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2014 Electrochemical Energy and Water Summit

2014 Electrochemical Energy and Water Summit
Applying Electrochemistry to Complex Global Challenges

0800h - Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Universal Second Floor Expo, Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico

Do you want to help solve some of the most challenging issues in the world today?
Would you like to receive research funding to support your most innovative
and creative problem solving ideas?

Please join us to lend your voice and expertise in helping to solve some of the world’s most challenging water and sanitation problems!

ECS is holding a multi-day workshop during the meeting in Cancun to address critical technology gaps and water, sanitation and hygiene challenges in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The workshop is being designed to foster collaborative problem solving among participants and apply the collective brainpower of the joint ECS and SMEQ meeting attendees to complex technical challenges that require integrated thinking and out of the box solutions. More than 2,500 of the world’s leading scientists in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology will be in attendance at the Cancun meeting; representatives from the Gates Foundation and their funded programs will also participate in this event.

More than $200,000 will be available as seed funding for projects that address critical technical gaps. At least two grants will be distributed at this meeting,
each in the range of $25,000-$100,000.

The workshop will kick-off on Monday morning at 0800h before the start of the technical sessions with remarks from current awardees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and brief presentations of the issues and priorities, including program and landscape summaries.

Carl HensmanCarl Hensman, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene team within the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Keynote Speaker
Carl Hensman joined the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene team within the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in January 2012. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Hensman was an Energy Program Manager for King County, Washington (Seattle) focusing on resource recovery in the Wastewater Treatment Division. More...

Brian StonerBrian Stoner, PhD, Distinguished Fellow at RTI International
Brian Stoner’s research activities at RTI International include biomedical materials and devices, vacuum microelectronics, and energy technologies. He is also leading a project for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet, developing a waste treatment system for use in developing nations that converts human waste into burnable fuel, stored energy and disinfected, non-potable water through a new biomass conversion unit. More...

Ioannis IeropoulosIoannis Ieropoulos, University of the West England, Bristol
Urine-tricity ++: Electricity from urine
Ioannis Ieropoulos is a Professor of Bioenergy and Self-Sustainable Systems and an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (EP/I004653/1; EP/L002132/1) at UWE, Bristol. He has a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, and a Master’s in Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing. More...

Clement CidClement Cid, California Institute of Technology
2.6 billion people live without access to safe toilets! Would electrochemistry be an answer to the Sanitation Crisis?
Clement Cid is a PhD student in Environmental Science and Engineering at California Institute of Technology. As part of Dr. Michael Hoffman’s research team at the California Institute of Technology, he has been developing a Self-contained, PV-powered Electrochemical Toilet & Domestic Wastewater Treatment System since 2011. More...

Marc DeshussesMarc Deshusses, Duke University
Odor control, disinfection and energy conversion in fecal sludge management: A Selection of critical needs and challenges
Marc Deshusses' broad research interests are related to the design, analysis and optimization of processes for waste treatment. A current focus is on novel reactors and processes for air, water and solid wastes treatment. Applications include treatment of odors and air toxics, biogas production, and novel sanitation technologies for less developed countries. More...

A questions and answers session will conclude the morning program by 1000h.

Later that day, 100 participants will be guided through facilitated brainstorming and working group sessions to take inventory and expand the collective knowledge around applications of electrochemical and solid state science and technology solutions to water, sanitation and beyond. Participants will consider priority topic areas including: interfaces, disinfection, energy generation, energy storage, chemical conversion, monitoring and measurement, and dewatering technologies, among others, including a “wild card” topic area to be decided by participants. The goal of the brainstorming sessions is to foster creativity and collaboration and surface new approaches to existing challenges within the WASH portfolio.

On Monday morning, more than 100 participants joined a facilitated brainstorm session, led by Dr. Brandy Salmon. To read a summary of the discussion, please click here.

NOTE: Attendance in the facilitated brainstorming session is not a prerequisite for submitting a funding proposal. The summary of the facilitated brainstorming session will be distributed via email to all meeting attendees.

The first day will culminate with a summary of the brainstorm session and a solicitation for proposals, which will be emailed to all meeting attendees Tuesday morning.

There are many important technical talks to attend throughout the week, including the Energy-Water Nexus symposia, which begins at 1400 on Monday.

Grant Funding

At least three grants will be distributed from the more than $200,000 available, each in the range of $25,000-$100,000. Participants are encouraged to attend technical symposia, discuss ideas, and develop potential partnerships and collaborative proposals to be presented on Thursday afternoon, beginning at 1300h. The proposals will be one-page executive summaries, due Wednesday morning by 0900h. A maximum of 30 applicants will be invited to make 5-minute elevator-style pitches with 3-4 concept slides on Thursday afternoon to a panel of judges. This independent review committee will review the proposals and make award recommendations by Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

More details on the application process will be available on Monday morning, and selected applicants will have the opportunity to present their concepts and answer questions on Thursday afternoon, during 10-minute presentation slots between 1300-1800. Please note, if you plan to apply for this funding, we encourage you to attend the full meeting and book your travel through Friday.

Selected grantees will be invited to publish their findings within one of ECS’ four scientific journals, each of which now offer Author Choice Open Access. Grantees will also be invited to present in a technical symposia at a future ECS meeting.


The Energy Water Nexus symposia, a central focus for the Electrochemical Energy Summit will be particularly relevant for attendees considering applying for the funding.

To inform both the workshop and proposal process, participants will be provided a summary of topics including a landscape of current technologies and information gaps developed in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their current awardees. Senior Technology Integration and Innovation Manager from RTI International, Dr. Brandy Salmon, will support development of workshop resources, as well as structure and guidance for the workshop. Dr. Salmon is among a team of Innovation Advisors at RTI who provide innovation management and strategy, technology commercialization, assessment, and partnership support for federal agencies, universities, foundations and companies. Dr. Salmon is an experienced facilitator and expert in innovation management and technology assessment.

Steering Committee:

Luis Gerardo Arriaga, Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica
Kathy Ayers, Proton OnSite
Roque Calvo, ECS Executive Director
Dan Fatton, ECS Director of Development
Carl Hensman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Paul Kohl, Georgia Tech and President of ECS
Paul Natishan, Naval Research Laboratory and Past President of ECS
Brandy Salmon, RTI International
Brian Stoner, RTI International
E. Jennings Taylor, Faraday Technology, Inc. and Treasurer of ECS
Eric Wachsman, University of Maryland, Energy Research Center

REGISTER NOW! All technical registrations include the Electrochemical Energy Summit. Deadline for the Early-Bird rate is Sept. 5, 2014


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