About The Program

NGenE selects up to 40 advanced graduate students and postdocs from around the country to partake in what is an intense week-long summer workshop that explores advanced topics in electrochemistry. They spend five days with ten distinguished researchers and lecturers to identify and elaborate on the most important unsolved electrochemical research challenges. They approach these questions through lectures and discussions, research project planning, mentoring, site visits, and demonstrations. The program takes place at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a day trip to Argonne National Laboratory for lectures and demonstrations of the Advanced Photon Source and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research's Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory.

The program prioritizes 1) the discussion of unsolved challenges in electrochemistry that the coming generations will need to address, and 2) the identification of representative innovative, forward-looking multi-modal experiments, theory, and simulation to solve them. 

Student Research Projects
Participants are active players during NGenE. Working in teams, they choose one of the top unsolved challenges in electrochemistry and then develop a scientific program to solve the problem through innovative experiments and theory. On the final day of the program, each team presents their findings before their peers and a set of expert judges.


Director — Jordi Cabana
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Supporting Director — George Crabtree
Distinguished Professor, Physics, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
Argonne National Laboratory

Program Coordinator Thomas Aláan
University of Illinois at Chicago

NGenE 2018 Participants

2019 Program

Program Date: June 3 - 7, 2019

NGenE 4.0 explores the theme “Diversity in Electrochemistry.”

Electrochemistry is central to fields as varied as energy storage, water treatment and neuroscience. However, the concepts that underlie the research barriers in this field are often similar, meaning that they can be tracked back to a core challenge in electrochemistry. In turn, the knowledge of electrochemistry developed for one field could offer clues for new research directions in other fields. NGenE 4.0 aims both to foster cross-pollination of ideas from seemingly different fields linked by electrochemistry and to identify fundamental challenges that transcend fields, pointing at research directions with potential for very broad impact. Faculty will present both our current gaps in understanding of important electrochemical processes in different sub-disciplines, and emerging strategies to add detail with the highest possible chemical, temporal and spatial definition. They will lay out a series of critical unresolved questions that must become the priority of the next generation of electrochemists, motivating their importance through experience and future societal needs. Emerging approaches to probe and model electrochemical phenomena will naturally become a focus of the lectures. 


Dan Steingart
Mei Shen
Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez
Shelley Minteer

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar
Paul Fenter
Hector D. Abruna
Donald Siegel

Program Cost & Admission

There is no cost to apply or attend the program, and travel and lodging support is available to participants. For more details, please contact Thomas Alaan at talaan@uic.edu. 

Participants must apply and be accepted into NGenE to participate. The online application (found here) requires 1) a LinkedIn profile, 2) two essays, 3) supporting documents demonstrating research in frontier electrochemistry, 4) contact info for your supervising instructor, and 5) a resume or CV. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications must be received no later than May 1, 2019.