May 07 , 2014
Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
In February 2011, Professor Thomas J. Schmidt (*1970) became Chair of Electrochemistry at Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, combined with the appointment as Head of the Electrochemistry Laboratory at Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland. Since 2014 Prof. Schmidt is Director of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) Heat & Electricity Storage.
his University Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Ulm/Germany in 1996
and his PhD in Chemistry from the same University in 2000. That same year he joined the group of P.N.
Ross and N.M. Markovic at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Chemist
Postdoctoral Fellow. During this period,
he intensively studied the fundamentals of electrocatalysis of fuel cell
reactions. He continued to work with
G.G. Scherer at Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen/Switzerland on the
development of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) using radiation-grafted
membranes and on oxygen electrocatalysis with oxide containing catalysts. Since fall 2002, he was working in the
industrial development of high temperature membrane electrode assemblies and
its components (membranes, catalysts, electrodes) using polybenzimidazole based
membranes at BASF Fuel Cell GmbH (formerly Pemeas GmbH). During these eight years in industries, Dr.
Schmidt led the high-temperature MEA R&D activities as Director R&D and
helped to successfully commercialize the BASF Fuel Cell Celtec®
In parallel since 2009, he has been working as lecturer for Physical Chemistry at Provadis School of International Management and Technology, University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt/Germany.
He recently served as co-editor
of the book entitled Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Durability
published at Springer. Since fall 2009, he has been serving also as instructor
of the Short Course PEM Fuel Cells held on the fall meetings of the
Electrochemical Society. Dr. Schmidt
was chairman and co-organizer of several conferences, e.g., the Gordon Research
Conference on Fuel Cells (2005) and the ECS Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells Symposia (2010 to 2013). Prof. Schmidt currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemcial Society and the ECS Electrochemistry Letters.
In fall 2010, he
received the Charles W. Tobias Young
Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society. He was awarded the Otto-Monsted Visiting Professorship at the Technical University of Denmark (Lyngby) in 2013.
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