Note on the links:

This page is here for historical purposes as depository of information. When new, the various links were valid, but over the years many have disappeared. You should not expect that the links will work. Also, many of the clickable e-mail addresses are not valid anymore. (Note added by Petr Vanýsek 13 February 2003)


FALL 1995

Table of Contents
Message from the Chairman
Recognition of Jay W. Grate
Welcome to the WWW
Call for Papers
Executive Committee Minutes
Business Meeting Minutes
Treasurers Report
Upcoming ECS Symposia
Upcoming Non-ECS Symposia

Message from The Chairman

The Sensor Division is thriving! Thanks to some excellent technical symposia organized recently (and the proceedings volumes produced in conjunction), the Division is financially healthy and is quite visible both within the So ciety and in the outside world. Because sensors is a rapidly growing technology at the interface of basic science and applied technology, our Division is a popular co-sponsor of symposia organized by many other Society Divisions.

At this fall's meeting in Chicago, we cosponsored symposia in two high-visibility areas, micro fabrication and environmental monitoring. In Los Angeles next spring, automotive sensors are featured, along with a symposium addressing the central fundamental problem in chemical sensor R&D: the surfaces and thin films used as chemically sensitive interfaces. Please see the Calenda r of Upcoming Sensor Symposia at the end of this newsletter for more information.

The nomination process for the second Outstanding Achievement Award of the Sensor Division has begun. Please send your suggestions to the chair of the nominating committee, Prof. D. Jed Harris on, University of Alberta, Dept. of Chemistry, W3-13B, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2G2 (Jed.Harrison@Ualberta.CA).

The Sensor Division's Executive Committee met on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 8:45 pm at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and the Sensor Division Luncheon and Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 12:15 pm, at the Sheraton. Minutes from both meeti ngs are to be found below. Our next Division meetings will be at the Fall 1996 meeting of the ECS in San Antonio.

Tony Ricco, Chairman

Recognition of Jay W. Grate

The most recent issue of "Spotlights on Sensors and Actuators," published by Elsevier, included a citation analysis of all papers in Sensors and Actuators A and B in the years 1991 and 1992 (Table 3: Best Cited Papers). The most frequently cited of all papers was the following by Grate and Abraham: "Solubility Interactions and the Design of Chemically Selective Sorbent Coatings and Arrays", Jay W. Grate and Michael H. Abraham, Sensors and Actuators B, 3(2), pp 85-111.

These citation results are an indication of the international recognition of Dr. Grate's work.

J. Janata

Welcome to the World-Wide Web (WWW)

If you're reading this, then you're already familiar with the WWW. The Fall 1995 Interface describes how to access a template for abstracts, which may be submitted for the Spring 1996 Los Ange les meeting will be via e-mail. On November 1, 1995, the ECS Meeting Abstract Author Package (MAAP) will be officially released and made available through the ECS Home Page. You may "click" here to receive information on the Beta-Version of the MAAP. Although the deadline for abstract submission has been pushed to early January (from Dec. 1), no doubt we will all need some practice to get our abstracts in on time.

Call for Papers

Following is the call for papers for symposia that are (co)sponsored by the Sensor Division for the Los Angeles meeting of the ECS to be held in May 5-10, 1996. Deadline for submission: Ja nuary 2, 1996, by e-mail.

Surfaces and Films for Sensing:

This symposium will address the issues associated with the rational design and tailoring of novel surfaces and thin films for applications to chemical sensors. Comparisons of the performance and properties of new materials with existing materials are e ncouraged, as is the presentation of techniques for design and synthesis of new surface chemistries and materials. Presentation of new sensor and system designs which involve issues of interfacial synthesis and performance characterization are invited. Ab stracts, suggestion and inquires should be sent to J. Grate or D. J. Harrison (address at the end of this newsletter).

Automotive Sensors:

(Jointly with the Energy Technology Division). This symposium will focus on recent developments in automotive sensor technologies and is expected to act as a forum for the large and div erse technical community involved in this area of research. Contributions are solicited on a broad range of sensor topics. These include the fundamental sensor science as well as the application engineering, and the traditional device developments along w ith the emerging technologies. Abstracts, suggestions and inquiries should be forwarded to R. W. Cernosek, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-1425, Ph.: 505-845-8818, FAX 505-844-1198, or T. Logothetis, S. S. Wang and T. F. Fuller (Addresses in the winter issue of Interface.)

Minutes of the Sensor Division Meetings, Fall 1995


The Sensor Division of The Electrochemical Society

Chicago, Illinois. October 8th 1995

In attendance were Tony Ricco, Dennis Turner, John Dismukes, Petr Vanysek, William Buttner, Joseph Stetter, Jordan Maclay, Pavel Neuzil, Jay Grate, and Peter Hesketh.

Tony Ricco called the meeting to order at 8:50 pm and the Treasurer/Secretary, Peter Hesketh read the minutes from the Sensor Division lunch, the executive committee meeting, and treasurer's report. The minutes were approved by voice vote.

Tony discussed the Sensor Award and asked for volunteers to participate on the committee headed by Jed Harrison. He also asked for nominations which can be sent via e-mail. Supporting documentation or a letter of support should be provided if possible, but it is not essential .

Petr Vanysek said he was happy to continue as editor of the Newsletter for one more year and thanked Tony Ricco for mailing and printing the current edition. Dennis Turner suggested we make copies of the Sensor Division Newsletter available at Committe e Meetings and the Sensor Lunch. Petr requested local section news such as promotions and awards for publication in Interface. Petr reported that it is now producing revenues and the new Editor is Jan Talbot of UC San Diego. Libraries are charged $60 on t op of The Journal subscription for Interface. Could Interface be given at no charge?

Peter Hesketh brought a request from Profs. Thevenot, Toth, Durst, and Wilson (and R. P Buck) to publish a short paper - "Electrochemical Biosensors: Proposed Definitions and Classification" from a committee of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Ap plied Chemistry). After discussion it was agreed that The Journal was not appropriate but the committee would endorse and forward it to the editor of Interface for consideration. Tony Ricco asked for discussion of future symposia.

Jay Grate discussed the minimal assistance from his co-organizers. John Dismukes asked if the collaboration will continue for the future Spring 98 symposium on Environmental Sensors.

Dennis Turner said the Environmental Group is not yet formed and is still in the New Technology sub-committee. Jay Grate commented on difficulty in finding a good mailing list for the call for papers. The use of electronic format was discussed but we o nly have e-mail addresses for about 5% of the >2000 on names the Sandia list. Dennis Turner suggested requesting funding from EPA to assist with the next environmental sensors symposia. A preproposal with a list of tentative speakers could be prepared. Ar t Janata's proposed session on the detection of radionuclides could be rolled into the environmental sensors symposia. Joe Stetter offered to assist with the Environmental Sensors Meeting organization.

John Dismukes commented that in order for us to grow and become an affluent Division we must be aware that in co-sponsored Symposia we lose a big fraction of the income. The level of participation varies from the difficulty with the "Environmental Grou p" to those with active participants like Henry Hughes of the DS&T. What is our strategy ? Our committee suggests areas and organizers, then these are brought before the subcommittee and other divisions can co-sponsor if there is overlap. Co-sponsoring Di visions should provide equal financial support and an active co-organizer. With equal support from divisions the profits should be split equally. In most cases this can be arranged in advance like the Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems. However t he chairman can increase the support by $500 at the request of the Division Chairman without an executive committee meeting. Tony suggested we set guidelines as follows: When a Symposium Proceedings is not published our support is limited to registration for one keynote or invited speaker per day of the meeting. If two Divisions cosponsor, then cost is split jointly. In any case all budgets must be approved in advance and we prefer that symposium organizers request a budget at the Executive Committee Meeting.

Tony asked any members At-Large at the committee meeting to suggest topics for future Symposia.

A symposium on High Temperature Materials has been moved to the San Antonio Meeting, Fall 96.

Peter Hesketh will organize another Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems Symposia for Spring 97 and contact co-organizers Denise Denton and Henry Hughes. Immuno and Biosensors may n eed reconfirmation as Jed Harrison is not present. Dennis suggested the Energy Division might co-sponsor the Applications of Sensors in Energy Technology.

Chemical Sensors - III in Paris is co-sponsored by the ISE with representatives Dr. F. Silva (Portugal) and Dr. G. Horvai (Hungary). The format of this first ever joint meeting in Europe w as discussed. The topics are limited to 12 different areas and the Chemical Sensors have been grouped with Electroanalytical Chemistry, hence there will be broad range of papers. It might end up with 2.5 days of chemical sensors and 2.5 days of electroana lytical chemistry. There is plenty of capacity for posters at this meeting to handle the overflow. Petr asked if we can have more collaboration with Paris at this point.

Jordan Maclay suggested Ted Zellers Industrial Hygiene session could be included in the Environmental Sensors Meeting Planned for 98. Suggested topic for Spring 98 are liquid-liquid interfaces organized by Petr Vanysek with participation from Rob Corn.

Dennis Turner proposed a symposium on Medical Sensors for the Fall 98 meeting in Boston.

Tony Ricco suggested Chemical Sensors at the Hawaii Meeting in 1999 because of the excellent Japanese participation.

John Dismukes commented on the excellent planning we have with meetings over two years in advance.

Peter Hesketh indicated the International Meeting on Chemical Sensors is in Washington, July 1996. This meeting occurs every 2 to 3 years. It will not clash with any of our proposed symposia.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 pm.

Peter J. Hesketh, Secretary-Treasurer



The Sensor Division of The Electrochemical Society

Chicago, Illinois. Tuesday, October 10th, 1995

The Sensor Division Business Meeting was called to order by the chairman, Tony Ricco, at 12:53pm in the Sheraton Hotel. The chairman introduced head table, members of the Sensor Division Executive Committee, Division advisor John Dismukes, and Dennis T urner, founder of the Sensor Group. The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the past business meeting and the treasurer's report. The former was approved by voice vote. Peter Hesketh, Chairman of the Local Section, welcomed ECS members to Chicago.

Tony Ricco asked for nominations for the sensor division award to be forwarded to Jed Harrison, chairman of the Sensor Division Awards Committee. Supporting material should be provided if possible, but it is not essential.

Petr Vanysek discussed the Newsletter which has been mailed out to all members. As interface representative, he requested news about local sections.

Tony announced the current symposia on Environmental Sensors and Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems - II. Future symposia include: Spring 96 in Los Angeles, two symposia: Automotive Sensors, and Surface Films for Sensing. Fall 96 in San Antonio, two symposia: Acoustic Wave-Based Sensors and Ceramic Sensors. Spring 97 in Montreal, three Symposia: Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems - III, Immuno and Biosensors, and the Applications of Sensors in Energy Technology.

Fall 97 in Paris, one symposium: Chemical Sensors III which is a joint meeting with the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE).

Tony introduced John Dismukes, advisor to the Sensor Division and former chairman of the DS&T Division. John commented on the smooth functioning of the Sensor Division, the successful symposia that have been held, the healthy bank balance, and the grow ing membership of the Division, which has grown by over 22% over the past year. He said he is available to help with problems and give advice to the Division.

Tony Ricco asked for suggestions for increased cooperation with other societies. Also, announcement of upcoming symposia and meeting announcements will be included in the Sensor Division Newsletter.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:14 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter J. Hesketh, Secretary-Treasurer


From the Treasurer's Report

The balance, as of June 30, 1995, in the Outstanding Achievement Award account is $ 5857 and in the Sensor Division account $ 9689. - P. Hesketh



for the terms of office October 1994 to October 1996

Dr. Antonio J. Ricco, Chairman
Sandia National Laboratories
Microsensor Department
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1425
(505) 844-1405

Prof. Petr Vanysek, Vice-Chairman
Newsletter Editor and Interface Representative
Department of Chemistry
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-6876

Prof. Peter Hesketh, Secretary/Treasurer
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Dept. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Chicago, IL 60607-7053
(312) 413-7574

Dr. Ned Godshall, Member-at-Large
Silicon MicroDevices, Inc.
2309 Renard Pl., Ste. 204
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 764-0178

Dr. Jay W. Grate, Member-at-Large
Pacific Northwest
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Prof. D. Jed Harrison, Member-at-Large
Dept. of Chemistry, W3-13B
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta CANADA T6G 2G2
(403) 492-2790

Meilin Liu, Member-at-Large
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Atlanta, GA 30332-0245
(404) 894-6114

Dr. H. V. Venkatasety, Member at large
12110 Red Oak Ct.
Burnsville, MN 55337
(612) 894-2792

Upcoming Sensor Symposia at ECS and Other Meetings

Symposium Title/Sponsoring Organization/(Group or Division)/

Date & Location/Contact

ECS Symposia

Automotive Sensors
ECS (Sensor/Energy Technology)
May 5-10, 1996
Los Angeles
R. Cernosek

Surfaces and Films for Sensing
ECS (Sensor)
May 5-10, 1996
Los Angeles
D. J. Harrison and J. W. Grate

Acoustic Wave-Based Sensors
ECS (Sensor/Physical Electrochem.)
Oct. 6-11, 1996
San Antonio
A. J. Ricco, S. J. Martin and J. G. Gordon

Ceramic Sensors III
ECS (Sensor/HTM)
Oct. 6-11, 1996
San Antonio
M. Liu

Chemically Modified Electrodes - Intelligent Design and Structure
ECS (Physical/Energy/Sensor)
Oct. 6-11, 1996
San Antonio
J. Leddy and M. J. Natan,

Sensor General Session
ECS (Sensor)
Oct. 6-11, 1996
San Antonio
P. Vanysek and N. Godshall

Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems III
May 4-9, 1997
P. Hesketh, D. Denton and H. Hughes

Immuno and Biosensors
May 4-9, 1997
tent.: Harrison, Buck, Meyerhoff, Arnold, Heineman

Applications of sensors in energy technology
ECS (Energy Technology/Sensor)
May 4-9, 1997
T. Fuller and A. J. Ricco

Sensors Based on Luminescence
ECS (LDM/Sensor)
May 4-9, 1997
C. Lawson and A. Ellis

Sensing, Control and Treatment for Pollution Prevention
ECS (Industrial Electrolysis/Sensor)
May 4-9, 1997
T. Nguyen, E. W. Brooman and G. C. Frye

Chemical Sensors III
ECS (Sensor/Physical Electrochem.) Jointly with ISE
Aug.31-Sept. 5 1997
M. A. Butler, A. J. Ricco, P. Vanysek, G. Horvai and F. Silva

Environmental Sensors
May 3-8, 1998
San Diego
J. Grate

Liquid - Liquid Electrochemistry
May 3-8, 1998
San Diego
P. Vanysek and R. M. Corn

Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems IV
ECS (Sensor/HTM)
Nov. 1-6, 1998
P. Hesketh, D. Denton and H. Hughes

Acoustic Wave-Based Sensors
ECS (Sensor/HTM)
Nov 1-6, 1998
S. J. Martin, A. J. Ricco and J. G. Gordon

Medical Sensors - Proposed
ECS (Sensor/HTM)
Nov 1-6, 1998

PTBM (Plans to be made)
May 23-28, 1999

Chemical Sensors - IV (proposed)
Oct. 17-22 1999
tent.: Ricco & Butler

May 2000

May 2002

Non-ECS Symposia

Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop

Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Sensors & Interfacial Design

Chemical Sensor Symposium
Dec. 17-22,1995; Honolulu

Chemical Analysis with Micromachining and Miniaturized Systems PACIFICHEM'95
Dec. 17-22, 1995 Honolulu

Bioanalytical Sensors
Gordon Research Conferences
Jan. 14-19, 1996, Ventura
S. Weber: University of Pittsburgh

Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop
Transducers Research Foundation
June 2-6, 1996
Hilton Head
R. T. Howe

6th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors
July 22-25, 1996
Marian McCurley, NIST

Chemical Sensors & Interfacial Design
Gordon Research Conferences
August 1996
Colby-Sawyer College
R.M. Crooks Texas A&M

Transducers '97
June 16-19 1997
K.D. Wise

This electronic electronic edition of the newsletter was prepared by Tony Ricco ( and Petr Vanysek ( No new electrons are used in transmittal of this document.

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