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Detroit Section

Previous Meetings and Events by Year


Inorganic Synthesis for Designing Better Li-Ion Battery Electrodes
Monday, September 17, 2012
For information and to RSVP, please contact Stephen Maldonado, e-mail: The event begins at 5:30 PM with a reception.

Detroit Section of The Electrochemical Society Student Poster Session
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

For information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Stephen Maldonado, e-mail: The event begins at 6:30 PM and will include refreshments.

Micro-Tomographic Imaging of Electrochemical Devices
Thursday, April 19, 2012

by Dr. Fernando Garzon, Los Alamos National Laboratory
For information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Stephen Maldonado, e-mail: Social reception starts at 5:30 PM.

Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry at Ultra-Microelectrodes: Probing Delicate and Hard to Reach Places
Monday, March 26, 2012

by Dr. Parastoo Hashemi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit. For information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Stephen Maldonado, e-mail: Social reception starts at 5:30 PM.

Battery Life Challenges for Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

by Oliver Gross, Chrysler Group’s Electrified Powertrain Systems Engineering Department
For information and to RSVP, please contact Stephen Maldonado, e-mail: Social reception starts at 5:30 PM.

Improving Charge Acceptance and Safety Through the Development of Highly-ordered and Hierarchical Electrodes for Lithium Ion Batteries and Fast Ion Conducting Ceramic Electrolyte Based on Li7La3Zr2O12 Garnet
Thursday, October 6, 2011

by Jeffrey Sakamoto, Michigan State University
For information and to RSVP, please contact Stephen Maldonado, e-mail: Social reception starts at 5:30 PM.


Continuum Modeling of Electrochemistry in Intercalation Batteries
Thursday, March 31, 2011

by Dr. Wei Lai, Michigan State University
For information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Kimber Stamm, e-mail: Social reception starts at 5:30 PM.

Materials for Abuse Tolerant Lithium-Ion Cells
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Christopher J. Orendorff, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Modeling and Visualization of Li-ion Battery Deformation
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yue Qi, Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab, General Motors R&D

Stress Analysis of a Polymeric Separator in a Lithium-ion Battery
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Xinran (Sharon) Xiao, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University


Scientific Breakthroughs for Fuel Cell Cathode Catalysts: Motivations and General Concepts
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

James Waldecker, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Storage Research Department, Research & Innovation Center – Ford Motor Company

Evaluating Mechanical Integrity of Lithium-Ion Cells and Battery Packs through Computational Modeling
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Elham Sahraei, National Crash Analysis Center, George Washington University; and Tomasz Wierzbicki, Rich Hill, and Meng Luo, Impact and Crashworthiness Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interface Engineered Nano-Composites for Next-Generation Electrochemical Devices
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jason D. Nicholas, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Dept., Michigan State University

Design Principles for Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion Systems
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stephen Maldonado, Department of Chemistry and Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Magnetic Effects on Electrochemical Systems: Batteries, Fuel Cells, Academically Interesting Probes, and CO Oxidation
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Johna Leddy, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa

Modified Complex Metal Hydrides for Hydrogen Storage
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rana Mohtadi and PremKumar Sivasubramanian, Toyota Research Institute of North America; and Joshua Gray and Ragaiy Zidan, Savannah River National Laboratory

Surface Chemistry for Decreased Platinum Usage in Fuel Cells — A joint meeting of the ECS Detroit Section and the American Vacuum Society
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Frederick T. Wagner, Electrochemical Energy Research Laboratory, General Motors Research & Development, Honeoye Falls, NY

Advanced Automotive Batteries — A joint meeting of the ECS Detroit Section and the Society of Automotive Engineers
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Joseph LoGrasso, Engineering Group Manager, General Motors Corporation
Masaki Matsui, Manager of Energy Storage, Toyota Research Institute of North America
Ted Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford Motor Company
Moderator: Alvaro Masias, 2008-2009 ECS Detroit Chair


First-Principles Modeling of Pulse and Relaxation Behavior in Li-Ion Batteries
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dawn Bernardi, Ford Motor Company

Low Temperature Hydrogen Production from Renewable Fuels
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Benny Reichmann, ECD Ovonics

Fuel Cell Development at Nissan Motor Company
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kev Adjemian, Fuel Cell Laboratory, Nissan Technical Center

Biocatalytic Fuel Cell Electrodes
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Scott Barton, Michigan State University

On the Electrochemistry of Activated Carbon Electrodes, EDL (Super)Capacitors, and Separation Processes
Wednesday, February 12, 2009

Doron Aurbach, Bar-Ilan University

Analytical Study of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Batteries
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Esther Takeuchi, University at Buffalo SUNY

Novel Photoelectrodes and Outersphere Redox Shuttles in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thomas Hamann, Michigan State University

T/J Technologies: Growing a Company from Start up to Acquisition, Thursday, November 13, 2008
Maria Thompson, A123Systems

New Generation of Lithium Batteries for Electric-based Transportation, Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Gholam-Abbas Nazri


Electrocatalysis in the Direct Methanol Fuel Cell System: Synthesis and the Role of Nanocatalysts, June 9, 2008
B. MacDougall and C. Bock (National Research Council of Canada)

Plugging into the Sun: When Does Your Roof Provide for Your Electrical Needs?, April 15, 2008
Subhendu Guha, United Solar Ovonic

Modeling and Optimization of PEM Fuel Cells, March 25, 2008
Xia Wang, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University

Battery Hazard Modes and Risk Mitigation Analysis, February 19, 2008
Cyrus N. Ashtiani, Chrysler LLC, Hybrid Development Center

Computational Design of Electrode Materials, January 16, 2008
Anton Van der Ven, University of Michigan

New Developments in Electrochromic Display Devices, December 4, 2007
Dr. Aline Rougier, Laboratoire de Réactivité et de Chimie des Solides

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery Technology, Modeling and Validation, November 6, 2007
Ted J. Miller and Xiao-guang Yang, Advanced Battery Systems, Sustainable Mobility Technologies Lab Ford Motor Company

Effects of Electrochemical Oxidation of Non-Aqueous Electrolyte on Lithium Transition Metal Oxides, October 16, 2007
M. Matsui, K. Dokko, and K. Kanamura

Solar Hydrogen – The Ultimate Solution to Pollution, Climate Change Gases, and Wars over Oil, September 25, 2007
Slides from the seminar (PDF)
Stan Ovshinsky, founder, Energy Conversion Devices


Electrochemistry and Application of Carbonaceous and Graphitic Materials for Batteries, Supercapacitors, and Fuel Cells, May 23, 2007
Igor V. Barsukov (Superior Graphite Company)

Electrocatalyst/Support Systems for Automotive Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Activity and Durability Issues, March 29, 2007
Michael K. Carpenter, Lee L. Feng, Huber A. Gasteiger, Wenbin Gu, Rohit Makharia, Frederic T. Wagner, Susan G. Yan, and Paul T. Yu (General Motors)

Electrochemical Supercapacitors: From High Power Sources to Neural Stimulation, March 8, 2007
Daniel Scherson (Case Western Reserve University)

Cathode Structure Property Relationships: Electrochemistry & Mechanics, January 31, 2007
S. Babinec, H. Tang, G. Meyers, J. Stajdl (all from Dow Chemical Company)

The New Generation of Cathode Materials for Advanced Lithium Battery for Transportation Applications, October 30, 2006
Linda Nazar (University of Waterloo)

Materials Aspect of Lithium Batteries for Transportation Applications, September 19, 2006
Gholam-Abbas Nazri (General Motors Research & Development Center)


Metal Hydrides for On-Board Hydrogen Storage, May 23, 2006
Rosa Young (Ovonic Hydrogen Storage Systems, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.)

Energy Management and Hybrid Electric Vehicles, April 26, 2006
Mark Verbrugge (General Motors Research Laboratories)

Overview of Hydrogen Storage Technology Based on Borohydride for Fuel Cell Applications, March 15, 2006
Ying Wu (Millennium Cell)

Nanospheres of Pt and Pt/Ru for Fuel Cells, February 28, 2006
William H. Smyrl (University of Minnesota)

Sion Lithium Sulfur Battery Technology, November 9, 2005
Phil Gow (Sion Power)

Fuel Cells and Industrial Electrochemistry: Lessons from an Established "Reverse" Industry, October 11, 2005
October 11, 2005

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