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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 October 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

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...

Duration:00:52:54

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,...

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...

Duration:00:45:10

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

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

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: 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

Charles Tobias: ECS President, Expanding Science, and ECS Journals

9/15/2016
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In the seventh installment of the series, Tobias talks about why he ran for President of ECS, broadening activities to include fundamental electrochemistry, and the quality of ECS journals.

Duration:00:29:32

Charles Tobias: Berkeley Scholarship, WWII, and Post-War Conditions

9/15/2016
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In the second segment of Tobias’ series, the pillar of electrochemistry discusses his urge to leave for the United States, how the war impacted him, and what social and working conditions were like after WWII.

Duration:00:29:48

Charles Tobias: Origins in Hungary, Engineering Lineage, and Early Education

9/15/2016
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In the first segment of Tobias’ series, we get some insight into what it was like growing up in Hungary in the 1920s, the tradition of engineering careers in his family, and how his early education helped shape his future.

Duration:00:30:22

Frank Biondi: Solving a Crisis, Batteries, and Science & Medicine

8/24/2016
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In the final installment of this series, Biondi shares how he helped solve a water crisis in New Jersey, his experience with Edison Power Company, and how he started developing medical technology at Bell Labs. Credit: Bensound

Duration:00:14:44

Frank Biondi: Solar Cells, ECS Connections, and Discovering Penicillin

8/24/2016
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In the second installment of the series, Biondi talks about his early connections to ECS, how society initially deemed solar an unnecessary technology, and discovering penicillin a year before it was publicly announced. Credit: Bensound

Duration:00:43:59

Frank Biondi: Bell Labs, Manhattan Project, and Shockley

8/24/2016
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In the first installment of the series, Biondi discusses his summer job that turned into a career at Bell Labs, his developments on the atomic bomb project, and what it was like working next to Nobel laureate William Shockley. Credit: Bensound

Duration:00:43:23

Krishnan Rajeshwar on Renewable Energy

8/11/2016
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Krishnan Rajeshwar, or “Raj” as he’s known, is a professor at the University of Texas, Arlington and current ECS President. His research over the years has touched on semiconductors, photoelectrochemical conversion, toxic waste, solar hydrogen production, renewable energy, just to name a few.

Duration:00:41:57

Science for Solving Society’s Problems Round Table

6/27/2016
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At the 229th ECS Meeting in San Diego we had the opportunity to gather the grantees from our Science for Solving Society’s Problems challenge, done in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They discussed how ECS facilitated an unprecedented program leading to ground-breaking collaboration and real scientific advancements, while creating a funding opportunity which has helped contribute to planet sustainability. It was a full table with nine guest, plus our moderator, ECS...

Duration:01:04:28

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