Providing the Science and Engineering to Accelerate the Deployment of Clean and Efficient Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies.

About the Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Program

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for vehicle, stationary, and portable poser applications are critical for realizing  a clean and secure energy future.

Sandia’s Hydrogen Program supports the nation’s energy strategy-helping to diversify America’s energy Sector and reduce our dependence on foreign oil through the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Recent Accomplishments

Hydrogen Projects

Understanding the chemical and physical transformations occurring in materials used to convert solar energy into hydrogen and develop and test novel reactor concepts at relevant scales.

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Hydrogen and fuel cell systems enable dramatic reductions in both GHG emissions and foreign oil dependence.

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Facilitating the safe use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by understanding and mitigating risk.

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Sandia uses advanced capabilities and deep research expertise in materials and mechanics to address both fundamental scientific and applied engineering questions on the compatibility of specific materials and components with hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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Reducing hydrogen infrastructure investment risk with cutting-edge R&D to lower cost and improve performance.

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Through its market transformation efforts, Sandia seeks to accelerate the commercialization and promote the early adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Tunnel Safety Study by Chris LaFleur, Gabriela Bran-Anleu, Alice B. Muna, Brian D. Ehrhart, Myra Blaylock, William G. Houf. Sandia National Laboratories, October 2017. SAND2017-11157.



Safety, Codes and Standards for Hydrogen Installations: Hydrogen Fueling System Footprint Metric Development. A.P. Harris, Daniel E. Dedrick, Chris LaFleur, Chris San Marchi

N. Yang, J.K. Yee, Z. Zhang, L. Kurmanaeva, P. Cappillino, V. Stavila, E.J. Lavernia, C.S. Marchi, “Hydrogen sorption characteristics of nanostructured Pd-10Rh processed by cryomilling”, Acta Materialia, 2015, 82, 41–50.


Using metal hydride H2 storage in mobile fuel cell equipment: Design and predicted performance of a metal hydride fuel cell mobile light. C. Song, L.E. Klebanoff, T.A. Johnson, B.S. Chao, A.F. Socha, J.M. Oros, C.J. Radley, S. Wingert, J.S. Breit, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 14896-14911.

An investigation into the hydrogen storage characteristics of Ca(BH4)2/LiNH2 and Ca(BH4)2/NaNH2: Evidence of Intramolecular destabilization Poonyayant, V. Stavila, E.H. Majzoub, L.E. Klebanoff, R. Behrens, M. Ulutagay-Kartin, P. Pakawatpanurut, E.S. Hecht, J.S. Breit, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118, 14759-14769.

Accelerating the Understanding and Development of Hydrogen Storage Materials: A Review of the Five-year Efforts of the Three DOE Hydrogen Storage Materials Centers of Excellence. L.E. Klebanoff, K.C. Ott, L.J. Simpson, K. O’Malley and N.T. Stetson, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, 2014, 1A, 81-117.

A Comparative Analysis of the Cryo-compression and Cryo-adsorption Hydrogen Storage Methods, G. Petitpas, P. Bénard, L.E. Klebanoff, J. Xiao and S. Aceves, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 10564-10572.


Nanoconfined light metal hydrides for reversible hydrogen storage, Petra E. de Jongh, Mark Allendorf, John J. Vajo, Claudia Zlotea, MRS Bulletin, 2013, 38, 488-494.

Probing the unusual anion mobility of LiBH4 confined in highly ordered nanoporous carbon frameworks via solid state NMR and quasielastic neutron scattering, X. Liu, E.H. Majzoub, V. Stavila, R. Bhakta, M.D. Allendorf, M. Conradi, N. Verdal, T. Udovic, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 9935-9941.

5 years of hydrogen storage research in the US DOE Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE), L.E. Klebanoff, J.O. Keller, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013, 38, 4533-4576.

2012 & Prior

Reversible hydrogen storage by NaAlH4 confined within a titanium-functionalized MOF-74(Mg) nanoreactors, V. Stavila, R.K. Bhakta, T.M. Alam, E.H. Majzoub, M.D. Allendorf, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 9807-9817.

Thermodynamics and kinetics of NaAlH4 nanocluster decomposition, R.K. Bhakta, S. Maharrey, V. Stavila, E.H. Majzoub, M.D. Allendorf, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2012, 14, 8160-8169.

Nanoporous Pd Alloys with Compositionally Tunable Hydrogen Storage Properties Prepared by Nanoparticle Consolidation, P.J. Cappillino, J.D. Sugar, M.A. Hekmaty, B.W. Jacobs, V. Stavila, P.G. Kotula, J.M. Chames, N.Y. Yang, D.B. Robinson, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012, 22, 14013–14022.

New Insights into the Mechanism of Activation and Hydrogen Absorption of (2LiNH2-MgH2), W. Luo, V. Stavila, L.E. Klebanoff, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37, 6646–6652.

Hydrogen Storage Technology, Materials and Applications, Editor-in-Chief L.E. Klebanoff, (Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton) published December 12, 2012.

Analyses to Support Development of Risk-Informed Separation Distances for Hydrogen Codes and Standards by Jeffrey LaChance, William Houf, Bobby Middleton, and Larry Fluer. Sandia National Laboratories, March 2009. SAND2009-0874.

Jonathan Zimmerman
Manager, Hydrogen and Materials Science Department
Phone: (925) 294-2437
Email: jzimmer@sandia.gov

Rachel Wallace
Partnerships and Business Development
Phone: (925) 294-4896
Email: rwallac@sandia.gov

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Hosting the US Drive Joint Tech Team meeting

In April, Sandia hosted the in-person joint meeting of the US Drive Hydrogen Codes & Standards Tech Team and US Drive Delivery Tech Team. Part of US Drive—an industry-government partnership that supports new technologies for [...]

Presenting at the Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) meeting

A Sandia presentation at the April meeting of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee covered Sandia’s extensive and long-standing hydrogen capabilities, as well as the labs’ hydrogen and fuel cell program. This technical [...]

New CRADA to provide science for hydrogen code setting

Sandia recently established a CRADA with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, which supports research for the National Fire Protection Association, and BKi, acting on behalf of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. The CRADA will support [...]

LabCorp participants focus on technology transfer of alkaline exchange membrane

Two Sandia researchers explored opportunities to transfer Sandia’s intellectual property (IP) on alkaline exchanges membranes by engaging in a seven-week boot camp offered by Lab-Corps, a DOE program to speed the transition of lab findings [...]

Chris San Marchi Receives ASME PVP Award for Outstanding Technical Session

At the 100th Anniversary Honors and Awards Gala of the 2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pressure Vessels & Piping Division Conference (PVP), Chris San Marchi received the PVP Heki Shibata Outstanding International Technical [...]

Area of Expertise

World Leaders in Materials and Components Compatibility

Accelerating Deployments with Quantitative Risk Assessments

Developing Reliable, Low-Cost Hydrogen Infrastructure

Working with Industry to Accelerate New Markets