Rohan Akolkar Appointed Inaugural ECS Advances Editor-in-Chief


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The Electrochemical Society (ECS) Board of Directors has appointed Professor Rohan Akolkar of Case Western Reserve University as inaugural Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of ECS Advances (ECSA). ECSA is the only Gold Open Access journal in the Society’s publications portfolio that spans the full collection of topical interest areas (TIA) represented at ECS. Prof. Akolkar has been a member of the ECS Joint Journal Editorial Board following appointment by the ECS Publications Subcommittee as an Associate Editor for the Journal of The Electrochemical Society Electrochemical and Electroless Deposition TIA on September 1, 2019.

Join us in welcoming Prof. Akolkar to the ECS Publications leadership team by cooperating and collaborating with him as he implements a new vision for ECSA aiming to make a strong and lasting impact on the scholarly record.

Rohan Akolkar

Rohan Akolkar is the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He is an Ohio Eminent Scholar in Advanced Energy Research, serves as Faculty Director of CWRU’s Great Lakes Energy Institute, and holds a joint appointment as Chief Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research spans many areas of electrochemical engineering: electrodeposition, electrometallurgy, and electrochemical materials development for applications in nano-electronics, batteries, sensors, and in sustainable extraction and refining of critical materials. He has made important contributions to fundamental and applied electrochemistry including patented electrochemical processes and materials which enabled high-performance interconnects in advanced semiconductor devices; novel electrowinning and electrorefining processes for the sustainable extraction and recycling of metals; fundamental studies unraveling mechanisms of dendrite formation in batteries; and a novel patented sensor concept for detecting heavy-metal contaminants in water. Prof. Akolkar received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from CWRU in 2004. He worked in industrial research and development at Intel Corporation for eight years before returning to CWRU as a faculty member in 2012. His research has been recognized by the ECS 2023 Electrodeposition Division Research Award and 2004 Norman Hackerman Young Author Award, CWRU School of Engineering Innovation and Research Awards, and numerous industry awards during his tenure at Intel. In 2021, he was elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors. Over his 22 years of association with ECS, he served as Associate Editor of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society (2019-2024) and member of the ECS Honors & Awards Committee (2016-2019). Prof. Akolkar was elected Secretary of the ECS Electrodeposition Division in 2023. He is co-founder of Galvanix Inc., a small business focused on commercializing his invention of a novel electrolytic neodymium metal production process.

ECS Advances

ECS Advances is a Gold Open Access journal covering all technical areas supported by The Electrochemical Society. ECS Advances couples rigorous peer review with the broadest dissemination of electrochemical and solid state science and technology content among all journals in the field. Enabling open access to scientific research is imperative to ECS’s mission to disseminate as widely as possible the best research in our technical fields. In the spirit of maintaining the Society’s standard of excellence and quality scholarly publications, all papers submitted to ECS Advances are rigorously peer-reviewed before acceptance.


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