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OpenCon: Changing Culture

12/4/2017
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We are podcasting the question and answer section of the live broadcast ECS did of the OpenCon satellite event held at the 232nd ECS Meeting in Oct. of 2017. ECS OpenCon was a community event aimed at creating a culture of change in how research is designed, shared, discussed, and disseminated, with the ultimate goal of making scientific progress faster. ECS was the first scholarly society to host an OpenCon satellite event The participants for this Q&A, in the order you’ll hear them...

Duration:00:55:02

Shirley Meng on Sustainable Power

10/13/2017
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Our guest today is Shirley Meng. Shirley is a professor of NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego. She founded the Sustainable Power and Energy Center the goal of which is solving key technical challenges in distributed energy generation, storage, and power management. She is also the principal investigator of Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion research group. Her group is focused on functional nano and micro-scale materials for energy storage and...

Duration:01:09:35

James Fenton on Game-Changing Energy Technology

10/2/2017
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Our guest today, James Fenton, is the Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida – the nation’s largest and most active state-supported renewable energy and energy efficiency institute. Fenton is also the current secretary of the ECS Board of Directors.

Duration:00:50:21

Alan Alda on Communicating Science

9/19/2017
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Our guest today is Alan Alda. You might know him from the 1970s and 80s because of the TV show MASH or in the last few years from appearing on The Blacklist, The Big C, or as Uncle Pete on the show Horace and Pete. He hosted the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers for 13 years. He is a film and TV director, screenwriter, and author. As well as a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner. He is also the founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook...

Duration:00:59:39

Gerald Frankel on Corrosion and Our Failing Infrastructure

9/13/2017
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In May 2017, we sat down with Gerald Frankel at the 231st ECS Meeting in New Orleans. Jerry is a technical editor of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, corrosion expert, and open access advocate. Currently, he is a professor of materials science and engineering at The Ohio State University. Since joining ECS, Jerry has served as chair of the Society’s Corrosion Division and was named ECS fellow in 2006. His research efforts focus on topics ranging from degradation of materials to...

Duration:00:52:54

Open Science and ECS

8/30/2017
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Our topic today is, open science, and we have three guests to help get a handle on this wide-ranging subject. Daniel Schwartz is the Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington. David Beck is a Senior Data Scientist with the eSciences Institute at the University of Washington. And Matthew Murbach is the president of the University of Washington ECS Student Chapter. They are all going to be at the 232nd ECS...

Duration:00:50:55

Doron Aurbach on Commercial Li-Ion Batteries

8/17/2017
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In May 2017 during the 231st ECS Meeting, we sat down with Doron Aurbach, professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, to discuss his life in science, the future of batteries, and scientific legacy. The conversation was led by Rob Gerth, ECS’s director of marketing and communications. During the 231st ECS Meeting, Aurbach received the ECS Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has published more than 540 peer-reviewed papers, which...

Duration:00:57:55

Steven Chu on Climate Change and Energy Solutions

8/11/2017
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Steven Chu is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics & Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. You might know him better as the former U.S. Secretary of Energy, the first scientist to hold a cabinet position. He was also the director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Professor of Physics and Molecular Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, and head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories. His research includes...

Duration:01:05:07

Eric Wachsman on the Future of Energy Technology

8/1/2017
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In May 2017 during the 231st ECS Meeting, we sat down with Eric Wachsman, director and William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center. The conversation is led by Rob Gerth, ECS's director of marketing and communications. Wachsman is an expert in solid oxide fuel cells and other energy storage technologies. He’s the lead organizer of the 7th International Electrochemical Energy Summit, which will take place at the 232nd ECS Meeting...

Duration:00:45:10

Elizabeth Biddinger on Green Energy Technology

7/19/2017
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In May 2017 during the 231st ECS Meeting, we sat down with 2016-2017 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship winner, Elizabeth Biddinger, to discuss green chemistry, sustainable engineering, and the future of transportation. Elizabeth is an assistant professor at the City College of New York, part of the City University of New York system. There, she leads a research group that covers research areas ranging from electrocatalysis to ionic liquids. Elizabeth’s work in switchable electrolytes...

Duration:00:41:38

Effects of Open Access on Scientific Publishing

6/28/2017
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In May 2017, we sat down with ECS Senior Vice President Yue Kuo and ECS’s newly elected 3rd Vice President Stefan DeGendt at the 231st ECS Meeting in New Orleans. Yue joined ECS in 1995. Since then, he has been named ECS fellow and served as an editor for both the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology. His research efforts have made a tremendous mark on the scientific community, earning him the ECS Gordon E. Moore Medal for...

Duration:00:40:10

Subhash Singhal on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

6/22/2017
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In May 2017, we sat down with Subhash Singhal, a world leader in the study of solid oxide fuel cells, at the 231st ECS Meeting in New Orleans. Subhash is a Batelle Fellow and Director of Fuel Cells at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the lead organizer of the upcoming 15th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, taking place in Hollywood, Florida, July 23rd through the 28th. Additionally, he is an ECS fellow, has served on the Society’s board of directors, and received...

Duration:00:31:09

Kathy Ayers on the Promise of Hydrogen

6/19/2017
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In May 2017, we sat down with Kathy Ayers, vice president of research and development for Proton OnSite, at the 231st ECS Meeting in New Orleans. Kathy's work focuses on a multitude of energy technologies, including fuel cells, batteries, and solar cells. Currently, her work targets the production of hydrogen by PEM electrolysis. She has been a member of ECS since 1999, lending her expertise to various Society programs and meeting symposia along the way.

Duration:00:37:45

Journal Editors Open Up About Open Science

6/9/2017
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In May 2017, we sat down with ECS journal editors Robert Savinell and Dennis Hess at the 231st ECS Meeting to discuss the future of scholarly publishing, open access, and the Society’s Free the Science initiative. The conversation was led by Rob Gerth, director of marketing and communications at ECS, and recorded as an episode of the ECS Podcast.

Duration:00:58:41

EJ Taylor on Small Business, Patents, and Science

3/8/2017
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EJ Taylor is the chief technical officer and intellectual property director at Faraday Technology, which focuses on research and development services related to aerospace, energy, environmental, manufacturing, and medical markets. He is the current ECS treasure as well as the chair of the ECS Free the Science advisory board. His work includes corrosion sensing technologies, electrochemical cells for printed circuit boards, and electrochemical water treatment technologies.

Duration:00:38:00

A Risk Look at Energy Development

1/18/2017
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Way Kuo is the president and University Distinguished Professor of the City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of the 2014 book Critical Reflections on Nuclear and Renewable Energy which analyses the pros and cons of a spectrum of energies, ranging from petroleum, coal, gas to water, solar and wind energies as well as nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear incident in 2011.

Duration:00:49:49

The Battery Guys

10/28/2016
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During the PRiME 2016 meeting, we sat down with the innovators and pioneers of the lithium-ion battery -- a development that changed society. Speakers include: John Goodenough, Stanely Whittingham, Michael Thackeray, Zempachi Ogumi, and Martin Winter.

Duration:00:56:32

Charles Tobias: Research Paths, Progress, and Scientific Unity

9/15/2016
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In the final installment of this series, Tobias discusses his parallel research paths, progress based on imagination, and the need for scientists to work together to move innovation forward.

Duration:00:17:50

Charles Tobias: Global Society, Electrochemical Engineering, and Major Contributions

9/15/2016
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In the ninth installment of the series, Tobias talks about establishing the area of electrochemical engineering, the international influence of ECS, and how his major contribution to science was the influence he had on young people.

Duration:00:29:48

Charles Tobias: Bell Labs and ECS, "Wet" and "Dry," and Role as Editor

9/15/2016
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In the eighth installment of the series, Tobias discusses the role Bell Labs played in the evolution of ECS, the inclusion of solid state sciences, and his 34-year role as editor of JES.

Duration:00:27:29