Francisco A. Uribe, Ph.D.

Francisco A. Uribe received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1982. The subject of his dissertation was on Electrochemistry in Liquid Ammonia. After graduation he was appointed assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Chile, Santiago . Then, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the State University of New York, in Buffalo NY, where he conducted research in ambient-temperature ionic liquids using spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. From 1987 to 1989, he was a senior electrochemist at Eltron Research Inc., Illinois, where he mostly worked in battery research. In 1990 he joined MPA-11 Group at LANL, where he currently is a technical staff member in the Fuel Cell Program. Within this program he has conducted research on various subjects such as oxygen reduction using microelectrode techniques, fuel cell operation at high voltages, electrochemical cathode and anode catalyst characterization, FC electrode structure optimization, effect of fuel and ambient air impurities on FC performance. He has submitted two patent applications related to fuel cells. Previous work at LANL includes potential applications of electronic conducting polymers, such as metallization of insulators and electrochemical capacitors. He holds one US patent on metallization of insulators using conducting polymers. He has also conducted research in electrochemical sensors projects aimed to biological and chemical threat reduction.