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02/14/2013 - 15:18

Su-Moon Park in his labProf. Su-Moon received his undergraduate chemistry degree from Seoul National University in 1964.  Immediately after college he worked in Korea for the Choong-Ju Fertilizer Corp. (1964-1967) and the Yong-Nam Chemical Co. (1967-1970). During this period he spent much of his free time studying, with the dream and end goal of someday pursuing further degrees in the United States.
In due course he moved to the U.S. and received an M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Texas Tech University in 1972 and then completed his Ph.D. in 1975 with Prof. Allen J. Bard (The University of Texas at Austin) in the field of electrochemistry.

During his Ph.D. studies Su-Moon was an exemplary graduate student. He was part of a group investigating the mechanisms and applications of electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL), a technique in which light is generated from electron transfer reactions of reactants in an electrochemical cell.  ECL later became an important analytical method in clinical chemistry for immunoassays and is still widely used.  Su-Moon’s work involved the generation of excited state complexes, called exciplexes, (AD)^.  He was the first to demonstrate that exciplexes could be produced electrochemically by reaction of A- and D+ to form (AD)^ and that such reactions could be observed in solvents with high dielectric constants where formation of (AD)^ by the usual approach of reaction of A*and D was not possible.  His work resulted in his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Exciplexes in Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence” and four research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

In 1975, Su-Moon and his family packed their bags in Austin and drove across West Texas to join the chemistry faculty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  He remained at UNM for 20 years, and it was during this period that he established his international reputation as an electrochemist and raised his three children.  At UNM he published nearly 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the best national and international journals in his field.  Starting at the beginning of his independent career and continuing until his death, he was a leader in the study of electrically conducting polymers.  During his earliest days at New Mexico he also developed his interest in in-situ spectroelectrochemistry and impedance spectroscopy; methodologies he pioneered and which he subsequently applied to other electrochemical systems and materials.  Indeed, his careful experimental studies, framed with the appropriate theory, of fundamental electrochemical process in the 1990s have had an important impact on our understanding of energy storage materials, corrosion, and organic electrochemistry.  As an assistant professor, one of us (Crooks) had the privilege of being Su-Moon's colleague at UNM, and they held joint weekly research group meetings for four years.  It is difficult to imagine a better senior colleague (in every way), particularly for a new academic scientist finding his way, than Su-Moon.

Su-Moon was not all business during his time at UNM.  Indeed, he was a man of many talents and interests. While in Albuquerque, he spent hours tending to his vegetable garden.  He was a runner before running was cool and could be observed jogging around his neighborhood in the evenings (not so easy at 5000 feet!). He also enjoyed the intricacies of American football, and in particular his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. Whenever a conference or symposium took him to a state with an NFL football team, he would return with that team's jersey for his young son, Ilsun. Summers were spent on coast-to-coast tours of the USA with his wife and children in the family station wagon. Wherever he was, Su-Moon had a knack for discovering the best fishing spots and the most scenic hiking routes.

In 1995 Su-Moon returned to Korea, where he joined the faculty of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH).  He continued his studies of conducting polymers during this period, but he expanded his research into the fields of chemical sensing, electrochemistry in ionic liquids, and development of new electroanalytical methods.  In addition to his scientific research, he contributed his administrative talents to POSTECH as Department Chair, Dean of Sciences, Director of the POSTECH Basic Sciences Research Institute, and Director of the Center for Integrated Molecular Systems.  He was Editor-in-Chief of Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society from 1999-2003 and President of the Korean Electrochemical Society from  2004-2005.  Throughout this period he continued to teach, and in 2005 was recognizedwith the award for best teacher from the POSTECH chemistry department.

In 2009, Su-Moon moved to Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST) as Chaired Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy and Director of the World Class University (WCU) program.  His contributions to research, administration of scientific research, mentoring of his junior colleagues, and teaching continued until his death. 

Su-Moon was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, the Korean Chemical Society, the Korean Electrochemical Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and Phi Kappa Phi. He was a Fellow of Korea Academy of Science & Technology.  During his life, he was honored with the T. K. Rhee Award of the Korean Chemical Society (2000); the Q. W. Choi Award in electrochemistry from the Korean Chemical Society (2001); The Khwarizmi International Award from the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology and UNESCO (2008); and the Sudang Prize from the Sudang Foundation (2010).  He was recognized as one of the Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by ISI-Thomson Scientific and as one of the 25 most prolific authors for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.  Altogether he published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and was awarded 12 patents. He co-authored two books: S.-M. Park and C.-H. Pyun, "Microcomputers in Laboratories" (1989); and W. Paik and S.-M. Park, “Electrochemistry – Science and Technology of Interfaces and Electrode Processes” (2001). He presented more than 400 scientific lectures around the world.

Although he had a great passion for research, study, and expanding the knowledge of his field of electrochemistry, Su-Moon's greatest love and passion were for his family: his wife, Sunhee; daughters Hyesun and Minsun; and his son and daughter-in-law: Ilsun and Eliza. He often entertained his family with his singing and dancing, which would always bring laughter. He regaled his children with tall tales from his own youth, and encouraged them to be imaginative free thinkers.  He always enjoyed conferences and traveling more when his wife, Sunhee, was able to accompany him, and in 45 years of marriage he never once forgot her birthday or wedding anniversary.  His passion for his students was a very close second to that of his family.  Despite his many other professional responsibilities, he always found time to meet with his students to discuss their professional and personal concerns.  He cared about people around him and wanted them to enjoy a life as happy and fulfilling as his own.  Indeed, Su-Moon was a bit of an amateur philosopher. He said “No man grows by himself. A man is delicately raised by absorbing benefits from people and their society. Once he is grown up, he has to return those benefits to the society and is obliged to grow another him by doing the same things. This is the way of making the world better generation by generation.”  Su-Moon was a humble and highly respected man, and yet his influence on those who knew him was profound. 

On January 15, 2013, Prof. Su-Moon Park was laid to rest in Chungju, South Korea, on the hillside where he played as a child, overlooking the house where he was born, next to his mother.  He will be missed.  However, for those of us who had the honor to call him father, husband, friend, colleague, or mentor, it is easy to close our eyes and see the honorable professor in a neat and humble suit with grey hair, warm smile, soft but persuasive voice, and compassionate eyes.

Ilsun Park
Allen J. Bard
Richard M. Crooks
Byoung-Yong Chang

Su-Moon Park in his lab

01/30/2013 - 16:07

Allen Bard and John Goodenough each will be presented with the National Medal of Science by President Obama on Friday, February 1, 2013. The White House will have a live webcast of the ceremony, which begins at 2 PM EST, which can be viewed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

12/21/2012 - 19:00

National Medal of ScienceProfessors Allen Bard and John Goodenough, both CEC faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin, were among twelve eminent researchers named by President Obama as the next recipients of the National Medal of Science. The National Medal of Science is highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists and engineers. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

Allen Bard has been on the chemistry faculty at UT since 1958, and now holds the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry and is Director of the Center for Electrochemistry. John Goodenough joined the faculty of UT's Cockrell School of Engineering in 1986, and now holds the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering. Both are well known for their contributions to electrochemistry and electrochemical systems.

“I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” President Obama said.  “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

This year’s recipients of the National Medal of Science are listed below.
Dr. Allen Bard, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Dr. Sallie Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Dr. Sidney Drell, Stanford University, CA
Dr. Sandra Faber, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, MD
Dr. Solomon Golomb, University of Southern California, CA
Dr. John Goodenough, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Dr. M. Frederick Hawthorne, University of Missouri, MO
Dr. Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology, WA
Dr. Barry Mazur, Harvard University, MA
Dr. Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Dr. Anne Treisman, Princeton University, NJ

Updates and links:
1. story on Allen Bard's award at Texas Science
2. story on John Goodenough's award from the Cockrell School of Engineering

 

12/12/2012 - 14:57

The Center for Electrochemistry will host its annual workshop over the weekend of February 9 in Austin, Texas. Session topics include photoelectrochemistry, batteries, and electrocatalysis. Click here for information on the 2013 Workshop on Electrochemistry.

09/21/2012 - 15:14

John B. GoodenoughThe John B. Goodenough Symposium in Materials Science and Engineering will be presented by The University of Texas Texas Materials Institute in honor of Dr. Goodenough's 90th birthday.

Oxides: Fundamental Chemistry and Physics to Designing Materials for Energy Storage
The University of Texas at Austin
October 26–27, 2012

A reception and poster session will be held on October 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The symposium will be held on October 27, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place in Austin, TX at the AT&T Executive Education Conference Center (1900 University Avenue, 512-404-1900). The symposium organizers are Arumugam Manthiram and Jianshi Zhou. For registration and more information, please visit http://blogs.utexas.edu/em6679/ or contact Lauren Murrah, (512) 471-7394, lauren.murrah at austin.utexas.edu.

05/09/2012 - 15:25

NAS logoThe University of Texas at Austin has another faculty member among the nation’s distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research.

John Goodenough is Centennial Professor of Engineering, Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, and a Center for Electrochemistry faculty member. Earlier this month he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Goodenough's research concerns understanding the relationships between the chemistry, structure, and electronic/ionic properties of solids in order to design new or improved engineering materials. He has made lasting contributions to materials science and technology, especially in the development the memory cores of the first random-access memory (RAM) for digital computers, and in understanding the science underlying lithium-ion batteries. Goodenough identified and developed the cathode materials for the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that have found widespread commercial use in portable electronic devices. Since 1976, Goodenough also has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering, making him now one of an elite few honored with membership in both NAE and NAS.

The National Academies were established by President Abraham Lincoln, at the height of the Civil War, with a mandate to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. Past members include Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.

Also among the 84 new NAS members elected this year were The University of Texas MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho and Baylor College of Medicine biochemist Wah Chiu. These elections bring the total number of NAS members in Texas to 61. Official inductions are slated for April 2013.

09/23/2011 - 14:08

redox flow battery schematic diagramStanford's Global Climate and Energy Project has awarded $3.5 million to five universities to develop new technologies that improve energy storage on the grid.

Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid. The awards include two major research programs at The University of Texas at Austin: one at the Center for Electrochemistry, and another at the Center for Electromechanics.

The awards bring the total number of GCEP-supported research programs to 86, with total funding of approximately $104 million since the project's launch in 2002.

"GCEP is delighted to announce our first research awards in the area of advanced grid energy storage," said GCEP Director Sally Benson, a research professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford.  "Finding dependable, low-cost ways to store electricity is the key to future grid reliability, especially given the rapid growth of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power."

This GCEP research initiative focuses on new approaches for developing high-efficiency electrochemical storage systems and flywheels – rotating devices that convert stored kinetic energy into electricity.

Twelve investigators from across the United States will participate in the initiative focusing on three innovative technologies:

Enhanced Electrolyte Energy Storage Systems:  This research seeks to introduce transformative changes in the construction and composition of the redox flow battery, a promising but so-far expensive technology that stores electrical energy as chemical energy like a battery does, but can be made large enough to store energy for the electric utility grid. Large-scale energy storage is needed in order to maximize the amount of energy generation from solar and wind sources.

Investigators: Jeremy Meyers and Allen Bard, Center for Electrochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin; and Thomas Zawodzinski Jr. and Alex Papandrew, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Low-Cost Flywheel Energy Storage: This program will investigate two novel designs: pendulum and hubless flywheels that use high-strength carbon nanomaterials with superconducting qualities to increase energy storage capacity at a significantly reduced cost.

Investigators: Robert Hebner, Richard Thompson and Siddharth Pratap, The University of Texas at Austin; and Ray Baughman and Shaoli Fang, University of Texas-Dallas.

"The GCEP award will allow us to advance the understanding of revolutionary flywheel designs, which have the potential for a 10-fold decrease in the cost of stored energy compared to other technologies," said Thompson, senior engineering scientist at the UT-Austin Center for Electromechanics.

Novel Solid Oxide Flow Batteries: The goal of this program is to develop a unique type of flow battery that stores energy in methane and other gases, and then uses the stored fuel to generate electricity like a fuel cell.

Investigators: Scott Barnett, Northwestern University; Robert Kee and Robert Braun, Colorado School of Mines.

"Thanks to support from GCEP, we now have a unique opportunity to provide sufficient proof of concept to justify further investment in solid oxide flow batteries and help advance this critical new technology," said Barnett, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern.

GCEP is a collaboration of the scientific and engineering communities in academia and industry. With the support and participation of ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger and Toyota, GCEP explores science that could lead to energy technologies that are efficient, environmentally benign and cost-effective.

"It is extremely gratifying to see GCEP provide funding to institutions across the country for collaborative research in energy storage," said Gary Leonard, chair of the GCEP management committee and technology director for aero-thermal and mechanical systems at GE.  "Each of these awards has a strong potential to produce game-changing technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on global climate change."

Advanced energy storage will be one of the key technical areas featured at the seventh annual GCEP Research Symposium Oct. 4-5 at Stanford University. Registration for the event is required.

Media Contact

Sally Benson, GCEP: (650) 725-0358, smbenson@stanford.edu

Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy: (650) 723-9296, mshwartz@stanford.edu

Maxine Lym, Global Climate and Energy Project: (650) 725-3228, maxlym@stanford.edu

09/01/2011 - 11:32

NI logoGraphical System Design in Scientific Computing and Experimental Research with NI LabVIEW seminar Friday, September 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

Learn how to use NI LabVIEW, data acquisition devices and modular instrumentation to develop your scientific applications in scientific computing and experimental research. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate students with experimental research projects, faculty/staff scientists and postdocs conducting experimental/applied research.

This seminar presents:

  • The latest version of the NI LabVIEW development environment and its G programming language for developing interactive, stand-alone technical and scientific applications.
  • How to measure/generate analog/digital signals using data acquisition (DAQ) devices and modular instruments (MI)
  • How to communicate with instruments through serial (RS-232), parallel (GPIB) and other interfaces.
  • How to use LabVIEW to develop signal processing, data analysis and data visualization applications using real-world signals measured with DAQ devices and MI.
  • How to accelerate your algorithms using multi-core CPUs, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and graphical processing units (GPUs) for real-time high-performance computing.
  • How to deploy your application in embedded controllers with real-time operating systems (RTOSs) and FPGAs

Location:    Applied Computational Engineering & Science Building (ACE) Avaya Auditorium, 2.302
Admission:    Free

08/29/2011 - 12:37

Lithium-ion Battery Symposium flyerA special symposium on "The Origin, Development, and Future of the Lithium-ion Battery" will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at The University of Texas at Austin.

The day includes presentations by engaging and well-known speakers, with a casual atmosphere that fosters interaction between students, postdocs, faculty, representatives from industry, and national labs. The goal of this special symposium is to bring together experts and some of the original pioneers in the field from around the world to provide an opportunity to learn lessons from the development of the LIB that can be applied to today's research, and to discuss the possibilities and directions for future research. Presentations will feature some historical perspective as well as new work. The day will feature presentations by: Claude Delmas, John Goodenough, Arumugam Manthiram, Michael Thackeray, Masataka Wakihara, Rachid Yazami, Akira Yoshino, and Karim Zaghib.

The year 2011 is appropriate for the celebration of several milestones in the development of the lithium-ion battery. Over 30 years have passed since Prof. J.B. Goodenough reported the invention of LiCoO2 as a positive electrode material in 1980. Over 30 years have passed since the world's first discovery by Prof. Rachid Yazami of the reversible electrochemical intercalation of lithium into graphite in 1980, which he reported in 1981 and 1982. Twenty-five years have passed since Dr. Akira Yoshino commissioned the fabrication of a batch of prototype LIB cells in 1986, and 20 years have passed since Sony began mass-producing LIBs in 1991. The LIB has been firmly established in a wide range of electronic applications, and LIB production now amounts to some US$1.0 billion. Furthermore, this year marks the beginning of full-scale adoption of the LIB in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The evolution of the LIB continues apace, with issues such as safety, higher capacity, cost reduction, mass production being the subject of intensive research throughout the world. The development of new battery systems based on the LIB will spur another leap in innovation.

The symposium will be held in Amphitheater 204 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, with an evening reception held a short walk away at the Student Activity Center on the UT-Austin campus. We are grateful for the sponsorship of Asahi Kasei Corporation in helping to make this possible.

Registration is open at http://lithium.eventbrite.com/.

08/18/2011 - 10:31

ACS logoA symposium in honor of Paul Barbara will be held at the upcoming American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Denver. More than fifty of the late Dr. Barbera's colleagues and group alumni will be presenting, including four physical chemists from The University of Texas at Austin.

The symposium is entitled "From Ultrafast Electron Transfer to Single Molecule Spectroscopy: Forces Driving Contemporary Themes in Physical Chemistry," and will take place at the ACS National Meeting in Denver, Colorado from August 28 to September 1, 2011.

Physical chemistry is pushing the frontiers of chemical reactivity from ultrafast electron motion during chemical reactions, to pinpointing the chemistry of single molecules. Paul Barbara's legacy exemplifies how chemical problems can be solved with state-of-the-art instrumentation. This symposium looks to the future of ultrafast electron transfer, single molecule spectroscopy, and the physical chemistry of organic-based materials. The organizers include Professor Gilbert C. Walker of University of Toronto, and Professors Stephan Link and Christy Landes of Rice University.