Reinventing the Inductor

ECS member Kaustav Banerjee, and his team, recently discovered a materials-based approach to reinventing inductors.

A basic building block of modern technology, inductors are everywhere: cellphones, laptops, radios, televisions, cars. And surprisingly, they are essentially the same today as in 1831, when they were first created by English scientist Michael Faraday.

The particularly large size of inductors made according to Faraday’s design are a limiting factor in delivering the miniaturized devices that will help realize the potential of the Internet of Things, which promises to connect people to some 50 billion objects by 2020. That lofty goal is expected to have an estimated economic impact between $2.7 and $6.2 trillion annually by 2025.

According to Banerjee, this new approach yields a smaller, higher-performing alternative to the classic design.

Read more on Forbes.com.

New Deadline for Bard Award

Allen J. Bard AwardThe Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science is the most recently-established among the distinguished society-level awards in the ECS Honors and Awards program. If you are an electrochemist, then you know the award’s namesake as the “father of modern electrochemistry.” Many ECS members are a product his Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

You now have until June 1 to submit your nomination.

This is a prestigious award that honors innovation in the field. The award winner is recognized for exceptionally creative experimental or theoretical studies that have opened new directions in electroanalytical chemistry or electrocatalysis.

The next award will be conferred at the 235th ECS Meeting in Dallas, TX in May 2019 where the winner will be invited to present the corresponding award talk. In addition, s/he will receive:

  • distinctive medallion wall plaque
  • $7,500 prize
  • complimentary meeting registration
  • life membership
  • private awards dinner

Read more about the award and previous winners. Check out the handy application tips. And finally, APPLY NOW!

David DanielsonThe 2018 ECS Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon* will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA from 1200 – 1400h.

Featured Speaker

We are pleased to have David Danielson with a talk titled, “Electrochemistry & the Electrification of Everything in the Era of Low Cost Renewable Energy.” Danielson is the managing director of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a new $1B+ climate-tech investment fund backed by Bill Gates and 20 other highly successful business leaders from around the world. Learn more about David Danielson and how our sciences are at the forefront of the energy revolution.

Learn and Lunch: 2017 Successes

Join past and present ECS leadership for a look at our organization and the strides made over the last year. The 2017 year was successful in many ways and the annual business meeting will give you a glimpse in program areas such as publications, meetings and, of course, membership.

Sign up when you register for the meeting. If you are already registered, you can add it by logging in to My Account > My Events > select 233rd ECS Meeting > click Add Tracks/Sessions.

*ticketed event Regular Onsite
ECS Fellows $35 $45
ECS Members $45 $55
Nonmembers $55 $65

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Sustainability is at the core of the research that is published in the ECS Digital Library. Electrochemists and solid state scientists and engineers are our best hope of developing the technologies that will make a difference. They are the masterminds behind the lithium batteries that run all of our mobile devices, they developed the first fuel cells and photovoltaics, and they are on the cutting edge of current research in generating and storing energy from renewable sources like solar, biofuels, even waste papaya and tomatoes. From creating more efficient systems to discovering new energy sources, electrochemists and solid state scientists are behind the most critical innovations in sustainability and renewable energy. That is why, we at ECS are excited to celebrate Earth Day this weekend.

If you still need ideas on how to spend the day, here are the top five things to do:

1. Volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help clean up a local park, beach, or river! What better way to show your appreciate for the Earth than to help her look her best? This will also help ensure the local plants and animals live a healthier life. Electrochemists and solid state scientists and engineers are tackling waste and improving living conditions around the world through novel reuse systems.

ECS member, Dr. Boryann Liaw has turned waste papaya into sugar-air batteries. Electrochemists are turning food waste like tomatoes and bread mold into energy sources for batteries and fuel cells.

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Need a Hotel Room in Seattle?

For the 233rd ECS Meeting that is. Additional rooms have been secured at the Crowne Plaza with rates beginning at $199/night.

Book now for free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and a short walk to the meeting venues, all in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Do not delay, this special room rate is only available until April 20, 2018.

Register now for the meeting!

Over 2,600 abstracts across 46 symposia from the upcoming 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA are now available for download in the ECS Digital Library!

ECS Meeting Abstracts contain extended abstracts of the technical papers presented at the ECS biannual meetings and ECS-sponsored meetings. This publication offers a first look into the current research in the field. ECS Meeting Abstracts are freely available to all visitors of the ECS Digital Library.

With over 60,000 total abstracts available electronically, be sure to check out content from past meetings!

Did you know? All ECS Transactions, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, and ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology articles that develop out of ECS Meeting Abstracts are linked back to their original abstracts in the digital library.

Don’t forget to join us in Seattle! The early bird deadline has passed, but there is still time to register!

Register today!

ECS is committed to providing educational opportunities to our meeting attendees. We would like to announce two new professional development workshops available at the 233rd ECS Meeting:

Matthew RappaportIntroduction to Intellectual Property
Intellectual property plays a key role in research, development, and implementation within the innovation landscape. Learn basic strategies to safeguard your research.

Instructor: Matthew Rappaport, IP CheckUps
As the co-founder of IP Checkups, Matthew has managed hundreds of patent landscape analyses, market research, and intellectual property strategy.

Michel FoureGrant Writing
Your career growth may largely hinge on your ability to raise funding whether your career is in industry, government, or academia. The workshop serves to provide important guidelines that work to increase your success.

Instructor: Michel Foure, Berkeley Grant Writing
Michel offers a lifetime of experience of both writing very successful grant proposals during his industry career as well as reviewing hundreds of proposals during his tenure at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

View the full workshop descriptions.

We can add these workshops to your registration today. Contact us at Customer.Service@electrochem.org.

Editor’s note: This briefing was written by Admiral Instruments. Admiral Instruments will be exhibiting (booth 309) at the 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA this May. See a list of all our exhibitors.

You’ve probably heard your potentiostat ‘click’ while running a cyclic voltammetry experiment or similar sweep methods. Have you ever wondered where that clicking comes from, and why it happens?

The clicking sound is made by a series of electromechanical relays (AKA switches) when they turn on or off to direct the flow of current (I) to a different shunt resistor. A shunt resistor is a specialized resistor with high accuracy and a low temperature coefficient. In most commercially-available potentiostats, current is not directly measured. Rather, current readings are calculated by dividing the voltage drop (V) across the shunt resistor by the resistance (R) of the shunt resistor.

I = V/R

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ECS March Membership Madness

Membership ApplicationsMembership continues to play a very important role in the success of The Electrochemical Society. During the month of March, ECS hosted a spring membership campaign that featured 13 stories about our members.

Membership with ECS is more than the discounts. Membership is access to the latest scientific research, a commitment to the dissemination of research, and an opportunity for you to build your career with an international network of peers.

Shirley Meng, secretary of the Battery Division, says “The Society is over 100 years old. We should think about what we’ll look like 100 years from now.” Research shows that people join membership organizations, like ECS, to have access to a peer network and to advance their careers. ECS continues to encourage members to invite new individuals to get involved in the organization; and, to engage those nonmembers with interests in electrochemistry and solid state science to learn more about ECS and share in the mission to Free the Science.

Membership application totalsThe goal of the drive was to recruit 100 new members to the organization. With the help of current members, we successfully recruited 81 new members and 86 new student members! In addition to the new members and student members, 68 of our members renewed their membership along with 21 student membership renewals.

Overall, ECS recruited 167 new members and 89 members renewed! This is 173% growth over the March 2017 membership applications/renewals.

Thank you to all of the members who helped to recruit new members to the Society and for those members that renewed during the month of March.

Call for Volunteers

ECS is looking for several volunteers for the 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA. A volunteer shift is 6-hours in length. Additional benefits of being selected as a student volunteer are:

  • receive 50% off your meeting registration
  • (1) ticket to the student mixer and
  • (1) free year of student membership

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 Seattle student volunteersmajor meeting programs are facilitated. In addition to hands-on experience, volunteers will also receive a volunteer t-shirt, a complimentary ticket to the student mixer and a certificate of participation.

Multilingual speakers are highly encouraged to apply!

Applications are open from April 9 – 18, 2018
Candidates notified: Wednesday, April 25
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

NOTE: If you do not complete the six hours of work on-site, you will be invoiced for the full registration fee. We will do our best to accommodate the hours you have listed as being available but this is not a guarantee. Each volunteer position will require interaction with the attendees, long periods of standing, and foot-traffic flow management. If you are unwilling or unable to complete these tasks please make us aware upon submitting your application.

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