Plamen B. Atanassov

Contact


Phone: 505 277-2640

Physical Address

Room 151
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Distinguished Professor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Director

Center for Micro-Engineered Materials

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Chemistry, 1995

Specialization in Bioelectrochimistry Frumkin's Institute of Electrochemistry, 1988

M.S. University of Sophia Chemical Physics, 1987

Biography

Atanassov  joined the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and became a Member of Technical Staff of its Central Laboratory of Electrochemical Power Sources (now the Institute for Electrochemistry & Power Systems). His initial work included materials solutions for metal-air batteries. He was a visiting scientist at the Frumkin’s Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow, Russia studying bio-electrochemistry of enzymes and received a PhD in Physical Chemistry/Electrochemistry. Dr. Atanassov moved to the United States in 1992 and later became a research faculty with the University of New Mexico.  During the 90s he was involved in development of a several electrochemical biosensor technologies for biomedical, environmental, food safety and defense applications. In 1999 Plamen Atanassov joined Superior MicroPowders LLC (acquired later by Cabot Corp.) were he was a project leader in fuel cell electrocatalysts development that resulted in introduction of spray pyrolysis for catalyst synthesis on industrial scale. He returned to the University of New Mexico in 2000 as faculty member of the Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Department. In 2007 Dr. Atanassov founded the UNM Center for Emerging Energy Technologies. From January 2012 to December 2013 Dr. Atanassov was the Associate Dean for Research of the UNM School of Engineering. Currently Dr. Atanassov is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and leads research programs in development of novel electrocatalysts: non-platinum electrocatalyst for fuel cells, nano-structured catalysts for oxidation of complex fuels, new materials and technologies for energy conversion and storage. Dr. Atanassov bio-electrocatalysis programs range from enzyme electrochemistry, enzymatic and microbial fuel cells, and systems for biological and bio-inspired energy harvesting. His research is funded by NSF, DOD, DOE and industrial partners, among those Daihatsu Motor Co, Ballard Power Systems, AFCC, SFD Research Corp. and others.

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - Present: Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2007 - Present: Director, Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, School of Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2006 - Present: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2000 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1999 - 2000: Research Scientist, Project Manager, Superior MicroPowders LLC, (now Cabot-SMP and Cabot-Fuel Cells) Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1993-99: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1992-93: Senior Research Associate, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1991-92: Research Fellow (Staff Scientist II), Central Laboratory of Electrochemical Power Sources, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 1990-91: Research Associate (Staff Scientist III), Central Laboratory of Electrochemical Power Sources, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 1987-90: Research Assistant (Staff Chemist), Central Laboratory of Electrochemical Power Sources, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Publications are available:

Research Interests

  • Sensors and Biosensors
  • Bio-engineering
  • Applied Electrochemistry