Today we hear about battery electric vehicles, hydrogen cars and self-sufficient houses everywhere from an energy point of view. Therefore, promoting the research and development of materials for electrochemical conversion and energy storage in devices such as rechargeable batteries, fuel cells and electrolyzers is one of the most important achievements of our society. This year, twelve years after its first edition, the “Galileo Galileo Award for Energy Conversion by Ion Conduction” will be awarded (Galileo Galileo Award for Electrochemical Conversion of Energy by Ion Conduction).
This award was instituted by the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes (ISPE) during the twelfth edition of the conference held at Padua in 2010. Specifically, the award proposed by Professor Vito. De Noto of the Department of Industrial Engineering (photograph with Mayor Giordani and parchment presented to the winner), organizer of that year’s event, was unanimously recognized by the entire scientific committee of the department. With the current energy crisis and the advent of large PNRR funding, this issue is of immense strategic importance in today’s society. The “Galileo Galileo Award for Energy Conversion by Ion Conduction” has been assigned by the Mayor of Padua, Sergio Giordani, representing the Municipality of Padua, and to the University of Padavino by the wonderful Rector of the University of Padua, Professor Daniela Mabelli.
The purpose of the prize is to celebrate internationally the scientific community’s recognition of researchers who, with their brilliant and innovative results, have made a decisive contribution to the understanding and development of ion-conducting materials. The latter have proven important for the development of devices for energy storage and electrochemical conversion. The prize was established in the city of Padua to highlight the scientific-technological and humanistic heritage held by the city in the world cultural scene. Galileo Galilei lived and taught in Padua for eighteen years, and his groundbreaking research efforts revolutionized the inductive experimental system of science. In the following centuries, this method transformed various fields of science into the beating heart of modern human technology and lifestyle.
The prize is named after Galileo Galilei for the historical reasons mentioned above and underlines that ionic conductors are the “center of the universe” in developing devices for energy conversion and electrochemical storage. During the International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes (ISPE) the scientific committee selects and assigns the “Galileo Galileo Award for Energy Conversion by Ion Conduction” every two years. Its mission is to promote international competition and growth in this sector, which is critical to the development of a more sustainable future for humanity. In 2022, Professor Hiroyuki Ono of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan, will be awarded the “Galileo Galileo Award for Energy Conversion by Ion Conduction” during the ISPE-17 conference in Niagara. Lake, Canada, between October 2 and 7, for the following motivation: “In recognition of his pioneering contributions to the synthesis and electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices of ionic liquids and their polymerized derivatives”. Professor Hiroyuki Ono will become the ninth winner of this prestigious award. He has published nearly 600 papers that have been cited 29,000 times, and has mentored many young researchers. Professor Ohno has inspired an entire generation of scientists in the field. His three most cited papers are “Ionic-Liquid Materials for Future Electrochemical Challenges – Natural Materials”,
“Electrochemical Aspects of Ionic Liquids”, and “Room Temperature Ionic Liquids from 20 Natural Amino Acids – Journal of the American Chemical Society”. These contributions have garnered more than 6,000 citations, clearly demonstrating the fundamental role of his research in the discovery, development and application of ionic liquids in electrochemical energy storage and alternative systems.
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