Fuel Cell Energy Site Tour

September 23, 2016

Electrochemical methods Workshop

Prof. Peter Vanysek

Analytical techniques workshop

November 10, 2016

Current Understanding of the Catalysts Layers of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

Dr. Kunal Karan

First Executive committee (2011-2012)

Invited Speakers- Solar talk 2012


About the ECS Calgary Student Chapter

The ECS Calgary Student Chapter was established in 2011 at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. It was the second ECS Student Chapter formed in Canada. Currently, the Chapter includes over 60 members.
The Chapter aims to create opportunities for interaction with researchers and scientists from both academia and industry. Additionally, the Chapter actively promotes electrochemistry and its applications to the broader community at various science outreach events.

For 2019-2020, Prof. Viola Birss serves as the faculty advisor, and graduate students Marwa Atwa, Hamideh Eskandari, Zohreh Fallah, and Maedeh Pahlevaninezhad currently serve as President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, respectively.

The ECS Calgary Student Chapter was the recipient of the Electrochemical Society Outstanding Student Chapter Award in June 2019 and became the first Canadian chapter to earn this recognition.

Latest News

February 9, 2021

Experimental and Modeling Studies of High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Performance!

November 10, 2020

Industry Roundtable on Careers in Science and Engineering!

We are excited to be hosting another virtual workshop on Modeling HT-PEM Fuel Cells delivered by Dr. Anusree Unnikrishnan soon. Join us on February 18, from 2pm - 3:30pm MDT through Zoom meeting. Registration is required using this link:

August 27, 2020

PDF Opening at the Birss Group!

The Birss group at the University of Calgary (Dept. of Chemistry) has an immediate opening for a PDF for a one year project in the area of electrochemistry, with a specific focus on binding of biological molecules to SAMs, surface electrochemistry, and use of these modified electrodes in sensor applications. Candidates who do not have a PhD, but who have the appropriate knowledge and background required for this project, will also be considered. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Birss at birss@ucalgary.ca as soon as possible.

Birss Group Website: https://vbirss.wixsite.com/birssgroup

August 25, 2020

We are excited to be hosting another virtual workshop on TEM delivered by Dr. Haris Ansari soon. Join us on August 31, from 1pm - 2:30pm MDT through Zoom meeting. Registration is required using this link:

July 20, 2020

The ECS Calgary Student Chapter is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our second online workshop on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 1-3 PM MDT via Zoom Meeting on Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), which will be facilitated by Dr. William Matthews.


June 3, 2020

The ECS Calgary Student Chapter is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first online workshop in 2020 on Confocal Raman Microscopy: Applications in Science and Engineering delivered by Dr. Damilola Momodu.

Join us for the workshop on Tuesday June 9th, 2020 from 1 pm - 3pm through zoom meeting.

June 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19, we will be hosting our upcoming workshops online via Zoom. Learn more about our upcoming Online Workshop Series on our website or by following us on twitter (@ecs_calgary)!

We are excited to be hosting another virtual workshop on Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) delivered by Dr. Haris Ansari.

Join us on August 31, from 1pm - 2:30pm MDT through Zoom meeting.

Registration is required using this link:


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Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a versatile technique for the morphological, structural, and chemical characterization of a wide range of materials. A TEM can be run in various modes for imaging, diffraction, and microanalysis, to yield valuable information about the properties and behavior of materials at the nanoscale. This talk will give an overview of a few imaging and diffraction techniques and the structural and chemical information that can be derived from them. This will be followed by some examples of TEM analysis in bulk materials, thin films, and nanostructures to demonstrate the utility and versatility of the instrument to characterize materials at various length scales. The examples would illustrate the different modes of TEM operation and post processing required to fully characterize a typical sample.  Furthermore, the focused ion beam (FIB) instrument would also be introduced which is a very convenient tool to prepare TEM samples of a variety of materials including metals, metal oxides, polymers, etc. To illustrate the efficacy of the FIB, the various steps involved in the TEM sample preparation of a ceramic oxide with surface nanostructures will also be presented.  


Haris Masood Ansari is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary. He received his BS degree from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, MS degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, and PhD degree from The Ohio State University, USA, all in Materials Science and Engineering. His PhD was focused on the development and characterization of self-assembled surface nanostructures in ceramic oxides. His current research is focused on the development of ceramic oxide catalysts for high temperature CO2 electrolysis in solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) by using nanomaterials and nanoengineering approaches.


Past Online Workshops:

Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) by Dr. William Matthews (July 28, 2020)

Confocal Raman Microscopy by Dr. Damilola Momodu (June 9, 2020)


We would like to thank the GSA Quality Money Program for co-sponsoring this online workshop series.