IChemE and AIChE announce alliance on hydrogen

IChemE and AIChE announce alliance on hydrogen

10th May 2023

Global chemical engineering societies will collaborate to support industry’s adoption of hydrogen as an energy carrier in the drive to net zero.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — two leading professional societies dedicated to advancing the application of chemical engineering expertise internationally — have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on building a global alliance centered on the use of hydrogen. The partnership will bolster the professional societies’ shared interest in supporting industry in the adoption of hydrogen as an energy carrier for industrial and commercial applications that will form a vital part of the road to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The letter of intent was signed on 10 May 2023 by Trish Kerin, Director of the IChemE Safety Centre, and Billy B. Bardin, AIChE’s 2023 President and Global Climate Transition Director at Dow, during the 2023 World Hydrogen Summit and Exhibition, taking place 9–11 May in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

As part of the agreement, IChemE and AIChE will collaborate on a series of roadmapping activities and will solicit contributions from knowledgeable stakeholders such as manufacturers, academic and research institutions, technology and engineering providers, government entities, transportation experts, and end-users of hydrogen.

On the occasion of the signing, IChemE President David Bogle, said:

“I am excited for IChemE to be working with AIChE in this alliance. Hydrogen has a vital role to play in the world’s efforts to address climate change, and chemical engineers will be central to ensuring it is produced as efficiently, sustainably and safely as possible. Collaborating with others allows us to achieve more, and I’m extremely pleased that IChemE and AIChE have agreed to work on this topic together.”

AIChE’s Bardin said:

“AIChE is pleased to join with the leaders and constituents of IChemE as we bring together the knowledge and acumen of our global networks of chemical engineers to advance hydrogen applications in support of industrial decarbonisation. As part of this work, we look forward to building new and mutually beneficial collaborations with participants in the larger hydrogen and chemical engineering communities.”

Hydrogen represents a promising, clean energy carrier for industry and transportation in the global transition toward net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Its adoption will require contributions from engineers and scientists across disciplines, as well as from government agencies, to create cost-efficient, safe, and sustainable means of hydrogen production, distribution, storage, and use, and to help industry and consumers transition safely and smoothly to a future where hydrogen is a commonly-used resource. 

If you would like to participate in the roadmapping project, complete this form or forward it to an interested colleague.


Trish Kerin, Director of the IChemE Safety Centre, and Billy B. Bardin, AIChE’s 2023 President, signed a letter of intent to collaborate on building a global alliance centered on the use of hydrogen. The signing took place on 10 May 2023 at the World Hydrogen Summit and Exhibition in The Netherlands.

Credit: Bernal Revert


For more information please contact: 

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org   

Gordon Ellis, AIChE Communications
e: gorde@aiche.org

What is chemical engineering?

Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, mathematics and economics in the process of turning raw materials into everyday, and more specialist, products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Energy, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the industry sectors and products where chemical engineering plays a central role.

About IChemE

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) advances chemical engineering's contribution worldwide for the benefit of society. We facilitate the development of chemical engineering professionals and provide connections to a powerful network of around 30,000 members in more than 100 countries.

We support our members in applying their expertise and experience to make an influential contribution to solving major global challenges, and are the only organisation permitted to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status and Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.

About AIChE

Established in 1908, AIChE is a professional society of 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology and chemical plant safety and security.

More information: www.aiche.org