Chicago Section



Historical material prior to 2008:


Section Officers 2008/2009


   Section Chair
     Sandi, Giselle
     Argonne National Lab
   Section Vice Chair
     Berney, Christopher
     Solartron Analytical
   Section Secretary
     Lu, Wenquan
     Argonne National Lab
   Section Treasurer
     Kang, Sun Ho
     Argonne National Lab
     Kwok, Wellington
   Incumbent Councilor
     Vanysek, Petr
     Northern Illinois University
   Representative, Individual Membership Comm
     Vanysek, Petr
     Northern Illinois University

Section Officers 2007/2008

Section Vice Chair
Sandi, Giselle
Argonne National Lab

Section Secretary
Berney, Christopher
Solartron Analytical

Section Treasurer
Kang, Sun Ho
Argonne National Lab

Vanysek, Petr
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:
Report of the 1996 activities of the Chicago Local Section.
Report of the 1998 activities of the Chicago Local Section.
Report 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 meetings.  

Some of previous yearly pages (with some already missing links) are here:
1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2002, 2002-2003

Section Officers for 2003-2004

(elected May 2003)

Dr. Petr Vanýsek, Chairman
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115-2862
(Tel): 815-753-6876
(Fax): 815-753-4802
email: PKG31.jpg (7257 bytes)

Dr. William Penrose, Vice-Chairman
Illinois Institute of Technology
BCPS Dept./Chemistry, LS-178,
3101 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Tel: 312-567-5875
fax: 815-567-3497

Dr.Sun-Ho Kang, Treasurer
Chemical Technology Division
Argonne National Laboratory
Building 205, 9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne IL 60439-4837
Tel: 630-252-6772
Fax 630-252-4176

Dr. Yuriy Tolmachev, Secretary
Argonne National Lab
9700 S Cass Ave Bldg 223
Rm C202
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
Tel: 847-538-9532
Fax; 847-576-2111

George Marchetti, Councillor (term expiring 2005)
5726 S. Grand Ave.
Western Springs
Tel: (708)-246-9083

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 ECS.
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 Mechanism
presented by

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, or Chris Berney at or Petr Vanysek at

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: gto.gif (1936 bytes)

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 -

Building a Biosensor to Detect Single Bacterial Cells - William R. Penrose

IIT campus Chicago, at 15:35, Life Science Bldg. (corner 31st and State St., Chicago).



Inception: 30 August 2002 
Last revised: 14 June 2018 07:40
© Petr Vanýsek

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