AVS Election Winners | Biography: Svitlana Pylypenko

Svitlana Pylypenko

Svitlana Pylypenko
Colorado School of Mines
Svitlana Pylypenko is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the Colorado School of Mines. She is also involved in the interdisciplinary Materials Science Program at Mines and holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Prior to joining the Chemistry Department, Svitlana was an Assistant Research faculty in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. Svitlana received her B.S. and M.S. in chemistry and chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Ukraine and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of New Mexico.

Svitlana’s group at Mines investigates surfaces and interfaces of applied materials with the emphasis on building relationships between surface composition and structure, material properties and their performance with the eventual goal to design next generation materials based on earth abundant elements, which provide high efficiency at a fraction of the cost. Research in her group focuses on multi-technique, multiscale analysis, and in-situ and in-operando studies bridging surface analysis, surface science and catalysis.

Svitlana served as a Board Member  of the AVS Applied Surface Science Division, AVS Rocky Mountain Chapter (2017 Chair), and ECS Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division. Svitlana Co-chaired the AVS-sponsored Surface Analysis Symposium in 2014, and is the Co-chair of the 2020 Surface Analysis Symposium, which was postponed. She is involved in the AVS Science Educators’ Workshop, serves as chair of AVS Educational Materials and Outreach Committee, and is a faculty adviser of the Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter, one of the most active student chapters.