ECS Europe Section Elects New Executive Committee

The ECS Europe Section has elected a new Executive Committee and members at large to serve in 2021 and 2022. The new officers are Prof. Philippe Marcus, Chair; Prof. Roberto Paolesse, Vice Chair; Prof. Robert Lynch, Secretary; and Prof. Jan Macák, Treasurer. Voting, which was open to all members of the Europe section, closed on January 31.

The elected members at large are:

  • Dr. Krzysztof Bienkowski, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr. D. Noel Buckley, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Prof. Stefan De Gendt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Geir Haarberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Dr. Adriana Ispas, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany
  • Dr. Deborah Jones, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Prof. Pawel Kulesza, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr. Krzysztof Miecznikowski, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr. Iwona Agnieszka Rutkowska, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Prof. Zbigniew J. Stojek, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr. Petr Vanýsek, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Benjamin Wilson, Aalto University, Finland

ECS Europe Section

The Europe section introduces and supports activities in electrochemistry and solid state science in its region and provides technical news and activities for those who are not able to attend ECS meetings. The section supports student travel grants and the Europe Section Alessandro Volta Medal and Europe Section Heinz Gerischer Award. The deadline to submit nominations is February 15 in odd years for the Europe Section Alessandro Volta Medal Award and September 30 in even years for the Europe Section Heinz Gerischer Award. Information on Europe section awards is also available on the ECS Awards Page.

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ECS Europe Section Officers


Prof. Philippe Marcus

Prof. Philippe Marcus is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Head of the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces Research Group at the Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris (Chimie ParisTech-PSL), France. Dr. Marcus received his PhD in Physical Sciences from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, in 1979. His research focuses on surface electrochemistry and corrosion science, with emphasis on understanding the relationship between the structure and properties of metal surfaces and oxide films at the atomic or nanometric scale.

Prof. Marcus is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (2005) and the International Society of Electrochemistry (2009). His numerous accolades include the ECS Olin Palladium Award (2017); EFC European Corrosion Medal (2015); Lee Hsun Award, Institute of Metals Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012); U.R. Evans Award, UK Institute of Corrosion (2010); NACE International Whitney Award (2008); and the ECS Corrosion Division H. H. Uhlig Award (2005).

Prof. Marcus is Chairman of the EFC Working Party on Surface Science and Mechanisms of Corrosion and Protection, Chairman of the International Steering Committee for the European Conferences on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis, and President of the French Corrosion Society. He has published over 500 papers in scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings, and presented more than 130 invited lectures at international conferences. Prof. Marcus has 19,670 citations with an h-index of 76 as of January 2021.

Vice Chair

Prof. Roberto Paolesse

Prof. Roberto Paolesse is a Full Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Science and Technologies at the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy. He started his career there in 1986 as an assistant professor. Prof. Paolesse graduated cum laude in Chemistry from the Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy, in 1983. Prof. Paolesse’s research interests include the applications of porphyrins and related macrocycles to develop chemical sensors and artificial sensor systems, and the development of supramolecular assemblies and their exploitation in electrochemical devices. Responsible for several national and European research projects, he is now coordinator of the FET-OPEN project INITIO in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. Prof. Paolesse has authored more than 400 articles in international journals, holds six patents, and edited two books.


Prof. Robert Lynch

Prof. Robert Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in Energy and Course Director of the BSc in Applied Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Ireland. He teaches undergraduate courses and supervises PhD and MS students in physics and electrochemistry. Prof. Lynch is Principal Investigator of the Energy Storage and Semiconductor Technology Group at the Bernal Institute and Department of Physics at the University of Limerick. His group investigates the measurement and monitoring of flow battery systems, stabilization of electricity grids, and semiconductor nanostructure formation. Prof. Lynch is the project manager of fundamental and industrial research projects and the scientific advisor to Lumcloon Energy, which is currently completing construction of the largest grid stabilization project using electrochemical energy storage in Europe.


Prof. Jan Macák

Prof. Jan Macák has been a senior researcher and group leader at the Center of Materials and Nanotechnologies of the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, since 2015. The group leader at the Central European Institute of Technology of the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, he has served as Treasurer of the ECS Europe Section since 2018. Prof. Macák completed his PhD in 2008 at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. His research focuses on the synthesis of 1D nanotubular and nanoporous materials by anodization of valve metals and the subsequent modification of these materials by various means. In particular, his group has tailored the atomic layer deposition technique for the deposition of oxide- and chalcogenide-based materials within high-aspect-ratio nanotubular structures towards various applications. Prof. Macák is the author of 184 publications with 15,051 citations.

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