The latest issue of Interface provides a few important examples of the application of high temperature materials in energy conversion technologies. Guest editor Jeff Fergusnoted that “this is not the only area where high temperature materials are used, but the topic of energy conversion has assumed increasing importance due to growth in worldwide energy demands and the threat of climate change resulting from the accumulation of greenhouse gases.” After 15 years at the helm of Interface, Editor Krishnan Rajeshwar has left the editorship to take up his role as the Society’s Third Vice-President. Read about his “phase transition” and learn about the new Editors. See some highlights from the ECS meeting in San Francisco, and browse the topics for the ECS meeting in Cancun in October.
ECS President Tetsuya Osaka recently wrote about Science and Technology on a Global Scale and Society’s Role:“The 20th century was a time of advancement led by many discoveries and inventions that had their origin in the United States. At the beginning of the 21st century, the U.S. still led the world in science and technology growth. The advancement of the iPhone led by Steve Jobs involves a model for future innovations, and much can be learned from the achievements made in the United States. However, lately we have seen leadership emerging from many Asian countries in the technological sector. Significant developments in engineering and technology in Japan in the ‘80s (and even in the ‘90s), have been steadily supplanted by corresponding activity in newly-developing Asian countries such as Korea over the past ten years.
“…[L]eadership in the areas of science and technology in the 21st century may be geographically divided into three regions: Asia, Europe, and the United States. Given this backdrop, and the fact that ECS has been an international organization from its earliest days, it is reasonable to expect that the Society will play an even greater role as a forum for facilitating dialogue/collaboration in electrochemical and solid-state sciences and engineering. For example, energy- and environment-oriented projects especially have become two of the most important issues for our planet, and the increasing interest in these two areas will have a synergistic effect on the development and growth of our Society.
“ECS recognizes the importance of energy in the sustainability of our planet, and recognizes the role that electrochemistry can play. The successful Electrochemical Energy Summit series continued at the 224th fall meeting of the Society this October. This recent meeting, held in San Francisco, was a great success with more than 3,000 attendees, and included many important energy-related symposia. … ECS and the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry are holding the Electrochemical Conference on Energy and the Environment (ECEE) in Shanghai. As an organization that brings together scientists and engineers from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., and many other countries from around the globe, ECS will undoubtedly contribute to the health of our planet, now and in the future.”
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Student News—The reports of the latest ECS Summer Fellowship winners have been published; they’re an exciting snapshot into the future of research. … Several ECS Student Chapters (Arizona State University, Montréal, and University of Texas at Austin) have been busy with a variety of activities. ...The Student News section of Interface also reports on the latest winners of the ECS Student Poster Session and announces awards calls for nominations.