Battery Division Postdoctoral Associate Research Award

Sponsored by MTI Corporation and the Jiang Family Foundation

The ECS Battery Division Postdoctoral Associate Research Award was established in 2016 to encourage excellence among postdoctoral researchers in battery and fuel cell research and to recognize recent achievements or contributions to the field that can be expected to have an impact on future research and development. This award defines the field of interest covered as “that area of electrochemical knowledge which deals with the mechanisms, theory, materials and design of devices (primary and secondary cells and batteries and fuel cells) in which the chemical energy can be converted into usable electrical energy by an electrochemical process.” 

Nomination Period: October 15 – January 15, annually
Presented: Fall meeting, annually

Recipient qualifications

Only current members of The Electrochemical Society and the Battery Division may be considered and candidates must be affiliated with the Battery Division.

A successful application will highlight the importance and significance of the science and technology (S&T) achievement(s) or major contribution(s) to the field of batteries or fuel cells. Candidates will be judged on the basis of the publication(s) in which those are reported. The award recipient(s) will be a leading author or major contributor to a paper or papers, at least one of which must have appeared in an ECS journal. To be considered, the paper(s) must show novelty and scientific excellence of high order. Factors to be considered include:

  • originality of concept and impact of the work;
  • thoroughness of the experimental approach and/or robust theoretical analysis and modeling;
  • logic of the conclusions;
  • clarity of presentation.

Candidates must be under (or at) the age of 35 at the nomination deadline date. The candidates should show exceptional promise that includes leadership, advocacy, outreach or teaching, in addition to excellence in scientific research during their postdoctoral assignment. Because the significance of the work may become more evident with time, consideration may be given to papers that have appeared as much as ten years prior to the first of May of the Postdoctoral Associate Research Award year.

Nomination Submissions

No member of the Award Subcommittee for this award may submit a nomination or letters of support during their term of service on the committee.

The nomination package would include:

  • Completed Electronic Nomination Form
  • Cover letter with a statement of research interests and accomplishments
  • Support letter from the postdoctoral advisor
  • Copy of the publication(s) that describe the science and technology achievement

Unsuccessful nominations will be considered for one additional year.


The award consists of a scroll, a  US $2,000 prize and complimentary meeting registration at the designated meeting. Two awards will be granted each year. Recipients are also invited to deliver a talk on a subject related to the contributions for which the award is being presented. Discretionary travel grants may apply to facilitate meeting attendance. 

About the MTI Corporation

MTI Corporation was founded in 1994 by Dr. Xiao P. Jiang who received a Ph.D. in materials Science and Engineering from Chinese Academy of Science and served as a post-doctoral researcher for superconductor crystal under the supervision of Prof. M.C. Flemings at MIT. MTI Corporation formed KJ Group and currently operates multiple production factories in China while striving to become the world’s leader in bench-top machines for material labs.


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