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FALL 1997

Table of Contents
Sensor Division Officers and Executive Committee Members
Message from the Chairman
Member News
Outstanding Achievement Award
Sensor Division Featured in Interface
Montreal Executive Committee
Paris Executive Committee
Paris Meeting, September 1997
San Diego Meeting, May 1998
Upcoming Symposia
Get Involved
Newsletter Input

Division Officers and Executive Committee

Sensor Division Officers:

Prof. Petr Vanysek
Northern Illinois University

Vice Chairman:
Prof. Peter J. Hesketh
University of Illinois

Dr. Joseph R. Stetter
Illinois Institute of Technology

Executive Committee Members:

Dr. Cindy Bruckner-Lea, Newsletter Editor and Interface Rep.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Prof. Richard Crooks
Texas A & M University

Dr. Jay W. Grate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Prof. D. Jed Harrison
University of Alberta

Prof. A. R. Hillman
University of Leicester

Dr. Henry G. Hughes

Dr. Frederick Yamagishi
Hughes Research Laboratory

Prof. Noboru Yamazoe
Kyushu University

John P. Dismukes, Divisional Advisor
University of Toledo

Message from the Chairman

This issue of the Newsletter is coming from the hands of our new editor, Cindy Bruckner-Lea, to whom this work came on top of a fresh addition to her family. I want to thank her for taking on the job, replacing me in the task which I have been doing for the last three years. Paper medium, especially when it is a small piece of paper can still be more practical then electronic messaging. Not everyone has ready access to electronic mail. Though we will continue to publish our yearly paper Newsletter, we will also explore the suitability of sending messages to the membership over e-mail and making the Newsletter available on the Internet:

I view the proliferation of electronic messaging with mixed feelings. On one hand, it creates an inconsiderate and ignorant group, which will only remember that the way to send mail is by pressing, say, Ctrl+H, not knowing what the procedure really involves. These are the same people who would send you a document, which, after tedious decoding from Base64, MIME and UUENCODE, will turn out to be written in a word processor which you do not own. On the other hand, developing a manuscript over distance with somebody who shares the same software and the save level of computer literacy is a breeze. The ECS web site ( has become a tremendously useful tool, in large part thanks to Brian Rounsavill from the Society Headquarters. He has also helped to organize the Sensor Division sub-pages, which I have compiled. Check, for example, a complete list of the sensor-related symposia at We are a young and growing division and as such, we will keep abreast of the positive aspects of electronic communications. Watch the www in the future.

For the first time in the history of ECS, its meeting was held in Europe. This fall meeting was held in Paris and organized jointly with ISE. The meeting was a success both for the Society and for the Sensor Division. Our single symposium attracted a large audience. Such success is largely due to the effort of symposium organizers. I wish to thank all the people who volunteered their time to the Sensor Division in the past year and who made it a stronger and more visible component of ECS and the electrochemical science. I invite all of you to contribute in the upcoming year through active meeting participation.

I wish you all a happy, productive and successful upcoming year.

Petr Vanysek, Chairman
December 1997

Member News

Richard P. Buck, past Chairman of the Sensor Division and a Fellow of the Society is retiring from his academic position in North Carolina at the end of this year. He will keep thinking about electrochemistry in his new home in California.

Jiri (Art) Janata and Mira Josowicz moved from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Georgia Tech University. They are enjoying the return to academic life, and are often mistaken for native Georgians (due to their newly acquired Southern accents). Art is working diligently to set up a new laboratory and teach classes, however, he has been occasionally spotted on ski slopes in Utah and Washington.

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Division is seeking nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Sensor Division. This award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in the science and/or technology of sensors and to encourage excellent work in the field. Members of the nomination committee are Prof. Masuo Aizawa, Prof. Jed Harrison, Dr. Tony Ricco, Prof. Werner Weppner and the chair, Prof J. (Art) Janata. Please send nominations to the Chair, at his new address: Jiri Janata, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0400 or

Sensor Division Featured in Interface

The Sensor Division will be featured in the Winter '98 issue of Interface. If you have any topic suggestions, or better yet authors, please contact Petr Vanysek (pvanysek¤ Papers currently planned are: Electrochemical Sensor Review (P. Vanysek, J. Janata, M. Josowicz), Electrochemical Sensors in Medicine (Lance Kuhn, Bohringer, Inc.), and Gas Sensors (J. Stetter, B. Buttner). Papers must be completed in August 1998.

EMSL...a new National Scientific User Facility

The William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is a new Department of Energy (DOE) National User Facility that has been established at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. EMSL is different from other DOE User facilities (e.g. Stanford Linear Accelerator) because it includes a diverse complement of instruments and scientific expertise to support DOE's long term environmental and national missions.

Some EMSL capabilities that may be of interest to the chemical sensor community include: surface characterization (e.g. high spatial resolution XPS, SIMS, and "fine spot" Auger spectroscopy; TEM; SEM; and scanning probe microscopes for use in air, liquid and UHV environments) microanalytical system/sensor development and testing (design and synthesis of sensing materials; acoustic wave, optical, and electrochemical sensors; microfabrication; and flow injection analysis), and material characterization (e.g., high field magnetic resonance and high field mass spectrometry).

EMSL's research facilities and capabilities are available to the worldwide scientific community for both general and proprietary research. For general research, access to EMSL is through a reviewed proposal process, and users are not charged for use of EMSL facilities or equipment. Specific procedures for applying to use EMSL, as well as specific information on EMSL's capabilities and points of contact for use of specific instruments, can be found on the EMSL WWW site at:

Montreal Executive Committee Meeting Highlights*

*Complete minutes of the Executive Committee Meetings can be found at:

Present: Petr Vanysek, Antonio Ricco, Michael Butler, William Butner, John Dismukes, Henry Hughes, and Peter Hesketh.

Future Symposia were discussed:

November '98 Meeting in Boston:

  1. Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems IV - P. Hesketh; a proceedings volume will be planned.
  2. Acoustic Sensors V.
  3. Corrosion Sensors - William Smyrl organizer.
  4. Polymer Sensors.

May '99 Meeting in Seattle, a tentative list of symposia was generated:

  1. Ceramic Sensors - IV.
  2. Discussion of future symposia topics included electrochemical sensors.
  3. Gas Phase Electrochemistry - Marc Madou is a possible organizer.
  4. Magnetic sensors and their use in electrochemical science.
  5. Biosensor symposia with focus on DNA. Possible contacts include: Greg Kovacs, Rolf Anderson, A. Northrup and those involved in DNA sequencing.
  6. Sensors for Semiconductor Processing such as purity of materials and in-situ sensing.
  7. Automotive Applications or Transportation. R Cernosek possible organizer.
  8. Other topics discussed included Chemical Sensor Arrays and other topics in MEMS.

October '99 Meeting in Hawaii:

  1. Chemical Sensors V - Butler, Vanysek, Yamazoe; a proceedings volume will be planned.

May 2000 Meeting in Toronto - no firm plans yet.

The committee was concerned that we should not have too many symposia at a meeting. If there are too many, then we run into the problem of having to run the sessions concurrently and this can result in reduced attendance. Plans should be for 2-3 sensor symposia per meeting since others are added jointly with other divisions as the program is defined. The possibility of holding workshops was discussed. Very successful workshops have been organized by Buck, Turner and Zemel. We would like to hold some in the future on the following topics: Tony Ricco could conduct one on Chemical Sensors at the Hawaii Meeting. Peter Hesketh on Micromachining Techniques at the Boston Meeting. Workshops will provide an opportunity for attendees to gain training and add an educational component to the national meetings.

The financial status of the division was read: As of April 1997 there is $13,303.18 in the Sensor Division account and $6,231.62 in the Outstanding Achievement Award account.

End of meeting.

Recorded by Peter J. Hesketh

Paris Executive Committee Meeting

Present: John Dismukes, Fred Yamaguchi, Dick Crooks, Tony Ricco, Joe Stetter, and Richard Buck.

Joe Stetter was designated scribe for the meeting by everyone else because he was the only one to bring a paper and pencil.

Treasurer's report: there is $14,251.43 in the Sensor Division account, and $6,449.62 in our Award Fund.

John Dismukes discussed the internationalization of ECS. More international interaction is sought. About 25% of the ECS membership is international.

Tony gave a brief report on Paris but said even though we had a lot more people attending the meeting, the gains would be offset by the high expense and we do not expect to make much income from the meeting.

We approved $350 for Petr Vanysek San Diego symposium expenses.

We approved $600 for Peter Hesketh expenses for Boston symposium.

We discussed the Sensor Division Awards. We voted to get the process going to raise the award from $500 to $1000. Petr Vanysek should submit our request to the ECS board as soon as possible.

ECS will co-sponsor a new journal [Electrochemical and Solid State Letters].

We would like to run short courses at ECS. Petr V. is commissioned to look into the required financial arrangements. Tony and Jed can put one together for Boston if appropriate. Other topics could include electrochemical sensors, packaging and integration of sensors or the like. We should discuss this at the next meeting and plan one or more for upcoming symposia and integrate it with our topics and those of interest to ECS meeting attendees.

ECS has been planning new topics for meetings [themes like "environmental or ..]. We think the long range planning group and/or the technical affairs committee and/or the new technology committee within ECS should worry about themes for upcoming ECS meetings [like "environmental" "energy" .. etc.] and then tell the divisions. The Sensor Division can then plan symposia with appropriate emphasis to reinforce such a message. Further, there are too many meetings and travel requirements for scientists as it is and ECS H.q. committees could try to plan more joint symposia to reduce the number of meetings and amount of travel people must do.

Upcoming Meeting Plans:

bulletMay 1999, Seattle--Plans include a Ceramics IV and Transportation Sensors symposium.
bulletOctober 1999, Hawaii--One big symposia - the name will be Chemical and Biological Sensors V. And this will be a full five days plus posters. It is possible we will also co-sponsor symposia with the Organic Electrochemistry and Physical Electrochemistry Divisions at this meeting [Petr V to check into people to help organize these efforts].
bulletMay 2000, Toronto--MMS V [Peter Hesketh; tentative]; Impedance Spectroscopy [Richard Buck, tentative].
bulletOctober 2000, Phoenix--we need ideas! [Bill Buttner, Joe Stetter -Gas Sensors; tentative].

End of meeting.

Recorded by Joseph R. Stetter

Paris Meeting Highlights....

Great attendance at the Sensor Division Luncheon! Tony Ricco was given the Sensor Division Appreciation Award for his hard work these past few years and his great leadership! THANKS TONY!!

Paris had more than 2700 people and 2463 papers!

ECS Meeting in San Diego May 3-8, 1998

The Sensor Division will sponsor the following symposia at the San Diego Meeting:

  1. Sensors for Environmental Monitoring and Occupational Safety
  2. Liquid-Liquid Interfaces
  3. Ceramic Sensors
  4. Electrochemical Phenomena in Biomedical Research

Abstracts are due January 2, 1998. Check out the Summer issue of Interface (or for details.

Upcoming Symposia

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

bulletSensors for Environmental Monitoring and Occupational Safety/ECS/(Sensor)/May 3-8, 1998/San Diego/J.W. Grate, J. Janata, G.C. Frye, E.T. Zellers.
bulletLiquid-Liquid Interfaces/ECS/(Sensor)/May 3-8, 1998/San Diego/P. Vanysek, R.M. Corn.
bulletCeramic Sensors IV/ECS/(Sensor)/May 3-8, 1998/San Diego/H.L. Anderson, M.-L. Liu, N. Yamazoe.
bulletElectrochemical Phenomena in Biomedical Research/ECS/(New Technology/Sensor)/May 3-8, 1998/San Diego/P.K. Ng, F.A. Schultz.
bullet1998 Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop/Transducers Research Foundation/June 7-11, 1998/A.J. Ricco.
bullet7th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors/August 1998/Bejing, China.
bulletGordon Research Conference on Chemical Sensors & Interfacial Design/Gordon Research Foundation/July 12-17, 1998/Henniker, NH,/J. Janata.
bulletMicrostructures and Microfabricated Systems IV/ECS/(Sensor/DST/Electronics)/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/P.J. Hesketh, H.G. Hughes, G. Barna.
bulletPolymer Sensors/Sensors/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/E. Stokes.
bulletAcoustic Wave-Based Sensors V/ECS/(Sensor/Physical)/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/A.J. Ricco/S.J. Martin/J.G. Gordon.
bulletCorrosion Sensors/ECS/(Corrosion/Sensors)/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/P.J. Moran, W.H. Smyrl, N.R. Sorensen.

Get Involved!

Get involved in the Sensors Division of ECS--Help plan and organize future symposia. Send ideas to Executive Committee Members.

Newsletter Input!

Send articles, information and ideas for this yearly newsletter to: Dr. Cindy Bruckner-Lea
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
P.O. Box 999, Mailstop K8-93
Richland, WA 99352

This electronic electronic edition of the newsletter was prepared by Petr Vanysek Updated February 23, 1998
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Copyright 1998 The Electrochemical Society, Inc.