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Prof. Bladergroen, a former student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands joined UWC in 1998 as a PhD student and continued as a postdoctoral fellow in hydrogen separation (2003), hydrogen production (2004) and was appointed as research manager for industrial contract research in 2005, followed by a senior lecturer appointment in 2006. In 2011 he was promoted to the level of Associate Professor at SAIAMC where his main role is managing applied research and development activities. Since 2007 Prof. Bladergroen has been Deputy Director Operations, establishing the operational procedures at SAIAMC. In 2011, his portfolio included Innovation activities at SAIAMC and two HySA projects. Prof. Bladergroen is the Vice-Chair of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy Youth Division.
Conferences & Events Attended:
 2011 M.V. van Schagen, V. Linkov, B.J Bladergroen, K. Govender, G. Gericke Hydrogen Recovery from UCG Gas: Experimental Data of Hydrogen Separation from UCG Gas Using a Polymer Membrane, Underground Coal Gasification Conference, Johannesburg South Africa 13 July 2011
 2011 F. Meyer, V. Linkov, B.J. Bladergroen, “Opportunities with Aerosol Filtration in membrane manufacturing technology”, International Congress on Membrane and membrane processes, Amsterdam , The Netherlands, July 24-29, 2011
 2011 J. Williams, M.Williams, V. Linkov, B.J.Bladergroen, “Advanced Seeding techniques in Pd-membrane synthesis”, 10th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors (ICCMR)St Petersburg, Russia, June20-24, 2011
 2011 Huaneng Su, Bernard Jan Bladergroen, Sivakumar Pasupathi, Shan Ji, Vladimir Linkov. “Novel catalyst sprayed membrane preparation method for hydrogen production by water electrolysis” 4th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC2011), Glasgow, UK.
 2011 Sivakumar Pasupathi, Xolelwa Ralam, Cecil Felix, Fanapi Nolubabalo, Maiyalagan Thandavarayan, Ben Bladergroen, Vladimir Linkov, “Development of membrane electrode assemblies for high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells”, 3rd Wind Power Africa conference and Renewable Energy exhibition, 8-11 May 2011, Cape Town, South Africa.
 Botha, S.S., Ndungu, P., Bladergroen, B.J. Physicochemical properties of oil-based nanofluids containing hybrid structures of silver nanoparticles supported on silica Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 50 (6) , pp. 3071-3077, 2011.
 Huaneng Su, Bernard Jan Bladergroen, Vladimir Linkov, Sivakumar Pasupathi, Shan Ji. Study of catalyst sprayed membrane under irradiation method to prepare high performance membrane electrode assemblies for solid polymer electrolyte water electrolysis. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2011, 36(23):15081-15088.