Meet Professor Perla B. Balbuena at the 242nd ECS Meeting “Meet the Editors” event. She obtained the following degrees in chemical engineering: BS from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Argentina; MSc from the University of Pennsylvania; and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Balbuena was appointed Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina from 1997-2004, then full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2004. There she currently holds the Mike O’Connor Chair I with joint appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Chemistry. Her research focuses on first-principles computational materials design, with emphasis in interfacial phenomena for battery and electrocatalysis materials and processes. Dr. Balbuena has done pioneering work in computational analysis of lithium ion batteries, advanced battery technologies, and fuel cell materials, and has also investigated materials for CO2 capture and electrocatalysis. Dr. Balbuena has published 338 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-edited five books in her areas of specialization. Her work has been cited ~19,500 times (h-index 71) according to Google Scholar. Dr. Balbuena was elected Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (2022), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2020), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013). Learn more.