International Conference on Metals and Hydrogen

This fourth SteelyHydrogen conference provides a unique environment to share and exchange experiences on the link between metals and the various aspects of hydrogen: hydrogen-microstructure interactions, hydrogen embrittlement, hydrogen detection, etc. Since its first edition, the spirit of the conference has been in keeping a balance between fundamental and industrial aspects.

Whereas early edition focussed on steel substrates, since the 2018 edition, the scope was broadened to other metals such as Al, Ni and Ti, with revealing scientific contributions and new applications being addressed.

Given today’s interest in hydrogen as energetic vector, and the maturity of some technologies becoming reality, the SteelyHydrogen forum in 2022 could not have been better timed. Therefore, this edition will also be dedicated to the role of hydrogen in the global energy transition. Particular attention will be drawn to material challenges.

As such, the scientific scope of the conference can be summarised by the following topic categories:

  • Hydrogen embrittlement: effect of hydrogen on mechanical properties

    • Aqueous environment
    • Gas environment
    • HIC & Stress Sulphide Cracking (SSC)
    • Metallurgical influences
    • Mitigation actions (microstructural design, coatings, etc.)
    • Mechanisms
  • Modelling the hydrogen-metal interactions and/or the hydrogen embrittlement from atomic to meso-scale

  • Advanced methods to characterise hydrogen

  • Hydrogen-metal interactions: hydrogen activity, diffusion, trapping, etc.

  • Surfaces and coatings for metallic substrates in hydrogen environment

  • Industrial hydrogen challenges

  • Future material challenges for hydrogen applications

  • Other

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Keynote speaker Professor, Dr. Eng. Hisao Matsunaga, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University (Japan) confirmed his presentation on “Fatigue crack growth properties of steels in high-pressure hydrogen gas environment”

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SteelyHydrogen 2022 could not be better timed as the interest of hydrogen as energetic vector and the maturity of some technologies are becoming a reality. Do not miss this edition on the role of hydrogen and its interaction with metals on the energy transition.


The draft programme will be constructed based on the papers received and accepted.

Browse programme of 3rd edition of SteelyHydrogen conference 2018


SteelyHydrogen 2022 welcomes its participants in the unique location of a historic monastery where Augustinian monks still live and work.

Because of the pandemic, we also have a plan B…just in case.

Scientific Jury

Discover the international experts who have accepted to join the SteelyHydrogen 2022  Scientific Jury team.

The members of the scientific jury judge the award competition for the “Best Paper” and “Best Poster”.


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OCAS offers a number of opportunities to organisations or companies who might want to sponsor this conference adapted to your desired level of involvement and exposure to attendees.  All incoming requests are handled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact for more details.

COVID-19 measures

Of course, we are looking forward to welcome you at the splendid venue of Thagaste in Ghent. However, because of the pandemic, and in order to avoid postponing the conference, this 4th edition will be fully compatible with any COVID-19 measures that may apply at the time of the conference.  In view of the global evolution of the pandemic, we will provide the possibility to participate via live streaming or hybrid format of physical/virtual attendance accordingly.


  • 15 March 2021

  • 30 September 2021

  • 30 November 2021

  • 01 June 2022

  • 11 October 2022

  • Call for papers

  • Deadline abstract submission

  • Notification of acceptance

  • Full paper submission for oral or poster contribution

  • Conference proceedings available for registered participants

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