2019 Awards Nominations

Apply now (or nominate someone you know) for a 2019 ECS award and join an elite group of Society, division and section past winners. Deadlines are this summer and fall. Click on the links below for further details.

ECS uses an electronic portal for all applications. Here are some tips for the best results. Questions or concerns? Send a message as we are here to help.

Society Awards Nomination Deadline
Carl Wagner Memorial Award October 1, 2018
Olin Palladium Award October 1, 2018
Division Awards
DS&T Division Thomas D. Callinan Award
August 1, 2018
Electronics and Photonics Division Award August 1, 2018 (annual)
Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division New Electrochemical Technology (NET) Award August 31, 2018 (extended deadline)
Energy Technology Division Research Award September 1, 2018 (annual)
Energy Technology Division Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award September 1, 2018 (annual)
Nanocarbons Division Richard E. Smalley Research Award September 1, 2018
Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division David C. Grahame Award October 1, 2018
Student Awards
Georgia Section Outstanding Student Achievement Award
August 1, 2018
Energy Technology Division Graduate Student Award September 1, 2018 (annual)
IEEE H. H. Dow Memorial Student Achievement Award September 15, 2018 (annual)
IEEE Division Student Achievement Award September 15, 2018 (annual)
India Section S.K. Rangarajan Graduate Student Award September 30, 2018 (annual)
Korea Section Student Award September 30, 2018 (annual)
Section Award
Europe Section Heinz Gerischer Award
September 30, 2018

ECS marked the 90th anniversary of ECS providing summer fellowships in 2018. The ECS summer fellowship program is designed to assist students during the summer months, June through September, in the pursuit of work in a field of interest to ECS.

2018 Fellowship Recipients:

Haegyeom KimHaegyeom Kim
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Supervisor, Professor Gerbrand Ceder
Colin Garfield Fink Summer Fellowship*
Jeffery HendersonJeffrey Henderson
University of Western Ontario
Advisors, Dr. James Noel and Dr. David Shoesmith
Herbert H. Uhlig Summer Fellowship
Xinyou KeXinyou Ke
Case Western Reserve University
Advisor, Dr. Robert Savinell
F. M. Becket Summer Fellowship
Yi PengYi Peng
University of California – Santa Cruz
Advisor, Professor Shaowei Chen
Joseph W. Richards Summer Fellowship
Aashutosh MistryAashutosh Mistry
Purdue University
Advisor, Professor Partha Mukherjee
Edward G. Weston Summer Fellowship

*The Colin Garfield Fink Summer Fellowship Award is designed to assist a postdoctoral scientist or engineer in the pursuit of battery research during the summer months.

Applications for the 2019 ECS Summer Fellowships open on September 15, 2018.

Learn about additional ECS programs!

6 New ECS Student Chapters

Student Group in SeattleWhile in Seattle, WA at the 233rd ECS Meeting, the ECS Board of Directors approved the chartering of six new student chapters.

The student chapter program continues to grow as students harness the benefits of student chapter membership. ECS now has 75 student chapters around the world!

The six new student chapters are:

  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • Florida Institutional University
  • Ulm Student Chapter
  • University of Guelph
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Yamagata University

ECS student chapter membership provides a number of benefits:

  • engage with fellow students and peers
  • opportunities to organize technical meeting programs and scholarly activities
  • collaborate with members to present posters at ECS bi-annual meetings
  • network of 8,000 international ECS members
  • access to career resources
  • impressive extracurricular activity for resume
  • funding to support chapter activities
  • partnership opportunities with local ECS Section on activities and technical programs
  • recognition on the ECS website and in quarterly publication, Interface

Visit the Student Center for more information about student chapter membership. Check out the Student Chapter Directory to see a listing of our current student chapters and get a sense of the scope of our network.

Interested in establishing an ECS student chapter at your academic institution? Read the guidelines for starting a chapter and fill out a New Student Chapter Application today!

Student Poster Winners

General Student Poster Session award winners from left to right: Jae Young Yoo, Hao Wang, Tammy Pham, Mario Cedano, David Reber

Established in 1993, the General Student Poster Session Awards acknowledge the eminence of a students’ work. The winners display an understanding of their research topic and its relation fields of interests to ECS.

Eligibility for the General Student Poster Session Awards requires students to submit their abstracts to the Z01 General Student Poster Session symposium and present their posters at the biannual meeting.

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Soo Kim, IE&EE winner

2018 Soo Kim, IE&EE Division H.H. Dow Memorial Student Achievement Award winner

The winner of the 2018 Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division H.H. Dow Memorial Student Achievement Award is Soo Kim!

Each year, the ECS IE&EE Division recognizes and rewards promising young engineers and scientists in the field of electrochemical engineering and applied electrochemistry. The award was established in 1990 by a gift from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation and offers a framed certificate and a $1,000 prize. The nomination deadline is September 15 of each year.

Soo Kim received his PhD in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University in 2017 specializing in research and development of advanced battery materials. He received his BSE in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008 and MS in chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.

Before pursuing a doctorate degree in computational materials research, he worked at Samsung to develop Li-ion battery cathodes at industrial-scale (2010-2011), and as a staff scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology with Byung-Won Cho and Kyung Yoon Chung (2011-2013) to experimentally synthesize more advanced cathode materials.

Kim has co-authored over 30 patents and peer-reviewed journal papers, and has been a recipient of multiple awards including the ECS Edward G. Weston Summer Research Fellowship (2016), Northwestern Computational Research Day Poster Competition Award (2016), ECS Battery Division Travel Grant (2014), and Fifty for the Future Award from Illinois Technology Foundation (2013). Kim is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is supervised by Yang Shao-Horn. He is concentrating on the synthesis in conjunction with performing density functional theory calculations to design functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage applications.

Spring 2018 division awards were conferred at the 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA in May. It was there that Soo delivered his award lecture called “Understanding the Mn-Based Oxide Electrode Materials and Beyond from First Principles and Experiment.”

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AiMES 2018 Travel Grants

AiMES 2018 in Cancun, Mexico September 30 – October 4.

The deadline for travel grant application submissions for AiMES 2018 is Monday, June 18, 2018!

Many ECS divisions and sections offer travel grants to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young professionals and faculty presenting papers at ECS biannual meetings. Applications must be received no later than Monday, June 18, 2018.

See who is offering ECS divisions and sections travel grants.

Travel grant applications are available to student/postdoc and young professional/early career applicants.

After reviewing the additional application requirements for your particular division or section, please contact travelgrant@electrochem.org with any questions or concerns.

NOTE: Applicants may only apply for a travel grant from one division.

We hope to see you in Cancun this fall!

Gandomi Ashraf Yasser

Yasser Ashraf Gandomi, the 2018 ECS IEEE Student Achievement Award winner.

Each year, the ECS Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division recognizes and rewards promising young engineers and scientists in fields pertaining to this division. The IE&EE award was established in 1989 and offers a framed certificate and a $1,000 prize. The nomination deadline is September 15 of each year.

Yasser Ashraf Gandomi is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Mench. He also received his MS in mechanical engineering with a minor in computational sciences from UTK. He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Tabriz.

Ashraf Gandomi has worked on multiple projects funded by the Department of Energy and industry. His research has focused on the design, engineering, modeling, and prototyping of electrochemical conversion devices including redox flow batteries, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and electrochemical sensors.
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Join Us in Cancun!

Moon Palace

Your all-inclusive reservation at Moon Palace Resort includes unlimited meals, drinks, taxes and gratuities.

Join us for AiMES 2018, September 30 through October 4. This is a joint meeting with ECS and the la Sociedad Mexicana de Electroquímica being held at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

Moon Palace Resort is a gigantic all-inclusive luxury resort along Cancun’s Mayan Riviera amidst 55-acres of lush tropical foliage. Just minutes from the Cancun International Airport, it features a full-service spa and a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, a larger-than-life pool, and countless restaurants and eateries making this resort truly all-inclusive.

The all-inclusive dining section includes all meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and unlimited snacks at any of the buffet style and a la carte restaurants, as well as beverages including alcohol. The Resort offers a variety of entertainment options for family members of every age and with different interests. There are non-stop activities including bicycling, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, a teen’s lounge, a supervised kids club, a FlowRider to try your surfing skills, and mini-golf.

ECS has arranged a room block at the resort with rates starting at $364 per night.

Your all-inclusive reservation includes unlimited meals, drinks, taxes and gratuities.

Book Your Room Today!

Daily room rates include all of the following:

  • All meals and drinks at the hotel including alcoholic beverages
  • All hotel taxes and gratuities
  • In-room wine, liquor dispenser, mini bar, purified water and 24-hour room service
  • Turn-down service
  • Double whirlpool tub and bath amenities.
  • Wireless Internet, available in public areas, guest rooms and meeting space.
  • Most on property sports and activities.
  • Flat-screen satellite TV
  • Private Balcony
1. Sold out exhibit floor!

Not only is the 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle (May 13-17, 2018) the largest ECS spring meeting to date, the exhibit floor is sold out and will feature more industry leading companies than ever before including these first time exhibitors:

See who else is exhibiting in Seattle!

2. Career expo/career services

NOLA Exhibit BoothVisit the ECS Career Expo and have a free professional portrait taken, get your resume reviewed, learn more about ECSarXiv, the new free online service for preprints, and maybe discover a career opportunity with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

View the exhibitors that will be at the career expo.

3. Networking breaks with coffee!

We have added a second coffee break that will take place on the exhibit floor at 1530h on Tuesday and Wednesday! Enjoy a cup of coffee while networking with exhibitors.

4. New exhibit hours/Monday night poster session

The exhibit floor will now be open on Monday night, directly following the plenary session, along with an additional poster session.

5. Raffles every night!

Stop by the ECS booths on the exhibit floor (booth # 401 & 500) to enter our raffles or play ECS trivia to win prizes! ECS staff will also be available to answer questions regarding the meeting or our programs.

Raffle prizes:

  • half-page Interface ad
  • Monographs
  • free meeting registration for AiMES
  • free 5-year membership
  • APC

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.

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