News & Upcoming Events

10/07/2010 - 16:24

Allen J. Bard, Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical SocietyCenter for Electrochemistry Executive Director Allen J. Bard has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). This is the highest honor that CCS can bestow on an individual and it is only conferred on eminent chemists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of chemistry.
Professor Bard was recognized for helping to advance the progress of chemistry in China and for facilitating international cooperation and exchanges in the field of chemistry between China and the other parts of the world.

09/08/2010 - 14:02

Power lines and sunOn October 10, 2010, during the fall meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Las Vegas, Professor Jeremy Meyers will present a short course on grid-scale energy storage. This course is intended for chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers to better understand the specific requirements for energy storage on the electric grid.

The course will introduce students to the concepts associated with the "smart grid" and the demands that intermittent renewable power sources place on the grid from the perspective of distribution. We will then examine some of the key technologies under consideration for energy storage and the technical targets and challenges that must be addressed. Students will be brought up to date with the current state of the art, and review data from demonstration systems, experimental data from prototype designs, and some modeling and analysis. The following areas will be covered in this short course:

    * introduction to the electric grid and renewable power sources;
    * current role of energy storage on the grid;
    * location and deployment of energy storage on the "smart grid";
    * existing technologies for energy storage on the grid;
    * adaptation of secondary batteries for grid-based storage applications;
    * redox flow batteries;
    * high-temperature batteries for energy storage;
    * novel battery concepts;
    * materials and engineering challenges for grid storage; and
    * diagnostics and characterization techniques.

For more information please visit The Electochemical Society website.

08/13/2010 - 13:07

Larry FaulknerThe University of Texas at Austin's nanoscience building has been named the Larry R. Faulkner Nano Science and Technology Building by the UT System Board of Regents, in recognition of former President Faulkner's leadership in bringing the university's nanotechnology program to national prominence.

The 82,463-square-foot Nano Science and Technology Building at 102 East 24th St. behind the new Norman Hackerman Building was completed in 2006.

The state-of-the-art educational and research facility houses programs for the promotion of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanoscience is driving fundamental research in many areas of science and engineering, including the development of new solar energy technologies, health diagnostics and treatments, and energy storage devices.

Faulkner was president of The University of Texas at Austin from April 1998 through January 2006. He received his doctor's degree in chemistry from the university in 1969 and worked in the lab of Chemistry Professor Allen Bard.

He was on the chemistry faculties and in leadership positions at Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas at Austin. With Allen Bard he is the co-author of the prominent text "Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications."

Faulkner has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is president of the Houston Endowment, Inc., and is president emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Natural Sciences, which is home to the Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is also raising funds to establish the Larry R. Faulkner Departmental Chair for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

For more information on nanoscience and nanotechnology research in the College of Natural Sciences and at the university, visit the Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology Web site.

08/10/2010 - 13:46

Job opportunities are available from many of the CEC Industrial Affiliates. To review the latest openings, visit the Jobs page. For more information about the Industrial Affilates and links to each company, visit the Industry page.

06/18/2010 - 13:00

WNYC logoToday on Leonard Lopate's "Please Explain" radio show on WNYC 93.9 fm / am 820, CEC faculty member Jeremy P. Meyers was featured along with M. Stanley Whittingham, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and Director, Institute for Materials Research, SUNY at Binghamton. The discussion centered around batteries of all kinds, but encompassed varied topics as well, such as the development and history of electrochemistry and some common misconceptions about batteries and electricity. The show can be heard online here.

Lopate's talk show airs on WNYC from noon to 2 pm every weekday, as well as on XM Satellite Radio Channel 133 every weekday from 4 pm to 6 pm (EST). Segments of the show are available as podcasts found on iTunes and on the station's website. "Please Explain" airs every Friday at noon, and is a weekly feature on The Leonard Lopate Show.

Dr. Meyers's research group conducts research on batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical energy systems, developing mathematical models and performing experiments to identify new materials, or to elucidate mechanisms that affect the performance and robustness of these devices.

04/23/2010 - 11:22

The date for the third annual Workshop on Electrochemistry has been set for February 19-20, 2011. Specific topics will be announced later this year, and more information is available on the Events page.

Photo of speakers from 2010 Workshop on ElectrochemistryThe previous Workshop, entitled Mechanistic Electrochemistry and Electroanalysis, was held in February 2010. The speakers included, from left to right, Richard Crooks (University of Texas at Austin), Héctor Abruña (Cornell University), Juan Felíu (Universidad de Alicante), Charles Martin (University of Florida), William Geiger (The University of Vermont), Ernö Pretsch, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Jean-Michel Savéant (Université Paris Diderot), Andrew Bocarsly (Princeton University), William Heineman (University of Cincinnati), Hubert Girault (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), and Serge Lemay (Delft University of Technology).

04/19/2010 - 01:00

Monday, April 19th, 2010
9:15 am — 12:30 pm

ACES AVAYA Auditorium (ACE 2.302)

Presented by
The Center for Nano- and Molecular Science’s Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
John Goodenough, UT-Austin, EFRC:CST Thrust III Faculty
Energy Storage in Lithium-Ion Batteries

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, Canada
Material Solutions for Energy Storage

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Coffee and muffin break

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Graeme Henkelman, UT-Austin, EFRC:CST Thrust III Faculty
Calculations of Li Diffusion Kinetics in Oxides

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Anton Van der Ven, University of Michigan
Atomic-Scale Diffusion Mechanisms and the Role of Coherency Strains
during Two-Phase Reactions in Li-Intercalation Compounds

03/16/2010 - 10:15

CEC faculty member Jeremy Meyers will present at the American Physical Society short course "Polymers for Energy Generation and Storage" on March 13–14, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.

Polymers can be used for active layers in cheaper, lighter energy storage and generation devices. Researchers are seeking an ability to control of morphology at the nanometer scale and a deeper understanding of transport processes in these materials, and there has been intense research into the solid state physics and electrochemistry of devices that use polymer materials for energy conversion or energy storage.

The short course provides a background in the basic device physics of both organic photovoltaics and batteries. The target audience is primarily graduate students, postdocs, and young scientists with some knowledge of polymer physics. The forum provides a basic foundation of knowledge as well as a deeper discussion of outstanding problems and avenues of research in energy relevant polymers. Each half of the course begins by covering the basic underlying physics of energy storage and generation devices, and transport of charged species. Then our current understanding of the thermodynamics, morphology, self-assembly, and mechanisms of charge transport within these systems is outlined, with significant time reserved for discussion of gaps in current understanding and promising areas for future research. The schedule is designed to allow plenty of time for discussion and interaction.

Program topics include:

Energy Generation - Photovoltaics

  • Basic PV Operation & Basic Intro to Optical Excitations- Jenny Nelson, Imperial College
  • Basic Electrical Transport - Gary Rumbles, NREL
  • Basic PV structures -  Mike Chabinyc, UCSB
  • Polymer Physics - Rachel Segalman, UC Berkeley

Energy Storage - Batteries

  • Basic Battery Operation- Paul Albertus, Bosch
  • Basic Electrochemistry - Jeremy Meyers, University of Texas at Austin
  • Polymer Electrodes - Hiroyuki Nishide, Waseda University
  • Polymer Electrolytes - Nitash Balsara, UC Berkeley
03/04/2010 - 10:42

Susie MyersSusie Myers, a graduate student in the research group of Professor Richard M. Crooks, will attend this year's 60th Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany, June 27th to July 2nd. It will be an interdisciplinary meeting bringing together young researchers from around the globe with Nobel Laureates from the fields of physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry. The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings provide a globally recognised forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists. They inspire and motivate Nobel Laureates and international Best Talents. Lectures of Nobel Laureates reflect current scientific topics and present relevant fields of research of the future. In panel discussions, seminars and during the various events of the social programme young researchers nominated by a worldwide network of Academic Partners interact with Nobel Laureates.

The Meetings of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and in Physics have been held since 1951. Since 2004, the holders of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, have also held biannual meetings on Lake Constance. The Lindau Dialogue has been given extra impulse with the interdisciplinary conferences. These are being organised by the Council and the Foundation every five years starting with the jubilee year of 2000.

More than 25,000 young scientists from 80 countries have attended the Nobel Laureate Meetings since 1951. They each belong to the budding scientific elite of their respective countries, and have passed a multi-stage international selection procedure. Initially, interested young researchers submit their applications to the appropriate national co-operation partner of the Council and Foundation. This Academic Partner makes a preliminary evaluation and then puts forward a short-list of potential participants to the review panel of the Nobel Laureate Meetings. The Council workgroup then makes its final selection from this pool of Best Talents, examining 1,500 profiles for every Meeting before finally choosing the 500 top applicants to receive an invitation to Lindau. Taking into account the national selection procedures, in excess of 20,000 young researchers apply to attend each Meeting. Learn more about the Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau

03/01/2010 - 15:00

Professor and Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Chairman Richard M. Crooks was presented today with the Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry at the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

The Pittcon Conference and Expo for laboratory science is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. The event brings together nearly 20,000 attendees from industry, academia and government from 90 countries.

About Richard M. Crooks

Crooks received his BS degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981 working under the direction of Dr. Larry R. Faulkner. He graduated with a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987 working under the direction of Dr. Allen J. Bard specializing in electrochemistry. After completing postdoctoral work at MIT (1987–1989), Crooks started his teaching career as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico from 1989–1993. He later transferred to Texas A&M becoming an Associate Professor from 1993–1997 with a promotion to full Professor from 1997–2005. During his time at A&M, Crooks was the founding director of the Center for Integrated Microchemical Systems. Currently, Crooks is the Robert A. Welch Chair in Materials Chemistry and Chairman of the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is the recipient of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry (2008) and the Carl Wagner Memorial Award of the Electrochemical Society (2003).

The Crooks group has broad interests in electrochemistry, biological and chemical microsensors, and nanomaterials. At present, projects are focused in two areas: (1) synthesis, characterization, and testing of highly selective nanocomposite catalysts, (2) design and fabrication of a new family of sensors based on micro- and nanofluidic devices.