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new board members

New Student Representatives of HySchool 2023 - 2024

HySchool welcomes four new student representatives to the Board for 2023 - 2024! They represent the students in HySchool and will contribute to the development of the research school.

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Giulia Collina - Ph.D.-candidate at Norwegian University of Science and Technology

My academic background is in Chemical and Process Engineering at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna. I started focusing on hydrogen safety with my Master’s thesis analysing the consequences of a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion (BLEVE) at NTNU as an exchange student. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU. My PhD topic is Loss Prevention and Maintenance Modelling for Hydrogen-based Industry, and it is part of the EU-funded project H2GLASS (“advancing Hydrogen (H2) technologies and smart production systems TO decarbonise the GLass and Aluminium SectorS”).

I spent the first week of my PhD attending the first edition of HySchool Days in Bergen, and meeting all of you was inspiring. It made me realise the great value of this doctoral school from educational and networking perspectives. Each of us is working on a different aspect related to hydrogen. Still, HySchool will be helpful to gain an overall knowledge of the hydrogen value chain through the several initiatives on offer. I am glad to contribute as a student representative of HySchool for NTNU.


Petar Bosnic - Ph.D.-candidate at University of South-Eastern Norway

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2019) and a Master’s Degree in Computer‐Aided Engineering and Numerical Methods (2021). During the first year of my master’s program, I was introduced to the potential of hydrogen energy technologies. This discovery inspired me to focus my master’s thesis on the numerical modeling applied to hydrogen fuel cells with the group for Novel Thermo-Energy Technologies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, Croatia.

As of February 1, 2023, I started a new position as a PhD Research Fellow at the University of South‐Eastern Norway. My doctoral research is dedicated to the field of hydrogen safety, with a primary focus on the physics and dynamics of hydrogen gas explosions under the supervision of Knut Vågsæther(USN). My research utilizes a numerical approach to gain a comprehensive understanding and effectively mitigate the risks associated with hydrogen‐related incidents. Moreover, research is conducted as part of the HYDROGENi Research Centre (hydrogeni.no), performed under the Norwegian research program FMETEKN.

I have a strong interest in advocating for the needs of students and promoting a healthy research culture. I firmly believe that students at USN should actively contribute to shaping the future of HySchool. In my view, the student board serves as a platform to ensure that all perspectives are represented, and every student feels appreciated and supported. Recognizing the significance of the learning environment provided by research school, I plan to advocate for connecting young researchers in similar disciplines and cultivating partnerships both within the scientific community and with industry partners. This initiative aims to establish a robust network.


Abhishek Banerjee - Ph.D.-candidate at University of Stavanger

Currently pursuing my PhD at the University of Stavanger under the guidance of Assoc Prof. Olena Zavorotynska, I am conducting research in the topical work area of "Hydrogen Storage." My PhD project, titled "Structure and Dynamics in Hydrogen-Rich Alloys for Hydrogen Storage," delves into the crucial challenge of developing efficient hydrogen storage solutions.

My academic background in Materials Physics and research experience in novel Metal-alloy systems as potential H2 storage solutions align closely with the school's mission to explore alternative energy sources and contribute to a greener future. I am eager to collaborate with fellow students, faculty, and industry experts all over Norway, to promote innovation and research in this vital area. By serving on the PhD student board, I aim to facilitate open communication, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and help steer the school towards greater success. I am committed to contributing my skills, ideas, and enthusiasm to advance the goals of HySchool and drive progress in hydrogen storage technologies

As a dedicated advocate for sustainable energy solutions, I am deeply inspired by the pioneering work being done at HySchool in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell applications. I am excited about the opportunity to make a meaningful impact at HySchool and contribute to the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, particularly in the crucial domain of hydrogen storage. I look forward to the possibility of working together to create a sustainable energy future.


Raymond Mushabe - Ph.D.-candidate at University of Bergen, CSSR-NORCE

I am currently enrolled for the PhD position in experimental reservoir physics relevant for underground hydrogen storage. The core of the research work is to understand short-cycle storage microbial effect on the hydrogen stored in the subsurface porous media. The research is being conducted at Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Resources (CSSR-NORCE) in collaboration with University of Bergen. I hold a MSc. Reservoir engineering. A skill set that is complimentary to other researchers enrolled to Hyschool as we all strive to achieve Hyschool core objective: contributing to the global energy transition through hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuel as energy carriers.

As a researcher enrolled to HySchool, I would like to be the leader of the group of doctoral researchers from the University of Bergen and CSSR-NORCE, Bergen. I have good communication, coordination and other leadership skills that will be helpful during my time in office. I plan to work as a liaison between the students at UiB, students from other institutions, and leadership at HySchool.