Section Officers 2007/2008
Section Vice Chair
Argonne National Lab
Kang, Sun Ho
Argonne National Lab
Northern Illinois University
The following is historical material, last updated in 2006
This section serves the needs of the ECS members interested in electrochemical science
and technology in Chicago area and nearby vicinity. Geographically the members are from
Northern Illinois, Northern Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. The northern part borders with
Wisconsin, home of the Southern Wisconsin Section. The Chicago and Southern Wisconsin
Sections maintain ties in alternate hosting of the annual Student Symposium.
The Chicago Section typically holds one evening technical meeting per month, usually in
a local area restaurant, following a dinner and casual social.
For the spring 1996 we have organized a full-day symposium on the Electrochemistry of
Surfaces and Interfaces.
You may also review past reports on the section activities:
of the 1996 activities of the Chicago Local Section.
Report of the 1998 activities of the Chicago
of the 1999 activities of the Chicago Local Section.
Report of the 2000
activities of the Chicago Local Section.
Report of the 2002 activities of
the Chicago Local Section.
Report of the 2003 activities
of the Chicago Local Section.
You may overview a list of recent past and future
Some of previous yearly pages (with some already missing links) are here:
1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2002,
Section Officers for 2003-2004
(elected May 2003)
Dr. Petr Vanýsek, Chairman
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115-2862
Dr. William Penrose, Vice-Chairman
Illinois Institute of Technology
BCPS Dept./Chemistry, LS-178,
3101 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Dr.Sun-Ho Kang, Treasurer
Chemical Technology Division
Argonne National Laboratory
Building 205, 9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne IL 60439-4837
Dr. Yuriy Tolmachev, Secretary
Argonne National Lab
9700 S Cass Ave Bldg 223
Argonne, IL 60439-4845
Tel: (630) 252-4353
Fax: (630) 252-7777
Dr. Keryn Lian, Councilor (term expiring 2004)
Motorola Advanced Technology Center
1301 E. Algonquin Rd.
Schaumburg IL 60196
George Marchetti, Councillor (term expiring 2005)
5726 S. Grand Ave.
Chicago Section Bylaws
"Click" here to review the Bylaws of the Chicago Section.
Upcoming Meeting in 2005/2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
We are pleased to announce the next meeting of the Chicago Section of the
It will consist of a technical talk as well as an update about the state of the Society.
Size-Selected Synthesis of PtRu Nano-Catalysts: Reaction and Size Control
Dr. Barry MacDougall, Vice president of the Electrochemical Society
National Research Council Canada, Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0R6.
Meeting Place: Bohemian Crystal Restaurant, 639 N. Blackhawk Drive, 60559
WESTMONT, Illinois, Phone No: (630) 789-1981.
Time: Social at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00pm, Presentation at 8:00 pm
Cost: For the dinner and talk is $15.00 for members and nonmembers, and
$7.00 for students, post-docs and unemployed members. Dinner is
All-You-Can-Eat Family style with selected menu. No reservations are needed
for the talk only, but if you call ahead, we can be assured seating.
Reservation: Please make reservations by Tuesday, April 18, with Keryn Lian at
email@example.com, or Chris Berney at Christopher.Berney@ametek-online.com or Petr
Vanysek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direction: The restaurant is located on Blackhawk Drive, one block north of
Ogden Avenue, 3/4 miles west of 83rd Route or two stoplights east of Cass
Avenue. The map should appear at this link:
A rapid synthesis method for the preparation of PtRu colloids and their subsequent
deposition on high surface area carbons is presented. The reaction mechanism is shown to
involve the oxidation of the solvent, namely ethylene glycol to mainly glycolic acid or,
depending on the pH, its anion, glycolate, while the Pt(+IV) and Ru(+III) precursor salts
are reduced. Glycolate acts as stabilizer for the PtRu colloids and the glycolate
concentration, and hence the size of the resulting noble metal colloids, is controlled via
the pH of the synthesis solution. Carbon supported PtRu catalysts of controlled size can
be prepared within the range of 0.7 to 4 nm. Slow scan X-ray diffraction and high
resolution transmission electron microscopy show the PtRu catalysts to be crystalline. The
Ru is partly dissolved in the face centered cubic Pt lattice but, the catalysts also
consist of a separate, hexagonal Ru phase. The PtRu catalysts appear to be of the same
composition independent of the catalyst size in the range of 1.2 and 4 nm. Particular PtRu
catalysts prepared in this work display enhanced activities for the methanol
electro-oxidation reaction when compared with two commercial catalysts.
Biography : Dr. Barry MacDougall earned his B.Sc. in 1967 at St. Francis Xavier University
and his Ph.D. in organic electrochemistry related to fuel cells in 1972 from the
University of Ottawa. In his work at NRC since 1972, Dr. MacDougall initially studied the
electrochemical formation, growth, structure and breakdown of anodic (passive) oxide films
on metals and alloys. He has also worked in the area of organic corrosion inhibitors and
has developed electrochemical methods to form dielectric films on silicon, which have
potential application in the semiconductor industry. More recently, Dr. MacDougall has
conducted and directed research on the electrochemical destruction of organic toxins e.g.,
the complete cathodic dechlorination of PCBs with 100% current efficiency and the anodic
removal of phenolic substances to well below the 1 ppm level. Recently, he has been
directing a major project on methanol fuel cell technology involving government,
university and industrial partners. The project involves the development of new anode
catalysts for the continuous oxidation of methanol at low potentials, with a view to low
temperature, portable power applications. He has published over 100 scientific papers,
three book chapters and has four patents [approved or pending] for recent industrial
innovations. Dr. MacDougall's contributions to electrochemical science have been
recognized worldwide. He was awarded the 1976 Young Author's Award of the Electrochemical
Society (ECS), the 1979 W. Lash Miller Award "in recognition of outstanding technical
contributions in the field of electrochemistry" and the 1995 ECS Carl Wagner Award
"in recognition of outstanding mid-career contributions to multiple areas of
electrochemical science and technology".
In 1988 he was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and in 1996 a Fellow
of NACE International. Dr. MacDougall has served as a member of the Executive, and
Chairperson, of both the Canadian Section and Corrosion Division of ECS. He was an Editor
for the Corrosion Section of the ECS Journal from 1984 to 1992, and was the Chairman of
the Fellows Selection Committee of the ECS from 1996 to 2000, and is presently Chairman of
the overall Honors and Awards Committee of ECS. He was selected to be the "Master of
Ceremonies" for the Societies 100th. Anniversary Meeting Banquet held in May, 2002.
He is also a full voting member of the "American National Inventors Hall of
Fame". He was elected Vice President of ECS in 2004.
Here is a picture from the field trip to
this meeting, conducted by NIU Special Topics in Electrochemistry students.
Past Program of Meetings in 2003/2004
8 October 2003 -
a Biosensor to Detect Single Bacterial Cells - William R. Penrose
IIT campus Chicago, at 15:35, Life Science Bldg. (corner 31st and State St.,
Inception: 30 August 2002
Last revised: 14 June 2018 07:40
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