Benjamín R. Scharifker

Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela


Benjamín R. Scharifker received his degree in chemistry from Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in 1976 and his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, in 1979. Since 1980, he works at the Chemistry Department of USB. Between 1984 and 1986, he joined the newly formed Hydrogen Research Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex, USA, as Senior Scientist and Associate Director. He became a Full Professor at USB in 1989 and served successively as Department Head, Research Dean, Vice Rector, and Rector until 2009. His main research interest is in interfacial electrochemistry, including phase formation processes, conducting polymers, electrochemical energy conversion, electrocatalytic oxidations, and the kinetics of electrochemical reactions. Professor Scharifker has been keynote and plenary speaker at numerous scientific meetings. He was a former Member of the Publications Committee of the International Society of Electrochemistry and is currently in the Editorial Boards of Portugaliæ Electrochimica Acta and Acta Cientifica Venezolana. Among several awards, he received the Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury Prize of the Polar Enterprises Foundation. Scharifker has been recently appointed as a Vice Rector at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and is the President of the Venezuelan Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He is also a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Latin America and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).

Biography Updated on 10 January 2011

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