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 Vanęsek 13 February 2003)


FALL 1996

Table of Contents
Message from the Chairman
Sensor Division in Interface
'96-'98 Slate of Officers
Information on the World Wide Web (WWW)
Chicago Executive Committee Minutes
Chicago Business Meeting Minutes
San Antonio Executive Committee Minutes
San Antonio Business Meeting Minutes
Treasurers Report
New Wiley Journal
Montreal Call for Papers
Paris Call for Papers
Upcoming ECS Symposia
Upcoming Non-ECS Symposia

Message from The Chairman

This fall in San Antonio, it will be our great pleasure to present the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Sensor Division to Professor Richard P. Buck of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of the "founding fathers" of the Sensor Division and a major contributor to the science of electrochemical sensors and biosensors, we are very pleased to recognize his many achievements.

At this fall's meeting in San Antonio, we will cosponsor symposia in three very active areas: ceramic sensors, chemically modified electrodes, and acoustic wave-based sensors. In Montreal next spring, energy technology, pollution prevention, optical sensors, microfabricated systems & structures, and immuno- and bio-sensors are the topics.

Looking further ahead, next fall's meeting in Paris, the first ECS meeting to be held outside the U.S. and jointly sponsored by the International Society of Electrochemistry, will feature a five-day symposium on chemical and biological sensors. Please see the Upcoming Symposia at the end of this Newsletter for details.

This fall will see a change in the officers of the Sensor Division; the '96-'98 Slate of New Officers is also in this newsletter. It has been my great pleasure to serve as Chair for the last two years, and I would particularly like to thank the officers and members at large of our division, as well as the organizers of a large number of high-quality, exciting technical symposia over the past two years. I believe providing a venue for the presentation of new results in the field of sensors and allied technical disciplines is the primary function of this division, and I look forward to continuing to work with the new officers and all members of the Sensor Division in the future.

Because I have been asked to serve on the Long-Range Planning Committee of the ECS, I am particularly interested in continuing to receive input from all of you on ways in which the Society can better serve the needs of its members.

The Sensor Division's Executive Committee will meet on Sunday, October 6, at 8:45 pm in Conference Room 7 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. This meeting is open and participation is particularly encouraged for those who have ideas for new symposia.

You will have a second chance to offer your input at the Sensor Division Luncheon and Business Meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 12:15 pm, at JW's Steakhouse, in the Marriott (order your tickets in advance or pick them up at the meeting). Please join us, participate in the election of the new officers of the Division, and offer your suggestions for improvement!

Tony Ricco, Chairman

The Sensor Division in Interface

In December 1997 the Sensor Division will be featured again in the ECS magazine Interface. The highlighting of the Division is done by the members division themselves. Three or four enticing articles, written by the members, will be published in this issue. I would like to invite suggestions for topics, suggestions for authors and, most certainly, volunteer writers pvanysek€ Although the issue will appear more than a year from now, the articles need to be written at the latest, during the summer 1997.

We were previously featured in December 1994, in articles by Peter J. Hesketh and D. Jed Harrison "Micromachining", Abdul-Majeed Azad, Sheikh Akbar and Lora Younkman "Ceramic Sensors" and Antonio J. Ricco "SAW Chemical Sensors". There was a fourth article, by Cecilia Espadas-Torre, Martin Telting-Diaz and Mark E. Meyerhoff, "Electrochemical Sensors for the Continuous Monitoring of Blood Gases and Electrolytes." For space limitations, this one appeared in the Spring 1995 issue of the Interface.

Petr Vanęsek, Vice Chairman

'96-'98 Slate of New Officers

Thanks to the work of the ECS Sensor Division Nominating Committee, chaired by Mike Butler and including Art Janata and Bill Heineman, the following slate of officers for the Fall '96 - Fall '98 term has been proposed:

Professor Petr Vanęsek (Northern Illinois University)

Vice Chairman:
Professor Peter Hesketh (University of Illinois-Chicago)

Dr. Joe Stetter (Transducer Research, Inc.)

Executive Committee Members at Large:
Dr. Cindy Bruckner-Lea (PNL)
Prof. Richard Crooks (Texas A&M)
Dr. Jay Grate (PNL)
Prof. Jed Harrison (University of Alberta)
Prof. Rob Hillman (University of Leicester)
Dr. Henry Hughes (Motorola)
Dr. Fred Yamagishi (Hughes)
Prof. Noboru Yamazoe (Kyushu University)

Election will occur by voice vote at the Sensor Division Business Meeting/Luncheon on Tuesday, October 8, 1996, in San Antonio.

Information on the World-Wide Web (WWW)

The ECS home page which is located at appeared in 1995. The Sensor Division is featured there as well, with timely pertinent information. Even this newsletter is available there. Unlike its printed copy of, the text in the web page can be updated and corrected. This will be particularly useful for the calendar of sensor related events. The other e-mail advance is the submission of the abstracts for upcoming meetings electronically. As more modes of file forms are becoming acceptable, the submission is becoming easier. Although camera ready submission is still possible and prevalent, only those abstracts submitted electronically can be accesses and retrieved electronically by others.

Minutes of the Sensor Division Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, 8 October 1995, Chicago, Illinois

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

Tony Ricco called the meeting to order st 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 Vanęsek 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 News Letter available at Committee Meetings and the Sensor Lunch.

Petr requested local section news such a 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 top of The Journal subscription. Could Interface be given at no charge?

Peter Hesketh brought a request from D. R. Thévenot, K. Tóth, R. A. Durst, and G. S. Wilson (and R. P Buck) to publish a short paper - "Electrochemical Biosensors: Proposed Definitions and Classification" from a committee of IUPAC. After discussion it was felt 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 meeting. Dennis Turner said the Environmental Group is not yet a 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 only 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. Art Janata's proposed session on the detection of radionucleotides 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 loose a big fraction of the income. The level of participation varies from the difficulty with the "Environmental Group" 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 Divisions 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 the 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 are involved 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 need 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 was 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 electroanalytical 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 Vanęsek with participation from Rob Corn.

Dennis Turner proposed a symposia 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 the proposed symposia.

Tony proposed that the meeting be closed.

Peter J. Hesketh, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes of the Sensor Division Luncheon and Business Meeting
Sunday, 10 October 1996, Chicago, Illinois

The Sensor Division Business Meeting was called to order by the chairman, Tony Ricco, at 12:53 PM at the Sheraton Hotel. The chairman introduced head table, members of the Sensor Division Committee, Petr Vanęsek, Peter Hesketh, Division Advisor John Dismukes, Dennis Turner, founder of the Sensor Group. The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the past business meeting and the treasurers report which were both 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 Vanęsek discussed the Newsletter which has been mailed out to all members.

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 96 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, and the healthy bank balance 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.

Peter J. Hesketh, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes of the Sensor Division Executive Committee Meeting
Sunday, October 6, 1996, San Antonio, Texas

Petr Vanysek reviewed the minutes and treasurer report. The sensor division is doing well [see Treasurer's Report.

Jed Harrison and Peter Hesketh sent regrets for not being able to be present. Joe Stetter volunteered to take minutes.

Tony Ricco thanked the awards committee, Jed, Art, Bill for their work.

Congratulations were given to Prof. R.P. Buck who was present and is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Sensor Division. The Award symposium is Tuesday. Other divisions have cooperated and not run parallel sessions so more can attend Prof. Buck's talk. Thanks.

The Sensor Division will be featured in the Spring 1998 Interface. Deadline for manuscripts is Nov. 15, 1997 [see Petr].

Cynthia J. Bruckner-Lea was nominated/drafted to be the new interface to Interface and take over from Petr.

We need people to contribute to the web page [send to Petr]. Our division has a great web page, let's keep it going.

John Dismukes, our ECS Advisor, congratulated the sensor division on its financial and membership success [950 members and growing]. He suggested that we run several symposia each year on our own and keep our past officers active to maintain continuity.

Mike Butler commented on the nominating committee work [with Art and Bill] and will present slate of candidates at Tuesday's business meeting. You have to be a member of the Society to be an officer of the Division.

Tony reviewed the upcoming symposia. See the calendar in the newsletter. Paris 1997 will be a major symposium with >100 papers and we will run this ourselves to get good revenue.

Jay Grate suggested the name be changed to Environmental Monitors and Occupational Safety Sensors for May in San Diego.

New ideas for symposia were discussed including one about how the electronic tongue can lick the electronic nose in a fair fight and a more serious ones about sensors for liquid systems and sensor arrays for chemical sensing. Henry Hughes suggested one on chemical sensor packaging.

The sensor division was requested by the ECS to provide support for the ECS Linford Award but we declined at this time because we are just getting started ourselves and our own award is not totally funded yet. It was suggested to raise our Achievement Award to $1000.

Motion to adjourn.

Joseph R. Stetter, Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes of the Sensor Division Luncheon and Business Meeting
Tuesday, 9 October 1996, San Antonio, Texas

Called to order 12:45PM, San Antonio Marriott, Tuesday, October 9, 1996 by Tony Ricco. 56 people were in attendance.

Petr Vanysek summarized the minutes of the last meeting and they were accepted by the membership vote.

Petr V. read a summary of the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting from Sunday evening.

The treasurer reported $11,966.25 in our Division Account and $6,528 in our Award Account as of June 1st, 1996.

Professor R.P.Buck is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for this year. Congratulations to a most deserving scientist!

Cindy Bruckner-Lea will lead our division newsletter team this year. Thanks Cindy!

The Sensor Division will be featured in Interface in the Spring of 1988 Issue. Please send manuscripts or ideas for manuscripts to Petr or Cindy by November of 1997.

Mike Butler proposed the new slate of officers for 1997. The motion was made, seconded, and approved - our new officers were elected. Congratulations to Petr Vanysek, Peter Hesketh, Joe Stetter, and all the members-at-large. Much Thanks to Tony and his staff for the fine job leading the sensor division this past year. Let's have another great year!

Please send any ideas for Symposium Topics to any of the officers. We need good ideas for all the members!

Congratulations to Tony Ricco who is on the ECS long range planning team.

Some comments for our members from our representatives at the Symposium Subcommittee Meeting Tuesday morning follow:

The ECS would like to have help for members in a short course called "interviewing skills." What do you think? Let us know. Also provide comments on a "forum to discuss the role of Basic Research in Industry, Laboratories, Academia." Maybe some grass roots input to this issues would be good for a change? The AIP has helped with our exhibits the past two times and now the ECS will do it on their own for future meetings. The ECS will consider poster sessions but only if the quality is high; i.e., the same abstract, deadlines, rules, ... will apply.

Motion to adjourn; approved; adjourn 1:20 PM.

Joseph R. Stetter, Secretary-Treasurer

From the Treasurer's Report

The balance, as of June 30, 1996, in the Outstanding Achievement Award account is $ 6528 and in the Sensor Division account $ 11,966.25.

Peter J. Hesketh, Secretary-Treasurer

New Wiley journal with sensor interest

A new journal called "Field analytical chemistry and technology" is introduced this year. The journal emphasizes the benefits and challenges of developing improved field-portable instruments and methods, as well as applying those tools to a broad range of environmental, regulatory, health, safety, forensic and military applications. Chemical sensor technology is one of the ares in which manuscripts will be considered. Henk L. C. Meuzelaar is the editor, associate editors are Art Janata, E. B. Overton and E. N. Koglin.

Montreal Meeting Call for Papers

Following is the call for papers for symposia that are (co)sponsored by the Sensor Division for the Montreal meeting of the ECS to be held in May 4-9, 1997. Deadline for submission: January 2, 1997, by e-mail.

Application of Sensors in Energy Technology

This symposium will provide a forum for discussing issues and advancements related to sensors in energy applications. Papers describing special needs for sensors in energy-related applications would also be of interest.

Sensing, Control, and Treatment for Pollution Prevention

This Symposium is aimed at providing a forum for reporting the most recent advances in theory and practices in sensing, control, and treatment for pollution prevention. Areas of particular interest are new control and treatment processes and algorithms, sensors, materials, cell and electrode designs, sensitivity and selectively and experimental and computer simulation studies to assess performance limitations.

Sensors Based on Optical Spectroscopy

This symposium will address optical sensors that are based on changes in spectroscopic material properties. These optical sensors can be based on changes in luminescence characteristics, changes in absorption spectra, Raman spectroscopy, and other optical effects. This symposium will cover elements of chemistry, materials science, and optics.

Publication of a Proceedings Volume is planned.

Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems III

This symposium will focus on all aspects of microstructures and microfabricated systems, including micromachining and process related technologies. Research results on novel aspects of micromechanics, microfluidics, and the application of these structures to the physical and biological sciences are encouraged. Particular emphasis should be placed on potential applications of these structures.

Publication of a Proceedings Volume is planned to be available at the Meeting.

Immuno and Bio-Sensors

This symposium focuses on means to determine biochemicals in a variety of environments, utilizing ion sensors, optodes, enzyme electrodes, antibody-based assays used in combination with electrochemical or optical detection schemes, and miniaturized separation systems.

Paris Meeting Call for Papers

Following is the call for papers for symposia that are (co)sponsored by the Sensor Division for the Paris meeting of the ECS to be held in August 31-September 5, 1997. Deadline for submission: March 3, 1997, by e-mail.

Chemical and Biological Sensors and Analytical Electrochemical Methods

This symposium will address all aspects of analysis of complex chemical environments. Chemical and biological sensors as well as analytical electrochemistry are the major themes. The transduction mechanisms for these analytical techniques involve the conversion of a chemical interaction into a physical effect that is detected. Proceedings volume is planned which will be available at the meeting. Therefore, the manuscripts for the proceedings are due March 3, 1997, at the time of the paper sumbission.

Upcoming ECS Symposia

Symposium Title
Sponsoring Organization/(Group or Division)
Date & Location

Acoustic Wave-Based Sensors IV
ECS (Sensor)
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
H.U. Anderson, M.-L. Liu and N. Yamazoe

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

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

Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems III
ECS (Sensor/Dielectric Sci & Tech/Electronics)
May 4-9, 1997
P.J. Hesketh, G. Barna and H.G. Hughes

Immuno and Biosensors
ECS (Sensor/Organic & Bio Electrochem)
May 4-9, 1997
D.J. Harrison and F.A. Schultz

Applications of Sensors in Energy Technology
ECS (Energy Technology/Sensor)
May 4-9, 1997
K. Rajeshwar and A. J. Ricco

Sensors Based on Optical Spectroscopy
ECS (LDM/Sensor)
May 4-9, 1997
C.M. Lawson and A.B. 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 and Biological Sensors and Analytical Electrochemical Methods
ECS (Sensor/Physical Electrochem.) Jointly with ISE
Aug.31-Sept. 5 1997
M. A. Butler, A. J. Ricco, P. Vanęsek, G. Horvai and F. Silva

Sensors for Environmental Safety and Health Monitoring Applications
ECS (Sensor)
May 3-8, 1998, San Diego
J. W. Grate, J. Janata, G. C. Frye, E. T. Zellers

Liquid - Liquid Electrochemistry
ECS (Sensor)
May 3-8, 1998, San Diego
P. Vanęsek, R. M. Corn

Ceramic Sensors IV
ECS (HTM/Sensor)
May 3-8, 1998, San Diego
H. L. Anderson, M.-L. Liu, N. Yamazoe

Electrochemical Phenomena in Medical Research
ECS (New Technology/Sensors)
May 3-8, 1998, San Diego
P. K. Ng, F. A. Schultz

Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems IV
ECS (Sensor/DST/Electronics)
Nov. 1-6, 1998, Boston
P. J. Hesketh, H. G. Hughes, G. Barna

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

Corrosion Sensors
ECS (Corrosion/Sensors)
Nov 1-6, 1998, Boston
P. J. Moran, W. H. Smyrl, N. R. Sorensen

Symposia to be planned
May 2-7, 1999, Seattle

Symposia to be planned
Oct. 17-22 1999, Honolulu

Symposia to be planned
May 14-19, 2000, Toronto

Symposia to be planned
Oct.22-27, 2000, Phoenix

Symposia to be planned
Sept. 2-7, 2001, San Francisco

Symposia to be planned
May 12-17, 2002, Philadelphia

Upcoming Non-ECS Symposia

Micro Total Analysis Systems
Federation of European Chemical Societies
Nov. 19-22, 1996, Basel, Switzerland
E. Muller, K-127.1.54; Ciba-Geigy, CH-4002, Basel, Switz

Sensors Expo
The Journal of Applied Sensing Technology
Oct.22-24, 1996 Philadelphia

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

Interaction of Acoustic Waves with Thin Films and Interfaces
Royal Society of Chemistry, Faraday Division
Sept.8-10, 1997, Leicester, UK
A. R. Hillman

Eurosensors XI
Sept. 21-24, 1997, Warsaw, Poland
R. S. Jachowicz

1998 Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop
Transducers Research Foundation
June 7-11, 1998
A. J. Ricco

7th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors
August 1998, Beijing, China

Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Sensors & Interfacial Design
Gordon Research Foundation
September 1998, Prague, Czech Republic
J. Janata

This electronic electronic edition of the newsletter was prepared by Petr Vanęsek Updated 9 April 1997
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