The Mexican Hydrogen Society and the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research (CICY) are pleased to invite you to attend the XXI International Congress of the Mexican Hydrogen Society. This year, following the guidelines recommended by the health authorities derived from the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Congress will take place in a virtual format on September 20-24th, 2021.

Congress in honor of Dra. Virginia Collins

Dra. Virginia Hidolina Collins Martínez

Dra. Virginia Hidolina Collins Martínez is Mexican, born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, B. S. in Chemical Engineer Administrator from the University of Monterrey. During her professional career, she gained experience in both Chemical Engineering and Administration disciplines. Her professional career began in Monterrey, working for Pigmentos y Óxidos S. A. (PIOSA) as head of the Safety and Industrial Hygiene Department and later in the Production and Maintenance Department of the Lead Oxides Plant.

She obtained her Master's degree in Materials Science in 1999 and her PhD in Materials Science in 2006 by Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV). In 2004 she was awarded with the distinction of being a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) as a Candidate. In 2007 she received the appointment of SNI Level I, in addition to work in a postdoctoral stay in the Department of Chemistry of the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) of the IPN. With 12 years of research experience and a remarkable scientific production, she was promoted as a researcher at CIMAV in 2008, obtaining the position of Senior Researcher A.

Currently, she is a Senior Researcher C, Head of the Department of Engineering and Chemistry of Materials at CIMAV and National Researcher Level II in the SNI, author of more than 80 articles in JCR (Journal Citation Report) indexed journals as well as 9 patents, which represent more than 1280 citations, H Factor = 19 (Google Scholar) and has directed 8 PhD, 15 Master of Science theses and 2 Postdoctoral stays. Her research experience is focused on topics such as: Hydrogen Production, Photocatalysis, Nanostructured Materials with photocatalytic properties under sunlight, Catalysis, Multifunctional Surfaces, Biofuels and Soft Chemistry.

Her involvement with the Mexican Hydrogen Society (SMH) began in 2006 during its Annual Meeting held in Zacatecas and she immediately became interested in participating in several activities offered by the Society, starting with the 2007 SMH Meeting, which was held at CIMAV facilities in Chihuahua City. During the period from 2008-2009, she continued her participation in the SMH Steering Committee as Secretary, to later take over the Treasury in the period from 2009-2010, activity that she carried out until the end of the 2017-2018 period.


  • Hydrogen Production, Storage and Applications
  • Fuel Cells Components & Stacks (Modeling & Design, Control and Power Conditioning)
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Materials
  • Regulation (Policies, Market ,Codes, Environmental aspects)

Plenary speakers

Professor Ibrahim Dincer
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Ontario Tech University

  • President, Hydrogen Technologies Association
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Energy Research
  • Editor-in-Chief, Energy Storage
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Exergy
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Global Warming
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Special Issues Coordinating Editor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Title: Key advances on renewable hydrogen production

In this presentation Prof. Dincer will focus on hydrogen age and describe how carbon age is ending with key examples. He will also state the need for sustainable hydrogen product and how the key technologies will be coupled with renewables to make better future. His plenary lecture will introduce key renewable energy based hydrogen production systems, particularly thorough thermochemical cycles and photoelectrochemical processes, and discuss their developments, assessments and performance evaluations for various applications. Furthermore, potential case studies and project results will be presented to highlight the importance of sustainable hydrogen production methods for carbon-free economy. Moreover, some comprehensive life cycle assessment results are presented to discuss the spectrums of various applications and implications

Dr. Agustín Valera Medina
Gas Turbine Research Centre
Cardiff University

Title: Ammonia as a hydrogen carrier for energy storage

Dr. Agustín Valera Medina is associate Professor at Cardiff School of Engineering, UK. He has participated as PI/Co-I on 27 industrial projects with multi-nationals including PEMEX, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Ricardo, Airbus and BP, attracting approx. £8.5M in research income. He has published 162 papers (h-index 22), 43 of these specifically concerning ammonia power. Dr Valera Medina led Cardiff’s contribution to the Innovate-UK ‘Decoupled Green Energy’ Project (2015-2018) led by Siemens and in partnership with STFC and the University of Oxford, which aimed to demonstrate the use of green ammonia as a hydrogen vector produced from wind energy. He is currently PI of various projects (Endeavr Green Propulsion, SAFE-AGT (EP/T009314/1), FLEXnCONFU (884157), Ammonia for Power (IDRIC)) to demonstrate ammonia power in turbines, furnaces and Internal Combustion Engines. He has been part of various scientific boards, chairing sessions in international conferences and moderating large industrial panels on the topic of “Ammonia for Direct Use”. He has supported the preparation of two Royal Society Policy Briefings, an International White Paper for the Ammonia Energy Association on the use of ammonia as energy vector, and he is the principal author of the book “Techno-economic challenges of ammonia as energy vector (ELSEVIER)”.

Dr. Javier Dufour Andía
IMDEA Energy Institute

Title: Nuevos desarrollos en el análisis de sostenibilidad de ciclo de vida de sistemas de hidrógeno (New developments in life cycle sustainability assessment of hydrogen Systems)

Javier Dufour, Research Professor and Head of the Systems Analysis Unit of IMDEA Energy Institute (Spain). Professor at Rey Juan Carlos University, SMART-E 2 Chair (Spain). Currently, he is Deputy Leader of the Cross-Cutting Activities Technical Committee of Hydrogen Europe Research. Formerly, he was Operating Agent of Task 36 “Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Hydrogen Energy Systems” IEA Hydrogen TCP (01/01/15-31/12/17), Chair of the Spanish Network on Life Cycle Assessment -esLCA- (05/11/12-20/06/18) and Vice-chair of Cross-Cutting Research Activities of Hydrogen Europe Research (01/07/16-02/07/20). Currently, his research interests are focused on life cycle sustainability assessment and eco-design of hydrogen systems.

Dr. Salvador M. Aceves Saborío
Department of Mechanics of the Technological Institute of Celaya

Title: Hacia un sistema de transporte con cero emisiones contaminantes

Dr. Salvador Aceves has 30 years of experience on hydrogen technologies, with special emphasis on liquid hydrogen and cryogenics. In 1996 he discovered through thermodynamic analysis that liquid hydrogen stored within a high-pressure vessel became very insensitive to heat transfer, thereby enabling high density storage with no vent losses in what is now known as cryo-compressed vessels. In the 20 years that followed, he directed a team that demonstrated automotive hydrogen vessels with highest volumetric and gravimetric storage densities, longest vehicle driving range, and longest dormancy in a liquid hydrogen vessel. The team also made the first ever measurements of para-ortho hydrogen conversion in a full-sized automotive vessel, and installed, operated and tested the first research facility for liquid hydrogen pump demonstration and characterization. An author of 8 patents (licensed to aerospace company) and 100+ publications on liquid hydrogen technology, Salvador Aceves is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a distinguished alumnus of Oregon State University, and is currently a professor at the Celaya Institute of Technology.

Dr. Omar Herrera
Clean Energy Research Centre
University of British Columbia

Title: Hydrogen Research and Innovation: Effects of Policy and Success Stories

Dr. Omar E Herrera is a Senior Program Manager at the University of British Columbia. He is a mentor, researcher, engineer, and entrepreneur. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with an Engineering Management Subspecialisation. His work has expanded from research and development and leadership positions in startups, energy companies, and academia. Since 2015 he has been leading research, innovation and partnerships at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 30 publications and patents. He has been working in hydrogen and electrochemistry since his undergrad days at UNAM. His current research extends from basic science to breakthrough technologies to regulations and policy. He current focus is on hydrogen, energy, optimization and policy.

Dr. Herrera has a long history of developing partnerships with industry, government and academia. He has received over $32M for research and development during his career. The funding has been used to take ideas from the benchtop to prototyping to commercialization.

Dr. Herrera will be talking about hydrogen research, innovation, and deployment in Canada. Effects of policy and success stories.


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Pre-Congress Courses

Introduction to PEM Fuel Cell Modeling with Octave

Dr. Luis Daniel Blanco Cocom
Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT) Unidad Guanajuato

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells are electrochemical devices that have been of great interest in the scientific community due to their feasibility in energy conversion through electrocatalytic reactions. Mathematical modeling allows the study and analysis of the processes involved in generating electricity in a fuel cell. In this course, we will introduce the essential concepts for modeling PEM fuel cells. We will present the mathematical tools and their implementation in the open-source software Octave. We will show some results of interest in the field of fuel cells.

Economic calculations for the estimation of Levelized Costs of Hydrogen and Total Cost of Ownership forecasts for hydrogen consuming applications

Ing. Juan Antonio Gutiérrez Rodríguez
Desarrollador de Negocios y co-fundador de Hazwo SA de CV,

This course will provide the attendee with the necessary tools to be able to generate models for estimating the Levelized Cost of Hydrogen Production and the Total Cost of Ownership of the technologies that are seen to be more widely adopted in the green hydrogen sector (hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, use of green hydrogen in the chemical industry, in the steel industry, synthetic fuels, etc.). This course is intended to provide the student with a vision of what information is needed for each case of study, as well as with a methodology to build their own models. Software needed: Microsoft Excel.

Photobiological production of hydrogen from microalgae

Dra. Ruby Alejandra Valdez
Unidad de Energía Renovable. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán

This course explains the different methodologies to study the capability to produce hydrogen from microalgae. This implies basic knowledge of photosynthesis in microalgae under oxygenic and anoxygenic conditions, from suitable protocols to measure starch and chlorophyll by spectrophotometric methods and under aerobic and anaerobic conditions from freshwater microalgae. Anaerobic conditions in freshwater microalgae promote activation of hydrogenases enzymes and consume of remanent oxygen produced in photosynthesis. Additionally, modifying culture media with privation of sulfur or other elements, hydrogen production from microalgae is promoted.

Important Dates

Abstract submission now open

Extended dates
Deadline for abstract submission: July 15th
Notification of abstract acceptance:August 15th
Deadline for full-length articles: August 30th
Deadline for early registration: August 30th
Congress date: September 20th-24th


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Registration Fees

SMH Anual Membership (365 days)

Industry – Government MX$ 1,500.00
Academic MX$ 500.00
Non-Academic MX$ 750.00
Students MX$ 250.00

XXI International Congress of the Mexican Hydrogen Society 2021

Before August 30th After August 30th
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Students Mx$ 500.00 Mx$ 700.00

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Video contest

Video contest

  • Call documentation for video contest 2021 (Spanish)
  • For students of national or international institutions
  • Idiom: Spanish
  • Individual participation or until four members teams
  • At least one student member of the team has to assist the congress
  • Categories: Experimental development, theoretical conceptualization, dissemination, and education

Important. The SMH may use all contestant videos for scientific dissemination.

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    Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Rodrigo Patiño Diaz-CINVESTAV-Mérida
  • Dr. Juan Manuel Sierra Grajeda-UNACAR
  • Dra. Sandra Jazmín Figueroa Ramírez- UNACAR
  • Dr. José Ysmael Verde Gómez-Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún
  • Dra. Ana María Valenzuela Muñiz- Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún
  • Dr. Julio César Cruz Argüello- Instituto Tecnológico de Chetumal
  • Dra. Ivonne Liliana Alonso Lemus –CINVESTAV-Saltillo
  • Dr. Francisco Javier Rodríguez Varela CINVESTAV-Saltillo
  • Dr. Guadalupe Ramos Sánchez-UAM-Iztapalapa
  • Dr. Francisco Javier Espinosa Moreno-Universidad Tecnológica de Tlaxcala
  • Ing. Javier Fortuna Espinosa-Total Energy
  • Dra. Yamile Pérez Padilla-FIQ-UADY


Dr. Luis Carlos Ordóñez
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Mexican Hydrogen Society

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