Prof. Piotr Zelenay International

Piotr Zelenay received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. (“habilitation”) degrees in chemistry from the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Texas A&M University, College Station (1983-1986), a visiting professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1988, 1989, 1990-92), University of Alicante, Spain (1994), and Colorado State University (1996-1997).

Dr. Zelenay was appointed a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw in 1983 and remained at the University until 1997 when he accepted permanent research position with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Dr. Zelenay has been associated with Materials Physics and Applications Division (formerly Materials Science and Technology Division) at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the past 20 years. He is currently Los Alamos Laboratory Fellow, as well as Project Leader and Team Leader at LANL, focusing primarily on fundamental and applied aspects of polymer electrolyte fuel cell science and technology, electrocatalysis and electrode kinetics.

Dr. Zelenay has published over 160 research articles, many in renowned scientific journals, including Nature, Science, Chemical Reviews, and Accounts of Chemical Research, and has co-authored nearly 400 presentations, of which ca. 150 have been invited, keynote, and plenary lectures. He has 21 patents and patent applications in the area of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Since becoming Project Leader for the LANL Fuel Cell Program in 2000,

Dr. Zelenay has led numerous large research projects totaling more than $50M in research funding, and received more than 20 awards and recognitions. Among other distinctions, he was awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellowship “in recognition of sustained outstanding scientific contributions” (2016); National Professorship in Chemistry by the President of Poland (2015); Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows Prize “for longstanding contributions to the understanding of non-precious metal electrocatalysts for fuel cells” (2015); Fellowship of the Electrochemical Society “for major contributions in the development of materials and concepts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells” (2014); Research Award of the Electrochemical Society Energy Technology Division “for fundamental and applied advances in polymer electrolyte fuel cell science and technology, electrocatalysis, and electrode kinetics” (2013); and DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Fuel Cell Technologies “for research on non-precious metal electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction” (2010).

Dr. Zelenay is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland, co-director of Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat, part the DOE-EERE Energy Materials Network), chair of the DOE Catalysis Working Group, an active member of the Electrochemical Society and International Society of Electrochemistry and Materials Research Society, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Electrocatalysis.