Chemical Engineering Diversity Committee
The University of Florida Chemical Engineering Diversity Committee serves to support efforts to promote a united departmental culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We identify related issues that need to be addressed, propose activities and practices that will improve the department culture, and work in collaboration with relevant groups in the department, college, and university. Our membership includes representation from faculty, staff, doctoral students, master’s students, and undergraduate students. Our committee is supported by an associated working group comprised of members of our industrial advisory board.
Inclusive Excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. Daily actions toward Inclusive Excellence are the responsibility of every one of us.
ABCs of fostering Inclusive Excellence at UF:
- Advocate for everyone’s success.
- Be an ally to others as you partner with your colleagues on DEI work.
- Celebrate your successes!
- Mark E. Orazem – Chair
- Lilu Funkenbusch
- Tony Ladd
- Whitney Stoppel
- Janice Harris
- Maaz Saeed Ahmed
- Zoharia B. Dreyfuss
- Ambar Velázquez
Mark OrazemDistinguished Professor
ELECTROCHEMICAL ENGINEERING The research performed in this group represents applications of electrochemical engineering to systems of practical importance. In recent work, electrokinetic phenomena were exploited to enhance continuous separation of water from dilute suspensions of clay associated with phosphate mining operations. The technology developed in this project is intended to greatly reduce the environmental impact of mining operations. Our group recently patented a sensor, based on indirect impedance measurements, that can detect corrosion of post-tensioned tendons in segmentally constructed bridges.
ELECTROCHEMICAL IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy is an experimental technique in which sinusoidal modulation of an input signal is used to obtain the transfer function for an electrochemical system. In its usual application, the modulated input is potential, the measured response is current, and the transfer function is represented as an impedance. The impedance is obtained at different modulation frequencies, thus invoking the term spectroscopy. Through use of system-specific models, the impedance response can be interpreted in terms of kinetic and transport parameters. Through an international collaboration with scientists and engineers from France, Italy, and the United States, work is underway to improve the understanding of how impedance can be interpreted to gain insight into the physics and chemistry of such diverse systems as batteries, fuel cells, corroding metals, and human skin.
Current projects include a modelling and experimental study of the impedance of enzyme-based sensors for biological systems, use of impedance spectroscopy to explore the failure mechanisms for quantum-dot light-emitting diodes, and fundamental studies designed to enhance interpretation of impedance spectra. For example, in collaboration with French and Italian colleagues, our group developed a novel method to extract physically meaningful information from impedance data affected by frequency dispersion, a problem that had been unresolved since it was identified in the 1940s. Our power-law model, first published in 2010, has proven useful for oxides on metals, for human skin, and for water uptake in coatings. It is Now implemented in industry to assess the quality of raw materials for electrochemical fabrication lines. Our new understanding of the influence of electrode geometry on impedance response gives developers of impedance-based sensors guidelines for electrode size and shape.
Ph.D., 1983, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California
M.S., 1978, Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
B.S., 1976, Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Awards & Distinctions
- The Electrochemical Society Corrosion Division H. H. Uhlig Award, 2022
- Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Adviser/Mentoring Award, 2021
- Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), 2019
- Inaugural Triennial Claude Gabrielli Award, 2019
- University of Florida Foundation Preeminence Term Professor, 2018
- University Term Professor, 2018-2021
- Dr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Edie Term Professorship, 2018
- Exxon-Mobil Gator Chemical Engineering Alumni Professor
- 2012 Electrochemical Society Henry B. Linford Award for Distinguished Teaching
- Past President of the International Society of Electrochemistry
- Fellow of the Electrochemical Society
- M.E. Orazem and B. Tribollet, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2017
- M.E. Orazem, editor, Underground Pipeline Corrosion: Detection, Analysis, and Prevention, Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK, 2014
- M.T. T. Tran, B. Tribollet, V. Vivier, and M. E. Orazem, On the Impedance Response of Reactions Influenced by Mass Transfer,” Russian Journal of Electrochemistry, 53 (2017), 932-940
- M.E. Orazem, B. Tribollet, V. Vivier, S. Marcelin, N. Pébère, A. L. Bunge, E. A. White, D. P. Riemer, I. Frateur, and M. Musiani, Dielectric Properties of Materials showing Constant-Phase Element (CPE) Impedance Response,” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 160 (2013), C215-C225
- J. Jorcin, M. E. Orazem, N. Pébère, and B. Tribollet, CPE Analysis by Local Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy,” Electrochimica Acta, 51 (2006), 1473-1479. (2006 Google Scholar Classic)
COLLEGE Diversity Statement
The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) values a diverse and inclusive community. It is integral to success in every area of our college. Therefore, the College is committed to non-discrimination with respect to all areas of human differences, including but not limited to national and ethnic origin, race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, beliefs and opinions, religion and faiths, culture, socio-economic background, level of physical or mental ability, and veteran’s status. This commitment applies in all areas–to students, faculty, and staff and intends to reflect the College’s belief that educational and employment decisions and access to University activities should be based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications.
The HWCOE values broad diversity within our community and is committed to individual and group empowerment, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination. We aspire to educate students to become future leaders capable of creating diverse and inclusive work cultures wherever their careers may take them.
It is imperative that we take care of ourselves, our children, and others. We have listed below recommended links for information and opportunities.