Event Details

Front line for Sustainability

ElectroChemistry & Chemical Engineering

2018-11-09 17:30:00
Date/Time   Friday, November 9, 2018 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro (now called Boxboro Regency)  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Price   $30 - Members
$35 - Non-members
$47 - AIChE Boston Annual Membership and Meeting
$25 - Students (Please Register through your Department - Not Online)
Topic Info  

ElectroChemistry & Chemical Engineering

The overall topic of the meeting is the Intersection of ElectroChemistry, Chemical Engineering and the challenges of solving some of mankind's major problems such as Energy Storage, Clean Energy Generation and much much more. What Career opportunities are there in these fields?

There will be 3 keynote speakers Prof Joshua Gallaway, Prof Ertan Agar and Prof Eugene Smotkin

Please note: Students and professionals working on ElectroChemistry research of all types are encouraged to bring Posters and/or product displays to the meeting. Grad Students are very welcome to attend and bring posters.

Meeting Summary

"Overview Speaker"
Prof. Joshua Gallaway - Northeastern University Chemical Engineering
"Electrochemistry as Chemical Engineering: A Report From the Front Lines of Sustainability"

  • Electrochemistry involves thermo, transport, kinetics, and control. This makes chemical engineering a natural toolkit to use.
  • Batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and photoelectrochemical cells are all ways to store or generate electricity, our global common currency for energy.
  • Electrochemistry is becoming even more important in our everyday lives, and we have new problems to solve.

   How do we make the grid 100% renewable?

               How do we electrify the entire vehicle fleet?

"Deep Dive Speaker"
Ertan Agar, Ph.D, Electrochemical Energy Systems and Transport Laboratory, UMass Lowell

“The Redox Flow Battery for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

  • Electrical grids require demand and supply of electricity to be exactly balanced in real time.
  • The growing efforts to integrate intermittent renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, create complications for the current electrical grid system.
  • Large-scale energy storage integrated into an electrical grid enables utility companies to effectively manage unwanted fluctuations and provides the flexibility required for widespread implementation of renewable sources.
  • Redox Flow Batteries have recently been identified as a promising grid-scale energy storage technology due to their flexible design and ability to efficiently store energy.

"Deep Dive Speaker"
Prof. Eugene Smotkin, Northeastern University, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Bringing Electrochemistry to the Streets:
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery Reconditioning

A growing number of automobile service shops are performing high throughput chronopotentiometry on nickel metal hybrid vehicle battery packs to erase “memory effects.” These effects are a consequence of repetitive shallow depths of discharge of the traction battery packs.

Prof  Smotkin will discuss:

  • Cycling methods used to remedy memory effects
  • The introduction of Lithium ion batteries into hybrid vehicles
  • The prospects of Li-ion battery  memory effects.
  • Using reconditioned hybrid battery packs for energy storage in photovoltaic energy farms

Please Register early, this event sold out the last nine years!
Student Awards will be presented at this meeting, so we expect a large turnout of professionals and students.

Please note that this is a Dinner meeting (not an appetizer or sandwich format)

Registration: Please register by Tuesday, November 6th.  Pre-registration required.

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

For Students:
Please register with your respective Chemical Engineering Department office.  Do not register online for this meeting!
If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Gugliotti" EGugliotti@irwinengineers.com

Speakers   Ertan Agar, Ph.D.

Prof Agar joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2015. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in September 2014. His Ph.D. dissertation work was a combined experimental and modeling effort, which was aimed at understanding the species transport mechanisms governing capacity fade in vanadium redox flow batteries.

Following his doctoral studies, Prof Agar worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Electrochemical Engineering and Energy Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University. In this role, he worked on performance diagnostics of flowable slurry electrodes for cost-effective flow batteries. His research interest includes design and diagnostics of flow-assisted electrochemical systems, including redox flow batteries for grid scale energy storage and capacitive deionization for water treatment and desalination. Click for more info

Joshua Gallaway, PhD

Prof Gallaway received his PhD in chemical engineering from Columbia University in 2007, characterizing the electrochemistry of enzymes for fuel cells. His post-doc work dealt with sub-micron interconnect features for the semiconductor industry.

He then joined the newly-formed CUNY Energy Institute. There he worked on an ARPA-E funded project, which resulted in the spin out company Urban Electric Power. His recent research has focused on using high energy synchrotron techniques to characterize battery electrodes. He joined the faculty of Northeastern University in 2017, in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Click for more info

Eugene S. Smotkin, PhD

Prof Smotkin obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989.  Dr. Smotkin co-founded NuVant Systems in 1999 and is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in Boston.

He has 20 years experience in fuel cell R&D; awarded over $14 million in government and industry grants, has over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 8 patents.  He was admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana in 2013. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Electrochemical Society and is the Faculty adviser to the Boston Electrochemical Society Student Chapter.

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