Curriculum Vitae

Zsolt Révay

last updated: 19 July 2010

Name: Zsolt Miklós Révay

Date of birth: 31 July 1961

Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungarian

Gender: Male

Education and Degrees

1966-1979 Mihály Fazekas Primary and Secondary Grammer School, Budapest (language major)

1980-1985 Chemical Engineer Veszprém University, Veszprém, Hungary, degree in radiochemistry

1988 Univ. doctor degree of Veszprém University, Veszprém, Hungary (topic: complex instrumental analysis of zeolites)

2000 Ph.D. degree of Veszprém University, Veszprém, Hungary (topic: further development of prompt gamma activation analysis)

2010 Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (D.Sc.): Quantitative Analysis in PGAA


1984-1985 Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic

1985-1988 Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2004 NATO scholarship

2002-2005 Bolyai Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


1985-1988 Graduate student at Veszprém University (scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

1988-1991 Research Fellow at Institute of Isotopes

1991-2000 Research Scientist at Institute of Isotopes

2000-2010 Senior Research Scientist at Institute of Isotopes

2010 Scientific advisor

2000 Team Leader of the Analytical Group at the Nuclear Research Department

2004 Deputy Department Head of the Nuclear Research Department at Institute of Isotopes


2001 Member of k0-users International Scientific Committee

2003 Secretary of the Radioanalytical Chemistry Group in the Hungarian Chemical Society

2003 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Isotopes

2005 Member of Radiochemistry Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2007 Member of the International Committee of Activation Analysis

2008 Member of the Advisory Board for Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

2009 Head of the k0 Nuclear Data Committee

Professional activities

2000 Reviewer for the Journal of Radianalytical Nuclear Chemistr, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Radiochimica Acta, Nuclear Instruments and Methods

1994 Local Organizer of the "Int. Workshop on Neutron Research and Applications", Budapest, Hungary, 2426 March 1994

1996 Local Organizer of the "9th Int. Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics", Budapest, Hungary 812 October, 1996

2002 Local Organizer of the first RCM on the IAEA CRP "New Applications of PGAA" 57 December 2002, Budapest, Hungary"

2008 Local Organizer of the 7th International Conference on Nuclear and Radiochemistry, 24-29 Aug 2008, Budapest

2010 Member of the Technical Committee of 4th International Conference on Nuclear Analytical Chemistry, November 15-19, Mumbai, India

2011 Session organizer, Modern Trends in Activation Analysis March 13-18, 2011, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA

Co-operative scientific visits

1988 3 months, Halle, Insitut für Festkörperphysic (electron microscopy)

1993 University of Kentucky (nuclear instrumentation)

1993, 2006 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburgh, USA, (PGAA)

2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010 Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA (nuclear data)

2006, 2010 China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing, China (design of PGAA facility)

2006 University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA (design of PGAA facility)

2008 CDTN, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (design of PGAA facility)

2007, 2008, 2009 Garching, FRM-II (improvement of the PGAA facility and experiments)

2009 BARC, Mumbai and IGCAR, Chennai, India (design of PGAA facility)

Teaching Activity

1985-1988 Veszprém University

1993 Nuclear metrology, 1 semester, (Veszprém University, together with G.L. Molnár)

1992-1994 special courses at the Physics Department of Veszprém University

1994-1996 participation in the PhD program at the Physics Dept. of VU

1996-1998 Lab. practices in nuclear analytical chemistry (Eötvös Iniversity, Budapest Technical University)

1999-2001 Radiochemistry courses (Budapest Technical University)

2000 Electron and Photon Physics course (Veszprém University)

2000-2003 PhD supervisor of Orsolya Demény (Veszprém University)

2001-2002 MS supervisor of two students (Budapest Technical University)

2002-2005 PhD supervisor of László Szentmiklósi (Budapest Technical University)

2004 education of IAEA trainees

2005 IAEA-ICTP Course in Neutron Activation Analysis (Trieste, Italy)

2008 Special course in the application of neutrons in material science (Eötvös University)

2010 Member of the PhD school of Pécs University

Scientific interests

Prompt gamma activation analysis

Gamma-ray spectrometry

Evaluation of nuclear data (k0, σγ)

Design and installation of neutron-beam facilities

Personal skill and competences

languages: English (upper intermediate), Russian, German (basic)

computer: advanced programming in Excel, Visual Basic, Mathematica, Origin

Publication record

publications: 102

independent citations: 430

Selected publications

1. Zs Révay: Determining Elemental Composition Using Propt Gamma Activation Analysis, Anal. Chem. 81 (2009) 6851.

2. Zs. Revay, T. Belgya, L. Szentmiklosi, Z. Kis, A. Wootsch, D. Teschner, M. Swoboda, R. Schlogl, J. Borsodi, R. Zepernick: In situ determination of hydrogen inside a catalytic reactor using prompt gamma activation analysis, Anal. Chem. 80 (2008) 6066.

3. D. Teschner, J. Borsodi, A. Wootsch, Zs. Révay, M. Hävecker, A. Knop-Gericke, S.D. Jackson, R. Schlögl: The Roles Of Subsurface Carbon And Hydrogen In Palladium-Catalyzed Alkyne Hydrogenation, Science, 320 (2008) 86.

4. D. Teschner, Zs. Révay, J. Borsodi, M. Hävecker, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schlögl, D. Milroy, S. David Jackson, D. Torres, Ph. Sautet: Understanding Palladium Hydrogenation Catalysts: When the Nature of the Reactive Molecule Controls the Nature of the Catalyst Active Phase, Angew. Chem. 120 (2008) 9414.

5. Zs. Revay, R.K. Harrison, E. Alvarez, S.R. Biegalski, S Landsberger: Construction and characterization of the redesigned PGAA facility at The University of Texas at Austin, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 577 (2007) 611.

6. R. B. Firestone, A. West, J. P. Kennett, L. Becker, T. E. Bunch, Zs. Revay, P. H. Schultz, T. Belgya, D.J. Kennett, J.M. Erlandson, O.J. Dickenson, A.C. Goodyear, R.S. Harris, G.A. Howard, J.B. Kloosterman, P. Lechler, P.A. Mayewski, J. Montgomery, R. Poreda, T. Darrah, S.S.Q. Hee, A.R. Smitha, A. Stich, W. Topping, J.H. Wittke, W.S. Wolbach: Evidence for an extraterrestrial impact 12,900 years ago that contributed to the megafaunal extinctions and the Younger Dryas cooling, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 104/41 (2007) 16016.

7. Zs. Révay: In-beam Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis In: Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry (R.A. Meyers ed.) Wiley, 2009.

8. Zs. Révay, T. Belgya: Principles of PGAA method, in: Handbook of Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis with Neutron Beams, (G.L. Molnár ed.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/New York, 2004, pp. 1-30.

9. T. Belgya, Zs Révay: Gamma-ray Spectrometry, in: Handbook of Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis with Neutron Beams, (G.L. Molnár ed.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/New York, 2004 pp. 71-111.

10. Zs. Révay, R.B. Firestone, T. Belgya, G.L. Molnár: Catalog and Atlas of Prompt Gamma Rays in Handbook of Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis with Neutron Beams, (G.L. Molnár ed.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht/Boston/New York, 2004, pp. 173-364.