Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts applied electrochemistry workshop, July 11-15

Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts applied electrochemistry workshop, July 11-15

PUEBLO – Information on the hottest trends in electrochemistry and renewable energy will be available at the 2011 Applied Electrochemistry Workshop and Short Course, Transition into the Renewable Energy Economy, July 11-15 at Colorado State University – Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo). Complete with industry experts and leading scientists, a dynamic lecture series, and hands-on lab projects and competitions, this workshop also offers the option of graduate and undergraduate credit through the Division of Continuing Education. 

The Division of Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit professional development and avocational courses to students in Colorado and throughout the country.  These courses provide an opportunity for individuals to develop new career paths or personal enrichment and growth. 

Expert instructors for the workshop include: Dr. Mark Bernius, Dow Chemical; Dr. Rudy Buchheit, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University ; Tom Gregory, Dow Chemical; Dr. Brian Pate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Dr. Alec Talin, NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD). Supporting research seminars will be presented by Dr. Kandler Smith, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Dr. Burak Ulgut, Gamry Instruments; Dr. Veronica Barone, Central Michigan University; and Dr. Richard Farrer, Colorado State University – Pueblo.  Both Gamry and Keithley Instruments will provide instrumentation for use during the workshop and will send technical support representatives for instrument training and assistance with the labs.

Eligible attendees include anyone in the broader community with a basic introductory college-level background in physics and chemistry who seek to transition into the renewable energy economy or into partnership with the defense community. Topics of the workshop and lectures will include basic electrochemistry, electrochemical impedance and impedance modeling, corrosion, photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells, ultracapacitors, electrocatalysis, and plasmonic phenomena. Hands-on laboratory sessions will engage students in fabrication and integration of simple electrochemical devices (solar cell, battery, fuel cell, electrochromic display), as well as impedance and other electrochemical characterization. The workshop will culminate in a friendly competition to achieve optimum performance of student-fabricated integrated circuits.

To register for the workshop, complete the form found at and email or fax to ConEd@ColoState-Pueblo.Edu or Fax (719) 549-2438. Campus housing and dining are available for attendees. Early registration continues through June 11 with pricing variations based on options selected.

Dr. Mark Bernius, Fellow (Senior Scientist), Dow Chemical, received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and taught at the California Institute of Technology prior to joining Dow Chemical. He has experience in developing R&D-based business units in both thin film displays and solar products and is the author of more than 41 patents and patent applications as well as 45 journal articles.

Dr. Rudolf Buchheit, Department Chair and Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, focuses his research on corrosion science and engineering with emphasis on localized corrosion, corrosion protection and corrosion prediction; mainly of light metals. He has published 200 technical articles (110 peer reviewed) on these subjects with students and colleagues, and holds 8 patents related to surface treatments and coatings. He earned a BS in Engineering Science at Loyola University of Maryland, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Materials Science from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Thomas Gregory, Principal Research Scientist, Dow Chemical, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has spent 31 years in a variety of R&D roles within Dow Chemical, including basic laboratory research into secondary Mg batteries and technology development for stationary fuel cell powerplants. He holds 13 U.S. and several international patents.

Dr. Brian Pate, Physical Scientist, Chemical/Biological Technologies Defense Threat Reduction Agency, received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington. After a term as a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, Pate worked as a guest researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory and as a Senior Chemistry Specialist at Dow Chemical. Dr. Pate’s research interests focus on applied electrochemistry, photovoltaics, complex fluids, and interfacial materials science.

Dr. A. Alec Talin, Project Leader, Energy Research Group, NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. After postdoctoral work at Sandia National Laboratories, Talin spent several years with Motorola Physical Sciences Research Labs, first as a staff scientist and subsequently managing the Materials Characterization Laboratory. In 2002, Dr. Talin returned to Sandia to direct and develop programs in nanofabrication, nanoelectronics, photonics, and sensing. Talin has authored more than  80 refereed publications and 23 issued U.S. patents.

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