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Dr. Perla and her research group, consisting of nine students, standing on the stairs of the Jack E. Brown Engineering Building.
Dr. Perla Balbuena (center) has been named a 2022 Electrochemical Society Fellow. Her research group develops innovative technologies and techniques to enhance the fields of electrochemistry and solid-state science. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

Dr. Perla Balbuena has been selected as a 2022 fellow of The Electrochemical Society (ECS).

Balbuena is a professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, holder of the Mike O’Connor Chair I, and joint professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

“I’m extremely happy to be named an Electrochemical Society Fellow,” said Balbuena. “The ECS Fellow is one of the highest honors for a professional in the fields of electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology. The selection process is extremely thorough and requires true peer recognition.” 

Established in 1902, ECS is an international, volunteer-directed professional society seeking to advance scientific theory and practice in the fields of electrochemical science and technology. Members include scientists, engineers and industry leaders.

ECS selects fellows for their advanced individual technological contributions to the field of electrochemical science and technology, as well as their service to the society.

Balbuena is one of 15 ESC members selected for the 2022 class. She has served as an ECS member for many years. During her time in ECS, she has organized and chaired meeting symposia at national and international conferences. In April 2021, she was appointed the associate editor of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.

Balbuena’s research focuses on computational materials analysis and design and interfacial phenomena in battery cells. Her group’s work has led to innovative techniques that can improve high energy storage capacities and extend battery life, directly contributing to the development of advanced battery technologies.

Balbuena’s research has also promoted the development of clean technologies such as catalyst materials for fuel cells and electrolyzers and materials for carbon capture and conversion.