News & Upcoming Events

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.

02/25/2010 - 19:00

Professor Chris Bielawski, a CEC faculty member, has been named to the Editorial Advisory Board of MACROMOLECULES. The journal focuses on all fundamentals of polymer science, including synthesis, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, chemical modification, solution/melt/solid-state characteristics, and theory and simulation, as well as surface properties of organic, inorganic, and naturally occurring polymers.

Visit Macromolecules.

02/03/2010 - 13:42

In a public panel discussion hosted by the Austin Clean Energy Group, CEC faculty member Professor Jeremy Meyers will be featured, together with other distinguished subject matter experts in the science, technology, and business of electrical energy storage and batteries. The other panel members are Mr. Jeff Bruce, Director of Product Management, Valence Technology, Inc,. Dr. Sam Stimson, Senior Fellow, Boston-Power, Inc., and Mr. Jay Taylor, Senior Engineer Global Strategist, Dell, Inc.

The event takes place February 18, 2010 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center - Auditorium from 5 to 8 PM. Visit Austin Clean Energy Group for the required RSVP and information about parking.

02/02/2010 - 19:07

CEC faculty member Dr. Jeremy Meyers talked about ideas for utility level storage with Joel Greenberg and Garry Golden during today's podcast at Tech2Energy.com. The recent push for more renewable energy requires integrating renewable energy into the grid. This creates a need for energy storage at the utility scale. Dr. Meyers discusses redox flow batteries and other possible technologies for large-scale energy storage.

Tech2Energy explains energy so that we can all have informed conversations about one of the great challenges of our time: energy. Tech2Energy is project of Joel Greenberg, Internet strategist and Chief Explaining Officer.

[http://www.tech2energy.com/index.php/2010/02/02/electric-utility-level-storage/]

01/20/2010 - 19:00

Professor Allen Bard has been invited to become an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Each year the Council of the RSC celebrates excellence in the chemical sciences by inviting a small number of eminent individuals to become Honorary Fellows. Currently eighty five Honorary Fellows have each been admitted in recognition of their unique achievements in the chemical science community, ranging from public engagement to extraordinary research.

Other Honorary Fellows of the Royal Society include Prof R C O Breslow, Prof E J Corey, Prof R H Grubbs, Prof J Halpern, Prof O R Herschbach, Prof W Kaminsky, and Prof W N Lipscomb among others.

Read more about the Royal Society of Chemistry.

01/13/2010 - 19:00

On January 13, 2010, President Barack Obama presented the 2009 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Center for Electrochemistry faculty member Professor Chris Bielawski was among those to receive the award; it is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers was commissioned by President Clinton in 1996 to create an award program that would honor and support the extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers in the fields of science and technology. The Presidential Award embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.

Read more about the Bielawski Group.
Read more about the PECASE Program.

01/07/2010 - 16:42

The 2010 CEC Electrochemistry Workshop "Mechanistic Electrochemistry and Electroanalysis" will be held on February 6-7, 2010 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus at Austin, Texas.

This exclusive workshop, featuring scientists and researchers from top universities and national labs, will discuss cutting edge electrochemical science, addressing issues with respect to the mechanisms of electron transfer. A better understanding of electron transfer and its mechanisms enables design and application of electrochemical concepts. For instance, electrochemistry is the foundation for chemical transducers and sensors, and is poised to play an increasing role in the analysis of chemical and biological interfaces. Present active areas of research include the high-resolution study of ion/charge transport and dynamics, electron transfer, adsorption, and chemical toxicity. Several different perspectives will be presented from 11 experts over two days covering areas ranging from electrocatalysis, electrochemical sensors, energy storage and transformation, electochemical and photoelectrochemical synthesis, and electroanalysis,

For more information, visit the CEC Workshop on Electrochemistry online.

01/04/2010 - 06:00

The University of Texas at Austin was named number three on a list of the top universities for spawning cleantech startups. In the recent article Shawn Lesser of Sustainable World Capital states, "Venture capital firms now have to keep tabs on chemical and engineering labs at some of the best U.S. universities as potential sources of new companies...[the rankings] identify whether there exists—and to what degree—a pipeline of collaboration of businesses, universities, state initiatives, investors and research dollars. The mix has to be just right to accomplish the end goal of a commercially viable product."

"The University of Texas at Austin is a historical leader in energy innovation, R&D and teaching. With abundant oil and gas on its own lands, and deep connections to the energy industry, UT has directly profited from its energy leadership and its graduates have populated the highest executive ranks of the world’s energy companies (CEO of ExxonMobil, CEO of ConocoPhillips, President of Shell are just a few examples). The good news is that UT is using its leadership of the conventional energy industry as a launching pad for continued leadership in the cleantech revolution. Those same oil and gas companies are investing aggressively into cleantech and they turn to UT for the expertise and people to make those innovations work. The inventor of the lithium-ion battery, John Goodenough, is a professor of mechanical engineering at UT. The university also is a leader in algae based biofuels. UT is a part of a multimillion dollar DARPA-sponsored project to produce jet fuels from algae. UT Austin was also awarded $35 million in research on carbon sequestration by the Department of Energy. Notable cleantech spinouts include: ActaCell, Advanced Hydro, Graphene Energy, Organic Fuels, and Inspired Solar."

See the complete article at Cleantech Group.

12/18/2009 - 13:00

Professor Chris Bielawski has been promoted to full professor, and Professor Graeme Henkelman has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Congratulations to these two outstanding scientists.