leading researchers in proton-conducting electrolyte synthesis, characterization, processing and application. We will maintain our historical key focus on polymer membranes for fuel cells but have broadened our interests to include anion exchange membranes, lithium and flow battery membranes, water electrolysis membranes, hydrogen electrolysis membranes, photoelectrochemical cell membranes and related areas. Extensive poster sessions will present an opportunity for students and newcomers to ‘show their stuff’ to the community. The poster sessions have historically been an extremely active part of the conference.