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Iryna Zenyuk

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Sustainable Electrochemical Energy Lab

Iryna V. Zenyuk

Iryna Zenyuk

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Sustainable Electrochemical Energy Lab

Phone 617-627-7956
Robinson Hall, Room 164
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
electrochemical engineering, renewable energy, material science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics
Biography: 

Iryna V. Zenyuk holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. She continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Her graduate work focused on fundamental understanding of micro- and meso-scale interfacial transport phenomena and electric double layers in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Professor Zenyuk continued her study of transport phenomena and reaction kinetics in electrochemical systems as a postdoctoral fellow, leveraging advanced modeling and experimental diagnostic tools to optimize the performance of next-generation fuel cells.

Zenyuk is also an internationally recognized chess player.

Education: 
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 2008
Professional Experience: 
2014-present:

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2014:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Electrochemical Technologies Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research Interests: 

Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk's research focuses on fundamental understanding and design of next-generation fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries. The specific focus is on the transport properties within the porous medial of these electrochemical technologies. The research strategy employs a combination of novel materials, experimental diagnostic techniques and multi-scale theoretical and modeling works. Current research interests include:

  • Transport of neutral and charged species in porous media, electrochemical reaction kinetics, electric double layers
  • Electrochemical devices material characterization and design including in-situ component testing, electrokinetic measurements, synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography
  • Development next-generation diagnostic tools for operando, in-situ and ex-situ testing
Selected Honors and Awards: 
2017: Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement
2017: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, CBET
2017: Fraunhofer Award for Young Researchers, Interpore Society
2017: Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Fellow
Professional Memberships: 
American Chemical Society (ACS)
The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Tau Beta Pi
International Society for Porous Media (InterPore)

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