Gregory Jerkiewicz, Ph.D. M.Eng., Professor at Queen's University, Canada, is recognized for his groundbreaking and landmark contributions to physical electrochemistry and electrocatalysis. He has made outstanding contributions to: (i) interfacial electrochemical thermodynamics; (ii) H electrochemistry and electrocatalysis; (iii) surface oxide growth on transition metals; (iv) electrochemical quartz-crystal nanobalance (EQCN); (v) preparation of multi-colored layers on Ti and Zr that reversibly switch their coloration; and (vi) interfacial electrochemistry through the discovery of the potential of minimum mass. An overarching theme of his research is a genuine quest for deep comprehension of the physical nature of electrochemical processes. His contributions to Pt electrochemistry are of great importance to fuel cells as the degradation of Pt electrocatalysts involves monolayer surface oxides. The discovery of the potential of minimum mass and his determination of thermodynamic parameters that drive H electro-adsorption jointly explain the origin of electrocatalytic properties of Pt in electrochemical reactions involving H. This new knowledge is essential to the eventual design and preparation of non-Pt electrocatalysts for fuel cells.
Prof Jerkiewicz has authored 129 publications. He received the Electrochemistry Award of La Société Française de Chimie in 1997, the W. A. E. McBryde Medal of the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2004 and the R. C. Jacobsen Award of the Electrochemical Society, Canadian Section, in 2012. In 2012, the President of Poland conferred on him the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (the Order of Polonia Restituta is equivalent to the Order of Canada). In October 2015, he has been awarded a highly prestigious Discovery Project ($4M), by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, to establish a national research project on the use of Nickel for clean energy electrochemical technologies. The award announcement was made by Honorable Kirsty Duncan, PhD, Minister of Science of the Government of Canada in January 2016.