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Turgut M. Gür elected President of The Electrochemical Society (ECS)

Turgut Gur

Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Turgut M. Gür is recently elected the President of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), effective June 3, 2022. 

The Electrochemical Society, founded in 1902, has served as the scientific home for countless distinguished scientists and trail-blazing engineers who have made indelible contributions to many discoveries and technologies we enjoy and employ today. ECS is also the largest and premier international society in the field of electrochemical science and technology with more than 8,000 members from nearly 80 countries across the globe, who come together at biannual ECS meetings organized by the society.

In addition to 16 Nobel Laureates, a partial list of other notable ECS members may include Thomas A. Edison, who joined ECS in 1903, Fritz Haber - inventor of the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis, Charles Martin Hall - inventor of the Hall-Heroult process for industrial aluminum production, Herbert Henry Dow - the founder of Dow Chemical, and Gordon Moore –co-founder of Intel and the name-sake of the Moore’s Law. More recently, three long-time ECS members, namely, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino were jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their seminal contributions to the science and development of Li-ion batteries that practically revolutionized portable electronics and transportation.

Prof. Gür is an inducted Fellow of The Electrochemical Society, where he has been an active member since the 70’s while he was a Ph.D. student at Stanford working under the supervision of Prof. Robert A. Huggins in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Over the years, he has held many leadership positions in the society serving on numerous ECS advisory boards, committees, and the Board of Directors.  He also served as the Chair of the High Temperature Energy Materials and Processes division of ECS. Previously, he served three terms on the Board of the International Society for Solid State Ionics (ISSI) and was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

For nearly two decades, Prof. Gür has also provided technical and management leadership for three major multi-disciplinary research centers at Stanford focused on energy and advanced materials.  He was the Executive Director of Stanford’s DOE-EFRC Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC). Previously, he served as the Technical Director for the NSF-MRSEC Center for Materials Research (CMR), and later for the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM) at Stanford.

He is an internationally recognized leader in high temperature electrochemical energy conversion and storage materials, processes and technologies with more than 160 publications and 11 US issued patents. Originally a native of Turkey, he earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and three graduate degrees including a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

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