Technical Advisory Board

Pajarito Powder has a world-class Technical Advisory Board that drives the company’s technology and product to be of the highest performance and durability, while meeting the price and manufacturability targets required by industry.


Dr. Piotr Zelenay


Dr. Zelenay is a prominent expert in PEM fuel cells and a Team Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He has led the electrocatalysis and direct methanol fuel cell research at LANL for the past 12 years. In June 2010, he was a recipient of the United States Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Program R&D Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to fuel cell technologies. With 166 research items and over 10,000 citations on ResarchGate, 15 fuel cell patents or applications, and 20 fuel cell and electrocatalysis research projects, Dr. Zelenay is recognized as a world leader in fuel cell technologies.


Dr. Plamen Atanassov

Dr. Atanassov has a PhD from The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and moved to the United States in 1992. Dr. Atanassov joined the University of New Mexico, becoming a Distinguished Professor. He started the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, was Associate Dean for Research, and later was Director of the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials. In October 2018 Dr. Atanassov moved to the University of California, Irvine, where he is the Chancellor’s Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry. His research is in materials and technologies for energy conversion focusing on electrocatalysis and bio-electrocatalysis, with applications in fuel cells, electrolyzers and bio-electrochemical systems. Atanassov is a fellow of The National Academy of Inventors, fellow of The Electrochemical Society and served as a vice-president of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Dr. Atanassov has 461 research items and over 10,000 citations on ResearchGate.


Dr. Scott Calabrese-Barton

Dr. Calabrese-Barton is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. His research group studies new electrocatalysts, materials, and electrode design for both fuel cells and chemical conversion. Transition metal electrocatalysts are studied for fuel cell and electrochemical conversion applications. Bioconversion involving enzyme electrocatalysts are also studied as a means of producing value-added chemicals from renewable resources. To this end, regeneration of enzyme cofactors and high-surface carbon materials are developed for immobilization of enzymes, catalysts, and cofactors. Throughout this work, mathematical models promote understanding of electrochemical kinetics and transport, leading to tools for analysis and optimization of novel electrode architectures. Dr. Calabrese Barton received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1999, after studying aerospace engineering at Notre Dame and MIT. He is the recipient of a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and a Petroleum Research Fund award from the American Chemical Society. Dr. Calabrese Barton has 100 research items and over 3,000 citations on ResearchGate.


Dr. Jean-Pol Dodelet

Dr. Dodelet is Professor of Physical Chemistry at L’Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS, Canada). After receiving his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1969 from L’Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) he became a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Associate in Radiation Chemistry at the University of Alberta (Canada). In 1976, he became Professor of Physical Chemistry at L’Universite du Quebec a Trois Rivieres (Canada), where he worked until 1981 on the photoconducting properties of molecular photoconductors, before he took his current position. At INRS, he first continued his work on molecular photoconductors before becoming interested, in 1990, in non-noble metal electrocatalysts, the research area where he is still active today. In the last several years, Dr. Dodelet collaborated with General Motors as an Industrial Research Chair in electrocatalysis, sponsored by General Motors of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He has 255 research items and over 12,000 citations on ResearchGate.

Dr. Hubert Gasteiger

Dr. Gasteiger is a Full Professor of Electrochemistry at the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Gasteiger began his research as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1994 on surface electrocatalysis using electron- and ion-spectroscopes, before spending four years as an Assistant Researcher at Ulm University in Germany, investigating gas-phase & electrocatalysis related to fuel cell systems. In 1999, Dr. Gasteiger moved to General Motors, to become the Technical Manager for Fuel Cell Activities, focusing on catalyst and MEA development for eight years, before moving to Acta S.p.A, where he focused on MEAs for alkaline membrane electrolyzers and fuel cells. Dr. Gasteiger later returned to academia, taking a position as a visiting Professor at MIT to study catalysis in lithium-air batteries and model oxide catalysts for fuel cells, before moving to his current position with the University of Munich. Dr. Gasteiger has over 219 research items on ResearchGate, including 15 book chapters, 38 registered or pending patent applications, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Handbook of Fuel Cells.


Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee

Dr. Mukerjee is a Full Professor of Physical/Materials Chemistry in the College of Science and Director of the Laboratory for Electrochemical Advanced Power (LEAP) at Northeastern University. Dr. Mukerjee’s research involves an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing the areas of solid-state chemistry, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry of electrode materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. The current focus is on technologies for PEM fuel cells and for batteries, which include: electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction, CO tolerance and methanol oxidation reactions, elevated temperature PEMs, advanced rechargeable batteries with nickel metal hydrides and lithium insertion electrodes for lithium ion and lithium polymer batteries. Dr. Mukerjee received his PhD from Texas A&M University and his M. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is the 2013 recipient of the NEU Excellence in Research and Creativity Award. Dr. Mukerjee has 254 research items and over 10,000 citations on ResearchGate.