Topical Interest Areas

From batteries to nanostructures

Each topical interest area listed below has corresponding divisions through ECS. Learn more about ECS Divisions.


Batteries and Energy Storage

Areas of interest include theoretical and experimental aspects of batteries, electrochemical capacitors, and redox flow batteries. Specific topics include design, modeling, and testing; electrode structures and characterization, including charge storage materials, binders, additives, membranes, electrolytes, conductivity enhancers, and current collectors. Also of interest are issues that pertain to safety, such as development and implementation of methods for its assessment.

Corrosion Science and Technology

Areas of interest include all experimental and theoretical aspects of corrosion. Specific topics include physicochemical basis of corrosion and kinetic aspects; passivity; localized corrosion; corrosion protection including surface treatments and coatings; anode behavior; high temperature corrosion and oxidation; methods for the study of corrosion including spectroscopy and electrochemical techniques and scanning probe microscopies; numerical simulations, computational chemistry, and mathematical modeling as applied to corrosion.

Electrochemical/Electroless Deposition

Areas of interest include deposition of metals, oxides, semiconductors, nanostructures, and composite materials; nanofabrication; fundamental aspects of nucleation and growth; physical and mechanical aspects of deposits, including structure and internal stress; modeling; industrial plating and plating baths; leveling, accelerating, and suppressing agents.

Electrochemical Engineering

Areas include industrial electrochemistry; the mathematical modeling of electrochemical reactors and devices; electrochemical machining; and the electrochemical synthesis of compounds. Specific topics include: kinetics, selectivity, and yields; mass, momentum, and heat transport; and electrode designs and evaluation.

Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers, and Energy Conversion

Areas of interest include theoretical and experimental aspects of all types of fuel cells (including bio fuel cells and bacterial fuel cells) and electrolyzers. Specific topics include design, modeling, testing, and evaluation; novel electrode structures and their characterization, including electrocatalytic materials and electrocatalysis; engineering aspects of fuel, water, and thermal management.

Organic and Bioelectrochemistry

Areas include all aspects related to the electrochemical properties and behavior of organic and biological species. Specific topics include synthetic and mechanistic electrochemistry, including direct anodic and cathodic reactions as well as catalytic processes and paired electrosyntheses; electrochemistry in organic and biological media; organometallic electrochemistry and the role of metals in organic and biological electrode processes; modified electrodes; asymmetric organic electrosynthesis; new electrode materials for organic and biological electrosynthesis (such as biological nanowires and molecular wires); electronically-conducting polymers; fundamental aspects of biomolecular redox behavior of proteins and enzymes; enzymatic and microbial reactions; bioelectrocatalysis; electron transfer across bridges separating electrodes and soluble or anchored species; intramolecular dissociative and nondissociative electron transfer; and computational investigations of the mechanisms of organic and biological electron-transfer processes.

Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry, Electrocatalysis, and Photoelectrochemistry

Areas of interest include fundamental aspects of interfacial science and electroanalytical chemistry. Specific topics include double layer theory and experiments. Theoretical and experimental aspects of electrocatalysis, in situ spectroscopy, photoelectrochemical cells, scanning probe microscopy, and X-ray and electron microscopy methods.


Sensors for the detection and discrimination of chemical and biological species, as well as sensor advances and new methods of measurements based on electrochemical principles. Specific areas include development, implementation, characterization, fundamentals, and applications of chemical and biological sensors, sensor arrays and sensor networks, including those based on inorganic, organic, and biological materials. Transduction mechanisms include, but are not limited to, electrochemical, impedance, resistive, capacitive, mechanical, mass sensitive, opto-electronic, radiation, thermal, acoustic, piezoelectric, microwave, and magnetic. Also of interest are applications of microelectromechanical or nanoelectromechanical system technologies including micro/nano-machining, fabrication processes, nanomaterials and nanostructures, packaging, and the use of these structures and processes for the miniaturization of sensors, miniature chemical analysis systems, and lab-on-a-chip and other devices.

Solid State

Carbon Nanostructures and Devices

Areas of interest include design and growth of conducting, semiconducting, and insulating carbon nanostructures including nanocarbons, nanotubes, graphene, and fullerenes. Specific topics include theoretical and experimental studies on nanotubes, graphene, and fullerenes for use in energy, catalytic, and sensor applications; electronic, photonic, electrochemical, and mechanical devices; functional materials, and chemical and physical functionalization of carbon nanostructures; supramolecular assemblies; biomedical devices; and environmental remediation.

Dielectric Science and Materials

Areas of interest include theoretical and experimental aspects of inorganic and organic dielectric materials, including electrical, physical, optical, and chemical properties. Specific topics include growth processes; reliability; modeling and property measurements; polarizability; bulk and interfacial properties; interphases; reaction kinetics; phase transformations; thermodynamics; electric and ionic transport; polymers; high k, low k, and embedded dielectrics; porous dielectrics; thin and ultra-thin films.

Electronic Materials and Processing

Areas of interest include processing science and technology for electronic, optical, and magnetic materials, films, interfaces, and devices. Specific topics include bulk crystal growth; thin film, surface, and interface growth; and interface modification to establish physical, chemical, and electrical properties of materials and structures; optical, e-beam, X-ray, ion-beam, and soft lithography; atomic layer and chemical vapor deposition for films and nanoscale materials; chemical mechanical polishing; liquid, vapor, ion-beam, and plasma etching and deposition; sputtering; anodization; evaporation; spin, dip, and spray coating; rapid thermal processing; surface modification, functionalization, and cleaning; 3D interconnects; process integration; and microfabricated systems.

Electronic and Photonic Devices and Systems

Areas of interest include fundamental properties and measurements of device fabrication and characteristics for electronic and photonic applications. Specific topics include thin film transistors; MOSFETs; bipolar devices; quantum devices; silicon, germanium, and related microelectronic and photonic devices; micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS); solid state sensors; wide bandgap semiconductor materials and devices; photovoltaic energy conversion devices; phase change memories; graphene-based devices; plasmonics; power devices; silicon-on-insulator devices; and bioelectronics.

Luminescence and Display Materials, Devices, and Processing

Areas of interest include theoretical and experimental science and technology of inorganic and organic luminescent materials, devices, and displays. Specific topics include photoluminescent, cathodoluminescent, and electroluminescent materials; scintillators; phosphors; lasers and light emitting diodes; organic LEDs and solid state lighting; and liquid crystal, plasma, and field emission displays.