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…)

Deadline: Monday, July 27, 2020

Are you an undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, young professional, or faculty member presenting a paper at PRiME 2020? Many ECS divisions and sections offer travel grants to help fund travel to the meeting. See which ECS divisions and sections are offering travel grants —and their specific requirements.  (more…)

ECS Webinar Sponsorship Opportunities

ECS Webinar Sponsorship hosted by IOP Publishing and PhysicsWorld.com

ECS is hosting a series of webinars presented by distinguished speakers in June. Series sponsorship gives businesses unique visibility with the electrochemistry and solid state science community. ECS Webinar Sponsorship is hosted by IOP Publishing and PhysicsWorld.com.

Webinar Title Presenter Date ECS Award

New Directions for Energy from Sunlight

Harry Atwater

June 10, 2020

ECS Lecture from the 237th ECS Meeting

Intricacies of High-Energy Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Arumugam Manthiram

June 17, 2020

Henry B. Linford Award Address for Distinguished Teaching

Electrochemical CO2 Reduction: Path Towards a Carbon Neutral Chemical Industry?

Paul Kenis

June 24, 2020

Energy Technology Division Research Award Address

All webinars are hosted from 1pm-2pm ET. (more…)

It is difficult to focus on events in the near future while the world is concentrating on the daily challenges regaining stability. In recognition of this and the continuing disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the abstract submission deadline for PRiME 2020 has been extended to May 29, 2020.

The Electrochemical Society, the Electrochemical Society of Japan, and the Korean Electrochemical Society are actively monitoring the global situation while preparing for PRiME 2020. As we strive to balance health and safety with an eventual return to normality, we hope that this extension relieves pressure for submitters. (more…)

Celebrate Earth Day with ECS

Friends,

We are indeed living in a unique and challenging time in human history. Never before, in the modern age, have we faced a pandemic with such a profound, global impact as COVID-19. Although we are still very much in the initial grip of this unprecedented catastrophe, it is vital—perhaps more than ever before—that we recognize and celebrate Earth Day and its 50th anniversary. (more…)

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, governments, universities, and businesses have pivoted to remote classrooms and workplaces for everyone’s safety. Out of necessity, students and faculty have rapidly adapted to online teaching and learning to finish the spring term—but recreating the lab experience remotely has been more challenging. Beyond academia, the lockdowns have disrupted researchers in government and industry labs, negatively impacting timelines and objectives. At the same time, the challenges that the solid state and electrochemical sciences are tackling have not gone away, leading to more stress and frustration. (more…)

IMCS 18 Rescheduled

The 18th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS) has been rescheduled to May 30-June 3, 2021, at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL. It will be co-located with the 239th ECS Meeting.

This is the latest in a series of successful meetings for researchers, professionals, and business leaders showcasing state of the art sensors for gases, liquids, biologicals, applications in health and environment, wearables and fixed infrastructure, as well as wired and wireless. Topics covered include the following: (more…)

Through generous donations from friends, colleagues, and members of the scientific community, the Jan Talbot Collection officially reached a fundraising milestone of $30,000, ensuring free, permanent access to Talbot’s legacy of ECS-published works.

A longtime ECS member, Talbot served as board president (2001-2002), vice president (1998-2001), and editor of Interface (1995-1998). She was inducted as a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society in 2004. Talbot’s career outside ECS is equally impressive. Since 2000, Talbot has directed the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering. She served as their associate dean from 2014-2016. In 2010, she received a UCSD Distinguished Teaching Award. Talbot chaired the Academic Senate from 2003-2004. She also worked as a development engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, from 1975-1981. (more…)

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ECS and IMCS Montreal Meeting Update

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the ECS Board of Directors, we are writing to share the news that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic we are faced with the unfortunate, albeit inevitable decision to cancel the 237th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, scheduled for Montreal, Canada May 10-14. In addition, the collocated International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (IMCS), has voted to postpone their meeting to a date that has yet to be determined. (more…)

Most-Read Articles of 2019

ECS is proud to announce the articles from the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology that received the most full-text downloads in 2019.

Please enjoy the articles below, and stay connected with ECS through 2020 for access to more innovative and influential research at the forefront of electrochemical and solid state science and technology. (more…)

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