J. Robert Selman to Be Awarded Grove Medal in Recognition of a Lifetime of Pioneering Work on Fuel Cells

Award to be presented at the Grove Fuel Cell Science & Technology Conference; Zaragoza, Spain, 6-7 October 2010


Oxford, 14 September, 2010 - Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced that J. Robert Selman, University Distinguished Research Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, USA) and author of over 135 journal papers, will be awarded the prestigious Grove Medal at the forthcoming Grove Fuel Cell Science & Technology Conference (www.fuelcelladvances.com) in Zaragoza, Spain, 6-7 October 2010.

The Grove Medal is a distinction awarded to those who have made valuable contributions towards the development and success of fuel cell technology. Candidates for the Grove Medal award are selected and voted for by the Grove Steering Committee. The Medal is presented at the annual Grove Fuel Cell Event.

Robert Selman has over 30 years of experience in battery and fuel cell research and development, and the global commercialization of these technologies. His expertise is the electrochemical engineering of batteries and fuel cells and electrode materials for batteries and high-temperature fuel cell electrodes. He has six patents, among which are the basic patents for phase change material in Li-ion batteries. Following receipt of the award on Wednesday 6 October, he will give the Grove Medal Lecture to officially open the two-day conference programme.

Prof. Lars Sjunnesson, Chair of the Grove Steering Committee, is pleased to honour a fellow pioneer of fuel cell technology, “The Grove Committee is very pleased to announce this year’s Medal recipient. Robert Selman has contributed greatly to international fuel cell research and, more importantly, to the commercialization of the technology. It is fitting that he should be honoured in this way and at this important event in the fuel cell calendar.”

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About J Robert Selman 
Robert Selman, currently a research professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Chicago, U.S.A., has over 30 years of experience in battery and fuel cell research and development, and the global commercialization of these technologies.

Robert Selman has been involved in electrochemical engineering of batteries and fuel cells at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of California Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has written over 135 journal papers and has six patents, among which are the basic patents for phase change material in Li-ion batteries. Robert is a Distinguished Research Professor in chemical engineering at IIT and is, as retired professor, today the Director of International Business Development and a senior technical advisor to AllCell Technologies LLC (a provider of thermal management solutions for lithium-ion batteries). At IIT he was involved in a number of electrochemical engineering and technology areas, and most recently in High Temperature Fuel Cell (MCFC, SOFC) Electrode Optimization. He won the Electrochemical Society’s Energy Technology Award in 2002. 

Robert Selman holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California Berkeley, an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and is an alumnus of the Technological University Delft in the Netherlands

About Fuel Cells Science & Technology 2010
Fuel Cells Science & Technology 2010 will take place at the World Trade Center, Zaragoza, Spain, 6-7 October 2010 and it is organized by Elsevier. The Fuel Cells Science & Technology Conference was launched in 2002 by the organizers of the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium to provide a dedicated scientific forum to bring together the various disciplines of basic scientific research underpinning technological advances in fuel cell developments and applications. The biennial conference alternates with the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium. Full details are available at www.fuelcelladvances.com 

The first Grove Medal was awarded to Francis (Tom) Bacon for his pioneering development of the fuel cells which were developed into the Apollo spacecraft power sources, enabling men to land on the moon 40 years ago. Subsequently, Grove Medals have been awarded to many other world leading figures and organizations developing fuel cells. The recipients are chosen by an international body, the Grove Symposium Steering Committee.

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