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About the Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium

The Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) is a consortium of five national laboratories: Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. HyMARC assembles deep national laboratory expertise in hydrogen science, large-scale computational modeling, and state-of-the-art characterization tools to accelerate discovery of solid-state materials for on-board vehicular hydrogen storage.

Established as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Materials Network (EMN), HyMARC provides an enduring national laboratory-based network, enabling industry to utilize the national labs unique capabilities related to solid-state hydrogen storage and carriers.

The mission of HyMARC is to provide foundational understanding, synthetic protocols, new characterization tools, and validated computational models to accelerate discovery of solid-phase and liquid materials that meet industry requirements for on-board vehicular hydrogen storage or that can be used as carriers to transport hydrogen from production to city-gate or industrial sites. HyMARC makes these capabilities available to the hydrogen storage research community via projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and by direct collaborations with HyMARC staff.

The overarching objective of the HyMARC EMN is to discover—and/or facilitate discovery of—new storage materials, hybrid material systems, and carriers that:

  • At minimum, exceed the capabilities of current high-pressure on-board storage or tanks or transport tanks
  • Optimally, meet all of the DOE technical targets, including gravimetric and volumetric capacities and the ability to deliver gases on demand at an appropriate rate and pressure.

Given the diverse nature of applications for hydrogen carriers, ranging from using hydrogen at large scale in fuel cell emergency backup power (e.g., data centers) to using hydrogen as an industrial reagent (e.g., steel and fertilizer production), new sets of performance targets are also needed to guide new processes and materials discovery. The HyMARC team and collaborators are working together to help establish overarching targets for mobile and stationary applications.

HyMARC addresses gaps in foundational knowledge needed to accelerate materials discovery and performs synthesis and characterization of advanced storage material concepts. To accomplish this, discoveries, models, characterization tools, and data generated are leveraged, as are the most recent advances from other laboratories, to develop predictive multiscale modeling, high-resolution in situ characterization, and advanced material synthesis. Combined with materials informatics, this strategy embodies the approach highlighted within the recent Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Strategic Plan for accelerated materials development.

By combining the resulting improved understanding of the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic limitations of storage materials with development of new storage concepts, we accelerate development of all types of advanced storage materials, including sorbents, metal hydrides, and hydrogen carriers.

Consortium Partners

Core National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories logo

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier engineering laboratory, with multi-program responsibilities in nuclear stockpile stewardship, national security technologies, and energy. Sandia's Hydrogen Program, built on a long history of basic and applied science, supports the nation's energy strategy, helping to diversify America's energy sector and reducing our dependence on foreign oil through the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory logo

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) develops clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and provides knowledge and innovations to integrate energy systems at all scales. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean energy technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory logo

For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world. PNNL makes fundamental scientific discoveries that illuminate the mysteries of our planet and the universe and applies scientific expertise to tackle some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory logo

Combining vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) advances our nation's security through the production, development, and deployment of energy resources and technology while understanding and reducing their environmental impacts. LLNL possesses extensive experience in hydrogen fuel technologies and in the high-performance computational resources essential for advanced R&D.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. Within the hydrogen and related programs, LBNL seeks to understand and optimize next generation energy-related components and materials through physics-based multiscale modeling, novel material discovery, and advanced diagnostics.

User Facilities

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory logo

Stanford University operates SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for the DOE Office of Science. As one of 17 DOE national labs, SLAC pushes the frontiers of human knowledge and drives discoveries that benefit humankind. SLAC's 2-mile-long particle accelerator is the lab's backbone. Once the scene of major discoveries in particle physics, today it generates the world's brightest X-rays for the lab's revolutionary X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). More than 2,000 scientists come to SLAC each year to use LCLS and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource to probe matter in atomic detail.

National Institute of Standards and Technology logo

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research is a national resource for industry, universities, and government agencies. NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


Key leaders with HyMARC are listed below, along with their affiliation and their role with the consortium.

  • Mark Allendorf, Sandia National Laboratories, Co-Director
  • Tom Gennett, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Co-Director and Task Lead
  • Vitalie Stavila, Sandia National Laboratories, Task Lead
  • Tom Autrey, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Task Lead
  • Mark Bowden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Project Lead
  • Jeff Long, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Project Lead
  • Phil Parilla, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Task Lead
  • David Prendergast, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Task Lead
  • Jeff Urban, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Project Lead
  • Jinghua Guo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Project Lead
  • Brandon Wood, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Task Lead
  • Craig Brown, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Project Lead
  • Terrence Udovic, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Mike Toney, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Ned Stetson, U.S. Department of Energy

Names and photos of HyMARC principal investigators and lead researchers

About the Energy Materials Network

Accelerating advanced materials development, from discovery through deployment, has the potential to revolutionize whole industries and is critical for the United States to compete globally in manufacturing in the 21st century. However, today only a small fraction of materials innovations make it to widespread commercialization. The goal of the Energy Materials Network (EMN) is to dramatically decrease the time-to-market for advanced materials that are critical to manufacturing many clean energy technologies, enabling manufacturers of all sizes to develop and deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market.

Through targeted, national laboratory-led consortia, the EMN will leverage more than $40 million in federal funding to facilitate industry's access to the unique scientific and technical resources at DOE's national labs in high performance computing, synthesis and characterization of new materials, and high-impact experimentation. Each EMN consortium will bring together national labs, industry, and academia to focus on specific classes of materials aligned with industry's most pressing challenges related to materials for clean energy technologies. Together, the EMN consortia will form a network of advanced materials R&D capabilities and resources that will support the Administration's commitment to revitalizing American manufacturing and maintaining a competitive edge in the clean energy economy.