Invited Speakers


Dr. Nicolás Alonso Vante

University of Poitiers, France.

Nicolas Alonso-Vante, from Ixtepec, Oaxaca (Istmo de Tehuantepec), studied Chemical Engineering at ESIQIE from the Polytechnic National Institute (1970-1974) in Mexico City. After a short activity period at the rubber Industry in Mexico City, he undertook Master’s studies with the specialty in Physical-Chemistry at the Research Center for Advanced Studies in Mexico City (1976-1978). This research center opened his eyes to pursue doctoral studies abroad in Strasbourg, France, where he obtained the degrees of Docteur Troisième Cycle (1981), and Doctorat d’Etat (1984) from the University of Strasbourg. During the years in Strasbourg, he had the opportunity to interact with Professors JM Lehn, and JP Sauvage. Both Nobel Prize winners in 1987 and 2016, respectively. Under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation he was awarded a two years Post-Doc fellowship (1985-1986) at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut-Berlin (now Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) in Germany working with Prof. H. Tributsch, where he later worked as a senior scientist in the department of solar energy until August 1997. He moved to France, in September 1997, as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Poitiers (LACCO UMR-CMRS 6503), now since 2012, IC2MP UMR-CNRS. Prof. N Alonso-Vante has developed materials in the nanodivided scale based on transition metal and chalcogenides in metallic and semiconducting form in Germany and France for over more than three decades. Using facile chemical routes, he has pioneered the use of non-platinum and non-precious metal catalysts center chalcogenides in order to understand the complex process of the oxygen reduction reaction process, an important technological reaction in low temperature fuel cells. Other interests of such materials in combination with light harvesting are devoted to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and photocatalysis. Prof. Alonso-Vante’s other main research interests are (Photo) electrochemistry and (Photo) electrocatalysis of novel materials using various ex-situ and in-situtechniques, fuel generation, interfacial characterization and surface analytical techniques. He is the author of over 200 publications, book chapters, editor of a two-volume e-book on electrochemistry in Spanish and holds 2 US, 2 German, and 2 French patents; his work has been widely cited. He has received the awards of the National Polytechnic Institute-Mexico as a R&D distinguished graduate, and of the Mexican Council of Technology SNI-III recognition as a Mexican researcher working outside Mexico, and has been awarded the NM Emanuel Medal from the Russian Academy of Science. Part of his activities have been devoted to teach many young scientists (from Mexico, China, India, Brazil, etc.) who spend from several months to several years doing master, doctoral and postdoctoral studies under his direction.


Ing. Javier Fortuna Espinosa

Total Energy

Mexican, born in Minatitlan, Veracruz, with studies at the Instituto Tecnológico de Toluca of industrial electromechanical engineering, 1987.


From 1985 to 1986. AEROQUIP Mexicana (PARKER). Shift supervisor, tool sharpening workshop, maintenance.

From 1986 to 1990. HYDRO-CHEM Processing of México. Projects division, for new and refurbished plants of generation of hydrogen type elecrolytic and steam methane reforming, spare parts and services sales specialist.

From 1990 to 2003. Panamerican Enterprises INC, management of Latin America operations, for steam methane reforming type, hydrogen generation plants, projects, sales of spare parts, technical services and representations.

From 2003 to this date. As a physical person, with business and professional activities. Consulting services for companies that produce, store and compress hydrogen. Consulting services for companies that require to acquire equipment, spare parts, catalysts related to hydrogen generation and handling.

Training courses, related to operation, maintenance and safety in hydrogen handling.

Services of mechanical assembly of process equipment, as a contractor, for installations of hydrogen, natural gas and propane.

Representation services in Latin America to foreign companies, related to hydrogen technologies.

Process, control and instrumentation, mechanical and thermal services engineering.

Active member of the Sociedad Mexicana del Hidrógeno, A.C. since 2000.

Founder member of the Red Nacional del Hidrógeno, A.C. 2005

President of the Sociedad Mexicana del Hidrógeno, A.C. 2008-2010 period.

Responsible of the Committee of the Link with Industry and International Associations of the SMH, in the year 2010.

Participation in 3 books, related to hydrogen technologies, published by the Sociedad Mexicana del Hidrógeno, A.C. with other institutions.

Member of the Consultative Committee of the Mexican Society of Hydrogen, A.C.



  1. en C. Nestor L. Díaz Ramírez

Director de Desarrollo Tecnológico at CONACYT

Director de Desarrollo Tecnológicon at CONACYT from 2012 to current day.

In this Direction, sectoral energy funds are administered:

  • Sener- CONACYT hydrocarbons
  • Sener- CONACYT- sustainability and the CFE

Graduated from the ESIQIE-IPN 1976 – 1979

ESIQIE-IPN PROFESSOR, from 1974 to 2012.

He was Director of the Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Química e Industrias Extractivas – Instituto Politécnico Nacional, from 2001 to 2007

Master’s degree ESIQIE-IPN

Academic Chemical Engineering



Dr. Jacques Hout

University of Québec

Since 2004, Dr. Jacques Huot is professor of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics, in Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) Québec, Canada. Also, he is Member of the Hydrogen Research Institute. His Ph. D. studies were performed in Université Laval (Canada), then he perform his first post-doc in the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba, Japan and a second post-doc in  Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A & M University, Texas, USA. He has developed in the last 2 years other professional activities such as editor of the book Neutron Scattering and Other Nuclear Techniques for Hydrogen in Materials. Neutron Scattering Applications and Techniques. 2016: Springer International Publishing. VIII, 413. Author of the book Enhancing Hydrogen Storage Properties of Metal Hybrides, 2016: Springer International Publishing. VI, 39, among other. From 1995 to 2004 Professor Huot was a researcher at Hydro-Québec where he studied magnesium-based nanocrystalline alloys for hydrogen storage. His expertises are solid-gaz interactions, metal hydrides, and material characterization. He has been invited researcher at the Institute for Energy Technology (Norway), Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan), Université de Bordeaux (France), Institut NÉEL (France), et Max Plank Institut fur Kohlenforschung (Germany). He published 158 papers, is co- inventor of 10 patents, and belongs to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds (Elsevier).

Joshua Siegel

Johnson Matthey

Joshua Siegel is the Global Commercial Leader, Structured Catalyst for Johnson Matthey, located in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. He is presently responsible for ensuring that Johnson Matthey’s CATACELJM SSR product and services meets the global needs of the marketplace. Josh has been with Johnson Matthey for 9 years, where he previously held roles as Regional Account Manager and Technical Service Manager. He has over 20 years’ experience in the refinery catalyst industry where he has worked with Hydroprocessing, FCC and Polyolefin catalyst. Prior to joining Johnson Matthey, Josh has held various responsibilities from manufacturing, quality manager, technical service and sales. Josh graduated with a BS in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University in 1993 and an MS in Analytical Chemistry from Governors State University in Illinois in 2000.