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The 2010 Acheson Award Lecture

Energy Storage

by John S. Newman

Monday, October 11, 2010 | Las Vegas, NV
1440h, Capri 103 and Grande C (1st Floor)

John NewmanProfessor Newmanís talk will include examples used to illustrate the essentials of modeling electrochemical systems for energy applications, with a focus on energy and power as well as life and failure. The modeling has a clear basis in chemical and physical principles, and covers length scales from molecules to the continuum in the context of both thermodynamics and transport, although the continuum scale is stressed. The examples to be discussed include discharge curves, the construction of optimized Ragone plots, modeling battery size and capacity use in a hybrid- or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, molecular modeling of battery electrolytes, and the physics of Zn shape change and Li dendrite growth.

John S. Newman earned his BS in chemical engineering in 1960 from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Dr. Newman was an engineering co-op student at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and worked on diffusion in ion exchangers and solvent extraction. Prof. Newman obtained his masterís degree in 1962 at the University of California, Berkeley, on current distribution in porous electrodes, under the guidance of Charles Tobias. In 1963, he obtained his doctorate, on steady laminar flow past a circular cylinder at high Reynolds numbers. While a PhD student, Dr. Newman contributed to the preparation of major portions of the English edition of Levichís book, Physicochemical Hydrodynamics, published in 1962. Shortly after receiving his doctorate, Prof. Newman joined the faculty at UC Berkeley. He became a full professor in 1970, and is still an active member today. Dr. Newmanís book, Electrochemical Systems, published in 1973, with a second printing in 1991, and a third in 2004 (with co-author Karen E. Thomas-Alyea), is used throughout the world as a monograph and graduate text in electrochemical engineering.

Dr. Newman is an ECS Fellow, who twice earned the Young Authorís Prize: in 1966, for his work on current distribution on a rotating disk below the limiting current; and in 1969, for his work with his student William Parrish on modeling channel electrochemical flow cells. Other ECS awards include the David C. Grahame Award of the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division in 1984, the Henry B. Linford Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990, the Olin Palladium Medal in 1991, the Battery Division Research Award in 2004, and the Vittorio de Nora Award Medal in 2008. In 1999, Newman was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to The Electrochemical Society, Dr. Newman became an Honorary member in 2007.

Prof. Newman was associate editor for the Journal of The Electrochemical Society for 10 years, starting in 1990. In addition to his numerous publications, reviews, and lectures, Prof. Newman has made many contributions to electrochemical technology through his consulting work. He is also a Faculty Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is in charge of the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies program. Lithium/polymer batteries and polymer-electrolyte fuel cells have been highlights of recent work. In 2002, Newman spent a semester as the Onsager Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.



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