Olin Palladium Award Winner

MacdonaldDigby D. Macdonald of the University of California, Berkeley will be awarded the 2015 Olin Palladium Award for his distinguished contributions to the field of electrochemical and corrosion science.

Macdonald is currently the Professor in Residence at the University of California, Berkeley’s Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

Throughout his rousing career, Macdonald held numerous positions in academia at such institutes as Ohio State University and Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, Macdonald was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He has been recognized by many for his scientific achievements, receiving the Frumkin Memorial Medal in 2015 and the Gibbs award in 2013.

His work on passivity and the properties of aqueous solutions at high temperatures and pressures have not only impacted the landscape of science, but have also made him a pillar and mentor for many students in electrochemical and corrosion science.

Science joining ECS in 1975, the Society has made Macdonald a Fellow and presented him with both the Wagner Memorial and Uhlig Awards.

The award will be presented at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona this October. Registration for this meeting is now open!

And take peek at Macdonald’s meeting abstract entitled, “Some Critical Issues of the Breakdown of Passive Films.”

Honoring Dr. Allen Bard

Henry White and Allen Bard

Henry White and Allen J. Bard at the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago, IL

This past May, ECS presented Dr. Henry White with the first ever Allen J. Bard Award at the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago. A former student of Bard himself, Dr. White has worked with his research team to advance new methods to determine the structure of biological polymers like DNA, develop novel batteries with increased energy storage capacity, and investigate the delivery of drugs through human skin via electrical currents. ECS is delighted to begin the tradition of the Allen J. Bard Award so auspiciously.

Yet, the inaugural presentation of the Bard Award at the 227th ECS Meeting was also a culmination: the satisfying conclusion to a story of hard work and generosity and the enduring connection between an educator and the lives he impacted. The desire to create an award in honor of Dr. Bard first arose in May 2013. Through the generous outpouring of many of Bard’s former students, ECS was able to fully endow the award in only two years. Thanks to this support, the Allen J. Bard Award will continue to honor the achievements of outstanding electrochemists for years to come. Below, please see a timeline of the Allen J. Bard Award, including some of Dr. Bard’s major accomplishments.

To further celebrate the impact of Dr. Bard, ECS now hopes to establish a symposium in his honor, which will occur in conjunction with the presentation of the award. Topics for the symposium will be guided by the award winner and by that spirit of creativity and intellectual adventurousness characteristic of Bard and his work.

To support the Bard Award endowment, please consider donating online.

Acheson-Medal_transThe Edward Goodrich Acheson Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious ECS honors, was established in 1928 for distinguished contributions to the advancement of any of the objects, purposes or activities of The Electrochemical Society. Read the nomination rules.

The recipient shall be an ECS member who is distinguished for contributions consisting of: (a) discovery pertaining to electrochemical and/or solid state science and technology, (b) invention of a plan, process or device or research evidenced by a paper embodying information useful, valuable, or significant in the theory or practice of electrochemical and/or solid state science and technology.

Did you know that since 1929, ECS has presented the Acheson Award 43 times? Of that number, 33 award winners have also served the organization as President. The most recent recipient of this award was Ralph Brodd in 2014, the 79th ECS President who was esteemed for over 40 years of experience in the battery industry.

Edward Goodrich Acheson (1856 – 1931) was an American chemist and the 6th President of The Electrochemical Society who invented the Acheson process, which is still used to make silicon carbide (carborundum) and later a manufacturer of carborundum and graphite. Acheson worked with Thomas Edison and experimented on making a conducting carbon to be used in the electric light bulb.

Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award

Application Deadline – October 1, 2015

Submit your nomination today!

Tobias-1The Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award is presented to a young scientist or engineer who shows outstanding scientific and/or engineering work in fundamental or applied electrochemistry, or solid state science and technology. Read the nomination rules.

The previous recipient of this award was Adam Weber in 2014, who exhibited outstanding leadership in research surrounding fuel cells and flow batteries.

The award honors the memory of Charles W. Tobias, former ECS President and pioneer in the field of electrochemical engineering. His example, counsel, and advice impacted many young people, encouraging them to pursue science and advance future innovations.

Submit your nomination today!

Designing the Allen J. Bard Award

Arizona State University's Yixian Wang and the Allen J. Bard Award.

Arizona State University’s Yixian Wang and the Allen J. Bard Award.

The 227th ECS Meeting is in full swing, and today the first ever Allen J. Bard Award was presented to Henry White. While we’ve featured White’s immense contributions to science and Bard’s impact in shaping modern electrochemistry, we’ve yet to talk about the award itself

The Allen J. Bard Award was designed by Arizona State University student Yixian Wang. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael Mirkin—who was part of Bard’s group at the University of Texas at Austin—Wang used a culmination of her scientific and artistic skills to design the Allen J. Bard Award.

The design is based in electrochemistry, featuring a fundamental electrochemical double layer.

Wang is currently completing her PhD in electrochemistry and will be presenting at the poster session during the ECS 227th Meeting.


New Electrochemical Technology Award

protononsiteProton OnSite, the world leader in commercializing proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis, will be awarded the 2015 Industrial Electrochemistry & Electrochemical Engineering Division New Electrochemical Technology (NET) Award at the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago.

The NET award was established in 1998 to recognize significant advances in industrial electrochemistry. The year’s award will be presented to Proton OnSite for the development of their C Series Hydrogen Generator. This new system has high strategic importance in that it continues to validate the technological advantage of PEM-based electrolysis at a scale similar to alkaline liquid based systems, without the disadvantages of the caustic electrolyte and high-pressure oxygen generation.

The new system has promising potential for the next generation of fueling stations for fuel cell bus demonstrations and for the refueling of small fleets of cars or forklift trucks.


Interface: Korea Section News


Opening of the ECS Korea Section-KIST Joint Symposium on Electrochemical CO2 Conversion in Gwangju, South Korea.

Opening of the ECS Korea Section-KIST Joint Symposium on Electrochemical CO2 Conversion in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Korea Section Symposium (Organizers: Prof. Yung-Eun Sung, Prof. Soo-Kil Kim and Dr. Byoung Koun Min) was held on April 2, 2015 at the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju, Korea.

This year, the event was held as a Joint Symposium with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, with the title “ECS Korea Section-KIST Joint Symposium on Electrochemical CO2 Conversion.” It was composed of seven talks on electrocatalysts and systems for electrochemical reduction of CO2.


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support-ecs-collagePlenary Session
Join us for the ECS Lecture being given by John A. Turner from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His talk is entitled: “Hydrogen from Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting – What’s it gonna’ take?Learn more about the plenary and to listen to a podcast with Dr. Turner.

Award Winners
The first Allen J. Bard Award winner is Henry White, Dean of the College of Science at the University of Utah. The Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science and Technology will be presented to Yue Kuo, currently the holder of the Dow Professorship at Texas A&M University of Chemical Engineering. Learn more about society, division, and section awards.

discover-collagePoster and Exhibit
These sessions are the perfect excuse to network while browsing an exciting line up of posters as well as the industry’s leading exhibitors. See the list of exhibitors.

Chicago Proceedings
The proceedings of seven Chicago symposia (H05, I05, I02, H03, H01, G02, H04) from the 227th ECS Meeting will be published in ECS Transactions (ECST) on May 15, 2015, just before the meeting in Chicago. Order your copies now with your early-bird registration.

5K Run and 1-Mile Walk
Claim your spot at the starting line on Wednesday of the meeting for the 3rd ECS Free the Science 5K and 1-Mile walk | sign up today!


Gasteiger-imageHubert Gasteiger of Technische Universität München’s Institute for Technical Electrochemistry will be awarded the 2015 Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division David C. Grahame Award for his work focusing on materials, electrodes, and diagnostics development for fuel cells and batteries.

The prestigious award was established in 1981 to encourage excellence in physical electrochemistry research.

Hubert A. Gasteiger has touched many aspects of electrochemical science, from academia to industry. He studied at UC Berkeley before he went on to do a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, followed by academic research with Jürgen Behm at Ulm University—where he established a research group in heterogeneous gas-phase catalysis and electrocatalysis.


Nanocarbons Division Award Winner

Guldi_DirkDirk Guldi of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg will be awarded the 2015 Nanocarbons Division Richard E. Smalley Research Award for his outstanding contributions to the areas of charge-separation in donor-acceptor materials and construction of nanostructured thin films for solar energy conversion.

The prestigious award was established in 2006 to recognize in a broad sense, those persons who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding and applications of fullerenes.

Dr. Guldi’s career has a robust background in academia and research. He has held positions at Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory, and has also served as the Associate Editor of the journal Nanoscale. Since 2004, Dr. Guldi has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and has been named among the world’s 2014 Highly Cited Researchers by Thomas Reuters.