Dr. Gerald S. Frankel was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012.
Dr. Frankel is the DNV Chair, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University (OSU). Before joining OSU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich and a research staff member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His primary research interests are in the passivation and localized corrosion of metals and alloys, corrosion inhibition, and protective coatings.
Dr. Frankel is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society; Corrosion, Materials and Corrosion; and Corrosion Reviews. He also is past chairman of the Corrosion Division of The Electrochemical Society and past chairman of the Research Committee of NACE. Dr. Frankel is a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International. He received the UR Evans Award from the Institute of Corrosion in 2011, the OSU Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010, the 2010 ECS Corrosion Division H.H. Uhlig Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior US Scientists in 2004, the 2007 TP Hoar Prize from the UK Institute of Corrosion, the 2000 Uhlig Award from NACE, and the Harrison Faculty Award from the OSU College of Engineering in 2000. He was on sabbatical at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Dusseldorf in 2005, a visiting professor at the University of Paris in 2008, and a visiting professor at Monash University in Melbourne in 2012. In 2009, he was named adjunct professor, Pohang Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, Pohang, Korea.
Dr. Frankel earned a Sc.B. degree in materials science and engineering from Brown University in 1978 and a Sc.D. degree in materials science and engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.
Dr. Frankel resides in Bexley, Ohio.