Marcin M. Majda
Marcin Majda was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1951 and received his M. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from Warsaw University in 1974. He joined the graduate program in Chemistry at SIUC in 1976 and received his Ph.D. degree in 1980. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois, 1980-1982, he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 1982 moving up the ranks to Associate Professor in 1988 and Full Professor in 1996. In 2001 he became Department of Chemistry Vice-Chair for the physical chemistry graduate program. He is also an Associate Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry and recently completed a 5-year term on the Board of Directors of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. His primary research interests are in interfacial phenomena and electrochemistry with specific reference to the dynamical properties of molecular assemblies at air/water and electrode/solution interfaces. His pioneering studies of nanoscale templates (aluminum oxide) on electrode surfaces in the 1980's has contributed significantly to current work on nanochemistry. His research makes extensive use of surface modification, using Langmuir-Blodgett transfers and self-assembly to study the kinetics of long-range electron transfer in an attempt to understand the nature of electron transfer in proteins. His studies of monolayer assemblies at the air/water interface have made fundamental contributions to the understanding of phospholipid bilayers and membrane processes.