Mark Orazem, Ph.D., has had a year of outstanding recognitions for his contributions to the field of Electrochemistry. He is a Distinguished Professor, the Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Edie Professor, and an expert in impedance spectroscopy for electrochemical engineering applications. His academic career spans 36 years, and his research ranges from fundamental to applied.
“This has been a good year,” says Orazem, “I am deeply touched by the support of my colleagues and friends in the electrochemical community.”
In recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to the field, Orazem was announced as a new Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) on June 1, 2019. Four to six fellows are selected annually, and recipients must be fully active in research and have made significant contributions to electrochemistry in recent years. Orazem will be formally welcomed as a Fellow at the 2020 ISE Annual Meeting to be held in Belgrade, Serbia.
Orazem is pleased to have completed the second edition of his book Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, co-authored with Bernard Tribollet and published by Wiley.
At the 11th International Symposium on Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy on June 2, 2019 in Lège-Cap-Ferret, France, Orazem and Tribollet were presented with the inaugural triennial Claude Gabrielli Award. The award inscription reads: “for his contribution to the field of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, his exceptional creativity in experimental and theoretical studies and the diffusion of knowledge which largely contributes to the use of this technique.”
Claude Gabrielli was the organizer of the First International Symposium on Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy held in 1989 and a leader in the development of new transfer-function measurements for electrochemical systems.
The winner of the student poster prize received an autographed copy of Orazem and Tribollet’s book.
“We made an effort to put together a book that helped teach people about impedance spectroscopy. There are other books available that describe research results, but our book is a teaching tool,” said Orazem.
In August 2018, Orazem was awarded the University of Florida Term Professorship award as well as the University of Florida Foundation’s Preeminence Term Professorship in recognition of his substantial research, outstanding record of accomplishment, and work that is transforming lives.
“Our group works with glucose sensors; that’s biomedical. We work with bridges; that’s civil engineering. We work with quantum-dot light-emitting diodes; that’s solid state. We’re doing things associated with phosphate mining. These are all different areas, but what ties them together is electrochemical engineering. That’s what I enjoy about what we do, I don’t have to feel like I’m fixed into one narrow technology,” said Orazem.
Each fall, the Foundation awards two Preeminence term professorships. Faculty members may receive the award once during the program’s lifetime.
Orazem becomes the second Chemical Engineering professor to receive this prestigious award. Fan Ren, Ph.D., was one of the very first recipients in 2013, when the program was created.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by the place where you work. I’m happy to be following in Fan’s footsteps,” says Orazem.