McCloskey Honored with Tajima Prize

July 12, 2021

Bryan McCloskey, professor in UC Berkeley College of Chemistry and a chemical faculty engineer affiliated with the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at Berkeley Lab, has been awarded the 2021 Tajima Prize. The honor from the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) recognizes McCloskey’s outstanding contributions to electrochemistry on the basis of his published work.

McCloskey’s research broadly focuses on fundamental processes occurring in electrochemical systems, with a particular emphasis on batteries and electrocatalysis. He employs various advanced characterization techniques to gain insight into the mechanism of electrode materials’ function and operation, which can lead to improvements in electrochemical systems performance. McCloskey was recognized for his foundational work to understand interfacial phenomena in lithium-air and lithium-ion batteries. 

The annual prize, which was established in the mid-1980s with a donation from Japanese professor and scientist Sakae Tajima, is awarded annually to an outstanding electrochemist under the age of 40.  As part of the award, McCloskey will receive 1,000 Swiss Francs and an invited lecture at the 2022 ISE Annual Meeting in Xiamen, China. 

“I am beyond honored to receive the Tajima Prize,” McCloskey said. “It is a testament to all McCloskey Lab members, past and present, whose outstanding work made this award possible.”