Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award

The award was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding scientific and/or engineering work in fundamental or applied electrochemistry or solid-state science and technology by a young scientist or engineer.

Nomination Deadline: October 1, odd years
Presented: Fall meeting, even years

Eligibility criteria

The nominee must be a young scientist or engineer who has contributed an accumulation of outstanding theoretical and/or experimental work in the fields of electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, or solid-state science and/or engineering and must show promise as a developing leader of research in these fields. The nominee’s fortieth (40) birthday may not precede April 1 of the year in which the Award is made.

The recipient must be a member of The Electrochemical Society.

Nomination guidelines

Nominations shall be considered in effect for two consecutive award cycles.                                                           

A complete nomination package includes:

  • Completed electronic nomination form
  • At least two, but not more than five letters of support (one page in length)
  • Optional materials:

– Publications list
– Patents list
– Professional and educational experiences
– Other documented contributions
– Other pertinent information that supports and strengthens the candidate’s nomination


The award consists of a framed scroll, the sum of US $5,000, complimentary meeting registration for award recipient and companion, a dinner held in recipient’s honor during the designated meeting, and Life Membership in The Society. The award winner may receive up to US $1,000 for un-reimbursed travel in order to receive the award in person at the designated Society meeting and deliver a general address on a subject related to the contributions for which the award is being presented.

About Charles W. Tobias

The award honors the memory of Charles W. Tobias who played a seminal role in electrochemical engineering, and nearly every practitioner in this field was associated with him, directly or indirectly. His example, counsel, and advice impacted many young people, encouraging them to seek excellence in teaching, research, and professional contributions to basic and interdisciplinary science and engineering.


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