IE&EE Division New Electrochemical Technology (NET) Award

Nomination period: March 15 – June 15, even years
Presented: ECS spring meeting, odd years

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation endowed the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering (IE&EE) New Electrochemical Technology (NET) Award in 1997 to recognize significant advances in industrial electrochemistry. Promoting high-quality applied electrochemical research and development was the primary motivation for establishing the award.

Eligibility criteria

Organizations meeting these criteria are encouraged to self-nominate:

  • One or more of the key contributors must be ECS members in good standing.
  • Sponsors novel electrochemical technology practiced on a commercial scale. (Commercial scale implies that products, technology, software, or intellectual property has been sold to customers as a result of the invention);
  • Commercialized electrochemical technology within 10 years of the award date;
  • Involved applied electrochemical science as a major development vehicle in commercial advances;

NOTE: Preference may be given to technological achievements in areas particularly served by the ECS IE&EE Division: electrolytic cells, processes, electrodes, separators, and other electrolytic process components including software-based developments.

Nomination guidelines

A complete nomination package includes:

  • Electronic nomination form filled out by the sponsoring organization’s designated corporate, government, or other officer. (The same information is required for nominee and nominator);
  • Designated officer certifies that all application information is non-confidential;
  • Certification is included at the beginning of the application uses this language: I, (certifying officer’s name and position within the organization), certify that this NET Award application only contains non-confidential information (certifying officer’s signature, date);
  • One document with all contributors’ curricula vitae including patent and publication lists;
  • List of principal publications describing the technology, i.e., technical articles, patents, news items, etc.;
  • Award narrative providing specific and effective responses to these criteria (document should be no longer than 10 typed pages):
    • Non-confidential description of nominated technology (including development and commercialization effort dates);
    • Principal honors or citations won by company or individuals associated with this technology;
    • Description of technology’s impact on company, environment, society in general, energy usage, etc.
    • Explanation of how electrochemical science was applied to this technology;
    • Description of this technology’s impact on the future practice of electrochemical engineering.

Nominations are accepted for one (1) award cycle. Eligible applicants may reapply until they either receive the award or no longer meet the time requirement (commercialization of the electrochemical technology within 10 years of the award date).

Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering (IE&EE) New Electrochemical Technology (NET) Award Committee members may not submit nominations or letters of support during their terms of service.


The award consists of:

  • Individual recognition of key contributors (identified by the sponsoring organization) about the technology development project’s success.
  • Commemorative plaques for up to six (6) key contributors (identified by the sponsoring organization).
  • Complimentary tickets to the ECS IE&EE Division Business Luncheon at which the award is presented.
Recipient obligations

Recipients present a talk on the technology development at a designated IE&EE Division-sponsored symposium at the Society’s spring meeting when the award is presented.

About Dow

Chemical industrialist H. H. Dow founded the Dow Chemical Company in 1897. Today, Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical, and biological sciences to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences, and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions.


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