The Electrochemical Society has appointed Robert G. Kelly of the University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science as the new editor of Interface, the society’s quarterly magazine, for a four-year term.
In publication since 1992, Interface serves as an authoritative yet accessible forum for the exchange of information relevant to the fields of electrochemical and solid state science and technology. The four-color magazine publishes technical articles, special features, and news for and about ECS members. The publication is in its 27th volume year.
Kelly is the AT&T Professor of Engineering in the UVA Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the codirector of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering. Since becoming an ECS member in 1982, he has filled various roles within the society, serving as a division chair, a symposium organizer and a member of several standing committees.
Kelly has conducted research in electrochemical science and engineering for the past 35 years. After completing his Ph.D. studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1989, he spent two years at the Corrosion and Protection Centre at the University of Manchester in Great Britain as a Fulbright Scholar and an NSF/NATO postdoctoral fellow. He joined the faculty of the UVA Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1990.
His past work has included studies of lithium/iodine batteries, the corrosion of metals and alloys in marine environments, nonaqueous and mixed solvents, as well as stress-corrosion cracking and other forms of localized corrosion. His present work includes studies of the electrochemical and chemical conditions inside localized corrosion sites in various alloy systems, corrosion in aging aircraft, development of embeddable corrosion microinstruments, microfabrication methods to probe the fundamentals of localized corrosion, and multi-scale modeling of corrosion processes.
Kelly was the 2001 recipient of the Robert T. Foley Award from the ECS National Capital Section. In 2010 Kelly was named an ECS fellow, and in 2016 he was awarded the H. H. Uhlig Award of the ECS Corrosion Division. He is also a fellow of NACE International. In 2013 he was awarded the AT&T Professorship. Kelly has won several teaching awards while at UVA, including an All-University Teaching Award in 2004. He has rendered technical assistance to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Energy concerning the Yucca Mountain Project, the U.S. Air Force Aging Aircraft Program, the NASA Safety and Engineering Center, and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial design team.