Tom Zawodzinski

Governor's Chair Professor

Thomas Zawodzinski is the Governor’s Chair in Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, with appointments in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dept. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At Case Western Reserve University, he was the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Fuel Cells and the Founding Director of the Wright Fuel Cell Group. He directed an ARO MURI integrating experimental and computational methods for catalyst discovery.  Prior to Case, he served as Team Leader for Fuel Cells at LANL. Dr. Zawodzinski led the LANL team optimizing reformate/air fuel cells, for which he received the DOE Fuel Cell Award in 1999.    In addition to his continuous involvement in the fuel cell program, he initiated and led programs including preparation of new electrolytes and new methods for studies of transport and electrode materials in Li batteries; self-assembled monolayers for device preparation; biosensors and chemical sensors for chemical warfare agents and simulants; artificial muscles and electrochemical reactors. He has published more than two hundred refereed papers, with more than 12000 citations, including the third most cited paper in the history of the Journal of the ECS. He has delivered hundreds of presentations and short courses given around the globe on fuel cell, electrochemical device and sensor-related topics and research.  He has served on Technical Advisory Boards of several companies. Dr. Zawodzinski received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the SUNY Buffalo, under the supervision of Robert Osteryoung, focused on Room Temperature Ionic Liquids.

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