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Purdue Energy Center symposium touts benefits of hydrogen fuel

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. With oil and gasoline prices still at their highest levels in 15 years and demand for fossil-fuel energy surging in emerging countries like India and China, Purdue researchers are looking at how a fuel based on hydrogen can help cure this nation's energy woes.

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That prospect will be showcased on April 5-6 during the inaugural Hydrogen Initiative Symposium, sponsored by Purdue's Energy Center at Discovery Park.

"Purdue is considered a global leader in hydrogen research. We are a one of a kind in the world," said P.V. Ramachandran, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry who coordinates the Energy Center's Hydrogen Initiative.

"People have to be educated about the fact that hydrogen fuel is as safe as gasoline for an industrial combustible engine. We have to engage the public in Indiana and across the nation about that fact."

The international conference will include lectures, oral presentations and a poster session dealing with the various aspects of hydrogen generation, storage and utilization. Technical contributions will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee.

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Participants will include government policy-makers and international scientists working on the energy applications of hydrogen as well as scientists from research institutes and industrial laboratories. Topics will range from nanotechnology to findings in environmental sciences and societal impacts.

The symposium is in the Burton Morgan Entrepreneurship Center in Discovery Park on April 5 and in Stewart Center, Room 218 A-D, on April 6.

The winner of the annual Herbert C. Brown Award for Innovations in Hydrogen Research, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, will be announced. An international committee will pick the winner, who also will be the speaker during the symposium's banquet.

On April 6, a poster session is planned in Stewart Center, Room 202. The welcome, keynote and plenary sessions are in Stewart Center, Room 218. Other lectures that day are in Stewart Center, room 202 and 310.

Registration fee ($150 and $50 for students) covers the cost of the symposium abstracts, the

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