ECS Creates Biannual John B. Goodenough Award

John B. GoodenoughThe Electrochemistry Society announced the creation of a new biannual award at Nobel laureate John B. Goodenough’s 100th Birthday Celebration on July 25, 2022. “When we announced the new award at his 100th Birthday Celebration, Prof. Goodenough turned to the audience and said, ‘Thank you. Thank you all very much, and remember this: one step at a time!’ John’s unprecedented years of service to the scientific community are an inspiration to us all,” said Christopher Jannuzzi, ECS Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

The John B. Goodenough Award of The Electrochemical Society

The new award recognizes distinguished contributions to the fundamental and technological aspects of electrochemical materials science and engineering. The recipient will be renowned for paradigm-shifting contributions in the fields of electrochemical and/or solid state science and exceptionally creative experimental or theoretical studies that opened new directions in electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, and/or solid ion conductors and high temperature materials for electrochemical devices. The first recipient will receive the award and present a general address at the 243rd ECS Meeting in Boston, MA, in May 2023.

John B. Goodenough

The award is named after longtime ECS member John B. Goodenough. He has been active with the Society throughout his career as an admired and beloved member, author, fellow, awardee, meeting participant, professor, and more. Goodenough made some 45 presentations at ECS biannual meetings. His many publications in Society journals are collected in 2019 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry. The Society recognized his contributions to the field with the Olin Palladium Award, Honorary Membership, and election as a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society. In May 2022, the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and  ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology co-published From Fundamentals to Next-Generation Technology – JES/JSS Focus Issue In Honor of John Goodenough: A Centenarian Milestone, a collection of more than 80 select invited papers celebrating and honoring Goodenough’s life, legacy, and contributions.

The award

The award consists of a gold medal; plaque with a bronze replica of the medal (both bearing the recipient’s name); US $10,000; complimentary meeting registration for the award recipient and companion; dinner in the recipient’s honor during the designated meeting; and ECS Life Membership. The recipient receives the award in person at the designated Society meeting, and delivers a general address on a subject related to the contributions for which the award is presented.


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