Volkswagen and BASF present “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford University, California

The BASF and Volkswagen international “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016” goes to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford University, California. The jury 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.

The award ceremony with about 80 guests from academia and industry took place at Humboldt Carré in Berlin, Germany.

Science Award Electrochemistry 2016: Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn (Volkswagen), Dr. William Chueh (Science Award Winner), Dr. Martin Ebner, (Special Award Winner), Dr. Martin Brudermüller (CTO BASF).
Science Award Electrochemistry 2016: Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn (Volkswagen), Dr. William Chueh (Science Award Winner), Dr. Martin Ebner, (Special Award Winner), Dr. Martin Brudermüller (CTO BASF).
Dr. William C. Chueh is 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 attained a new level of understanding for diverse fundamental battery dynamics which limit battery rate capability and life cycle. His insights are paving the way for further improving lithium-ion batteries and significantly enhancing their performance. By visualizing electrochemical reactions as they take place on length scales ranging from tens of microns down to sub-nanometer, William Chueh has delivered unprecedented 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 pursue the commercialization of his innovations. The special prize for applied research is worth €15,000.

We like to thank all applicants for their interest and scientific work and we look forward to the next contest for the Science Award Electrochemistry in 2017!

Link to the official news release is provided here


Wolfsburg/Ludwigshafen, 22.11.2016

Volkswagen AG            BASF SE

Impressions from the Award Ceremony on November 20/21, 2016

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