Plamen B. Atanassov, Ph.D.
Chancellor’s Professor
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Formerly, UNM Research Professor
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
The University of New Mexico
2014 STC Innovation Fellow

As the 2014 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Atanassov is recognized as an outstanding example of how one individual can have a tremendous impact on fostering a culture of innovation that is felt on the local, national and international level. His most notable achievements over the last few years have been the development of catalysts materials for the first platinum group metal-free (PGM-free) fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in collaboration with Daihatsu Motor Co., a Toyota company.