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OpenCon: Changing Culture

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

Shirley Meng on Sustainable Power

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

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

Gerald Frankel on Corrosion and Our Failing Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

Effects of Open Access on Scientific Publishing

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

Kathy Ayers on the Promise of Hydrogen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Influence of Latimer, LBNL, and Open Science

In the fourth segment of the series, Tobias talks about the need to make scientific research open and accessible, how Lewis Latimer influenced his research, and his years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Duration: 00:30:03

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

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

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

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

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

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