Shimshon Gottesfeld Receives 2019 Olin Palladium Award

Shimshon Gottesfeld received the 2019 Olin Palladium Award at the 236th Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting.  The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of electrochemical or corrosion science.  Gottesfeld talk, “Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Recognition of a Field of Electrochemistry for Technical Contributions Made by Outstanding Technical Teams,” is on Wednesday, 16 October, at 1640h in Galleria 2.

Shimshon Gottesfeld

Gottesfeld is an emeritus member and fellow of ECS.  He received his PhD in chemistry from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He joined the staff of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tel Aviv in 1972. Gottesfeld spent an extended sabbatical leave between 1977 and 1979 at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey. In 2015, Gottesfeld was nominated adjunct professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Delaware.

Dr. Gottesfeld has published over 150 articles and several book chapters, and holds 40 patents with 10 more pending. He previously served as chair of the ECS Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division. Gottesfeld received the Grove Medal for Fuel Cell Science and Technology and the George Schuit Lectureship Award from the Catalysis Center at the University of Delaware. In 2007, he co-initiated a new start-up, Cellera (Israel), targeting the development of hydroxide conducting membrane fuel cells (HEMFCs). A symposium honoring his work took place at the 235th ECS Meeting, where he was presented with a Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Energy.


The Olin Palladium Award was established in 1950 for distinguished contributions to the field of electrochemical or corrosion science. The Award funds derive from the royalties from the sale of Herbert H. Uhlig’s Corrosion Handbook. The handbook was sponsored and largely written by members active in the ECS Corrosion Division. Uhlig served as Editor-in-Chief.

ECS values recognition. The Olin Palladium Award is part of the ECS Honors & Awards Program which has recognized professional and volunteer achievement within our multi-disciplinary sciences for decades. The award consists of a Palladium medal and a plaque that contains a bronze replica thereof, both bearing the recipient’s name; and other benefits.


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