Stanford University researcher honoured with BASF, VW’s science award

Stanford researcher bags BASF, Volkswagen’s science award

6:07 AM, 23rd November 2016
Science Award Electrochemistry 2016 (from L): Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, Volkswagen; Dr William Chueh, Science Award Winner; Dr Martin Ebner, Special Award Winner; and Dr Martin Brudermuller (CTO BASF).
Science Award Electrochemistry 2016 (from L): Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, Volkswagen; Dr William Chueh, Science Award Winner; Dr Martin Ebner, Special Award Winner; and Dr Martin Brudermuller (CTO BASF).

WOLFSBURG / LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE and Volkswagen AG (VW) presents its “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016” to Dr William Chueh from Stanford University, California.

The board of representatives from BASF, Volkswagen and from academia selected him for his outstanding research results in the area of energy storage and conversion. On the occasion of the 5th ceremony of the science award, a special prize for applied research goes to Dr Martin Ebner from the ETH University Zurich, Switzerland for his excellent research in the area of fast charging of lithium-ion batteries.

Dr William Chueh is an assistant professor at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Center Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy – both at Stanford University in California. He has achieved a new level of understanding for diverse fundamental battery dynamics which limit battery rate capability and life cycle. His understandings are paving the way for further improving lithium-ion batteries and meaningfully boosting their performance. By imagining electrochemical reactions as they take place on length scales ranging from tens of microns down to sub-nanometer, he has brought unique insights into the design of functional materials with novel compositions and structures. With the “Science Award Electrochemistry” he receives prize money of €50,000.

Dr Martin Ebner received his PhD in material science at the ETH University Zurich. His research focuses on new methods to increase the charging rates of lithium-ion batteries with novel electrode processing methods while reducing production costs. Martin Ebner is developing innovative battery anodes that allow fast charging and reduce degradation problems in the battery. In summer 2015, he received funding of the ETH Pioneer Fellowship program and founded the start-up Battrion AG in Luzern to follow the commercialization of his innovations. The special prize for applied research is worth €15,000.

The international “Science Award Electrochemistry” supports excellent scientific and engineering achievements and strives to provide fresh impetus to the development of high-efficiency energy storage devices. The science award has been held every year since 2012 and is targeted at scientists working in academic research all over the world. Total prize money is €100,000, with first place receiving €50,000. In 2016, on the occasion of the fifth ceremony of the science award, a special prize worth €15,000 is awarded to recognise applied research. 

“The science of electrochemistry is a key research field for sustainable future mobility. Therefore, we need top-notch R&D around the globe performed by excellent researchers who inspire each other and lead their scientific communities to constantly develop new and better solutions,” said Dr Martin Brudermuller, vice chairman of the board of executive directors and CTO, BASF.

“Within the Volkswagen Group, we have a clear strategy for how we want to put battery-electric vehicles into series production across our brands and in many different market segments. However, a major qualification for success in the volume market is more powerful battery concepts. In Volkswagen Group R&D we are focusing on close cooperation, not only with industrial partners but also with the smart minds of the scientific community. The winners of our Science Award are an excellent example of innovative and creative ideas in this field,” added Dr Ulrich Eichhorn, head of group R&D for Volkswagen AG.

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