227th ECS Meeting

home > education > short courses




ECS Short Courses


ECS Short Courses are all day instruction designed to provide students or the seasoned professional a wide range of topics. Taught by industry experts, the small class size makes for an excellent opportunity for personalized instruction.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Three Short Courses will be offered in Chicago on Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 0900h to 1630h. The registration fee for the Short Courses is $425 for ECS Members and $550 for Nonmembers. Students may register for a Short Course at a 50% discount—ECS Student Members: $212.50, and Nonmember Students: $275.

Pre-registration (coming soon) for Short Courses is required—the deadline is April 24, 2015.

The registration fee for the course includes participation in the course, text materials, continental breakfast, luncheon, and refreshment breaks; the Short Course Registration fee does not include or apply to the general Meeting Registration, and it is not applicable to any other activities of the meeting.

Short Course Refund Policy: Written requests for Short Course refunds will be honored only if received at ECS headquarters by May 18, 2015. All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee and requests for refunds must be made in writing and emailed to customer.service@electrochem.org. Refunds will not be processed until AFTER the meeting.

All courses are subject to cancellation pending an appropriate number of advance registrants. Before making any flight or hotel reservations, please check to make sure the Short Course that you have selected is being offered.


Short Course #1
Nanotechnology for Bioenergy: Biofuels to Fuel Cells
Shelley D. Minteer, Instructor

This course is intended for chemists, biologists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers with an interest in biofuels and renewable energy. Attendees will learn about the production and use of biofuels ranging from biohydrogen to biomethanol to bioethanol to biodiesel. Attendees will learn about the advances in synthetic biology that have improved biofuel production, as well as the advances in nanotechnology that have improved electrochemical biofuel production. Attendees will learn about electrochemical uses of biofuels, including fuel cells, enzymatic biofuel cells, and microbial biofuel cells. This course will also provide participants with detailed procedures and training in the electrochemical techniques of evaluating electrocatalysis, direct bioelectrocatalysis, and mediated bioelectrocatalysis. The topics to be covered include:

  1. Introduction to biofuels as a type of renewable energy
  2. Role of nanotechnology in biofuel production
  3. Fermentative biofuel production (microbial and cell-free)
  4. Electrochemical biofuel production (enzymatic and microbial)
  5. Biofuel electrocatalysis and bioelectrocatalysis
  6. Fuel cells operating with biofuels (biomethanol, bioethanol, etc.)
  7. Enzymatic biofuel cells operating with biofuels
  8. Microbial fuel cells operating with biofuels
  9. Role of nanotechnology in biofuel use.

About the Instructor

Dr. Shelley D. Minteer is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT (USA). Dr. Minteer's research program has focused on the development of enzyme immobilization membranes for increased stability of biosensor and biofuel cell electrodes, along with incorporating direct and mediated bioelectrocatalysis into anodes and cathodes. She has recently expanded her bioelectrocatalysis work beyond enzymes to mitochondria and is currently working on developing mitochondria-based biofuel cells and self-powered sensors. She has published more than 200 publications in the field of bioelectrochemistry. Dr. Minteer co-founded Akermin, Inc. with her former graduate student, Nick Akers, in 2003 to commercialize biofuel cell technology. She has also been a co-organizer of the "Biological Fuel Cells" symposium held at the ECS meetings in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. She has been a co-organizer of several other ECS symposia. She is currently the Past-Chair of the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division (PAED) of ECS and a Technical Editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

Dr. Minteer is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2013 Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, the 2008 American Chemical Society St. Louis Award, the 2008 Scientific American Top 50 Award, the 2008 Society of Electroanalytical Chemists Young Investigator Award, the 2011 Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry, the Saint Louis University Award for Excellence in Research (2003 and 2006), the 2006 Missouri Inventor of the Year Award, the SLU Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award (2004 and 2006), the 2006 Saint Louis Business Journal Under 40 Award, and the 2004 William V. Stauder, S.J. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Sciences.


Short Course #2
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry - Basic Theory and Thermodynamic Methods
Jamie Noël, Instructor

This course covers the basic theory and application of electrochemical science. It is targeted toward people with a physical sciences or engineering background who have not been trained as electrochemists, but who want to add electrochemical methods to their repertoire of research approaches. There are many fields in which researchers originally approach their work from another discipline but then discover that it would be advantageous to understand and use some electrochemical methods to complement the work that they are doing. The course begins with a general, basic foundation of electrochemistry and uses it to develop the theory and experimental approaches to electrochemical problems of a thermodynamic nature. It complements a sister course, “Fundamentals of Electrochemistry: Basic Theory and Kinetic Methods”, offered alternately by the same instructor. The two courses have different emphasis, and each is designed to be a stand-alone introduction to electrochemical fundamentals. If both courses are desired, they can be taken in either order.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction and Overview of Electrode Processes
  2. Chemical vs. Electrochemical Thermodynamics
    • reference electrodes, standard potentials, cell potentials, Nernst equation, electrode-solution interface, and double-layer structure
    • ion-selective electrodes, applications in analytical electrochemistry and sensors, aqueous and non-aqueous systems
  3. Chemical Stoichiometry vs. Faraday’s Law
    • coulometry, bulk electrolysis
  4. Theoretical Basis for Methods
    • surface tension, adsorption and adsorption isotherms, electrocapillarity, potential of zero charge, Lippmann equation
  5. Methodology
    • potentiometry, differential capacity, coulometry, cyclic voltammetry, polarography
  6. Electrochemical Instrumentation
    • voltmeters, ammeters, potentiostats, galvanostats, design of electrochemical cells
  7. Coupled Characterization Methods (time permitting)
    • modified electrodes, spectroelectrochemistry, in-situ neutron scattering, surface analysis, etc.

About the Instructor

Dr. Jamie Noël is an electrochemist and corrosion scientist. He obtained his BSc (1987) and MSc (1990) degrees from the University of Guelph under supervision of Dr. Jacek Lipkowski. He then worked on corrosion issues in the nuclear industry while employed by Ontario Hydro Research and later Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Concurrent with his work at AECL, he earned his PhD (2000) through the University of Manitoba with David Shoesmith. Dr. Noël joined the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in 1998 as a research scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry. He assists professors David Shoesmith and Clara Wren in training and directing students, carrying out fundamental and applied electrochemistry research projects, and teaching electrochemistry at the graduate level. He uses electrochemical and other surface analytical techniques to study the corrosion of nuclear reactor components and nuclear waste management systems materials, including carbon steel, titanium, zirconium, copper, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys, and the uranium dioxide fuel itself. He continues to refine techniques that combine electrochemical measurements with neutron-based materials science techniques.

Dr. Noël won the Lash Miller Award of the ECS Canada Section in 2003. He is an active participant in public science outreach activities, developing and presenting chemistry demonstrations for potential young scientists from preschool to high school ages. He has authored over 65 journal articles, 45 conference proceedings papers, 2 book chapters, and 15 company reports.


Short Course #3
Scientific Writing for Scientists and Engineers
Noel Buckley, Instructor

Are you a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or senior researcher who would like to improve your writing skills? This course is for you! Are you a professor who spends time rewriting students’ drafts of journal papers? Then, send your students to this course or attend it yourself and learn how to improve both your own and your students’ skills! Good skills in written communication are increasingly important, whether you are in an academic or an industrial environment.

The course is intended for scientists and engineers with an interest in developing their skills in writing scientific documents, including journal papers, dissertations, proposals, abstracts, and reports. It will address elements of good writing in science and engineering, including standard practices, terminology and formatting. It will teach attendees how to best organize scientific results and analysis, how to properly structure sentences, paragraphs and sections, and how to present information in a format suitable for publication in the literature as well as for reports, dissertations, etc. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Communicating your message effectively;
  2. Writing sentences and paragraphs in clear, precise English;
  3. Structuring documents so that they are effective and easy to read;
  4. Best practices for presenting scientific information;
  5. Presenting methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions;
  6. Being complete but concise;
  7. Composing effective titles and headings;
  8. Use of graphs, tables and diagrams;
  9. Clear captions for figures and tables;
  10. Mathematical descriptions, data, and units;
  11. Proper formatting of documents; and
  12. Grammar, punctuation, abbreviations, and acronyms.

About the Instructor

Dr. Noel Buckley is Professor of Physics at the University of Limerick, Ireland and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is a Past-President and a Fellow of ECS. He has served as an Associate Editor of both the Journal of the Electrochemical Society (1995–2004) and Electrochemical and Solid State Letters (1998–2004) and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ECS Transactions (2012–2015). He has also served as Chair of the European Section of ECS (2011–2014) and as Chair (2003–2005), Secretary (2001–2003) and Treasurer (1999–2001) of the Electronics and Photonics Division.

Dr. Buckley was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ (1979–1996) where he played a key role in the development of epitaxial crystal growth and characterization of compound semiconductor films for high performance optoelectronic devices and earlier worked on the development of rechargeable lithium batteries. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Cooper Union College of Engineering, New York (1991–1992) and at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, USA (1988–1995). Earlier, he was a Research Associate with Professor Wayne Worrell at the University of Pennsylvania (1976–1979).

Dr. Buckley's current research interests and activities are in the areas of metal and semiconductor thin films and nanostructures for electronic and photonic applications; electrochemical nanotechnology; and electrochemical energy storage, particularly flow batteries. He has more than 70 research publications and has made numerous presentations at international conferences. He has organized many technical symposia and has edited ~20 volumes of symposium proceedings. He has taught a graduate-level course in Scientific Writing since 2006 at the University of Limerick and via webcast at five other universities, and he has taught the present short course at previous ECS Meetings in Vancouver, Las Vegas, Montreal, Boston, and Seattle.

ECS Members | Education | Awards | Students | Sponsorship | Publications | Meetings | About | Contact | Social Media | Privacy Policy | Browser Info

© The Electrochemical Society, all rights reserved.