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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. 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. She is also an internationally-recognized chess player, ranked in the top 10 amongst female players in the U.S.

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: 

Iryna Zenyuk's research focuses on fundamental understanding and novel design of next-generation fuel cells and electrochemical energy-storage technologies. The research strategy employs a combination of high-fidelity multiphysics modeling and experimental diagnostic techniques to characterize and improve the performance of a device's essential components. Current research interests include: advanced computational modeling; transport of neutral and charged species in porous media, electrochemical reaction kinetics, and electric double layers; electrochemical devices' material characterization and design, including in-situ component testing, electrokinetic measurements, and synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography; and the development of next-generation diagnostic tools for in-situ and ex-situ device component testing.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2017: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2013: Best Poster Award (1st author), PEM Fuel Cell Symposium, Electrochemical Society (ECS)
2012: "Best of the Posters," Gordon Fuel Cells Research Conference
2012: Best T.A. Award for Outstanding Teaching in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
2010: Best Poster Award (1st author), Symposium of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy
2010, 2011: Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, NSF
2009: Research Graduate Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University
2004-2008: National Dean's List, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
2004-2008: Presidential Scholarship, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
2007: Cordella Williams Memorial Award, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
2007: James Hughes Jr. Award, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
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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