In our series, The ECS Community Adapts and Advances, Netzahualcóyotl (Netz) Arroyo-Currás talks about his lab’s challenge as part of the pandemic response of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which is at the forefront of COVID-19 research. Soon after classes went online and labs were shuttered, his team shifted gears to quickly design a COVID-19 diagnostic device to help meet the urgent need to re-open work and study environments. Netz also reports that despite drawbacks, he finds that online teaching and learning has created good opportunities for developing, sharpening, and showcasing knowledge and skills.

Netz Arroyo Addresses Urgent Needs

“We were in full lockdown when the Provost’s Office called for internal applications to develop COVID-19 diagnostic tools. We had a week to develop an idea, form a team, put a proposal together, and submit it. Then came revisions and presentations. Within two weeks…my lab, in collaboration with two other labs, was awarded the funding to pursue the development of a diagnostic device that is electrochemical in nature. We’re in very early stages but…made a commitment to finish it in three months, in light of the pressing need.”

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NGenE 2020 Goes Digital!

Next Generation Electrochemistry (NGenE) will be going digital for 2020! The FREE online program will focus on the frontiers of electrochemistry and is open to anyone interested in learning more! The program will be concentrated into four panels across two days and free for anyone anywhere in the world to view live via YouTube.

RSVP to receive updates and links to the panels or email Thomas Aláan at talaan@uic.edu to be placed on the list. (more…)

ECS webinar seriesECS is hosting a series of webinars presented by distinguished speakers this June. Join us! Speakers include Harry Atwater from the California Institute of Technology, Arumugam Manthiram from the University of Texas at Austin, and Paul Kenis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Topics include batteries, energy, carbon, and more. Considering attending? Learn more about what you can expect to hear about from our presenters! (more…)

ECS Career CenterWe’ve all been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic in some shape or form and have felt its effects, particularly, within the job market. For job seekers, it’s crucial now more than ever to use all resources at hand to increase visibility and exposure. For employers, having a way to filter through countless job applicants is just as important. The ECS Career Center serves as a source to help you connect and find exactly what you’re for! 

The ECS Career Center’s Resume Bank feature allows employers to search resumes in the Resume Bank and target candidates that match the criteria they seek. Job seekers, take advantage of this feature! Use the Upload Your Resume Feature to upload your resume to connect with a potential future employer. (more…)

When it comes to protecting ourselves against COVID-19, innovation is at its peak! Countless YouTube videos and DIY sites have surfaced teaching viewers how to create their own homemade masks, cleaning solutions, replicas of sold-out Clorox wipes, and more, all from the safety of home.

According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco firefighters have also whipped up their own original concoction of salt, water, vinegar, and a jolt of electrochemical activation for the creation of their very own safe, yet powerful, disinfectant. Their homemade formula for hypochlorous acid, paired with their homemade spray system, allows the firefighters to kill viruses on their gear and within their living quarters in just 60 seconds. (more…)

Stanford research scientist John Xu demonstrates modified N95 face mask.

Photo from: Stanford University // Image credit: Andrew Brodhead

A new type of protective face mask

In light of COVID-19 pandemic, research scientist John Xu and mechanical engineer Friedrich “Fritz” Prinz from Stanford University came together to rethink and improve protective face masks using their background in electrochemical processes.

As most of us are now familiar with, breathing with a face mask can be uncomfortable and difficult. According to Stanford News, that’s because N95 masks filter out 95 percent or more of small particulate matter from the air, including the virus, which as a result, makes breathing harder. Its estimated oxygen intake can be reduced anywhere from 5 to 20 percent which can lead to dizziness and lightheadedness. Particularly for health care workers and others working in the front lines of the pandemic, long-term mask wear can even damage lungs. (more…)

Figure 1: Operation of a Lithium-ion battery, illustrating the flow of electrons from a higher energy state in the graphite anode to a lower energy state in Li0.5CoO2 cathode, accompanied by a flow of Li+ ions through the electrolyte.

By: Arumugam Manthiram

A half-century-long marriage between solid state science and electrochemistry has led to many wonders, impacting our lifestyle and the well-being of people and the planet. For example, the birth of lithium-ion battery (LIB) technology has touched all of our lives. We are inspired by our heroes, 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipients Professors Stanley Whittingham and John Goodenough, and Dr. Akira Yoshino. Their pioneering work brought the global battery community to new heights. A close interaction between solid state chemists/physicists and electrochemists, involving the design and development of new materials, and an in-depth understanding of their electrochemical behavior, made LIB technology possible. (more…)

Last November, ECS Executive Director and CEO Christopher Jannuzzi and ECS Director of Community Engagement Shannon Reed attended the Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR) Electrochemistry Workshop in Washington, DC, which focused on the Advances, Challenges, and Long-Term Opportunities in Electrochemistry: Addressing Societal Needs.

The event, hosted by NAS and NSF, explored how electrochemistry can transform technologies related to various applications. The focus was on the instrumentation, education, and other needs required to advance the electrochemical field. (more…)

Inviting all ECS members

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the birth of famous electrochemist Alexander N. Frumkin, the organizing committee of the Frumkin symposium invites all ECS members for participation on

October 19-23, 2020 in Moscow, Russia

 

The symposium covers principal areas of modern electrochemistry. It will be carried out in the form of eight parallel sections: (more…)

The Electrochemical Society honors 2019 Nobel Chemistry Prize laureates, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino, by the launch of a new collection highlighting their scientific contributions published by ECS. In addition, ECS recognizes their contributions in the winter 2019 issue of Interface, now available online.

Goodenough, Whittingham, and Yoshino have been deeply involved with The Electrochemical Society—as members, authors, editors, fellows, meeting participants and organizers, awardees, and more. Their publications with ECS, to varying degrees, trace the history of the development of the Lithium-ion battery, the revolutionary invention for which they shared the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. (more…)

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