Nearly 2,000 people from 58 countries attended the 231st ECS Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 28 – June 1, 2017. This was ECS’s first return visit to New Orleans since the 184th ECS Meeting in 1993. Participants could choose from 46 symposia, over 1,200 oral talks, 615 student presentations, and nearly 400 posters.
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ECS President Krishnan Rajeshwar welcomed attendees to the meeting during Monday evening’s plenary session. In addition to wrapping up the first full day of technical sessions and honoring award winners, Rajeshwar highlighted the 115th anniversary of the founding of ECS.
“For 115 years we have been dedicated to disseminating knowledge to advance electrochemical and later solid state science and technology,” Rajeshwar said. “With help from contributors like you, we have accumulated a body of knowledge in the ECS Digital Library that includes 132,000 articles and abstracts.”
The ECS Lecture
His talk focused the many risks we face every day, ranging from air pollution to cyber-attacks.
While those risks exist, Kuo pointed out that the biggest risk today is energy and energy safety, including issues of energy consumption, global warming, and sustainability.
The Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science was presented to Doron Aurbach. Aurbach is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Under his supervision, 50 PhD and 70 MSc students received their degrees. The majority Aurbach’s work focuses on energy storage and battery technologies. He serves as a technical editor for the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and has been named fellow by ECS, ISE, and MRS.
The Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science was established in 2013. Aurbach is the second recipient of this award, which is named in honor of Allen J. Bard, in recognition of his outstanding advancements in electrochemical science.
The Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science and Technology was awarded to Paul Kohl. Kohl is the Regents’ Professor and holder of the Hercules Inc. Thomas L. Gossage Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Kohl was the editor of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society from 1995 to 2007, founding editor of both Electrochemical and Solid State Letters and Interface, and past president of ECS.
The Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science and Technology was established in 1971 as the Solid State Science and Technology Award for distinguished contributions to the field. In 2005, the award was renamed in honor of Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel.
There were nine division awards:
- Dielectric Science and Technology Division Thomas D. Callinan Award was presented to Hiroshi Iwai of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
- Energy Technology Division Research Award was presented to Hubert Gasteiger of Technische Universität München.
- Energy Technology Division Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award was presented to Ahmet Kusoglu of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
- Energy Technology Division Graduate Student Award sponsored by Bio-Logic was presented to Antoni Forner-Cuenca of Paul Scherrer Institute.
- Electronics and Photonics Division Award was presented to D. Noel Buckley of the University of Limerick.
- Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division H. H. Dow Memorial Student Achievement Award was presented to Muhammad Boota of Drexel University.
- Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division Student Achievement Award was presented to Bahareh Alsadat Tavakoli Mehrabadi of the University of South Carolina.
- Nanocarbons Division Richard E. Smalley Research Award was presented to Shunichi Fukuzumi of Osaka University.
- Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division David C. Grahame Award was presented to Viola Birss of University of Calgary.
Student Poster Contest
ECS established the General Student Poster Session Awards in 1993 to acknowledge the eminence of its students’ work. The winners exhibit a profound understanding of their research topic and its relation to the fields of interest to ECS.
The winners of the General Student Poster Session Awards for the 231st ECS Meeting are as follows:
- First Place: Sanjana Das and Stephanie Silic (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
- Second Place: Katrina Vuong and Laurie Clare (San Diego State University)
- Third Place: Josie Duncan and Mary Heustess (Clemson University)
- Third Place: Phuong Tu Mai (Osaka Prefecture University)
- Honorable Mention: Emily Gullette, Natalie Handson, Emily Klutz, and Meredith Hammer (Clemson University)
Monday night’s student mixer was a sellout, attended by 200 students.
Special thanks goes to all the meeting sponsors and exhibitors, who showcased the tools and equipment so critical to scientific research.