It is our greatest pleasure to welcome you to the Third International Conference on Metals and Hydrogen; Steelyhydrogen 2018. After the successful editions of Steelyhydrogen in 2011 and 2014, this year we enlarged the scope of materials from mainly steels (low carbon and stainless) to include other metals such as titanium, aluminium and nickel based alloys. We are convinced that this can enrich the scientific discussions and may bring new perspectives in the research of hydrogen-metal interactions.
The number of proposed contributions increased enormously compared to the previous editions. As a result, this 3-day event now brings together around 40 presentations and more than 60 posters from all over the globe. As for the previous conferences, we aimed for the proceedings to be ready at the start of the conference as we feel it is a real added value for the participants. We would therefore like to sincerely thank all the authors for their in-time and valuable contributions. The best presentation and best poster of the conference selected by the members of the scientific jury, win a dedicated award.
From all the submissions we aimed for a well-balanced equilibrium satisfying an audience with multiple interests. This implied to blend industrial problematics and theoretical aspects as well as methodological developments. We hope this conference will be a unique opportunity to bridge practice and theory. In this respect, the number of poster sessions and the coffee breaks have been extended to promote exchanges between the participants.
This year the conference venue is the splendid setting of the interbellum architecture of “De Centrale” in Ghent (Belgium). Until the 1980’s, De Centrale was a coal based urban power plant. The old generators are the silent witnesses of how Ghent provided energy to its citizens half a century ago. Between 1994 and 2000 the building was transformed into an intercultural centre for performing arts providing "mental" energy to the modern city of Ghent.
We wish you lot of interest while exploring this e-book and hope that you will have stimulating interactions during these three days.
Laura Moli Sanchez
Krista Van den Bergh