Report to the Council of Local Sections from The Chicago Local Section

Presented at the CLS meeting May 5, 1996, Los Angeles

by Petr Vanýsek

The Chicago section held during the past period (October 95/May 96) 4 technical dinner meetings. The usual arrangement is that the invited speaker gives the technical presentation at a local area restaurant as an after-dinner presentation. It is usual to have about a 45-minute social before the dinner. This serves the very practical purpose for all the commuting members to gather in time. But this is also the meeting grounds, where people exchange in informal setting their best ideas and experiences.

A departure from the evening format was out March meeting, which was a full day affair. The Chicago Section held a Symposium on the Electrochemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces on March 14th 1996 at Argonne National Laboratories. Six invited speakers: Andrzej Wieckowski, Richard Van Duyne, Hoydoo You, Brian Niece, Robert M. Corn, and Michael Bedzyk presented papers on techniques for the study of electrochemical interfaces by X-ray, surface-enhanced spectroscopy, surface diffraction, scanning probe, and second harmonic generation. A tour of the Advanced Photon Source 7GeV Synchrotron accelerator ring was given. There were 71 people in attendance at the Symposium, of which 42 were students. A poster session with cocktail hour and dinner followed the invited talks. Twelve posters were presented on various aspects of electrochemical science. This meeting format was very successful and enjoyable for all those who attended and the local section is planning to hold annual topical symposia.

The last meeting of the section was a dinner meeting held on April 11th, at which Professor Barry Miller gave a very interesting talk on "New Electrochemistry for Carbon-Diamond and Fullerenes." The electrochemistry of fullerenes on graphite electrodes are particularly rich, showing an optical sensitivity and multiple levels of reduction at cathodic bias. He described the unique properties of thin p-type diamond films deposited on silicon wafers. These electrodes are very stable over a wide range of potential, even at high anodic bias. The high over potentials are thought to be due to the limited number of available states in the diamond and a collection of localized acceptor surface states. Professor Miller also presented an overview of the healthy status of the Society.

The section also reviewed on its two consecutive meetings (as required by the existing bylaws) the bylaws, in response to the recommendation to make updating changes or possibly to adopt a text of model bylaws, that were distributed in the past year. The membership came to conclusion that the current bylaws are satisfactory and only minor changes were approved. They include the change in date for the fiscal year beginning, increase in maximum allowed section dues, correction in spelling and change in wording to make the document gender neutral. This document has been forwarded to Rocque Calvo, with request to forward it to the proper committees.

The section made itself visible on the World Wide Web, where we have our own page under the Electrochemical Society home page. We are so far one of the only three sections that have done so (San Francisco and European are the other two.)