Past Events

Report on 2016 Symposium
(as published in Interface, Vol 25, Issue 3) 

The 6th Annual ECS Montreal Student Symposium took place on June 10, 2016 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The event was graciously sponsored by Metrohm Canada, Pine Research Instrumentation, ECS Canada Section, Snowhouse, Gamble Technologies, Centre Québécois sur les matériaux fonctionnels (CQMF), McGill Chemistry, Association Étudiante du Secteur des sciences de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and the PostGraduate Students’ Society of McGill University. Over 100 attendees took part in the symposium, hailing from 11 universities and research centers in Quebec, Ontario, New York, and California. The attendees enjoyed 14 talks and 17 posters, including the two invited presentations of Richard Crooks (University of Texas at Austin) and Mickael Dollé (Université de Montréal). Prof. Crooks’ talk, “Quantitative Electrochemical Detection of Biological Analytes at Sub-Picomolar Levels using a Simple Paper Sensor,” discussed a novel paper analytical device for the sensitive detection of biological substrates. On a completely different note, Prof. Dollé discussed the development of new materials and manufacturing processes for battery materials in his presentation entitled “Materials and Processing Challenges for the NextGeneration.” Student prizes were presented for the top two oral and poster presentations. Nicholas Payne (McGill University) was awarded best oral presentation for his talk “Probing Passivating Porous Films by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy,” while Darpandeep Aulakh (Clarkson University) received second prize for her talk entitled “Advanced Porous Materials as Versatile Storage and Separation Platforms.” On the poster side, Laure Kayser (McGill University) received first prize for her poster on “Palladium-Catalyzed and Metal-Free Multicomponent Approaches to Conjugated Polymers,” while Majid Rasool received second prize for his poster on “The Effect of Ball Milling on Crystallinity and Electrochemical Behavior of Low Temperature Li2FeSiO4 Orthorhombic Phase.” The ECS Montreal Student Chapter would like to thank all of its sponsors and attendees for a great event! 

The 6th ECS Montreal Student Symposium attracted more than 95 attendees from universities and research centers in Quebec, Ontario, New York, and California.
 The ECS Montreal Student Chapter Committee for 2016. From left to right: Samantha Gateman (Vice-President), Laurence Savignac (Secretary), David Polcari (President), and Danny Chhin (Treasurer).
Students in discussions during the poster session.

McGill Electrochemistry Workshop


On January 22, 2016, the ECS Montreal Student Chapter hosted its first ever Electrochemistry workshop. The focus of the workshop was the fabrication of silver-silver chloride reference electrodes, a staple of most electrochemistry experiments.The workshop included a short presentation discussing the theoretical aspects of references electrodes, after which students could observe a demonstration. Finally, each student was allowed to perform the fabrication protocol and everyone brought home their own reference electrode!
The workshop consisted of two parts: (1) a review of the theory and basics of electrochemistry and (2) a hands-on laboratory demonstration.
ECS Mtl Student Chapter - Electrochemistry Workshop Summary 2
Pictured above: Montreal Student Chapter President David Polcari explains the process of coating a silver wire electrochemically to obtain a reference electrode.
ECS Mtl Student Chapter - Electrochemistry Workshop Summary

Students of all levels (undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D.) participated in the workshop. Although the experiment was relatively simple, this basic knowledge allowed new students to understand the underpinnings of most electrochemical measurements and opened them to integrating electrochemistry into their research.
This workshop was also featured on the official ECS website

Report on 2015 Symposium
(as published in Interface, Vol 24, Issue 3) 

The 5th ECS Montreal Student Symposium took place on June 5th 2015 at McGill University, Canada, sponsored by Pine Research Instrumentation, Metrohm Canada, Snowhouse, Centre Québécois sur les matériaux fonctionnels (CQMF), McGill Chemistry, Association Étudiante du Secteur des sciences de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University. More than ninety participants took part in the annual symposium, hailing from eight universities in Montreal, Sherbrooke, Halifax, London as well as a national research center. The attendees enjoyed 16 talks and 16 posters, including the two invited presentations of Prof. Jeff Dahn (Dalhousie University) and Prof. Dominic Rochefort (Université de Montréal). Prof. Dahn’s talk entitled “Advanced Diagnostics to Learn about Li-ion Battery Failure Mechanisms” discussed novel characterization and tools to diagnose Li-ion batteries performance. Moreover, he mentioned that, starting in next July, his industrial partnership was moving with Tesla. On a related topic, Prof. Dominic Rochefort presented his recent research entitled “Electroactive Ionic Liquids in Energy Storage Devices” about future electroactive ionic liquid electrolytes for potential application in batteries. Prizes for the best oral and best poster presentations were awarded to Mark McArthur from McGill University for his talk on “Mixed metal oxide / functionalized carbon nanotube composite electrodes for electrochemical energy storage” and Andrew Danis from McGill University for his poster on the “Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence (ECL) of Self-Assembled Ruthenium-Containing Nanospheres for Bioassay Applications”. 

The 5th ECS Montreal Student Symposium attracted more than 90 students and faculty members from Montreal, Sherbrooke, Halifax and London universities and research centers.

ECS Montreal Student Chapter committee 2015

Students in discussions during the poster session.

Report on 2014 Symposium
(as published in Interface, Vol 24, No 1)

The 4th ECS Montreal Student Symposium took place on June 13th 2014 at McGill University, Canada, sponsored by Pine Research Instrumentation, HEKA Elektronik, NanoQuébec, Centre Québecois Sur Les Matériaux Fonctionnels, McGill and Thomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education Fund along with DropSens. More than seventy participants from six universities in Montreal and Students in discussions during the poster session. Quebec City, Ottawa, as well as a national research center took part in the annual symposium. The attendees enjoyed sixteen talks and twenty-one posters, including presentations by the two invited speakers, Evgeny Katz (Clarkson University) and Alexis Vallée-Bélisle (Université de Montréal). Prof. Katz’ talk entitled “Bioelectronics: From Novel Concepts to Practical Applications,” discussed basic principles of bioelectronics and other developments in biofuel cells operated in animals. On a related topic, Prof. Vallée-Bélisle presented his recent research entitled “Adapting Nature’s Tricks to Engineer Better Biosensors” about the ability of using DNA as a switchable material for sensing applications. Prizes for the best oral and best poster student presentations were awarded to Mark McArthur from McGill University for his talk on “MWCNT-based Electrodes for Electrochemical Applications” and Kim-Ly Nguyen from Université de Montréal for her poster on the “Redox-induced Ion-pairing Between Anionic Amphiphile and Ferrocenylalkanethiolates Self-assembled Monolayers.” 

The 4th ECS Montreal Student Symposium attracted more than seventy students and staff from Montreal and Ottawa Universities and research centers.
Invited speaker Evgeny Katz from Clarkson University

Report on 2013 Symposium
(as published in Interface, Vol 22, No 4)

The 3rd ECS Montréal Student Symposium took place on June 28 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in collaboration with UQÀM and the NanoQAM research center. Following the 2nd Symposium, the Montréal ECS Student Chapter continued its success and reached more than 70 participants from five universities in Montréal and Québec City, as well as a national research center. The attendees enjoyed 16 talks and 17 posters, including the two invited presentations of Mario Leclerc (Laval University) and Karim Zaghib (Hydro-Québec Research Institute IREQ). Prof. Leclerc’s talk, entitled “Plastic Solar Cells,” summarized the major breakthroughs of his research in the past years toward the development of polymers for light harvesting applications. This was followed by the talk of Dr. Zaghib, entitled “Li-Ion and Beyond Li-Ion for Energy Storage: Challenges and Opportunities,” which discussed the research progresses at the Hydro-Québec Research Institute related to safety and characterization of different materials employed in Li-ion batteries. Prizes for the best oral and best poster presentations were awarded to David Polcari from McGill University for his talk on “Quantification of Multidrug Resistance in Human Cancer Cells Using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy” and Mary Hanna from Université du Québec à Montréal for her poster on the “Colloidal Synthesis and Characterization of Cu1.0(In1.05-x,Alx )S2.1 Semiconducting Particles.” 

The 3rd ECS Montréal Student Symposium of the Montréal Student Chapter attracted more than 70 students and staff from Montréal and Québec universities and research centers

Students in discussions during the poster session of the Montréal Student Chapter’s 3rd symposium.

Report on 2012 Symposium
(as published in Interface, Vol 21, Nos 3-4)

Following last year’s success, the 2nd ECS Montreal Student Symposium took place on June 22nd 2012 at Université du Québec à Montréal in collaboration with the Centre Québecois sur les Matériaux Fonctionnels (Quebec Center for Functional Materials, CQMF). More than sixty participants from five Universities in Montreal and Ottawa, as well as a national research center attended the 15 talks and 13 posters, including the two invited presentations of Prof.Rolf Wüthrich (Concordia University) and Prof. Sasha Omanovic (McGill University). Prof. Wüthrich’s talk entitled “Lightening the Spark in Electrochemistry” included a fascinating introduction to the applications of electrochemical discharge, while covering the latest results of this research area. This was followed by the talk of Prof. Omanovic, “Enhancement of biocompatibility of coronary stents by electrochemically-assist surface functionalization”, which exemplified how important electrochemistry is to the field of surface chemistry even in such diverse areas as metal alloy-tissue hybridization. Prizes for the best oral ($100) and best poster ($75) presentations were awarded to Delphine Bouilly from Université de Montréal for her talk on “Covalently Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes for Electronics” and Mathieu Saulnier from Université du Québec à Montréal for his poster on the “Development of a 3D Porous Carbon Electrode for Lithium-Ion Batteries”. 




Report on 2011 Symposium
(as published in Interface Vol. 20, No.4)


Montreal with its vivid electrochemical community offers now another opportunity for students to get in contact with the Electrochemical Society. The creation of the ECS Montreal Student Chapter is the first of its kind in Canada and will give students of all university levels in and around Montreal the opportunity to actively participate in events throughout the year. After an opening party in December 2010, the chapter introduced itself to the Montreal electrochemistry and solid state science students by organizing the first annual Montreal Student Symposium with the motto “exchanging electrons and ideas” on June 20th 2011. With three invited speakers, seven oral student presentations and ten poster presentations, the Symposium was a great success, showing the demand by Montreal students for a student electrochemical community. The topics ranged from electrochemical energy over analytical electrochemistry and electrochemical catalysis to photonic devices. Two prizes, sponsored by the ECS Canadian Section, were awarded to the best oral and poster presentations. The exchange between students and professors of all four Montreal universities and a national research center was highly encouraging and stands as an ideal recipe for future events. 
 35 participants followed the three invited talks and the seven student talks.
During the two hour poster session different electrochemical topics were discussed.
The winners of the presentation prizes Julia Agullo (left, oral presentation) and Sana Dhaybi (right, poster presentation). Both prizes were financed by the ECS Canadian Section.