Electrochemical Society hosts its first symposium
The Purdue Student Chapter of ECS was founded in May 2019 with the aim of promoting discussion and collaboration between electrochemistry and solid-state science students at Purdue University and in the Greater Midwest Region. Under the guidance of lead faculty advisor Partha P. Mukherjee, the Chapter is led by Debanjali Chatterjee (President), along with Vice-President Aditya Singla, Secretary Sourim Banerjee and Communications Director Anu Alujjage. Last year, ECS named Purdue's student chapter the outstanding student chapter of 2022.
The Chapter organized its first-ever MoChA Poster Symposium on Modeling, Characterization & Analytics in Electrochemical Sciences & Engineering on February 9, 2023. It featured a plenary lecture by Prof. Rebecca Ciez, student keynote talks by Susmita Sarkar, Bairav Sabarish and Nikhil Sharma and 15+ posters by undergrads, graduate students and postdocs from Purdue University and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), showcasing interdisciplinary research on electrochemical energy storage and conversion. It also had a poster competition with three best poster awards. Attended by 80+ people including students and faculty, the event received an amazing response from the Purdue research community and was a huge success.
"We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the poster competition awardees - Sameep Shah, Xiaokang Wang and MD Toukir Hasan," said Chatterjee. "We are extremely thankful to Dr. Judith Jeevarajan, our Distinguished Industry Advisor and Vice-President & Executive Director, Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI), UL Research Institutes for supporting and sponsoring this event. Thanks are also due to ECS - The Electrochemical Society, the Energy and Transport Sciences Laboratory (ETSL) and Purdue University Mechanical Engineering for their support and sponsorship. We are grateful to Prof. Rebecca Ciez, Prof. Kejie Zhao, Prof. Jason Ostanek, Susmita Sarkar and Bairav Sabarish for kindly agreeing to be judges for the poster competition. Finally, many thanks to Prof. Partha Mukherjee, our lead faculty advisor, for his guidance and mentorship every step of the way."
The recording of the opening remarks, plenary and student keynote talks can be found on the Purdue ECS YouTube channel. You can learn more about joining Purdue ECS at their website, https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECS.
Over the past 2 years, the ECS Purdue Student Chapter has established itself as one of the leading student organizations for scientific outreach in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion. During the COVID-19 pandemic when conventional modes of communication where severely restricted, the Chapter initiated its signature webinar series on Women in Electrochemical Sciences & Engineering (WIESE), Solid-State Batteries & Electrochemistry and Modeling, Characterization & Analytics in Electrochemical Energy Systems (MoChA), which received widespread appreciation in the scientific community and played a key role in upholding scientific communication and collaboration in such unprecedented times. The WIESE webinar series was published as an invited Energy Focus article in the journal ACS Energy Letters, “Celebrating Women in Electrochemical Sciences & Engineering (WIESE)”: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsenergylett.2c01026. For its efforts towards advancing scientific collaboration, education and exchange of ideas and promoting scientific outreach on a global scale, the Chapter received the ECS Chapter of Excellence Award in 2021, followed by the highest distinction, the Outstanding Student Chapter Award in 2022.