Dr. Alexander Orlov is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA. He is also a faculty member of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, an affiliate faculty of Chemistry Department and affiliate faculty at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. In addition Dr. Orlov is serving as the European Research Council (EU) and National Science Foundation (US) funded Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. His major research and teaching activities are in development of novel materials for energy generation, structural applications and environmental protection. These activities also include environmental aspects of energy production; sustainable energy; environmental chemistry and engineering; and environmental nanotechnology areas. Dr. Orlov’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the State of New York, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Transportation (via Regional Center), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Industry (totaling more than $3 million as PI or co-PI for the previous 4 years). He was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts CRUCIBLE award (UK). He was also selected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and to the National Academy of Engineering (US) Frontiers of Engineering Program. In 2014 the Kavli Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences elected Dr. Orlov a Kavli Fellow. Before coming to Stony Brook Dr. Orlov was a Research Fellow in Science and Engineering at the University of Cambridge (UK), where he was also affiliated with the King's College. Dr. Orlov has 5 degrees from various European and the US institutions, including: Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Physical and Environmental Chemistry from the University of Cambridge (UK) and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan (US). He also holds Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics.
From 2007 till 2014 Dr. Orlov held the UK Secretary of State appointment (under 2 consecutive UK Governments) to advice the Government on such environmental issues as hazardous substances and environmental impact of nanotechnology. Dr. Orlov was also policy advisor to the UK Shadow Cabinet of David Cameron (who is now the UK Prime Minister) prior to 2010 General Elections, focused on science, engineering and technology policy development. Additionally, he has used his research experience to advise several US Congressmen, the UK Members of Parliament, the EU Commission, various governments and companies. Among his current activities Dr. Orlov is contributing to work of the United Nations Environmental Program (Lead Author for the GEO report and reviewer of various UN reports) and to activities of the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. He is also reviewer of grant proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation (US), the Department of Energy (US), the EU Commission, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), the Natural Environment Research Council (UK) and to more than 15 other funding/governmental agencies in the EU, Asia and North America. Dr. Orlov’s opinions, interviews and comments appeared in Newsweek, BBC, Newsday, Nature, Daily Telegraph and Cambridge Evening News.