José H. Zagal

Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile

José H. Zagal obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA. He is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology, University of Santiago de Chile, Chile. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, USA, in 1982, an invited scientist at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, in 1991 and 1996, and an invited scientist at the Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, in 1992 and 1995. Moreover, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Louisville, Ky, in 1996, an invited scientist at University of Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1997, and an Invited Professor at ESPCI Paris Tech, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris in 1997. He was awarded the Presidential Chair in Science in 1996 by a committee chaired by the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Rudolph Marcus and received the Silver Medal of the University Merit in 1998 and the Gold Medal in 2002. He has published over 160 papers, 5 book chapters, and 3 patents. He is the coauthor of two books and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry and of Electrocatalysis and has recently become a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Electrochemistry. He has contributed in the area of electrocatalysis, electrodes modified with metal macrocyclics, electrochemistry of biological molecules, the catalysis of the reduction of oxygen and many other reactions of relevance, conductive polymers, electrochemical sensors, and in the pioneering work of the establishment of nonlinear correlations between thermodynamic properties of catalysts and their electrochemical reactivity. His well-known volcano correlations for the electrocatalytic properties of surface-confined metal complexes have been featured in many reviews, in a cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2007, and in textbooks, for example, by Bockris and Khan. His work has been mentioned in the Electrochemical Dictionary by Bard, Inzelt, and Scholtz and in the Handbook of Fuel Cells by Vielstich, Lamm, and Geisteger.

Biography Updated on 12 December 2010

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