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SEACommunications. 2022, 38(1), February
Published Online: February 27, 2022
Dear SEAC Members,
Although hopes of gathering in Atlanta for Pittcon this year have been dashed by the latest Covid-19 surge, planning is underway to host the SEAC Award Symposium talks as part of Pittcon’s virtual programming. Mark your calendars for the rescheduled award presentations by Paul Bohn and Justin Sambur, the winners of this year’s Reilley and Murray Young Investigator Awards, and the live Q&A session that will follow. Then, plan to stay and toast the awardees during SEAC’s virtual celebration. Activities are set to begin at 1 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) on Monday, April 18. Again, a very enthusiastic congratulations to Paul and Justin!!
Among other virtual events to note, the SEAC Board Meeting will move to Monday, April 18 (11:30 AM EDT) during the period just ahead of the SEAC Award Symposium. We will welcome Hang Ren, Justin Sambur and Scott Shaw to the Board and thank our out-going members, Anne Co, Charles Henry and Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez for their generous service since 2017. Let’s also extend appreciation to Maryanne Collinson (Secretary) and David Cliffel (Treasurer) for their hard work as they start new terms as elected officers.
With the submission window passed for contributions to the SEAC special issue of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, watch as papers from the collection appear online and the full volume highlighting SEAC members’ leading research becomes available. Many thanks to David Cliffel (Editor) and guest editors Lane Baker, Lanqun Mao, Frank Zamborini and Bo Zhang for proposing the effort and nurturing it along. And those headed to the spring ECS meeting, be sure to check out SEAC’s joint symposium with the ECS Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division.
In closing, there is another sad passing to mention. Professor Ted Kuwana was an early member of the SEAC Board of Directors (1984-1987) and a recipient of the SEAC Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry. He leaves an indelible mark on the field of analytical chemistry through his research and educational efforts. See the celebration of his many contributions and thoughtful personal approach in this issue of the Newsletter.
Finally, as Pittcon activities move to a virtual format let’s take the opportunity in the weeks ahead to engage online and stay in touch. Updates will be shared with the SEAC membership as Pittcon’s electrochemistry sessions are rescheduled.
First Digital SEACommunications Publication
Welcome to the first issue of Digital SEACommunications! Starting with this issue, we are now publishing the newsletter online in a unified format. There are several changes:
- A digital newsletter can be downloaded in the PDF format by clicking the Print/PDF icons below the SEACommunications banner:
- Several articles in the SEACommunications are linked to SEAC News posts.
- Upcoming Events are linked to Events.
- Employment/Research Opportunities (Job Opening) can be found at Opportunities. The Opportunities board is for members only, to add value to your membership. This way, SEAC members have their own place to share opportunities that will be uniquely made available to other members. If you need login assistance, contact us. Those who wish to submit an opportunity should also contact us and we will add it to the board immediately.
SEAC Website Opportunities
- Working with Maryanne Collinson to keep membership profiles and records up to date
- Maintaining the SEAC News posts
- Working with Takashi Ito on the technical (back-end) side of creating and maintaining SEACommunications (now published online)
- Soliciting for SEAC Recommendations and maintaining them
- Managing the Members-Only Opportunities Board (Job Board)
- Managing the Events List/Calendar
- Gathering photos from members and creating new photo galleries
- If you are an advanced WordPress/PHP type – the sky is the limit in terms of new features/additions
This is an incomplete list of ideas where individuals or groups can be part of SEAC. There is plenty to do, don’t be shy! Please contact us to indicate your interest in joining the website maintenance team and we will go from there!
Nominations Sought for the 2023 Reilley Award and Murray Award
Nominations are requested for the Charles N. Reilley Award and the Royce W. Murray Award. Deadlines for the Reilley and Murray Awards are April 1, 2022 (no fooling!). All nomination materials requested below should be emailed as a single pdf to:
More information on the awards is available at Awards – The Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (seac.online).
The Charles N. Reilley Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry is given in memory of one of the most distinguished analytical chemists of the 20th century. Reilley’s interests were both fundamental and broad; he made seminal contributions not only to electroanalysis, but also optical spectroscopy, NMR, chromatography, data analysis, instrumentation, and surface analysis. Candidates may be nominated by any member of SEAC.
Nominations for the Reilley Award should include a letter of nomination describing the individual’s significant contributions to electroanalytical chemistry, at least two seconding letters of support, and a curriculum vitae for the individual. All nomination materials will be retained by SEAC. Once nominated, the nominee will be considered for the Reilley Award for a total of three years without being re-nominated. However, an updated vitae should be given to the chair of the award’s committee. The submission of additional supporting information or a re-nomination is welcome at any time prior to the 2023 award nomination deadline of April 1, 2022.
The Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award is named in honor of one of the most distinguished electroanalytical chemists in modern history and one who was particularly supportive of young scientists. Nominees for this award must be within ten years of receiving their Ph.D. or other terminal degree as of the nomination deadline. Candidates may be nominated by any member of SEAC.
Nominations should include a nomination letter describing the individual’s promise in the area of electroanalytical chemistry, at least one seconding letter of support, and a curriculum vitae for the nominee. All nomination materials will be retained by SEAC. Once nominated, an individual will be considered for the Murray Award without being re-nominated for three years, unless the nominee is more than ten years past awarding of their Ph.D. or other terminal degree. The retained nominations can be updated annually by the nominator as needed to best reflect the nominee’s accomplishments to date.
The decision for the 2023 Murray YI Award will be based upon the material that was available to the award committee by April 1, 2022.
SEAC Election Results
This year, we received 83 ballot submissions. This is up from last year – thank you to all who voted. We are excited to announce the results of the election. This was the first election we have conducted through our new website. Please contact us to share any feedback with the process you encountered. Congratulations to those elected!
Board of Directors
New Officers and Board Members
Get to know the recently elected SEAC leadership!
Lane A. Baker obtained his PhD from Texas A&M University (2001). After completing postdoctoral appointments at the Naval Research Laboratory (2004), and the University of Florida (2006), he started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in 2006, rising to a James F. Jackson Chair (2014) and Professor in 2018. In 2022, Baker moved to the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M. Baker’s research group focuses on nanoscale electrochemistry, especially scanning ion conductance microscopy. Baker is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His previous awards include a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, a Cottrell Scholar’s Award from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC), the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry, and a special creativity award from the National Science Foundation. Baker served as Chair for the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in 2019. Baker has previously served on the Board of Directors for SEAC and founded the SEAC student group meeting.
Maryanne Collinson is the John B. Fenn Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a B.S. degree in chemistry and forensic science from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from North Carolina State University under the direction of Ed Bowden. She continued her studies as a postdoctoral research associate in Professor Mark Wightman’s laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her academic career began at Kansas State University. She moved to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Her research program lies at the interface of nanoscience, materials chemistry, and analytical chemistry with a focus on the fabrication of stationary phase gradients for chromatography and high-surface area metal and metal alloys for electrochemical analysis. She currently serves as Secretary for SEAC.
David E. Cliffel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, directs an innovative research effort in instrumental design and electroanalytical methods applied to nanotechnology and biotechnology. He is the deputy director in the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE), and the Technical Editor for Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry, Electrocatalysis and Photoelectrochemistry for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. He was a member of the Board of Directors for SEAC from 2011-2016. He received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry under the direction of Allen J. Bard in 1998, was a post-doctoral assistant with Royce W. Murray at UNC-Chapel Hill, and joined Vanderbilt University in September 2000. David currently serves as Treasurer for SEAC.
2022 - 2027 Board of Directors
Hang Ren is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2016 from University of Michigan with Prof. Mark E. Meyerhoff. In 2016-2018, he became a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Henry S. White at University of Utah. He was an Assistant Professor at Miami University between 2018 and 2021. His lab currently focuses on nanoelectrochemistry and single entity measurement using scanning electrochemical probe microscopy, including scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM) and scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM). He has received DARPA Young Faculty Award and ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award.
Justin Sambur received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from SUNY-Binghamton in 2006 under the guidance of Dr. David Doetschmann. He received his doctorate in 2011 from Colorado State University in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Parkinson, where he focused on quantum dot and polymer sensitized solar cells. From there, Dr. Sambur worked as a NSF ACC-F Post Doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Chen at Cornell University. In 2016, Dr. Sambur returned to Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and developed a research program focused on advancing electrochemical imaging methods for energy-related projects. In that time, the Sambur lab has published nearly 20 peer-reviewed papers with a focus on solar energy conversion and electrochemical energy storage. His most recent awards include the SEAC Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award (2022), the NSF Career Award (2020), the DOE Early Career Award (2020), Scialog Fellowship: Advanced Energy Storage (2019), the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award (2017), and the Air Force Young Investigator Award (2017).
Scott Shaw is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He leads a highly collaborative and diverse group of researchers in analytical surface science, focusing on questions in energy, materials, corrosion, and environmental sciences. The Shaw group specialize in surface characterization using various (non-) linear spectroscopies, electrochemical methods, (probe) microscopies, tensiometry, ellipsometry, and novel sample preparation techniques, all targeted at revealing the interfacial properties and morphologies of otherwise opaque interfacial chemical systems. Prof. Shaw also teaches undergraduate and graduate analytical courses focusing on quantitative, instrumental analysis and spectroscopy. Prof. Shaw has extensive experience serving the chemical community, including as an ACS Analytical Chemistry Early Career Editor, (2020-present), Communicating Ideas Workshop organizer, (2019-present), ACS Science Coach for K-12 instructors, (2014-present), Rural Scholar program coordinator (2015-present). He developed and coordinates the Rural Scholar research program at Iowa, which introduces first-year students to genuine research experiences to improve retention in STEM fields. Scott is the recipient of several awards, including the UIowa Dean’s Scholar Award (2019); NSF CAREER Award (2017); Cottrell Scholar Award (2016); Monmouth College Distinguished Young Alumni (2016); ACSP2F Scholarship Award (2012); ACS-YCC Leadership Development Scholarship (2011) and the NSF Postdoctoral Scholar (2010). Scott received his Ph.D. in Chemistry, Certificate in Business Administration, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and his B.A. of Chemistry and Secondary Education Certificate, Monmouth College, in Monmouth, IL.
SEAC Activities at Pittcon 2022 (Virtual Event, Starting April 18, 2022)
Pittcon intends to present the SEAC Award session to attendees free of charge. The session is scheduled for April 18 beginning at 1 PM. Watch Pittcon announcements for any updates.
SEAC Board of Directors Meeting
The 2022 meeting of the SEAC Board of Directors will be held:
• April 18, 2022
• 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
All current and former members of the Board are invited to attend. An email with Zoom link will be sent out. Contact Maryanne Collinson if you need the Zoom link/email reminder about the meeting.
SEAC Annual Membership Meeting
Joint SEAC Symposium at the 241st Electrochemical Society Meeting
At the 241st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), which will be held 29 May – 2 June 2022 in Vancouver, BC Canada), we will share in a joint symposium with ECS.
L07: Advances in Analytical Electrochemistry: A Joint Symposium with Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC)
The Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division (PAED) is calling for electroanalytical papers that showcase the ongoing advances in analytical use of electrochemistry including but not limited to hyphenated techniques, sensor platforms, and other novel applications to major problems in detection. Integrated platforms are also of interest. Many years ago, the original Physical Electrochemistry Division added Analytical Electrochemistry to its name and interest area. This symposium seeks to solidify existing cooperation between members of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry and ECS.
ACS-DAC Travel Awards for Younger Chemists
The Division of Analytical Chemistry is offering travel awards for Younger Chemists (under age 35) to travel to a meeting to present the results of their research. Individuals who may not have previously been able to participate in professional meetings and chemists from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are due Nov 1 for winter and spring meetings and May 1 for summer and fall meetings. More information and the application form are available on the Division website.
In Memoriam of Theodore (Ted) Kuwana
Theodore (Ted) Kuwana, PhD
Aug 3, 1931–Jan 1, 2022
Dr. Ted Kuwana, 90, of Seattle, WA, died at Northwest Hospital after several weeks of pneumonia. He was the founding father of spectroelectrochemistry. He was first author on the first published article in this field in 1964, which describes the use of tin oxide-coated glass surfaces (optically transparent electrodes) for following the absorbance changes of different electroactive species during electrolysis.
He was a chemistry professor at UC Riverside, Case Institute of Technology (later Case Western Reserve), Ohio State University, and a Regents Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemistry at the University of Kansas (KU). He authored more than 200 journal articles from 1956–2015, edited a three-volume book Physical Methods in Modern Chemical Analysis, and held three patents. He trained 72 graduate students and leaves an impressive academic legacy. He often said, “I’m not teaching chemistry, I’m teaching students how to think.”
Ted was born in Idaho Falls on a potato farm to Japanese immigrant (issei) parents. The family leased the land, as it was illegal for them to own it. Ted was the youngest of six children, all who predeceased him. His father died when Ted was 10 and his mother died when he was 12; his older brothers took over the farm work and his sisters helped look after Ted. His mother’s dying wish was for Ted to go to college.
He had no money for college, but found Antioch College in Ohio (BS, 1954) and its work-study program. He was fortunate to do chemistry research with Dr. Richard Yalman; Ted was paid for his lab work and authored a published paper as an undergrad. For his MS degree, he didn’t realize the scholarship at Cornell had to pay for everything, and ended up with $5/month for food. He then went to KU (PhD, 1959) as Dr. Ralph Adams’ first PhD student and studied the electrochemical properties of carbon paste electrodes. He often quoted Ralph, who said, “If you love what you do, the rewards will take care of themselves.”
After a postdoc at California Institute of Technology, he went to UC Riverside as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1960, which is where he met Jane Bader, who would become his wife and editor of everything he (and much of his lab) wrote. It can’t be overstated how important her assistance was with his career, as she understood the chemistry and was a talented writer and editor.
At KU (1985-2002), he focused on electroanalytical, bioanalytical, and pharmaceutical chemistry, and was proud to be back at his alma mater tasked with promoting research and economic development statewide. He was director of the Center for Bioanalytical Research (1985-1989) and head of the state’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to promote scientific progress in states that traditionally receive lower amounts of federal R&D funding. His friendships with scientists in Japan led him to propose Hiratsuka, Japan, to become Lawrence’s sister city.
Ted was the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry’s J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education (2004); EPSCoR Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2002); American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry (1995); The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry Honorary Membership and Medal (1991); and the Society of Electroanalytical Chemists C.N. Reilly Award (1989).
He was active in addressing the issue of how to teach more effectively and led efforts to create problem-based learning modules. He conducted summer teaching sessions for faculty at smaller undergrad institutions. One part of Ted’s legacy are educational resources, including the Analytical Sciences Digital Library established in 2002, for which he was the managing director. Even after he retired in 2002, he was key in the development and management of this NSF-funded free online resource. In the words of Alex Scheeline, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Ted was someone of vast perspective, practical insight, understated enthusiasm, and high standards. Not to mention his excellent taste in restaurants. [He was] a man of impeccable integrity, a dedicated analytical electrochemist, and a savant who saw how to harness the internet to improve analytical education in a practical way that anticipated the needs of the COVID era by 20 years.”
Ted is survived by his wife Jane; son Eric Kuwana, a lawyer who divides his time between Gibson Island, MD, and New York City; and daughter Ellen Kuwana, a scientific writer and editor who lives in Seattle, WA. Ted and Jane have four granddaughters: Claire Kuwana, a senior at Northwestern Univ.; Camille Kuwana, a sophomore at Univ of Chicago; Mikka Hoffman, a senior at UCLA; and Kira Hoffman, a first-year student at UC Berkeley.
Donations in Ted’s honor can be made to the University of Kansas Leedy & Kuwana Bioanalytical Initiative at https://www.kuendowment.org/leedy-kuwana
Read the complete obituary for Ted online (here )
News and updates from our SEAC members.
Ashley Ross, University of Cincinnati, has received the NSF CAREER Award this year.
In addition, her first set of graduate students to graduate have started new positions. Michael Cryan has started a position at Pace Analytical in Boston and Yuxin Li has started a post-doc in the lab of Katherine Mirica at Dartmouth College.
Justin Sambur and Ashley Ross
Upcoming Events and Meetings
Meetings of interest to our SEAC members abound during the coming year, with some of the symposia organized by our own members. We have a dedicated Events section of our new website, which provides fuller detail that in this newsletter. Check it out!
We will be transitioning our “job board” to a members-only section of the website. To bring value to both opportunity seekers as well as opportunity providers, we have decided to require active membership to view these Opportunities. Head over to the page. You must be logged into the SEAC website to view the opportunities.