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 1998

Table of Contents
Sensor Division Officers and Executive Committee Members
Message from the Chairman
Newsletter Moves Online
Outstanding Achievement Award
Nominees for 1998-2000
ECS Meets in Boston
Special Thanks
Chemometrics Short Course
San Diego Executive Committee Meeting
NSF Workshop on Chemical Sensors
Upcoming Symposia
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

It is my pleasure to introduce to you another issue of the Sensor Division Newsletter. Its appearance marks the tenth year of the very successful existence of our division. Some highlights of the past accomplishments will be emphasized later this year in the upcoming Winter '98 issue of the Society magazine Interface. On the pages of this newsletter we will highlight the past year as well as future events.

The biennial term of the executive officers ends this fall and the new officers will be elected at the business meeting/luncheon on Tuesday, November 3rd, at the Boylston Park Café at the Plaza level of the Sheraton Hotel, during the 194th ECS meeting in Boston. I welcome all of you to attend this meeting, where you can choose your new representatives. Our special guest at the luncheon will be Professor Ingemar Lundström, who is the recipient of the Sensor Achievement Award. His award lecture will be on Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, in Conference Room 3. During this meeting we will also have the opportunity to congratulate our past chairman, Tony Ricco, on his introduction into the Class of Fellows of the Society. Well deserved recognition, congratulations Tony!

Finally, my personal thanks to all of you who contributed to make the Sensor Division one of the most dynamic of the Society and who made my two years as a chairman a rewarding experience.

Petr Vanýsek

Petr Vanysek, Chairman
October 1998

Newsletter Moves Online

The next Sensor Division Newsletter will be available online at the ECS website,, and will not be mailed to all Sensor Division members. This will save time, money and take advantage of free resources (the ECS server). Best of all, I will not have to stuff envelopes or bribe my friends and family to stuff envelopes! Both PDF and HTML formats of the Newsletter will be available, and you will be able to download and print the Newsletter at your convenience. If you do not have access to computer resources and would like to continue receiving a hard copy of the Newsletter, please send your name and address to:

Cindy Bruckner-Lea
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mailstop K8-93
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
phone: (509) 376-2175

Outstanding Achievement Award

Professor Ingemar Lundström from Linkoping University in Sweden was selected to receive the 1998 Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award. Professor Lundström has established a multidisciplinary research group working in areas such as biosensors, chemical sensors, heterogeneous catalysis, conducting polymers, biomaterials and interface biology. He has received many international awards, and has authored or coauthored about 400 papers and 15 patents. The Outstanding Achievement award will be presented to Ingemar Lundström during the Sensor Division Luncheon and Business meeting in Boston on Tuesday November 3, at 12:15 PM in the Boylston Park Café at the Sheraton Hotel. Professor Lundström will present his award address as part of the Acoustic Wave-Based Sensors Symposium on Wednesday, November 4. Past recipients of this prestigious award are Jiri Janata (1994) and Richard Buck (1996).

Nominees for 1998-2000

New Sensor Division officers will be elected at the business meeting/luncheon on Tuesday, November 3rd, during the 194th ECS meeting in Boston. Following are the nominated officers (all nominees agreed to serve if elected).

Chair: Peter Hesketh (U. of Illinois at Chicago)
Vice Chairman: Joseph Stetter (IIT)
Treasurer/Secretary: Richard M. Crooks (Texas A&M)

Members at Large:
Served Previous Term:
Cindy Bruckner-Lea (also newsletter editor, PNL)
Jay W. Grate (PNL)
D. Jed Harrison (University of Alberta)
A. Rob Hillman (University of Leicester)
Henry G. Hughes (Motorola)
Frederick Yamagishi (HRL Laboratories)
Noboru Yamazoe (Kyushu University)
New Additions:
Jiri (Art) Janata (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Diane Smith (San Diego State University)
Mike Sailor (UC San Diego)
Ted Zellers (Univ. Michigan)
George Horvai (Technical University of Budapest)

ECS Meets in Boston

ECS Meeting in Boston

The Sensor Division will sponsor or co-sponsor the following symposia at the Boston Meeting, November 1-6, 1998:

1. Corrosion Sensors
2. Sensors for Polymer Manufacturing Process Monitoring
3. Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems IV
4. Acoustic Wave Based Sensors

There will also be a short course on Tuesday, November 3: "Fundamentals of Microfabrication Techniques", given by P.J. Hesketh and D. Babic from the University of Illiinois at Chicago.

Check out the Fall issue of Interface (or for details.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Petr Vanýsek for his hard work and dedication during his tenure as Sensor Division Chair the past two years. In addition to Petr's responsibilities as Chair, he has established the Sensor Division Web page, and coordinated the preparation of the special Sensor issue of Interface . Great work!


Eigenvector Research will be teaching their chemometrics short course in Austin, Texas on October 10-11. The course will be held just prior to the Federation of Analytical and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) meeting. Professor Bruce R. Kowalski will be the special guest lecturer. This will be a hands-on course, complete with computers. The course will cover topics ranging from principal components to multi-way methods. Complete information about this course and other chemometrics courses can be found at:

Sensor Division Executive Committee Meeting - San Diego, CA May 3, 1998

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

Present: Petr Vanýsek, Antonio Ricco, Henry Hughes, Dennis Turner, John Dismukes, Richard Buck, Peter Hesketh.

1) Review of Paris Meeting: We had a very successful single symposium spread over 5 days. About 150 papers were scheduled, with 130 included in the proceedings volume. Thanks Tony for doing such a great job in bringing in the majority of the papers, particularly from ISE participants who were not accustomed to preparing a proceedings volume paper. Total attendance in Paris 2700. Reminder: The requirements for a proceedings volume printing are at least 20 papers and greater than 80 % of the papers included from the symposium. (*Posters are considered regular papers and are included in the 80% requirement.)

2) Present Meeting Summary (San Diego):

•Ceramic Sensors IV - 14 papers.
•Sensors for environmental monitoring and occupational safety - 16 papers.
•Liquid - Liquid Interfaces-34 papers. Terrific program Petr!

3) Future Symposia were discussed.

Spring 00 Toronto:
•Impedance Spectroscopy - Buck/Vanysek/Hesketh
• Sensors for Energy Technology - Kinoshita/Vanysek
Fall 00 Phoenix:
•Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems V - Hesketh/Hughes/Bailey
•Ceramic Sensors V - Anderson/Liu/Allendorf
•Hybrid Sensors - Heinemann
Spring 01 Washington DC
•Industrial Process Monitoring Sensors V
•Transportation Sensors
New Topics for Sensor Symposia:
Physical Sensors, Scanning Probe Sensors, Lab on a Chip.

There was discussion about holding the majority of our symposia at either the Fall or Spring Meetings, which would help to include international participation rather than asking Division members to attend twice a year.

4) Sensor Division Award: Art Janata was the Chair of the award nomination committee, which has selected Ingemar Lundström. as the recipient. . Refer to the meeting minutes on the Web page for details about the selection procedure. Thanks to the committee for their effort. Prof. Lundström has also offered to write an article for Sensor Division issue of Interface.

5) Financial Statement: We have a balance of $14,727.85 as of 12/31/97 in the general fund [up from $13,303 a year earlier]. We have a balance of $6,672.08 in the award fund as of 12/31/97 [up from $6,231.62 a year earlier]. Note that the increase in the award fund from interest was $440.46 and since we are now awarding $1,000 every other year, we need to increase the principal to sustain the fund. There was discussion about increasing the fund by $1,200 from either Industrial Sponsors or the General Fund. Hesketh offered to contact possible industrial sponsors before the Boston Meeting.

6) Membership status: Primary 427, Primary and Secondary 779. (*The growth in the Primary and Secondary was as follows: 1992-326, 1993-411, 1994-463, 1995-564, 1996-689, 1997-666, and 1998-779.)

7) Approval of financial support requests:

a. Boston meeting request from the Polymer Symposium. The organizers are bringing $1,000 of their own support and request support for registration of two keynote speakers at $670. As our guidelines allow the support of only one speaker registration per day of conference, we have offered support at a level of $335.
b. Seattle Meeting, request from the Physical Chemistry (the lead division) for the New Directions in Physical Chemistry was for $1,000 but we can only offer $500.
c. Ceramic Sensors IV meeting. They had planned 4 days and have only a one-day meeting, therefore according to our guidelines the support for one speaker is $335.
d. Boston Meeting (Microstructures and Microfabricated Systems), request for increased support for invited and keynote speakers of additional $400 [from $600 approved at Paris meeting to $1,000 total.] There are eleven keynote/invited speakers at the three-day symposium. Proceeding volume is planned for publication at the meeting. Support of additional $400 was unanimously approved by committee.

8) Items of Interest

a. Physical Electrochemistry has voted to include a $5 membership fee. Is enacting membership fee appropriate for the Sensor Division as we are financially solvent and have not planned major expenses other than sponsoring Symposia? The committee felt that we should not collect fees.

Motion to adjourn at 11:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted by Peter Hesketh, May 4th 1998.

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

NSF Workshop on Chemical Sensors

The 2nd NSF-Sponsored workshop on Chemical Sensors was held at New England College in New Hampshire on July 17-18, 1998. The purpose of the workshop was to revise a report (from the 1st Workshop) that discusses the current state of the field of chemical sensors, identifies critical R&D objectives as well as promising directions for the next five to ten years, and proposes strategies for achieving those objectives. About 20 scientists and engineers representing academia, U.S. government laboratories, industry, and several U. S. Federal agencies participated in the Sensor Workshop. The Chemical Sensor Workshop Report can be found at: In addition, this website contains information about the Chemical Sensor Consortium (CSC). The CSC is a loosely organized group that was formed after the first workshop in order to stimulate chemical sensor R&D and commercialization through enhanced communication between academics, government laboratories and industry.

Upcoming Symposia

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

bulletMicrostructures and Microfabricated Systems IV/ECS/(Sensor/DST/Electronics)/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/P.J. Hesketh, H.G. Hughes, W.E. Bailey.
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/Sensor)/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/P.J. Moran, W.H. Smyrl, N.R. Sorensen.
bulletSensors for Polymer Manufacturing Process Monitoring/ECS/(Sensor)/Nov. 1-6, 1998/Boston/E. Stokes, J. Guy.
bulletNew Directions in Electroanalytical Chemistry/ECS/(Sensor/Physical/Organic)/May 2-7, 1999/Seattle/J. Leddy, M. Porter, P. Vanysek.
bulletTransportation Sensors/ECS/(Sensor)/May 2-7, 1999/Seattle/R. Cernosek, T. Logothetis, J. Vissar, E. Balco,
bulletSingle Crystal and Nanostructured Electrodes/ECS/(Physical/Organic/Sensor)/May 2-7, 1999/Seattle/J. Lipkowski, R. Adzic, E. Stuve.
bulletSolid State Ionic Devices/ECS/(High temperature/Sensor)/May 2-7, 1999/Seattle/E. Wachsman.

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 October, 1998
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Copyright 1998 The Electrochemical Society, Inc.