Electrodeposition is an electrochemical process used to synthesize thin layers of metal. It provides the basis for an array of industrial applications, including semiconductors, energy storage, and metal refining.
Akolkar, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation at Case School of Engineering, is a professor of chemical engineering and the director of the Electrochemical Materials Fabrication Laboratory.
“This award is well deserved,” said Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan, the Charles H. Phipps Dean of Case School of Engineering. “As a leader in the field of electrochemistry, Dr. Akolkar’s research and innovations are impacting some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are honored to see him recognized by the ECS for his contributions.”
ECS award details
The prize was established in 1979 to recognize outstanding research contributions to the field of electrodeposition and to encourage the publication of high-quality papers in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.
Akolkar was awarded for his “numerous contributions toward the development of novel electrodeposition processes and materials, and for enabling breakthrough advances in the fundamental science and industrial practice of electrodeposition.”
“I am honored to receive this award from the Electrochemical Society,” Akolkar said. “I started my journey in electrochemical engineering at Case in 2001. Since then, I have been fortunate to have exceptional colleagues, collaborators, mentors, sponsors, students and friends, who have made this journey so enjoyable. I am also very grateful for my affiliation to the ECS.”