Alan West joined the staff at Columbia University in 1992, where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Biele Professor of Electrochemistry. His research interests include electrodeposition, electrochemical sensors, batteries, and electrochemical synthesis. In addition to his academic studies, West has consulted and collaborated extensively within the industry.
Previously, West studied under John Newman at the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on the numerical simulation and theory of current distributions. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where his research focused on the electrochemical etching and polishing of metals.
He has received the ECS Norman Hackerman Young Author Award, as well as the Society’s Electrodeposition Division Research Award. He is an author of a self-published text titled Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering: An Introduction which is intended for engineering students at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level.