The ECS BC Student Chapter held its second annual BC Young Electrochemists Symposium on July 4th, 2014 at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department building, the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. The one-day symposium included five presentations by well-known scientists as well as a student poster presentation session funded by the Electrochemical Society and the UBC Chemical & Biological Engineering Department. It attracted more than fifty five attendees from different departments at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Western Washington University. This year, ECS BC Student Chapter proudly hosted five interesting talks in the field of electrochemistry by Dr. Curtis Berlinguette (Professor at UBC), Dr. Hogan Yu (Professor at SFU), Dr. Amin Aziznia (Research Engineer at Mantra Energy Alternatives Ltd.), Dr. Thomas Kadyk (Post-doctoral fellow at SFU) and Dr. Alix Melchy (Post-doctoral fellow at SFU). Two cash prizes and one honorary gift were also awarded to best posters by Heather Baroody (1st), Huihui Tian (2nd) and Sean McBeath (3rd) in the poster session competition.
Please join us in this year’s BC Young Electrochemists Symposium at UBC on July 4, 2014. This one day, free symposium provides students a great opportunity to network with other electrochemists from across BC to discuss research and form collaborations within our province. The event features 3 invited speakers and a student poster competition with cash prizes.
Curtis Berlinguette, Associate Professor, UBC
Hogan Yu, Professor, SFU
Alfred Lam, Associate at Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
The event program can be downloaded here.
Please reserve your spot here.
Solid State/Electrochemistry Student Mixer at the 97th Annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition
On Wednesday June 4th, the British Columbia Electrochemical Student Society held a student mixer for all of its’ membership and for relevant attendees of the 97th Annual Candian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in conjunction with the Solid State division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The goal of this event was to increase awareness within the electrochemical and solid state community of our relatively new student chapter and provide an atmosphere for open discussion between students with similar research interests. The event attracted over 50 attendees and generated some great discussions about research, involvement with the student chapter and up-coming events, including our annual BC Young Electrochemists Symposia.
Announcing a special seminar by Prof. David W. Showsmith, Western University on Nov. 13th, 2013, in CHEM D213, UBC at 3:00PM.
THE SPECTROSCOPIC AND MICROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION OF ELECTROCHEMICALLY REACTIVE (CORRODING) SURFACES
David Shoesmith, Director, Surface Science Western
Department of Chemistry, Western University
London, Ontario, N6A 5B7
We have been developing various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques to investigate electrochemically reactive surfaces which can be instructively applied to such systems, and this seminar will describe their application to two distinctly different systems.
The corrosion of nuclear fuel (UO2) under permanent waste disposal conditions will dictate the release rate of radionuclides to the environment. We have been studying the influences of non-stoichiometry and rare earth doping on the electrochemical reactivity of custom made UIV1-2xUV2xO2+x and UIVREIIIO2 specimens using microRaman spectroscopy, current-sensing atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electrochemical microscopy..
The development of fuel efficient/battery-powered automobiles requires the use of light weight materials. Due to their strength and ready castability Mg alloys are prime candidates, providing corrosion issues can be overcome. We have been comparing the corrosion behaviour of cast AM50 Mg alloys using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, confocal scanning laser microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. These studies show that the variations in Al content within α-Mg grains and divorced eutectic regions and the distribution of β-phase (Mg17Al12) and Al-Mn intermetallics control the distribution and severity of corrosion damage.
The first annual BC Young Electrochemists Symposium was a great success. Special thanks go to our invited speakers: Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz, Dr. Dan Bizzotto, and Dr. Andrea Sudik; as well as our funding providers: SFU Chemistry Graduate Society, UBC Graduate Student Society, UBC Clean Energy Research Centre, SFU Science Graduate Student Society, SFU Science, SFU Chemistry, UBC Engineering, and UBC Chemical & Biological Engineering.
Congratulations to our poster competition winners: Conrad Rizal (1st), Karen Chan (2nd) and Yajuan Hao (2nd).
Click here to see the gallery of the ECSBC YES 2013 event.
Introducing our first annual BC Young Electrochemists Symposium taking place on June 21 st , 2013 at UBC in Vancouver. The 2013 BC Young Electrochemists Symposium is a free symposium (including beverages and lunch) featuring a student poster presentation with cash prize(s) and the following three presentations:
Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz (Queen’s University) – Platinum Electrochemistry
Dr. Dan Bizzoto (UBC) – Gold Electrochemisty
Dr. Andrea Sudik (AFCC) – Perspective on the Fuel Cell Industry
Registration is now closed. Thank you for participating.
Cash Prize awarded for top poster(s).
Thank you for your continued interest in the student chapter, we are close to being an official ECS student chapter. Todate, we have recruited over 45 members from SFU, UBC and UVic.
We plan to kick off the start of our chapter with a workshop either before or after the H2 and Fuel Cells Conference in June. Before we start to invite speakers, we’d love to hear from you about the topics that you would be interested to attend. Please fill out the online survey at: