Ruth Knibbe Elected as Regional Representative for the International Society of Electrochemistry

Associate Professor Ruth Knibbe has been elected as the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) ‘s regional representative for Australia and New Zealand.  In this important role, she will join a group of regional representatives from 41 countries and act as a link between the Society and its members from the region.

ISE’s mission is to advance electrochemical science and technology, promote international cooperation in electrochemistry, and provide a platform for the exchange of scientific information and ideas. The Society was founded in 1949 to serve electrochemistry’s growing needs as a modern scientific discipline. It now comprises about 3000 individual members and more than 20 Corporate Members across the world.

The appointment as the Regional Representative for the International Society of Electrochemistry is a testament to Ruth’s expertise and leadership in the field of electrochemistry. She has a range of leadership and community development experience – apart from her role as GETCO2 Chief Investigator, Ruth is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in the School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland.

As part of ISE, Ruth looks forward to the opportunity to support and empower the next generation of electrochemists. Her focus will be on improving knowledge exchange through the development of workshops and seminars, along with continuing communication improvement through social media platforms. She will also support and promote regional conferences, recognising their key role in fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Learn more about the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Zaiping Guo – Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 2023

GETCO2 Chief Investigator  Professor Zaiping Guo has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science Fellowship 2023.

Zaiping is a materials scientist and GETCO2 Node Director at the University of Adelaide, where she has made pioneering contributions to our understanding of how electrode materials and electrolytes behave. Her world-leading research focuses on developing more powerful, longer-lasting and safer rechargeable batteries for portable devices, electric vehicles and smart grids.

Zaiping’s research investigates novel electrode materials and electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries to increase the amount of energy they can store and extend their cycle life. One of her research team’s innovations is a synthesised silicon-carbon composite that can replace graphite as the anode in lithium-ion batteries. This will boost the energy density compared to the current lithium batteries. She also pioneered potassium ion batteries, which have the same chemical properties as lithium but are more abundant and cheaper.

Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the Nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact, and Zaiping hopes her Fellowship will inspire other young women in science to follow in her footsteps and push other boundaries.

Meet Zaiping Guo and learn more about her research in this video from the Australian Academy of Science.

See the 20 new 2023 Fellows on the Australian Academy of Science here.