2015 ECS Outstanding Student Chapter


Members of the Indiana University ECS Student Chapter stand with invited seminar speaker, Prof. Keith Stevenson at the post-seminar reception. From left, Prof. Stevenson, Caitlyn McGuire, Lauren Strawsine, Erin Martin, Anna Weber, Kirstin Morton, Lushan Zhou, Wenqing Shi, Yi Zhou, and Prof. Dennis Peters.

Congratulations to Indiana University Student Chapter for being named ECS’s Outstanding Student Chapter for 2015.

The ECS Outstanding Student Chapter Award was established in 2012 to recognize distinguished student chapters that demonstrate active participation in The Electrochemical Society’s technical activities, establish community and outreach activities in the areas of electrochemical and solid state science and engineering education, and create and maintain a robust membership base.

With a competitive applicant pool this year, the student chapter at Indiana University truly demonstrated how they live out the mission of ECS within their community. As highlighted in their application, “Indiana University’s ECS Student Chapter is dedicated to the promotion of electrochemical and solid state science among three demographics: the general community, the general undergraduate and graduate student body at Indiana University, and the student ECS members.”


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Students: Want to Give a Demo in Phoenix?

Edision Theatre Demo - Madhivanan Muthuvel

Madhivanan Muthuvel from the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research at
Ohio University doing a demonstration on Urea Electrolysis or Pee to Power as part of Edison Theatre.

We have created a special opportunity for student members at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix.

In the exhibit hall we have a booth which we are calling the Edison Theatre. Here we would like to give you the chance to:

  • demonstrate a portion of the research you have been working on
  • share projects you are taking to elementary and middle schools or community events
  • share projects you are working on with peers or cohorts within your academic setting

This is meant to be a “show and tell.” Your presentation can be anywhere from 10-15 minutes long. You can do it once or multiple times during exhibit hours. We’ll be happy to help you with your demonstration.

Edision Theatre Demo -Mike Zach

Mike Zach demonstrating a new electrochemical nanomanufacturing method that’s simple and robust enough to perform on the trade show floor in the Edison Theatre.

Here’s a piece of a video that takes a quick look at Mike Zach at the Edison Theatre from the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago:

We are scheduling slots in the Theatre on a first come first served basis. We would like to book them as soon as possible so we can start promoting them.

We hope you want to take this opportunity to show off you and your chapter’s hard work.

Contact Rob.Gerth@electrochem.org if you’re interested.

13 New Job Postings in Electrochemistry

wordle 10ECS’s job board keeps you up-to-date with the latest career opportunities in electrochemical and solid state science. Check out the latest openings that have been added to the board.

P.S. Employers can post open positions for free!

Electroanalytical Sales Scientist
Pine Research Instrumentation – Durham, NC
The position encompasses critical aspects of sales and support for the electrochemical instrumentation product line offered by Pine Research Instrumentation. This position couples deep understanding of electrochemical science with the ability to communicate and interact with other people. Successful individuals in this position enjoy the unique chance to blend interpersonal skills (for sales and marketing purposes) with scientific knowledge (for technical support and advice).

PhD Student in Electrochemical Conversion of Biomass
Ohio University – Athens, OH
The Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER) at Ohio University is searching for PhD students to join a team of researchers working on electrochemical conversion of biomass. The successful candidate will develop materials and processes for electrochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and industrial chemicals, including developing electrocatalysts and reactor systems. Product stream analysis is an integral component of this program.


Wanted: Student Volunteers

student-twitter-adECS is excited to announce the launch of a new pilot program for ECS student members at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, October 11-15, 2015.

As a student aide you will work closely with the ECS staff and gain first-hand experience in what it takes to execute an ECS biannual meeting. Take advantage of the opportunity to network and engage with meeting attendees, symposium organizers and ECS staff while learning how registration operates, technical sessions run and how major meeting programs are facilitated.

Interested in participating within this program? Click here to fill out your application today!

Please note, the deadline to apply is September 2nd, the selected candidates will notified by September 4th.

Benefits include a unique behind the scenes experience, networking opportunities, discounted Phoenix meeting registration, an ECS shirt and a certificate of participation! For more information or questions regarding the application process please contact beth.fisher@electrochem.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!

ECS Student Chapters Expanding

student-chaptersAt the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago, IL, the ECS Board of Directors voted to approve our newest ECS student chapters. Welcome to ECS:

  • Belgium Student Chapter – Sebastien Moitzheim, Chapter President
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Student Chapter – Lin Chen, Chapter President

Are you looking to start your own ECS student chapter? The next opportunity is right around the corner.

Time-frame for approval at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix, AZ:

  • Student Chapter Applications Due to ECS Headquarters – Friday, September 4, 2015
  • Individual Membership Committee Approval – Monday, October 12, 2015
  • Board of Directors Approval – Thursday, October 16, 2015
  • Notification of Status – Week of October 19, 2015

For more information about student chapters, contact Beth Fisher at beth.fisher@electrochem.org.

2015 Summer Fellowship Recipients

ECS Summer Fellowship_Gen Chen NMSU

From New Mexico State University, Dr. Luo presents award check to ECS Student Member & ECS Edward G. Weston Summer Fellowship Recipient, Mr. Chen.

Beginning in 1928, these awards have been established over the years to assist students during the summer months in pursuit of work in the field of interest to The Electrochemical Society.

Announcing the ECS 2015 Summer Fellowship Recipients

Mr. Gen Chen
New Mexico State University
Advisor, Dr. Hongmei Luo
Edward G. Weston Summer Fellowship

Mr. Hadi Khani
Mississippi State University
Advisor, Dr. David Wipf
Colin Garfield Fink Summer Fellowship

Mr. Mohammad Mahdi Hasani-Sadrabadi
Georgia Institute of Technology
Advisor, Dr. Karl I. Jacob
Joseph W. Richards Summer Fellowship

University of Cambridge Ph.D. candidate, Raphaële Clément (left), receives her ECS 2015 Summer Fellowship award check from advisor & ECS member, Professor Clare Grey (right).

University of Cambridge Ph.D. candidate, Raphaële Clément (left), receives her ECS 2015 Summer Fellowship award check from adviser & ECS member, Professor Clare Grey (right).

Ms. Raphaele Clement
University of Cambridge
Advisor, Dr. Clare Grey
F. M. Becket Summer Fellowship

Mr. Alexander Pak
University of Texas at Austin
Advisor, Dr. Gyeong S. Hwang
Herbert H. Uhlig Summer Fellowship

Summer Fellowship Subcommittee (through the ECS Education Committee)
Mark Orazem
Vimal Chaitanya
Kalpathay Sundaram
Bryan Chin
Peter Mascher

Are you interested in supporting the ECS Summer Fellowship program or creating a new fellowship through ECS? Contact us for more information.

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Student Poster Session Award Winners


Vimal Chaitanya, member of the ECS Education Committee, Heather Barkholtz, Jonathan Kucharyson, Maria Lukatskaya, ECS President Paul Kohl. (Not pictured Rajankumar Patel)

Each biannual meeting hosts a general student poster session and presents awards representing two categories: electrochemical and solid state science and technology.

Winners (pictured) were honored at the 227th ECS Meeting in Chicago on Wednesday May 27, 2015.

Here are the winners:

1st Place – Electrochemical
Jonathan Kucharyson
University of Michigan
Poster Number 2241
Stability Assessment and Charge Storage Mechanism of Vanadium (III) Acetylacetonate Complexes for Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries

2nd Place – Electrochemical
Maria Lukatskaya
Drexel University
Poster Number 2235
Cation Intercalation of High Volumetric Capacitance of Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide

1st Place – Solid State
Heather Barkholtz
Northern Illinois University
Poster Number 2208
Highly Active Non-PGM Catalysts Prepared from Metal Organic Frameworks

2nd Place – Solid State
Rajankumar Patel
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Poster Number 2216
Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes Coated with Ultra-Thin Conductive Films for Long Cycle Life

This poster session provides a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to present research results of general interest to ECS. The purpose of this session is to foster promote work in both electrochemical and solid-state science and technology, and to stimulate active student interest and participation in ECS.

Cash prizes are given to the presenting student author on each winning paper; the amounts are awarded at the discretion of the organizers and judges.

Your next chance will be at the 229th ECS Meeting in San Diego. Look for the call for papers soon!

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“The Big Bang Theory” is making history by creating the first television-inspired scholarship to help advance students in STEM.

Students pursing science, technology, engineering, and math degrees at UCLA are eligible for the scholarship, which is currently endowed at $4 million.

“We have all been given a gift with ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ a show that’s not only based in the scientific community, but also enthusiastically supported by that same community. This is our opportunity to give back,” said series creator Chuck Lorre.

This from UCLA:

For the 2015–16 academic year, 20 Big Bang Theory scholars will be selected to receive financial assistance. Each year in perpetuity, five additional scholars will be chosen. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need to low-income students who have earned admission to UCLA based on academic merit but need additional support to bridge the gap between typical levels of financial aid and the cost of attendance.

Read the full article here.

Why Students Join ECS!


Top 30* includes student chapters such as the Research Triangle Student Chapter. Officers include Isvar Cordova, Dominica H. C. Wong, James Daubert, and Marty Dufficy.

“I joined ECS because of its reputation in the field of electrochemistry and its focus on supporting its members. While a member of ECS, I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with experts in the field of electrochemistry that I would not have been able to do if I was not an ECS member. ECS provides opportunities for students to not only interact with local electrochemists, but to also travel to international meetings to meet and talk with experts in the field.”

James Daubert, PhD student
North Carolina State University

ECS staff recently analyzed membership data to determine which universities had the greatest presence within the society. Here is what we discovered:

 Top 30* Universities by ECS Student Members

Rank University Number of Students Country ECS Student Chapter
1 University of Virginia 32 United States Yes
2 Colorado School of Mines 30 United States Yes
3 University of Arkansas 29 United States Yes
4 University of Maryland 26 United States Yes
5 Illinois Institute of Technology 20 United States Yes
6 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 19 United States No
7 Case Western Reserve University 17 United States Yes
8 University of Calgary 16 Canada Yes


Join the ECS Montreal Student Chapter for the 5th ECS Montreal Student Symposium.

Montreal Student Chapter Symposium 2015

This is an annual meeting for electrochemistry and materials science students in Montreal, Canada.

Abstract submission is now open until May 27, 2015. Submissions may be emailed here.