Prof. Dr. Nick Serpone is a senior academic, research scientist, program manager and industry consultant with extensive North American and International experience. Many years of close collaboration with Canadian, American, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and European scientists, and working sabbaticals in France (Ecole Centrale de Lyon as Directeur de Recherche), Italy (Bologna and Ferrara as Visiting Professor), Switzerland (Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne as Professeur Invite) and the United States (Boston University as a Visiting Scholar and Brookhaven National Laboratory as a Visiting Scientist) have given him an intimate knowledge of the working relationships between Academia, Industry and Government agencies in various countries.
As Program Director in the Chemistry Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation (1998–2001; Arlington, VA), he co-managed and recommended funding for many of America’s most brilliant researchers. He has been a prolific editor/co-editor and contributor (chapters) to numerous books and journals (most recent co-edited book to be published in June 2020 by Springer Nature on the topic of the Utilization of RF Power to Heating and Energy applications). He has published (or in press) nearly 490 papers in a variety of prestigious journals. His work has been cited nearly 56260 times with an h-factor index = 101 (Google Scholar database). In 1997, he was the recipient with two other colleagues (Dr. Boris Levy of Boston University and Dr. Mel Sahyun of the 3M Company) of the 1997 Best Paper Award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology.
An Industry Consultant, he has had a long and fruitful relationship with the 3M Company in the United States and was the co-founder and Vice-President of a company established (with David Ollis of North Carolina State University) to develop a commercial technology for environmental pollution abatement. A skilled organizer, efficient, professional and analytical, he has chaired numerous Organizing Committees, Review Panels and Appeals Boards at the Provincial, National and International (U.S. National Science Foundation & U.S. Department of Energy) levels. He was a member of a Task Force of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1990–1991 to examine the possible chemical use of Solar Furnaces.
Following his early retirement in June 1998, he was named University Research Professor at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) until 2004 and in 2000 was made Professor Emeritus, whilst winning the Italian Competition Rientro dei Cervelli that led him to lecture to undergraduates (Laureandi) and graduate students (Dottorandi) at the Universita di Pavia from 2002 to 2005 as a Professore a Contratto; he has remained a Visiting Professor in the PhotoGreen Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at Pavia ever since. He has also lectured at the Tokyo University of Science (July/August 2008; Noda Campus) and briefly also at the Universita di Milano (April 2015) where he is a Member of the International Advisory Board of the SmartMatLab (Chemistry Department, 2015-….). He was a member of the Major Resources Support Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2007–2010) to evaluate and adjudicate proposals of thematic and physical resources.
He has served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, Applied Catalysis B (2009–2010), the journal Molecules (2015–2016) and most recently as the Managing Editor of an issue in the journal Catalysis Today (2018–2019). Fluently trilingual, written and spoken, and an effective communicator, both horizontally and vertically, he has also been a frequent Keynote Address Speaker and Invited Plenary Lecturer.
In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc; Division of Materials Science) and from 2012 to 2014 served as a Member of its Scientific Committee. On March 1, 2014, he was elected Head of the Materials Science Division and was re-elected on March 1, 2017 to serve until 2020. During the last 6 years he was also a Member of the General Board of the Academy. His service to the Academy continues as an officer of the Materials Science Division’s scientific committee for the next 3 years (2020–2023).