Cynthia G. Zoski


Associate Professor  |  (575) 646-5292
Fax: (575) 646-2649

  • Lehigh University, BS
  • Queen’s University, Canada, PhD
  • Deakin University, Australia, PostDoc



Theoretical and Experimental Electrochemistry

Our group is interested in both theoretical and experimental aspects of electrochemistry. Much of our current research is focused on electrochemistry at the micro- and nanoscale in order to understand practical chemical, physical, materials, and biologically related problems. Our work includes a focus on the design of novel micro- and nanoelectrodes of various geometries and investigations of their transport properties. We use such electrodes to study the kinetics and mechanisms of electrode reactions using steady-state and transient voltammetries and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). We also use these electrodes and techniques to investigate the transport of ions through thin films and across the openings of nanochannels and nanopores. We are also working on the fabrication and various applications of novel addressable microelectrode arrays. Additionally, we are looking at non-platinum metal nanoparticles and the nanoscale design of catalysts for oxygen reduction and hydrogen oxidation. We use the scanning and positioning capabilities of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) to carry out many of these investigations.


Cynthia G. Zoski and Johna Leddy; Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications. Instructor’s Solutions Manual. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2001.

Cynthia G. Zoski and Johna Leddy; Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications. Student Solutions Manual. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2002.

Cynthia G. Zoski, Editor, Handbook of Electrochemistry, Elsevier, proposed publish date: 2006.

Symposia, Workshops, Panels:

  • Workshop on Advanced Battery Technology R&D, Chicago, Illinois, June 1992.
  • Co-Chair of the SECM and Submicron Electrochemistry Symosium at the 193rd Meeting of the Electrochemistry Society, San Diego, California, May, 1998.
  • NRC: Chemical Sciences Roundtable: Advances in Computing and Communications on Chemical Science and Technology, Washington D.C., November 1-2, 1998.
  • NSF Panel: Technology for Sustainable Environment (TSE) program, October 27, 1999
  • Symposia co-organizer (with A.J. Bard): Frontiers of SECM Symposium at Pittcon2001, March 4-8, 2001.
  • NSF Panel: SBIR/STTR Phase I, Biosensors, April, 2002.
  • Session Co-chair: Physical Electrochemistry: Electrode Surfaces, 201st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, May, 2002
  • Electrochemical Biosensors Workshop: Opportunities, Requirements, and Challenges, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, September, 2002.
  • Discussion Leader: Gordon Research Conference on Electrochemistry, Jan. 2003, Ventura, CA.
  • Symposia Organizer: New Frontiers of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy, Pittcon 2003, Orlando, FL.
  • Symposia Organizer: Analytical, Combinatorial, and Nanotechnology Strategies in Designing Fuel Cell Catalysts, Pittcon 2004, Chicago, IL.
  • Symposia Organizer: Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy, Electrochemical Society Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2004.
  • Symposia Organizer: Analytical Applications of Nanopores, Pittcon 2005, Orlando, Fl.
  • Symposia Organizer: Charge Transport in DNA, Pittcon 2006, Orlando, Fl.