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Weidner to receive prestigious mid-career award

By Abe Danaher | June 26, 2019

John Weidner, the chair of the University of South Carolina’s chemical engineering department, will receive the Carl Wagner Memorial Award from The Electrochemical Society in Atlanta this fall.

The Wagner Award is the most prestigious mid-career award given by the ECS  to one individual every two years. It recognizes excellence in electrochemical research, as well as significant contributions to the teaching of students in education, industry and government.

“I am very honored and humbled to be receiving this award,” Weidner says. “Of course, ultimately it reflects the great colleagues and amazing students I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my 28 years at South Carolina.  I have learned as much from them as I hope they have learned from me.“

Weidner completed his doctorate from North Carolina State University in 1991 and has worked in the chemical engineering department at UofSC since. His research focuses on the design and optimization of electrochemical systems. Currently, his group is working with the Savannah River National Laboratory on the large-scale production of hydrogen from solar energy and with General Motors on developing sophisticated mathematical models for electric-vehicle performance, among other projects.


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