Prof. Dr. Andrzej Kowal - Biography

Andrzej Kowal is a Senior Scientific Consultant in the National Science Foundation Project realized at the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, Poland since 2015. Simultaneously, from 2011 he is a Senior Chemist at the Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals Department in Poznan CLAiO, Poland, the Head of the Center for Synthesis & Characterization of Nanomaterials and visiting professor at the Faculty of Technology of University of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2014 he has been the Director of the Krakow-based consulting company ELCATAK. In 1973 he obtained senior assistant position at the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), Krakow. After completing his PhD in chemistry in 1979 at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, PAS, Warsaw, he became an adjunct at the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Krakow. Between 1980 – 2002, he led the Electrocatalysis Group at the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Krakow. In 1995 Andrzej Kowal became the Head of the SPM (STM&AFM) Laboratory at the Institute of Catalysis & Surface Chemistry PAS, Krakow, which he led until 2002. From 2013 to 2014 he had an adjunct position at the Center for Microelectronics & Nanotechnology, Faculty of Mathematics &Natural Sciences, University of Rzeszow, Poland.
   From 1985 until 2014 he had a very strong international collaboration and was a visiting scientist or professor in the following reputable Institutions: Fritz-Haber-Institute MPG, Berlin; Instituto de Quimica Fisica "Rocasolano" CSIC, Madrid; The University of Liverpool; Institute of Electrochemistry, IHTM, Belgrade University, Yugoslavia/Serbia; Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA; National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM), CSIC, Madrid; Seoul National University, South Korea and State University of New York, Binghamton, USA.
   His current research interests are focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of modern nanocatalysts for Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells and Ethanol Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. He is the author and co-author of over 120 publications, 5 patents, over 1930 citations, h-factor over 20 and has presented 20 talks at international conferences including invited lectures and being chairman. He organized 6 international conferences on different topics, the last one being the Symposium on Clean Energy from Ethanol – ISCEE 2014 at the University of Rzeszow, Poland. He obtained 4 awards for best activity and scientific work from AGH-University of Sciences and Technology and Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Krakow. He also obtained an Award of the Factory "Stalprodukt" S.A. for the reduction of costs of hydrogen production. Andrzej Kowal became also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry of The University of Liverpool.