Science Award Electrochemistry for W. Chueh

Science Award Electrochemistry for W. Chueh


Dr. William Chueh, Stanford University, CA, USA, has been awarded the Science Award Electrochemistry 2016 at Humboldt Carré in Berlin, Germany. BASF and Volkswagen honor with this international award outstanding research results. The award has been given every year since 2012 and is targeted at scientists working in academic research. 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 for applied research worth €15,000 was awarded to recognize applied research. Dr. Martin Ebner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, was honored for his excellent research in the area of fast charging of lithium-ion batteries.

Dr. William C. Chueh received his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in materials science in 2010. Currently, he is assistant professor at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Center Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, both at Stanford University.

Among other honors, Chueh has received the Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy, Caltech in 2011, and was awarded Top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2012.

Chueh develops next-generation electrochemical energy storage materials. By visualizing electrochemical reactions as they take place on length scales ranging from tens of microns down to sub-nanometer, he has delivered new insights into the design of functional materials with novel compositions and structures.

Martin Ebner received his Ph.D. in 2014 under the supervision of Vanessa Wood at ETH. In 2015, he received funding of the ETH Pioneer Fellowship program and founded the start-up Battrion AG, Luzern, Switzerland. Currently, Ebner is a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich and CEO and President of Battrion.

Among other honors, he received the Dimitris N. Chorafas Prize and the ETH Medal in recognition of his PhD Thesis in 2014 and the Hans Eggenberger Award in 2016.

His research focuses on new methods to increase the charging rates of lithium-ion batteries with novel electrode processing methods while reducing production costs. Using synchrotron x-ray tomography, he studied the impact of electrode microstructure on fast-charging performance, battery life, and material degradation. He developed methods to control electrode microstructure to increase cell-level energy density and charging rates and to drive down manufacturing costs.

Left to right: Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn (Volkswagen), Dr. William Chueh (Science Award Winner),
Dr. Martin Ebner, (Special Award Winner), Dr. Martin Brudermüller (CTO BASF).

  • BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, Germany


Previous Awards


Selected Articles by Chueh


Selected Articles by Ebner


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