Nathaniel D. Leonard

Sept. 4, 2015

Nathaniel D. Leonard (PhD CHEM EGR ’15) will be awarded the 2015 Norman Hackerman Young Author Award at the 228th Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting in Phoenix in October 2015.

Leonard received his PhD in chemical engineering from Michigan State University in 2015, under the supervision of Scott Calabrese Barton, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science.

Leonard’s work focused on synthesis, characterization, and modeling of non-precious metal catalysts for oxygen reduction in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells.

During his time at MSU, he was selected to be a Transatlantic Program Young Technology Leader in automotive research and development.

He completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering and German from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he found his appreciation for electrochemistry while conducting high temperature electrolysis studies in molten salt electrolytes. He was also a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) undergraduate scholar.

His research interests include electrode design and optimization for non-precious metal catalysts, modeling of transport phenomena in porous electrochemical systems, and rotating ring-disk electrode studies of metal-nitrogen-catalysts.

About Norman Hackerman Young Author Award
Established in 1928 for the best paper published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society for a topic in the field of electrochemical science and technology by a young author or authors.

About ECS
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