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Jim Fenton, the director of the Florida Solar Energy Center and a professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected the third vice president of The Electrochemical Society.

Fenton has been a member of the industry organization for 40 years and previously held the title of ECS Secretary. In his candidacy statement, he said that he hopes to inspire future members of ECS to pursue careers in electrochemical and solid state research.

“To promote awareness of electrochemical and solid state scientific developments at the precollege level, I will encourage divisions, sections, student chapters and corporate members to provide educational tools for K–12 teachers,” he said. “By disseminating ECS members’ research to the general public, they too can be active in mitigating climate change.”

As FSEC director, Fenton leads more than 50 faculty and staff members in the research, development and evaluation of clean energy technologies. He has more than 40 years of experience in electrochemical engineering, particularly in the areas of fuel processing, PEM fuel cells, high temperature corrosion, metal recycling and more.

Within ECS, he has held all positions within its New England Section, served as secretary for four years, chaired the ECS student poster session for four years and has sat on various committees and subcommittees over the past four decades. In 2014, he received the ECS Energy Technology Division Research Award and was named a fellow of the organization.

The Electrochemical Society was established in 1902 and is dedicated to the advancement of solid state and electrochemical research and technologies. 

Written by Marisa Ramiccio.