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