1st Symposium on Ammonia Energy

Cardiff, United Kingdom
01-02 Sept 2022

Important Dates

20th January 2022 - Abstract Opening: Please send your long abstracts (2 pages + references) to                     


Use the attached template. An email confirmation should follow confirming we have received the abstract (if you don't receive a confirmation, please send it again with copy to

30th June 2022 - Registration (in-person attendance) opening. Including in-campus accommodation (limited), hotel recommendations, and attendance fees (recovery fees, Gala dinner and trip).

31st July 2022 - Abstract Closure for preparation of the Sessions. 

1st/2nd September 2022 - Symposium.

3rd September 2022 - Visit to RAL Green Ammonia Demo and the city of Oxford. 



Why a Symposium on Ammonia Energy?

Ammonia is emerging as a future energy vector for decarbonisation of the global economy. However, there are still many unknowns before the chemical can be deployed at large scale. Therefore, progress is taking place in every corner of the World. Hence, this event provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art scientific and engineering advances on the subject. 


The 1st Symposium

Two Days of Unique Talks
01 Sept 2022
09:00 am (GMT)

Comprehensive work on ammonia as an energy vector currently takes place at Cardiff, UK. The topic has spurred various national and international collaborations, hence attracting the attention of the scientific and industrial community. Therefore, Cardiff University has been put forward to host the event. Our strong International Scientific Committee will ensure that unique research is presented at the conference, attracting innovative topics that will spur further collaboration and development at a multidisciplinary level. 

The event intends to receive contributions from scientists at all levels of their careers, from students to consolidated researchers, ensuring large dissemination of all types of research and development. 

Hosted in Hybrid mode (online and presential), the presential mode will take place at the new Centre of Student Life recently finished at the core of Cardiff city centre. Further details can be found in

Presentations (10 mins) will be followed by a round of Q&A (5 mins). We also encourage presenters to bring a poster of their presentation, so they can continue discussions out of the session during the coffee break.  

Fees: *

* Online participation: Free.

* Presential: Recuperation fees for meals and Gala Dinner (£100).


* 3rd September: Trip to the Green Ammonia Demonstrator, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (RAL), Oxfordshire, UK

Also, special rooms will be allocated for special round tables (ie. ammonia engines, student chapters, etc). Please let us know if you want to host a parallel session during the event. 


Sessions and Program

- Novel Ammonia Production Methods: Doug Macfarlane and Kevin Rouwenhorst
- Ammonia Storage and Transportation: Bill David and Josh Makepeace
- Ammonia Combustion, CFD Analyses: Jackie Chen and Rob Bastiaans  

- Ammonia Combustion, Fundamentals (Laminar, Turbulent, etc.): Akihiro Hayakawa and          Thibault Guiberti 
- Ammonia to Power, Combustion-based technologies
   - ICE: Christine Rousselle and Will Northop
   - Furnaces: Mara de Joannon and Rafal Slefarski 
   - Gas Turbines: Cheng Tung Chong and Yuyang Li
   - Detonation/Propellants: Daniel Pugh and Hua Xiao   
- Ammonia to Power, Fuel Cells: Giovanni Cinti and Christian Laycock
- Ammonia Chemistry (Kinetics): Alexander Konnov and Peter Glarborg 
- Health and Safety Studies: David Slater and Panagiotis Stravakakis
- Energy Conversion and Ammonia Applications (heat transfer, cycle integration, etc.): David Emberson and Mohamed Yehia 
- Material Science and Engineering (catalysts, cracking tech, corrosion, etc.): Alberto Roldan and Armando Ortiz-Prado
- Bio-inspired research and new research concepts: Agustin Valera-Medina and Daniella Pacheco
- Techno-economics and Life Cycle Analyses: Richard Nayak-Luke and Angel D. Ramirez
- Public Perception and Social Sciences: Wouter Poortinga and Christina Demski
- Regulatory issues (ie. environmental) and Policy making: Irene Dedoussi and Kevin Morgan
Special Sessions (Organized by Session Chairs)

- Health and Safety Workshop for the use of ammonia as a fuelling vector (Prof. David Slater and Cpt. Panagiotis Stravakakis)

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Invited Talks

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Dr Dolf Gielen is IRENA Director for Innovation and Technology since 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience with energy transition strategy development and implementation as well as technology policy in an international context. He has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands.

 Mr Trevor Brown is the Executive Director of the Ammonia Energy Association. In 2013, he established, a website that provides data, news, and analysis, which initially focused on the ammonia capacity expansions taking place in North America and now also tracks the industry’s transition to sustainable technologies. In 2016, he launched Ammonia­, the global information portal for ammonia as an energy vector.

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Dr John Murton was appointed as the UK’s COP26 Envoy in November 2019. Most recently, he served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.

John has considerable professional experience, notably in Africa and Asia. His previous appointments have included Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Nairobi, UK Permanent Representative to the UN in Kenya, UK High Commissioner to Mauritius and Ambassador to Madagascar.

In London, he was Head of the Foreign Ministry department dealing with the UK’s relations with East and South East Asia and Australasia, and has also completed previous postings in Japan and at NATO Headquarters.

Professor Karen Holford is Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor at Cranfield University. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University. In 2018, Karen received a CBE for services to engineering and the advancement of women in engineering, and in 2019 received the Suffrage Science award in Physical Sciences and Engineering. Karen has served as a Council member for UKRI STFC and a member of the ESPRC Strategic Advisory Network, having previously served as the external Chair of the EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team. In 2020, Karen took up the role of Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Committee.

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Scientific Committee

Proud to bring inspirational researchers from across the globe. Our strong 
international committee (34 members) will ensure the quality of the event.

Sponsors and Publications

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Chairs in each session will select the best contributions, which will be invited to publish in the new Journal of Ammonia Energy (Diamond Open Access) sponsored by Cardiff University Press.
* The Journal's office site is currently under construction. 
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Papers that are not recommended for JAE but are considered top, high quality during the sessions will be recommended for the Special Issue "Science and Technology of Ammonia Utilization as a Fuel in Combustion Systems" (Energies, MDPI - Editor: Dr Ekene C. Okafor, Kyushu University) and the Special Issue "Ammonia Energy Advancements" (Carbon Neutrality, Springer - Editor: Prof A Valera-Medina). 

Organizing Committee

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