Plamen AtanassovIrvine, USA - Keynote lecturer

Chancellor’s Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chancellor’s Professor (Joint Appointment), Materials Science and Engineering

Plamen Atanassov graduated from the University of Sofia (1987) with an MSc in Chemical Physics & Theoretical Chemistry. He joined the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and become a Member of Technical Staff of its Central Laboratory of Electrochemical Power Sources (now the Institute for Electrochemistry & Power Systems). His initial work included materials solutions for metal-air batteries. He was a visiting scientist at the Frumkin’s Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow, Russia studying bio-electrochemistry of enzymes and received a PhD in Physical Chemistry/ Electrochemistry from BAS for his work on enzyme biosensors.

Starting October 2018 Dr. Atanassov joined University of California, Irvine where he is a Chancellor’s Professor with Henry Samueli School of Engineering, with the newly formed Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, holding secondary appointments with Materials Science & Engineering and with Chemistry. He is also affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory and is honorary professor of The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He served as a Vice-President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2015-2017) and is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. In 2018 he was inducted in the National Academy of Inventors.

Research Interests

Electrocatalysis and electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes; bio-electrocatalysis and energy harvesting systems

Teaching Interests

Prof. Atanassov materials for energy programs are focused on development of novel electrocatalysts: non-platinum and platinum-based electrocatalysts for fuel cells, nano-structured catalysts for oxidation of complex fuels, and new materials and technologies for energy conversion and storage. Dr. Atanassov bio-electrocatalysis programs range from enzyme electrochemistry, enzymatic and microbial fuel cells, and systems for biological and bio-inspired energy harvesting. He is a co-inventor in 50 issued US patents, substantial number of which have been licensed and are at the core of several catalyst products. He has published more than 380 peer-reviewed papers (bringing 23K+ citations and forming an h-index of 76), 20 chapters in books and edited a book on Enzymatic Fuel Cells. He has served as an advisor for 35 completed PhD dissertations at UNM and had supported 20 postdoctoral fellows.

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