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acers spotlight Names in the news Four earn ECS awards Systems for the 21st Century. for Energy and the Several ACerS members Environment based were recently honored by The Eric D. Wachsman, on his leadership Electrochemical Society. director of the in breakthroughs University of in battery technol- ECS named Maryland Energy ogy. The Economist Georgia Institute of Research Center, notes that in the Technology’s Meilin won ECS’ High late 1990s, “Chiang Liu as a Fellow in Temperature Chiang achieved a break- recognition of his Materials Division through in lithium-ion batteries upon contribution and Wachsman Outstanding discovering nanoscale metal phosphate leadership in the Achievement Award. Wachsman is cathodes. This innovation led to a new area of electro- the William L. Crentz Centennial generation of lithium-ion batteries Liu chemistry and solid- Chair in Energy Research with with unprecedented power, safety, and state sciences, and his participation in appointments in both the Department life, in turn enabling energy applica- the affairs of the organization. of Materials Science and Engineering, tions far beyond the cellphone and Liu is a Regents’ Professor of and the Department of Chemical laptops markets served by previous Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering at the University of lithium-ion batteries.” codirector of the Center for Innovative Maryland. He also is editor-in-chief of Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies at Ionics and editor of Energy Systems. Ohji named AAAS, ASM the Georgia Institute of Technology. Wachsman is a frequent invited International Fellow He also serves as the associate direc- panelist on fuel cell and hydrogen The American tor of the HeteroFoam Center at the energy research, ranging from DOE’s Association for the University of Southern California. “Fuel Cell Report to Congress” and Advancement of “Basic Research Needs Related to Science announced Sheikh A. Akbar, High Temperature Electrochemical that it selected professor of Devices for Hydrogen Production, Tatsuki Ohji to Materials Science Storage, and Use,” to NSF’s receive the title of and Engineering, “Workshop on Fundamental Research Fellow because of won the ECS Needs in Ceramics,” the NATO Ohji his contributions to Sensor Division “Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting science and technology. The organiza- Outstanding Perovskites for Advanced Energy tion will recognize him and other mem- Akbar Award. Akbar is “Global Dialogues on Emerging at the group’s Annual Meeting in 2013.bers of the new AAAS Class of FellowsSystems,” and the National AcademiesAchievement a founder of the National Science Science and Technologies.” Also, Ohji recently was made a Foundation Center for Industrial Fellow of ASM International for his Sensors and Measurements. His recent Finally, battery innovator Yet- distinguished contributions to materi- work deals with synthesis-microstruc- Ming Chiang won the ECS Battery als science and engineering. ASM ture-property relations of ceramic bulk, Division Technology Award. (For more cited Ohji’s “in-depth investigation of thin-film, and nanostructures. on Chiang, see story below on The mechanical and functional properties Akbar’s sensors have received Economist award.) of advanced ceramics, ceramic com- three R&D 100 Awards and a NASA posites, and porous materials and their Turning Goal Into Reality award. The Economist laud’s Chiang with microstructures, and the development He served on the International Innovation Award of new and novel advanced ceramic Advisory Committee of CIMTEC The UK-based magazine The materials.” International Conferences on Modern Economist named MIT’s Yet-Ming Ohji’s research interests include Materials and Technologies confer- Chiang as one of its eight Innovation mechanical property characterization ences, and the steering committees Awards 2012 winners. The awards rec- of ceramics, ceramic composites, and of the International Conference on ognize significant contributions across porous materials, microstructural design Engineering Education, the DOE eight fields ranging from business pro- of ceramic materials for better perfor- Sensor and Controls Program and cesses to environmental technology. mance, and green manufacturing of the US–Japan Conference on Sensor Chiang won the publication’s award ceramic components. n 14 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 1


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