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Argonne National Laboratory

Daniel P. Abraham, PhD, Senior, Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Daniel Abraham conducts research on lithium batteries used in electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and grid energy storage. He has authored over 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals and delivered over 350 technical presentations in popular, academic, and industrial settings. His work enables the development of materials and components that enhance battery performance, life, and safety. Dr. Abraham is also a research advisor and mentor to various undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and junior scientists. He has received awards for "exceptional work in developing the next generation of scientists and engineers."

Battery Streak

Dan Alpern, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Battery Streak

Battery Streak VP Marketing, proud Navy Veteran. 

Argonne Natl Lab

Khalil Amine, PhD, Group Leader, Advanced Battery Technology, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Khalil Amine is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the leader of the Advanced Battery Technology team at Argonne National Laboratory, where he is responsible for directing the research and development of advanced materials and battery systems for HEV, PHEV, EV, grid, satellite, military, and medical applications. Dr. Amine is also the Codirector of US-German initiative on interface. He serves as a member of the US National Academy of inventors and committee member of the US National Research Consul at US Academy of Sciences on battery-related technologies. He is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, and holds a joint appointment as professor at the University of Chicago and Fellow of Northwestern University/Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering. Among his many awards, Dr. Amine is 2019 recipient of the Global Energy Prize, a 2003 recipient of Scientific America's Top Worldwide 50 Researcher Award, a 2009 recipient of the US Federal Laboratory Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, 2013 DOE Vehicle technologies office award and is the six-time recipient of the R&D 100 Award. In addition, he was awarded the ECS battery technology and battery research awards, the International Battery Association award, and NAATBat lifetime achievement award. Dr. Amine holds 207 patents and patent applications and has 713 publications with google h-index of 148. From 1998-2020, Dr. Amine was the most cited scientist in the world in the field of battery technology. He serves as the Executive Director and President of IMLB. He is also the chairman of the International Automotive Lithium Battery Association, ECS fellow, fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials, and associate editor of the journal of Nano-Energy.

Utrecht University

Artrith Nongnuch, Assistant Professor, Materials Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University

Nong Artrith (http://nartrith.atomistic.net) is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Materials Chemistry and Catalysis Group at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. Prior to joining Utrecht University, Nong was a Research Scientist at Columbia University, USA, and a PI in the Columbia Center for Computational Electrochemistry. Nong obtained her PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, for the development of machine-learning (ML) models for materials chemistry. She was awarded a Schlumberger Foundation fellowship for postdoctoral research at MIT and subsequently joined UC Berkeley as an associate specialist. In 2019, Nong was named a Scialog Fellow for Advanced Energy Storage. She is the main developer of the open-source ML package ænet (http://ann.atomistic.net) for atomistic simulations. Her research interests focus on the development and application of first principles and ML methods for the computational discovery of energy materials and for the interpretation of experimental observations. More here: https://youtu.be/mJTcHTgrvDY

Arab Lead Co LLC

Yaser Assaad, CEO, Arab Lead Co. LLC

No bio available.

Argonne Natl Lab

Susan Babinec, Program Lead, Stationary Storage, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Argonne National Laboratory

Sue Babinec is the Program Lead - Stationary Storage at Argonne National Lab where she is tasked to establish a sustainable growth strategy towards stationary storage for grid applications. Babinec previously served six years in Washington DC as senior commercialization advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) where she co-managed the energy storage portfolio for both transportation and grid. Prior to ARPA-E she led several research groups focused on design and scale-up of Li-ion technologies as a technical director for A123 Systems, Inc. at its Ann Arbor Michigan, site. Babinec spent the first two decades of her career in Midland at The Dow Chemical Corp., where she was the Senior Electrochemist, a member of the Corporate VC group, was awarded the Inventor of the Year Award, and was the company's first woman Corporate Fellow. She was also co-inventor of a low-cost display technology that was spun out as the venture-funded start-up, holds more than 45 patents, and has authored or coauthored dozens of journal articles and book chapters.

Andreas Bareid, Director, E Mobility & Battery Business Development, QAD

Andreas Bareid was born in Norway, worked in HP within the supply chain in Spain, took his MBA in San Francisco and supported Automotive and Manufacturing companies with Infosys out of Germany and is now heading the EV and Battery space for QAD out of Detroit. He has been speaking at Battery Tech in California and eTech in Bologna and will be speaking at Oslo Battery Days August 2022 and Reuters Automotive event.

Texas Instruments Inc

Yevgen Barsukov, PhD, Head, Algorithm Development, Battery Power Systems, Texas Instruments, Inc.

Yevgen Barsukov is the Algorithm Fellow in the Battery Management group at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). By applying leading theoretical methods of battery analysis, Barsukov is advancing battery fuel-gauging, health and safety technology used in notebooks, mobile-phones, PDAs, and other portable devices. Prior to joining TI, his research was focused on Impedance Spectroscopy-based testing and modeling of batteries. He co-authored books on impedance spectroscopy and battery power management, in journal publications, has multiple patents, and has presented at numerous international conferences. He was recently elected TI Fellow. Barsukov earned a Ms.C. degree in Organic Chemistry at Kiev National University in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Kiel Christian-Albrecht University in 1996.

Oak Ridge Natl Lab

Ilias Belharouak, PhD, Section Head, Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Ilias Belharouak is a Distinguished Scientist and the Leader of the Battery Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Group in the Energy and Transportation Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee. Dr. Belharouak also serves as a Professor of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Before joining ORNL, he was a Research Director and the Founding Chief Scientist of the Electrochemical Energy Storage Center in Qatar Foundation. He was a Material Scientist and Battery Expert in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Illinois. Dr. Belharouak is currently an Editor of the Elsevier's Journal of Power Sources. He was recognized with several awards including R&D-100 innovation awards and topical society awards. Dr. Belharouak authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, 30 US Patents and Applications, 5 books, and holds an h-index of 55.

BMO Capital Markets

Kimberly Berman, Special Projects Analyst, Equity Research, BMO Capital Markets

Kimberly joined BMO Capital Markets Equity Research as a special projects analyst in 2017 to develop proprietary industry knowledge around battery chemistry, the power storage market and related technologies. Kimberly is a seasoned capital markets research professional and has followed a number of highly scientific disciplines throughout her career.

Irene Berry, Director, Lithium Data Science, Albemarle

Irene Berry is the Director of Lithium Data Science at Albemarle Corporation. In this role, Irene leads data science, modeling, and forecasting across the lithium ecosystem from mine to market. She has 15 years of experience applying physics-based models and data science to hybrid and electric vehicles, energy storage systems, battery technologies, and lithium markets. Irene has Masters in mechanical engineering and in technology policy from MIT.

Shubro Biswas, Senior Cell Electrode Engineer, Cell Engineering, Rivian

Liminal Insights Inc.

Shaurjo Biswas, PhD, CTO and Co-Founder, Liminal Insights, Inc.

Shaurjo Biswas is the CTO and cofounder of Liminal Insights, Inc., a battery manufacturing intelligence company whose mission is to accelerate the transition to electric mobility by improving quality and reducing cost of batteries. Liminal's proprietary ultrasound-based inspection platform combines ultrasonic measurements with machine learning to fill the information gap in the industry, by providing battery manufacturers actionable insights throughout the battery production process. Shaurjo holds a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, India, and PhD in Materials Science from the University of Michigan. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University working on new battery architectures and processing methods, before spinning out Liminal based on his postdoctoral research.

Susanne Bjarsvik, Vice President, Battery Cell Process & Manufacturing Engineering, Stellantis

Susanne joined Stellantis in 2022 as head of Battery Cell Process Engineering after relocating from Sweden. She attended electrical engineering department at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and was one of the pioneers at Volvo Cars, responsible for their first energy storage system put into serial production in 2012. After several leading positions within ESS and electrification strategy at Volvo Cars, Susanne took on the position as head of ESS department at AB Volvo before shifting focus from product development to manufacturing.

Canadian Light Source Inc

Toby Bond, Msc, Industrial Scientist, Industrial Science Energy Materials & XRay Imaging, Canadian Light Source, Inc.

Toby Bond is an Industrial Scientist specializing in energy storage and x-ray imaging at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada's national synchrotron facility. Toby Completed his MSc in Jeff Dahn's lab at Dalhousie University, where he helped develop a prototype ultra high-precision coulometry system. He's since worked at the CLS for over 8 years, where he's worked with industrial clients in the energy storage sector to solve applied materials and cell engineering problems using synchrotron techniques. He is currently completing a PhD in Jeff Dahn's lab (while continuing in his role at the CLS) with a focus on the development of in situ computed tomography and x-ray diffraction techniques to characterize battery degradation and failure.

NAWATechnologies

Pascal Boulanger, PhD, CTO and Company Founder, Research and Innovation, NAWATechnologies

Cambridge EnerTech

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

Microsoft Corp

Jeff Bruce, Director Battery Technologies, Battery Development, Microsoft Corp.

Jeff is responsible for all battery development at Microsoft, working with cell and battery pack manufacturers and driving new technology adoption in Microsoft's various product lines. Prior to Microsoft Jeff worked at various large and small battery manufacturers as well as system integrators. Jeff has worked with almost every electro-chemical energy storage medium available; Lithium, Lead-Acid, Flow, Molten Salts, Aqueous Salts. Primarily focused on system level design including cell architectures, battery management system design for small 3C level systems up to Mega-Watt (MW) scale system integration. Prior to entering the fascinating world of batteries Jeff worked in the semiconductor world focusing on CMOS Imagers, Memory, and ASIC design.Jeff holds 40+ patents in analog circuit, memory, imager design, and various processes and methods.Jeff holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University

Univ Of Illinois Chicago

Jordi Cabana, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois and Group Leader and Scientist, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Jordi Cabana is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Group Leader and Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Professor Cabana completed his PhD in Materials Science at the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, Spain, in 2004, followed by a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University. He was also a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2008 to 2013. He is generally interested in the physical and inorganic chemistry of materials for electrochemical applications. He was designated "Up-and-Coming" by Chemistry of Materials in 2017. He was a Scialog Fellow in Advanced Energy Storage from 2017 to 2020, and he received Scialog Awards in 2018 and 2020.

Vidyu Challa, PhD, Reliability Manager, ANSYS, Inc.

Vidyu Challa brings 20 years of industry experience with 10 years in the battery space. She has been involved in different levels of the battery supply chain including cell manufacturing, testing, root cause analysis, safety and battery risk mitigation. She has broad based expertise that includes engineering technology start-up experience, consulting, product development, R & D, and various roles in marketing and business development. Dr. Challa has led battery training courses at major conferences and for leading companies in consumer, medical, and automotive verticals. She has consulted for leading companies on Battery quality and safety and has developed battery qualification programs. Dr. Challa obtained a PhD from the University of Maryland, where her work was focused on electronics reliability.

EaglePicher Technologies LLC Yardney Division

George M. Cintra, CTO, R&D, EaglePicher Technologies LLC

George Cintra is Chief Technology Officer for EaglePicher Technologies, an industry-leading producer of cells and batteries systems for defense and aerospace industries. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in battery and power systems design, product development and commercialization, technology strategy, and manufacturing of primary and secondary batteries. Prior to EaglePicher, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Integer, Inc. (formerly Greatbatch), a leading innovator of powered medical devices and electrochemical cells. Prior to Integer, he held a variety of leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Gillette, and Duracell. He has been awarded thirty-nine patents across a broad range of battery and power source materials and products. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and completed graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Virginia.

Morgan Advanced Materials

Richard Clark, Global Lead, Energy Storage, Technical, Morgan Advanced Materials

Educated as a chemical engineer at the University of Cambridge, England, Richard Clark has been with Morgan Advanced Materials for 35 years, developing and commercializing carbon and ceramic materials and components. He currently leads Morgan's work in energy storage, which encompasses all businesses related to Lithium-Ion Batteries and other electrochemical devices such as redox flow batteries and fuel cells as well as those supplying various other components for Electric Vehicles.

Nanoramic Laboratories

Ben Coa, PhD, Vice President of R&D, Nanoramic Laboratories

Dr. Ben Cao is the VP of R&D-Battery Technology at Nanoramic® Laboratories. He leads the whole battery R&D team to develop Neocarbonix low-cost & fast-charging electric vehicle (LCFC-EV) Li-ion battery devices. He has more than 12 years of experience in energy storage technology, team building, and leadership. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University focusing on advanced Li-ion energy storage devices.

Andrew Cook, Dr., Application Manager, Advanced ALD business unit, Beneq Oy.

Andrew gained his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry at Aberdeen University in 2001. He has worked in the fields of polymer synthesis and industrial scale roll-to-roll vacuum coating technologies (primarily atomic layer deposition, sputtering and thermal evaporation) and wet coating technologies (slot die).

Andrew has worked across multi-collaborative R&D projects funded by IUK and the European Union, which have directly investigated the scaling up of R2R ALD and battery technologies to manufacturing readiness levels.

Argonne National Lab

Jason Croy, PhD, Group Leader, Materials Research Group, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Argonne National Lab

Jason Croy Received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Central Florida where his work focused on the electronic, vibrational, and catalytic properties of mono- and bi-metallic nanoparticle systems. In 2010 Jason joined the Electrochemical Energy Storage Theme at Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, IL. His work at Argonne focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of high-energy, lithium-ion electrode materials. Dr. Croy is currently the Group Leader of the Materials Research Group at Argonne National Laboratory and the principal investigator of the Department of Energy's Deep-Dive consortium on "Realizing Next Generation Cathodes for Li-Ion Batteries" consisting of 50 scientists and engineers across 5 national laboratories.

Stanford Univ

Yi Cui, PhD, Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University

Yi Cui is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received BS in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), PhD in 2002 at Harvard University. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2010 he was promoted with tenure. His current research is on nanomaterials for energy storage, photovotalics, topological insulators, biology and environment. He has founded three companies to commercialize technologies from his group: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc. and EEnovate Technology Inc. He is a Fellow of Materials Research Society, a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of Electrochemical Society. He is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters. He is a Co-Director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium and a Co-Director of Battery 500 Consortium. He is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published more than 400 research papers. In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds". His selected awards include: Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004).

U.S. Department of Energy

Brian S. Cunningham, Energy Storage Technology Development Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

Brian Cunningham is a Senior Technical Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office which leads Research and Development (R&D) projects aimed to improve the fuel economy of the United States' fleet of vehicles. Within the DOE, Brian manages the VTO's SBIR/STTR portfolio, the Energy Storage Team's Advanced Intermetallic Anode research portfolio and various battery development efforts related to energy storage fast charging. Brian is the co-chair of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium's Technical Advisory Committee and was a founding member of the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Assistant Management Board. He recently won the Assistant Secretary's Outstanding Impact Award for his contribution to DOE's ground breaking Extreme Fast Charging R&D Gap Assessment and Research Roadmap.

Dalhousie Univ

Jeff Dahn, FRSC, PhD, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair, Dalhousie University

Jeff Dahn obtained his B.Sc. from Dalhousie University (1978) and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1982. Dahn then worked at NRC (Canada) (82-85) and at Moli Energy (85-90) before taking up a faculty position at Simon Fraser University in 1990. He returned to Dalhousie in 1996. At Moli, he did pioneering work on lithium-ion batteries. Dahn was appointed as the NSERC/3M Canada Industrial Research Chair in Materials for Advanced Batteries at Dalhousie University in 1996, a position that he held until 2016. In 2016, Dahn began a research partnership with Tesla as the NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair which will continue until 2026. Dahn's research has been recognized by numerous awards including a Governor General's Innovation Award (2016) and the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal in Science and Engineering (2017), Canada's top science prize. He is the only person to have been awarded both awards this far. Dahn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

NASA Johnson Space Ctr

Eric C. Darcy, PhD, Battery Technical Discipline Lead, Power Systems, NASA Johnson Space Center

Eric C. Darcy, PhD, has spent his 35-year career at NASA in the areas of battery design, verification, and safety assessments for the rigors of manned spacecraft applications. As Battery Technical Discipline Lead at NASA-JSC, his main objective has been the development of safe, while high-performing, battery systems with a deep focus on understanding, preventing, and mitigating latent defects that could lead to catastrophic cell internal short circuits.

Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd

Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd.

Shmuel De-Leon, Founder and CEO of Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd., is a leading international expert in the business of energy storage. Prior to founding the company, for over 21 years, Shmuel held various positions as an energy storage, electronic engineering, and quality control team manager. Shmuel holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, and an M.B.A. in Quality Control and Reliability Engineering from the Technion Institute in Haifa, as well as an Electronic Technician's diploma.

SQM International

Stefan Debruyne, Director, Business Development, Lithium, SQM International

Stefan Debruyne joined SQM in 2005 as Asia-Pacific Sales Director, Lithium and Iodine, where he witnessed firsthand the lithium-ion battery production boom in Asia and the emerging electrification of transportation in China. In his present role as Business Development Director, he is focusing on the engagement with the automotive battery value chain and its stakeholders. Prior to joining SQM in 2005, he held a variety of international commercial roles at different listed companies. He has earned a Business Engineering degree from University of Leuven and an executive MBA from Vlerick Business School. He currently works for SQM as Director of Business Development.

Ascend Elements

Haixia (Haishah) Deng, PhD, Ascend Elements

Dr. Haixia (Haishah) Deng joined in Ascend Elements in 2022. Before she joined in Ascend Elements, she served as a Sr. Director of Battery Materials in a silicon-valley based company. Dr. Deng has 20 years of experience in lithium ion battery. She focuses on high energy density cathode and anode materials development, manufacturing and Li-ion cell design, and fabrication. Dr. Deng authored more than 30 publications and patents and received 47th R&D 100 Awards for the accomplishment in Li-ion cathode materials.

Economic Dev Partnership of North Carolina EDPNC

Nathaniel Dick, Business Development Manager, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina EDPNC

Nathaniel Dick joined the EDPNC (Economic Development Partnership) in November of 2020, bringing with him his knowledge and expertise of the Chinese market. As part of the Business Development team, Nathaniel cultivates business for North Carolina in the North American and Greater China market. Nathaniel is a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Association, a member of the Wake County Economic Development FDI Advisory Committee, as well as serves as the President of the RTP Chapter of the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

SAFT America Inc

Jian Dong, PhD, Senior Engineer Cell Development, R&D Aerospace Defense & Performance ADP, SAFT America Inc

Jian (JD) Dong achieved his PhD in Materials of Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, focused on negative materials in lithium ion chemistry. During his three years postdoc in Georgia Tech, he worked on the lithium ion chemistry and all kinds of fuel cells. In 2006, he worked as a development scientist in NanoDynamic, and developed a very high powered and reliable tubular solid oxide fuel cell. Since 2010, he worked in Saft America Inc. for the development and manufacturing of lithium ion cells. Now he is a leading scientist in the racing related cells development and manufacturing. With his effort, the high powerful racing related cell and battery has become one of the major businesses in Saft.

Nanotech Energy

Maher El-Kady, Dr., CTO and Co-Founder, Nanotech Energy

Maher El-Kady is co-founder and chief technology officer at Nanotech Energy, Inc and a professional researcher at the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. His research focuses on the design and implementation of new materials and devices to address challenges in energy, electronics, and sustainability. This approach is interdisciplinary, bridging the fields of chemistry, materials science, and engineering along with molecular and cell biology, for the development of more effective batteries.

Univ of Michigan

Bogdan Epureanu, PhD, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering Director, Automotive Research Center, University of Michigan

No bio available.

Gebrekidan G. Eshetu, PhD, Senior Scientist & Group Leader Energy Storage Devices, Power Electronics & Electrical Drives, RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Gebrekidan Gebresilassie Eshetu obtained his PhD by the end of 2013 in Materials Science/Chemistry (Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Materials) from the LRCS (CNRS) laboratory in France, Amiens, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michel Armand, Prof. Dr. Stephane Laruele, and Dr. Eng. Sylvie Grugeon. Following, he did his postdoctoral research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) in the group of Prof. Dr. Stefano Passerini. Then, he worked at CIC Energigune (Spain) as a senior postdoctoral researcher on solid electrolytes for lithium- and sodium-metals-based rechargeable batteries. In 2018, he joined RWTH, Aachen University, in the group of Prof. Dr. Egbert Figgemeier. Currently, he is a group leader at Institute of Power Electronics & Electrical Drives of RWTH for functional surfaces, interface, and interphases for applications in electrochemical energy storage devices, notably rechargeable batteries. His interest focuses on the design and characterization of functional electrolytes, pre-charging, surfaces, interfaces, and interphases for rechargeable batteries and beyond.

VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

Christiane Essl, Researcher, Battery Safety, VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

Since 2016 Christiane Essl is working as a researcher at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center in Austria on Battery Safety with the focus on vent gas analysis and early failure detection. In April 2021 she finished her Ph.D. work with the focus on the analysis and early detection of failing automotive lithium-ion batteries. Since 2019 Christiane is also working at AUDI AG as an extern.

RWTH Aachen Univ

Merlin Frank, Research Associate Battery Components & Recycling, Production Engineering of E Mobility Components, RWTH Aachen University

After graduating from high school, I studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen for 6 years. After completing my master's degree, I started my PhD at the Institute "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" at RWTH Aachen University in 2021. Since then I have been working there as a scientific assistant. I am dedicated to any topics around the topic of Re-X. This includes any strategies that can be useful after the initial use phase of a battery in an electric vehicle, e.g. refurbishment, remanufacturing, re-use, and recycling.

Eric Frederickson, Managing Director of Operations, Call2Recycle

Eric Frederickson serves as Managing Director of Operations for Call2Recycle where he is responsible for the development and enhancement of the organization's operations, supply chain, and downstream recycling network. This includes optimizing performance and efficiencies while upholding the organization's commitment to safety standards and compliance obligations. With over 20 years of experience in highly regulated logistics at some of the nation's top transportation firms, Eric's focus is on helping organizations develop scalable pathways for a circular economy.

Argonne Natl Lab

Linda L. Gaines, PhD, Transportation Systems Analyst, Energy Systems, Argonne National Laboratory

Linda Gaines is a Systems Analyst in the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Analysis Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia. Her primary interest is problem solving, applied to efficient use of resources. She began her career at Argonne by writing a series of handbooks of energy and material flows in energy-intensive industries that provided background for studies of technical and institutional issues involved in producing and recycling advanced-design automobiles, trucks, and trains, and batteries. Her most recent work has involved studying ways to reduce impacts from transport by recycling of lithium-ion batteries. She is an editor of the journal Sustainable Materials and Technologies and on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (a Nature journal).

Kevin Gallagher, PhD, Advanced Battery Cell Technology Manager, Corning, Inc.

Kevin Gallagher joined Corning in 2021 as the Advanced Battery Cell Technology Manager in the Environmental Technologies Division. Kevin leads the commercial technology effort for the next-generation battery materials being developed at Corning. Prior to joining Corning, Kevin spent 5 years in the German automotive industry focused on electric vehicle battery cell R&D and 7 years at Argonne National Laboratory as a Principal Investigator researching various types of batteries. Kevin has 47 peer-reviewed publications, 3 book chapters, and 17 published patents in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion.

Pulead Technology Industry Co Ltd

Yuan Gao, Vice Chairman of the Board, Pulead Technology Industry Co. Ltd.

A world-renowned inventor, Dr. Yuan Gao has over 25 years of experience in the complete supply chain of lithium-ion battery industry, from lithium extraction to batteries. One of his inventions, the Ti/Mg technology, enables high voltage lithium-ion batteries and is being practiced today in a vast majority of lithium-ion batteries for small portable electronics such as smart phones and tablets. Dr Yuan Gao joined Pulead Technology in May 2014 and had served as its President and CEO until Sept 2019 and currently he is Vice Chairman of the board. Concurrently he is serving on the Board of Directors of Lithium Americas Corporation. Previously Dr Gao served as a Corporate Vice President at Molycorp (USA), and a Global Marketing Director and Technology Manager, as well as other management positions at FMC Corporation (USA). Dr. Gao received his BSc from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his PhD in Physics from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He received his postdoc training from Professor Jeff Dahn's lab at Simon Fraser University. He has also received Executive Education from The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in the USA.

Idaho Natl Lab

Kevin L. Gering, Distinguished Staff Scientist, Energy Storage Technologies, Idaho National Lab

Kevin L. Gering, PhD (INL) PhD Chem. Eng., University Oklahoma - 1989 (electrolyte theory). Kevin has been involved in battery testing and R&D for nearly 20 years while at INL. Dr. Gering is an established expert in the field of state-of-the-art molecular-based electrolyte models for electrochemical systems (Advanced Electrolyte Model, AEM), and has developed novel performance and lifecycle (aging) models for lithium-ion battery systems covering mechanistic aspects of kinetic limitations and performance loss over battery life (CellSage). AEM generates more than 100 property metrics with each simulation, giving genomic-level information for electrolyte characterization. CellSage simulations perform mechanism-wise analyses of battery aging while accounting for multiple concurrent stress factors that can change over the timeline. Kevin is well qualified to speak on issues of electrolyte transport, characterization, screening, and optimization for lithium-ion systems, wherein particular areas of expertise are highly concentrated electrolytes and low-temperature battery performance. During AEM development, Kevin has achieved milestones in formulating mathematics and new modeling techniques that capture properties that were previously very difficult to model over wide ranges of temperature and salt concentration, such as colligative permittivity, conductivity, diffusivity, viscosity, surface tension, ion desolvation energy and kinetics, double-layer composition and properties, comprehensive ion speciation, osmotic pressure, preferential ion solvation, and many others. Kevin is currently contributing to the DOE program eXtreme Fast Charge Cell Evaluation of Lithium-ion Batteries (XCEL), and is involved in integrating CellSage architecture and outcomes within a machine learning (ML) program under DOE-VTO. Dr. Gering has a diverse background in modeling complex systems, where other previous work covered developing a methane hydrates marine basin model, a dynamic passive aeration compost model, blast wave calculations, transport model for pulsed catalytic reactors, and others. He actively collaborates within DOE labs, universities, and the private sector, and is an advocate of domestic intellectual property, having several patents issued and pending, and under license. AEM and CellSage tools have seen increased licensing, speaking to the growing impact of INL to meet industrial needs.

Mercedes Benz R&D N America Inc

Tobias Glossmann, Principal Systems Engineer, HV Battery Research and Test Lab, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

Tobias Glossmann has more than 18 years of experience in battery R&D at Mercedes-Benz. He holds advanced degrees in Electronics/Mechatronics engineering from Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and in Chemistry from Oakland University and he is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Over the years he has gained experience in a broad spectrum of issues that included high voltage system design, thermal management, battery controls, materials evaluation and system integration. His current responsibilities include battery research collaborations and development projects. His current research interests are interfaces in batteries and electrochemical sensors and advanced battery materials.

Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials

Rohan Gokhale, PhD, Applied Technology Manager, Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials

Rohan Gokhale is the Applied Technology Manager for the Rechargeable Battery Materials Division of Umicore in North America. He has a strong background in materials science and electrochemistry. Rohan earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (National Chemical Laboratory, India) working on novel ways to synthesize carbon materials for use in electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Subsequently, he contributed to the development of carbon based Pt-free electrocatalysts for achieving cost reduction in fuel cells, at the University of New Mexico. Before joining Umicore, he was a Research Scientist at the Nissan Tech Center of North America, working on solid state battery research program for next generation EVs. He has 20+ high impact publications and 3 awarded US patents to his credit.

Ascend Elements

Eric Gratz, PhD, Co-Founder & CTO, Ascend Elements

Dr. Eric Gratz, Co-founder and CTO of Battery Resourcers, is a former Assistant Research Professor at the Metal Processing Institute at WPI, has expertise in recycling, battery materials and extractive metallurgy. Dr. Gratz is responsible for the technical development of novel recycling processes at Battery Resourcers. He served as the CEO of Battery Resoucers from 2016 to 2020 where he grew Battery Resourcers from a 300sq ft lab to a fully vertically integrated pilot plant providing shredding through cathode production services of spent lithium ion batteries and battery materials. He has been working on lithium ion battery recycling since 2012 and is recognized as a global technical leader in the space.

Borealis Technology Solutions LLC

Thomas D. Gregory, Owner and Consultant, Borealis Technology Solutions LLC

Tom Gregory received his BS in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1978 and his MS in 1979, specializing in electrochemical engineering. His 34-year career at Dow Chemical encompassed a variety of R&D roles including development and scale-up of production technology for organic, inorganic, polymer, and ceramic materials. He led pioneering rechargeable magnesium battery R&D and engaged in development of novel lithium ion battery and fuel cell-related technologies. Tom is currently a consultant specializing in chemical process analysis, design, and scale-up and electrochemical energy generation and storage. He is active in both AIChE and The Electrochemical Society and frequently serves on proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. He is the inventor or co-inventor on 16 U.S. and 42 foreign patents and has published or presented 25 papers in scientific journals and conferences.

Oliver Gross, MASc, SME Energy Storage and Conversion, Advanced Propulsion Technology, Stellantis

Oliver is the global Subject Matter Expert for Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion at Stellantis where he is responsible for the energy storage and fuel cell systems technology roadmaps and architecture. He is a member of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Technical Advisory Committee, and chairs several additional committees, including manufacturing, 12V Stop Start and 48V Mild Hybrid batteries. He holds both a BS and a Master's Degree in Materials Science, for the University of Toronto. Oliver has over 25 years' experience in the advanced energy storage industry. He currently holds over 10 patents, and more than 20 publications.

Ford Motor Co

Elham Honarvar, PhD, Cell Formation Engineer, Advanced Technology, Ford Motor Co

Dr. Elham Honarvar has more than 10 years of experience working on R&D projects, and she is an expert in physical and inorganic chemistry, electrochemical techniques, synthesizing and characterization of organometallic compounds, and molecular modeling. She holds a PhD in electrochemistry and an MS in inorganic chemistry. Her work involves improvement in cell formation and the aging process for different cell chemistry. She is currently an electrochemist in the Advanced Technology team for process engineering at Ford.

United States Department of Energy

David Howell, Program Manager, Acting Director, Office of Vehicle Technologies, United States Department of Energy

Dave Howell is the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) with responsibility for the Department's $400 million advanced vehicle R&D portfolio. He has over 35 years of experience planning and executing complex, multi-disciplined R&D activities that includes hybrid and electric vehicle R&D, advanced battery research and manufacturing, and advanced structural materials research. Dave serves as DOE's representative to the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Management Committee, the Executive Committee for the Battery500 Research Consortium, and various international and inter-government forums. He is the Chair of the recently chartered Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB). FCAB brings Federal agencies having a stake in establishing a domestic supply of lithium batteries together to accelerate the development of a robust secure domestic industrial base and ecosystem for advanced batteries.

Iowa State Univ

Chao Hu, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University

Dr. Chao Hu received his B.E. degree in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 2007 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in Maryland, in 2011. He worked first as a Senior Reliability Engineer and then as a Principal Scientist at Medtronic in Minnesota from 2011 to 2015. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University and has a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are engineering design under uncertainty, lifetime prediction of lithium-ion batteries, and prognostics and health management. Dr. Hu has received several awards and recognitions for his research, including the Best Track Paper Award at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in 2019; the ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award in 2018; the Highly Cited Research Paper 2012-2013 in the Journal of Applied Energy in 2015; the Star of Excellence Individual Award at Medtronic in 2014; and the Best Paper Awards at the ASME Design Automation Conference and the IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

QuantumScape Corp

William Hudson, PhD, Vice President of Product, QuantumScape

Will Hudson is the Vice President of Product at QuantumScape, leading the company's product roadmap and commercialization strategy. Over the last 10 years, he has led various R&D functions at QuantumScape, including the team that developed its ground-breaking solid-state separator film and its first multilayer cell prototypes. Prior to QuantumScape, Will worked on battery development and electrification at other Bay Area startups, including Seeo and Mission Motors. Will has a BS in Chemistry from Princeton University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley, where he focused on polymer electrolyte materials for solid-state batteries.

Iola Hughes, Research Manager, Rho Motion

Iola is the Research Manager at Rho Motion working on electric vehicle, energy stationary storage and battery market analysis, as well as modelling energy and commodity demand associated with the energy transition, and has been with the company since its inception.?Rho Motion, headquartered in London, offers the most comprehensive and well-informed forecasts and analysis for the energy transition.

FREYR Battery Norway AS

Sachiya Inagaki, Vice President, Battery Material Supply Business, FREYR Battery Norway AS

Joined Freyr in May, 2021. He is VP Battery Material Supply Business and mainly in charge of Supplier Relations and Business Development with material manufactures. Before joining Freyr, he had been in a position of Executive General Manager of Industrial Technology unit in Yano Research Institute, and lead a dozens of market research and consulting projects as to LiB industries such as material, cell, application, process, reuse/recycling and etc. He was also in a position of Seoul Branch Office Manager and has broaden battery related networks mainly in Asia. During his previous position, he had joined this event several times as a speaker. He has acquired MBA of Tsukuba University in 2007.

Viktor Irle, Co-Founder & Market Analyst, EV Volumes

Viktor Irle has a M.Sc. in Management & Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology, where he learnt analyzing emerging markets and market disruptions from new innovations. Being passionate about automobiles and especially electric engines and clean technology, EV-volumes.com is the natural outcome of his set of skills. Viktor is convinced the future automotive history is both electric and autonomous.

Judith Jeevarajan, PhD, Vice President and Executive Director, Electrochemical Safety Research Institute, UL Research Institutes

Dr. Judy Jeevarajan is the Vice President and Executive Director for the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at UL Research Institutes (ULRI) with more than 25 years of experience in the area of battery safety research. She was inducted into UL's Henry Merrill Society as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2016 and as a Corporate Fellow in 2020. Dr. Jeevarajan serves in the Technical Working Group for standards organizations such as UL, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and additionally serves as a member of the UN Informal working group that is working on the re-categorization of the hazards associated with lithium-based cells and batteries. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Jeevarajan worked for Lockheed Martin Space Operations at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, until 2003. In 2003, she started her work as a NASA civil servant where she was the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology. Dr. Jeevarajan represented the battery group on all NASA safety panels and was responsible for approving all batteries flown for human-rated space missions. Dr. Jeevarajan has several NASA awards to her credit with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center's (NESC) Engineering Excellence Award and the Exceptional Service Award being noteworthy. She also won the Power Systems Award from AIAA in 2019 for her contributions to the safety of the human space flight and the 'Woman Leader of the Year' Award from the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) in 2020 for her active contribution in the area of energy storage safety. Dr. Jeevarajan is a published contributor on battery safety with more than 150 presentations at conferences and several journal publications. She has three book chapters to her credit. Dr. Jeevarajan earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (1995) and holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (1991).

US Air Force

Dana Jensen, Senior Industrial Policy Analyst, U.S. Air Force

Dana is a senior industrial policy analyst with the US Air Force's Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis specializing in aviation. He is co-chair of the Joint Air Force-NASA-FAA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Supply Chain Working Group, and serves the Air Force as a Systems Engineering and Technical Analysis (SETA) expert focused on AAM-enabling technologies including advanced manufacturing, advanced power storage systems, artificial intelligence, and autonomy. Dana is a member of the Air Force's Agility Prime core team that evaluates the technical and commercial merit of AAM use cases for potential government support. Prior to work in aviation, Dana served as a diplomat with the US State Department in Honduras, Pakistan, and the Netherlands. He also worked on Wall Street for nearly a decade trading derivatives for Europe's largest investment bank, and was trained academically as a field archaeologist focused on the pre-Inca cultures of the Andes mountains of South America.

General Motors Company

Meng Jiang, PhD, Staff Researcher, R&D, General Motors Company

Dr. Meng Jiang is a staff researcher at GM R&D and the chair of the technical advisory committee at USABC. She received her Ph.D in chemistry from Stony Brook University and has 20 years of experience in lithium ion battery research and development.

Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions

Wayne E. Johnson, Key Segment Manager, Education, Duke Energy Corp.

Wayne Johnson, Duke Energy's Key Segment Manager for Education, has served as a Facilities Management and Energy Executive in Higher Education and brings a wealth of experience to Duke Energy. Wayne has also managed safety and accreditation processes for higher education and has provided oversight and program responsibility for a regional outsourced facilities management firm. Wayne has a passion for "out of the box" thinking which generates a creative process in meeting the challenges facing energy infrastructure and asset management in education. Wayne strives to create a "synergy" that builds solutions to meet the needs of all campus constituents: Facilities leaders, CFOs, Presidents, Head of School, faculty, staff, students and local communities. His unique perspective and experience when combined with Duke Energy's ability to execute can be of great support as schools look to become energy efficient, sustainable and viable for the future. Wayne has worked as a licensed electrical and general contractor and has degrees from Mars Hill University and The University of South Carolina where his advanced degree is in Education Administration

UL Research Institutes

Daniel Juarez-Robles, PhD, Research Scientist, ESRI, UL Research Institutes

Dr. Daniel Juarez Robles joined the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute as a research scientist in November 2019. He earned his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guanajuato, researching PEM fuel cells performance from modeling and experimental perspectives. Dr. Juarez Robles then earned an MS in Applied Math at the Research Center of Math (CIMAT), investigating the solution of the advection-diffusion-reaction equation in an infinite domain space. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, where he worked on the degradation-safety analytics of energy storage systems. Dr. Juarez Robles's research interests are primarily energy storage systems with an emphasis on safety. He has experience with the degradation mechanisms of lithium-ion batteries under cycle life aging. His current work focuses on fire and gas characterization of lithium-ion cells and batteries subjected to thermal runaway. He is also working on the safety aspects of Redox flow batteries. And he is an active member of the ASME, ACS, and ECS societies.

SpectraPower LLC

James Kaschmitter, CEO, SpectraPower LLC

James Kaschmitter is the CEO of SpectraPower, which he founded in 2002. SpectraPower operates a battery research facility in Livermore, CA that performs contract energy storage research, consulting and expert witness services for government, private companies, law firms, startups and investors. Jim has founded, or co-founded, several companies in the energy storage field. He began research in Li-ion batteries in 1989 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He was co-founder and CEO of PolyStor Corporation starting in 1993. PolyStor is the only U.S. company to have commercially manufactured in high volume in the U.S. all form factors of lithium-ion cells, including cylindrical, prismatic and polymer. In 1997 Jim founded PowerStor Corporation to commercialize the carbon aerogel supercapacitor that he co-invented at LLNL. PowerStor supercapacitors are now manufactured and sold in high volume by Eaton Bussman. He founded UltraCell in 2002, which successfully developed the world's first reformed methanol micro fuel cell. UltraCell's micro fuel cells are currently manufactured and sold by Brentronics and are deployed with U.S military and intelligence units, and are in use in combat in the Middle East. Jim holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and has a bachelor's degree in the Physics Honors Program from the University of Utah. He holds more than 20 patents in the alternative energy field. He owns, maintains and operates an experimental aircraft and holds instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Our Next Energy Inc

Steven Kaye, PhD, CTO, Research & Advanced Engineering, Our Next Energy, Inc.

Steven Kaye, CTO of Our Next Energy (ONE), is an experienced leader in the areas of battery technology and R&D. He worked as Vice President of Engineering at Refractal, was part of Apple Special Projects Group leading materials R&D for batteries, and was CSO at Wildcat Discovery Technologies. Dr. Kaye has developed breakthrough battery technologies and collaborated on over 60 R&D projects with large material suppliers, device manufacturers, and OEMs. Dr. Kaye earned his PhD in chemistry from UC-Berkeley and holds more than 60 patents covering a variety of battery-related innovations including cathode, anode, electrolyte, cell architecture, and pack designs.

PRBA Rechargeable Battery Association

George A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA Rechargeable Battery Association

Mr. Kerchner has served as the Executive Director of PRBA - The Rechargeable Battery Association since 2006. He represents PRBA and its members in the United States and internationally on issues associated with the safe manufacturing, handling, transport, storage, recycling, and disposal of lithium batteries. He also represents PRBA at international transportation forums such as the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, International Civil Aviation Organization Dangerous Goods Panel, and International Maritime Organization Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers. Mr. Kerchner has also worked as a Senior Regulatory Analyst with the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC since 2005 with expertise on the domestic and international transportation of new and waste lithium batteries, electric vehicles, and portable electronic equipment.

AVL List GmbH

Nikolaus Keuth, PhD, Senior Group Product Manager, IODP XI Data Analytics Solutions, AVL List GmbH

After the studies of mechanical engineering with the focus on automotive engineering as well as automation and control theory at the Technical University in Vienna, Dr. Nikolaus Keuth did his PhD in automation and control with the focus on data driven modelling in 2004, at the Technical University in Vienna. Since 2005, he is working at AVL List GmbH in different roles starting from project manager, product manager, department manager for data analysis and modeling products. Currently, Dr. Nikolaus is product manager for data analytics products in the area of battery, cell development in the automotive market.

Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Haegyeom Kim, PhD, Staff Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Haegyeom Kim is a staff scientist at Materials Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received his PhD in 2015, from Seoul National University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the LBNL until early 2019. His research interest lies in the materials design for energy storage and conversion materials, based on fundamental understanding of synthesis process-structure-property relationship. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, 6 patents, and gave around 15 invited talks and seminars. He was selected as a Clarivate Web of Science 'highly cited researcher' in 2019 and 2021, and won several awards, including Young Scientist Award from International Society for Solid State Ionics, ECS Battery Division Postdoctoral Associate Research Award, ECS Energy Technology Division Graduate Student Award.

Hyojeong Kim, Graduate Student, Battery Safety, BMW AG

Hyojeong Kim is a PhD student at Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie (IAM-AWP) in cooperation with the BMW group. Her current research focuses on understanding triggers of thermal runaway in a Li-ion battery cell, using needle penetration test and calorimeters. She holds a Bachelor in Material Science & Engineering from Konkuk University and a Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Stuttgart.

Retriev Technologies

David Klanecky, President & CEO, Cirba Solutions, Retriev Technologies

David is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cirba Solutions. His impressive, over 25-year career is in research & development, operations, commercial, and strategic leadership roles across numerous innovative industries, including the global lithium business, energy storage, and several specialty materials industries. While working at Piedmont Lithium, Albemarle, and Dow Chemical he had expansive assignments in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and China, that brought out his passion for travel and culture. He is a Chemical Engineer with an Executive MBA in Global Management, and focuses on safety, operations, talent development, and innovation.

Energy Assurance

Emily Klein, Materials Scientist, Energy Assurance

Emily Klein is a materials scientist and engineer at Energy Assurance LLC. She received her M.S in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and has research experience with lithium-ion, lithium-metal batteries, and safety testing. She was a member of Dr. Matthew McDowell's laboratory group and studied the effect of extremely low temperatures on the morphology of lithium metal, liquid metals in solid state batteries, and alloy anodes in solid state batteries. At the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, she focused on safety characterization of commercial batteries.

Argonne National Laboratory

Kevin Knehr, PhD, Assistant Chemical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Kevin Knehr is an assistant chemical engineer in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Kevin's research focuses on performance and cost modeling of advanced battery systems. Kevin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. Prior to joining Argonne, Kevin spent two years at Honeywell UOP as a senior R&D scientist and two years as a postdoctoral research associate within the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. Kevin has authored 27 peer-reviewed publications characterizing the performance and cost of lithium-ion, lead-acid, zinc-bromine, sodium metal-halide, and vanadium redox flow batteries

Advanced Battery Systems Consulting, LLC

Kevin Konecky, Battery and Energy Storage Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting

Mr. Konecky brings over 20 years of xEV experience to his work, having worked on multiple complex designs for battery system development, charging system integration, and high-voltage powertrain integration. He is skilled in new product design and development, product testing, product safety, integration of multiple sub-systems for vehicles, new product launches and has expanded his skillset beyond batteries into power electronics. His experience in batteries includes multiple technologies (Li-ion, NiMH, UltraCapacitors, Lead-Acid). Mr. Konecky has worked for multiple OEM and Tier 1 battery suppliers (GM, Fisker, Byton, Cobasys, EnerDel, Lockheed Martin) and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) and MS from Purdue (IUPUI - Indianapolis, IN).

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nikhil Koratkar, PhD, Clark and Crossan Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professor Nikhil Koratkar received his BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1995. He received both his Master's (1998) and PhD (2000) from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanoscale material systems. Professor Koratkar is a winner of the NSF CAREER Award (2003), the Electrochemical Society's SES Young investigator Award (2009), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award (2015) and the IIT-Bombay Distinguished Alumnus Award (2019). In 2016, Koratkar was elected a Fellow of the ASME. In 2018, Clarivate Analytics named him in their highly cited researchers list (top 1% by citations). Koratkar serves as an Editor of CARBON (Elsevier). He also serves as a board member and advisor to two start-up companies aimed at commercializing next-generation energy storage solutions.

Technical Univ of Berlin

Julia Kowal, PhD, Professor, Electrical Energy Storage Technology, Technical University of Berlin

Julia Kowal has been professor for Electrical Energy Storage Technology at the Institute for Energy and Automation Technology at TU Berlin since 2014. Her research focus is testing, characterization, ageing, modeling, diagnostics, and lifetime prediction of different battery technologies.

Sujeet Kumar, Dr., CEO, Ionblox

Dr. Sujeet Kumar is CEO of Ionblox, a next-generation energy company transforming the future of mobility by land and air.  Previously, Dr. Kumar served as CTO for Envia, as a Sr. Scientist for Greatbatch, and as Sr. Engineer at Nanogram. Dr. Kumar has won an R & D 100 award and is the inventor of over 60 patents.  Dr. Kumar has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Rochester.

Associated Environmental Systems

Bob Laudisi, Applications/Mechanical Engineering, Associated Environmental Systems

Bob is an Outside Sales and Battery Application Engineer at AES. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. Before joining AES, Bob worked as an engineer designing and facilitating the manufacture of mechanical assemblies for the defense, semiconductor, and tech industries. Bob focuses on helping companies procure chambers and battery fixtures that will accommodate their specific testing requirements and improve the efficiency of their testing operation.

CSX Transportation

Peter Le Comte, Senior Market Manager, Minerals, CSX Transportation

Peter Le Comte holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently attending University of Florida for his Master in Business Administration. Peter has worked on both sides of the rail industry as a shipper developing rail supply chains and at a railroad. As a rail shipper, Peter helped emerging markets, such as sand for hydraulic fracturing develop reliable and sustainable rail-centric supply chains. Today at CSX, Peter is the market manager of the mineral ore markets that includes lithium products, nickel, lime/limestone, soda ash, sand, and various other mineral based commodities.

Univ of Cincinnati

Jay Lee, PhD, Vice Chairman, Foxconn Technology Group

Currently, he is vice chairman and board member of Foxconn Technology Group. Prior to this position, he served as vice chairman of Foxconn Industrial Internet. Dr. Jay Lee is also an Ohio Eminent Scholar and L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor of the Univ. of Cincinnati, and is the founding director of National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Intelligent Maintenance Systems (www.imscenter.net) as well as the Founding Director of Industrial AI Center (www.iaicenter.com ). Currently, he serves as a member of Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Council of National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), as well as a member of the Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Production of the World Economics Council (WEF) to engage the global leaders for the development of collaborative activities in smart manufacturing. Previously, he served as senior advisor to McKinsey & Company. Prior to his academic career, he served as Director for Product Development and Manufacturing at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) as well as Program Directors for a number of programs at NSF. He was selected as 30 Visionaries in Smart Manufacturing in by SME in Jan. 2016 and 20 most influential professors in Smart Manufacturing in June 2020. Dr. Jay Lee's new book on Industrial AI was published by Springer in Feb. 2020. For more publications, see ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jay_Lee10 Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=g9GtqgQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

StoreDot USA Inc

David Lee, PhD, Global CSO & US Site Manager, StoreDot USA, Inc.

Dr. David Lee has over 27 years of experience in battery R&D and production with specific world-class expertise in silicon-based technologies. As the global CSO (Chief Science Officer) of StoreDot, Dr. Lee oversees the company's current and future Si-dominant technology roadmap while also heading the US R&D center. Prior to joining StoreDot, David served as a general manager of the materials research center at Evergrande New Energy Vehicle in Shenzhen, China. He also led silicon programs for more than 10 years at Enevate and Dow Corning corporation for both high energy density and extreme fast charge technologies. David was also one of the founding members in the Li-ion battery program at Samsung SDI, where he designed the first commercial products in both prismatic and cylindrical form factors. He holds a PhD in materials chemistry from Rutgers University and has authored more than 30 patents and 25 research publications.?

Manz USA, Inc.

Michael Leiber, Regional Sales Manager, E-Mobility and Battery Solutions, Manz USA, Inc.

Michael Leiber is the Regional Sales Manager for the Mobility and Battery Solutions for Manz USA. With over 20 years' experience in the global commercialization and management for energy storage technologies, Michael now is successfully supporting EV Mobility, Stationary Power, and Consumer companies' objectives for bringing innovative and high performance automation solutions for both lithium battery cell and module assembly.

RWTH Aachen University

Weihan Li, Independent Junior Research Group Leader, RWTH Aachen University

Weihan Li is an independent junior research group leader at ISEA, RWTH Aachen University, where he received the Dr.-Ing degree with the highest praise, summa cum laude, in 2021. During 2018 - 2021, he was team leader, project leader, and research associate at RWTH Aachen University. During 2016 - 2017, he was a research assistant at Active Adaptive Control Lab and Sloan Automotive Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his MS and BS in automotive engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Tongji University. He was with the Volkswagen AG, Porsche Engineering GmbH, and SAIC Volkswagen, in various electrical and mechanical engineering roles. He is involved in the development of digital twin for batteries with physics-based modeling and machine learning. His current research interests include model-based battery analytics and monitoring, machine learning for aging estimation and lifetime prediction, battery fault identification with big data analysis, and reinforcement learning for fast charging and energy management.

Univ of California San Diego

Weikang Li, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Weikang Li is a postdoctoral researcher from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Department of NanoEngineering in 2019, after graduation. His research mainly focuses on cathode materials and advanced multidimensional characterizations. He specializes in surface modification and interphase investigation. Weikang is the (co-)author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and 2 patents. He is now moving forward as an entrepreneur in the battery recycling business.

Case Western Reserve University

Ya-Ting Liao, PhD, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Ya-Ting T. Liao is an associate professor and the faculty director of the UL Fire and Combustion Laboratories at Case Western Reserve University. She also leads the Computational Fire Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CWRU. Dr. Liao's research projects range from basic fire science (e.g., material flammability, solid pyrolysis, ignition, microgravity combustion, flame spread) to understanding fire behavior in specific situations (e.g., structures, wildland fires, spacecraft, battery fires). Dr. Liao's work has been supported by NSF, NASA, CASIS, and UL. Dr. Liao currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Fire Science, the Board of the United State Section of the Combustion Institute, the Board of Advisors of the Central States Section of the Combustion Institute, and the ASME K11-Fire and Combustion Technical Committee (FCTC). Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU, Dr. Liao worked for two-years in the petroleum industry. From 2013-2014, she worked on thermal fluids and two-phase flow problems as a consultant and later as a thermo-fluids specialist at FMC Technologies. In 2011-2012, Dr. Liao worked at Bloomberg LP as a software developer. Dr. Liao obtained her PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2011. She double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Physics at National Taiwan University in 2004.

HCM CO., LTD.

Hsin-Da Liao, PhD, Senior Manager, Research & Development, HCM CO., LTD.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Univ

Feng Lin, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Dr. Feng Lin is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. He is also an affiliated faculty of Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech. Dr. Lin holds bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Tianjin University (2009), and PhD degree in Materials Science from Colorado School of Mines (2012) with joint research at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2016, Dr. Lin worked at QuantumScape Corporation as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, and at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Lin's awards and recognitions include SLAC Spicer Young Investigator, Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Journal of Materials Chemistry Emerging Investigator, RCSA Scialog Fellow, ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator, Energy Storage Materials Young Scientist Award, National Science Foundation CAREER award, John C. Schug Faculty Research Award, and many Scientific Highlights by national laboratories.

Suzhou Botree Cycling Sci & Tech Co Ltd

Xiao Lin, PhD, Founder & CEO, Suzhou Botree Cycling Sci & Tech Co. Ltd.

Member of the National Technical Committee SAC/TC294 on Discarded or Disused Chemicals Disposal of Standardization Administration of China. Operation Agent of IEA HEV TCP Task 48 Battery Swapping, participant of IEA HEV Task 40 CRM4EV, Leaders in Innovation Fellowships Royal Academy of Engineering Funded by Newton Fund. Working in novel separation and purification technologies for critical battery metals, revolutionary solution for battery recycling and materials regeneration. Finished 50+ research and commercial projects, granted prizes like national technology invention and national key practical technologies of environmental protection. Published 40 papers, been authorized 30+ patents, participated in the formulation of national standards, and been one of main writers of "Power battery blue book" (China) and "White book of power battery recycling" (China).

Christianna Lininger, PhD, Director of Battery Science and Engineering, Voltaiq

Dr. Christianna N. Lininger is the Director of Battery Science and Engineering at Voltaiq, the Battery Intelligence Software company that is accelerating commercial battery development in all commercial storage markets. She comes to Voltaiq after completing her Ph.D. and M.S at Columbia University and completing her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley. Her research was focused on theoretical computational chemistry and physics-based modeling for renewable energy technologies, focused primarily on the impact of mesoscale processes on the key performance metrics of Li-ion batteries. She studied the impacts of nano-sizing active material and the mesostructure of electrode composite on battery performance, phase-change materials, low cost cathode alternatives, solution responses at electrified interfaces, and machine learning algorithms to model building energy usage. Now at Voltaiq, she works closely with partners in industry developing commercial batteries as well as the Product and Analytics development efforts at Voltaiq.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Nian Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Nian Liu is an Assistant Professor at School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received B.S. in 2009 from Fudan University, and PhD in 2014 from Stanford University, where he worked on the structure design for Si anodes for high-energy Li-ion batteries. From 2014 to 2016, he worked at Stanford University as a postdoc, where he developed in situ optical microscopy to probe beam-sensitive battery reactions. Dr. Liu's lab at Georgia Tech is broadly interested in the combination of materials, electrochemistry, and operando microscopy for studying the global energy challenges. Specifically, the Liu's lab is focusing on electric vehicle battery and stationary battery science and technologies. His publications have been cited over 28,000 times, he is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate. He is the recipient of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Daniel Cubicciotti Award (2014), American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2015), Chemistry of Materials Up-and-Coming Researcher (2017), Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigator (2018), Jim Pope CREATE-X Faculty Fellow (2021), and Nanoscale Emerging Investigator (2022).

University of California, San Diego

Ping Liu, PhD, Professor and Director, Sustainable Power and Energy Center, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Ping Liu is Professor of Nanoengineering and Director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC) at University of California, San Diego. His research interests include lithium metal batteries, solid state batteries, and battery safety. Previously, Dr. Liu has led research programs in electrochemical conversion and storage as a staff member at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and as a manager at HRL Laboratories. Dr. Liu also served as a Program Director at Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) where he drove the development of robust energy storage and thermal management technologies. Websites: http://liugroup.ucsd.edu; http://spec.ucsd.edu

Industrial Technology Research Institute

Mark H.L. Lu, PhD, Senior Industrial Analyst, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute

Mr. Lu graduated from Department of Business Administration in National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan, and continued to acquire an MBA degree from National Sun Yat-sen University. His first job concerned with the optical film in China for two years, then came back Taiwan to serve Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) as an analyst in Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI) until now. As a certified industrial analyst of the biggest think-tank in Taiwan, he is responsible for the research about Taiwan battery-related industry, including material, cell, pack and related applications. Not only handling the official government statistics about Taiwan battery industry, sometimes he also plays a role to provide consulting suggestions for Taiwan government and firms. From 2010 to June 2020, he served as the secretary-general of the Taiwan Battery Association.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Seyed S. Madani, PhD, PostDoc, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Argonne Natl Lab

Anil Mane, PhD, Principal Materials Science Engineer, Applied Materials Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Anil is a Principal Material Science Engineer at applied materials division (AMD), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). 15+ years' R&D experience in thin film nanostructure materials growth especially via ALD/CVD, nanomaterial characterization & materials integration into nano-devices. Anile worked in semiconductor industries and has hand-on expertise with commercial high-volume production of CVD & ALD multi-station wafer processing tools and processes. 75+ peer-reviewed publications, 25+ patents, 4 R&D100 awards (known as the "Oscars of Innovation"). He completed the DOE Energy I-Corps Cohort 9 program. His current research interests include: (a) Research and development of next-generation technologically feasible nanostructure materials design, creation and engineering, especially by ALD/CVD techniques. (b) In-situ materials growth study focus on surface/interface chemistry, thorough materials and test devices characterizations and search for near-term emerging applications. (c) Applications: Li-ion batteries, 2D Materials, nanocomposites, functional coatings, MEMS devices, photodetectors, etc.

Univ of Texas Austin

Arumugam Manthiram, PhD, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Arumugam Manthiram is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Endowed Chair of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He served as the Director of Texas Materials Institute at UT-Austin for 11 years during 2011-2022. After receiving his PhD in chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1981 and working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and at UT-Austin, he became a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT-Austin in 1991. He has authored 900 journal articles with 95,000 citations and an h-index of 152. He has mentored 300 students and postdoctoral researchers, including the graduation of 69 PhD students. Dr. Manthiram is a recipient of the Battery Division Research Award and Technology Award and the Henry B. Linford Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Electrochemical Society, and the International Battery Association Research Award. He delivered the 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize Lecture in Stockholm on behalf of Professor John Goodenough.

SuZhou YouLion Battery Inc

Henry Mao, PhD, CEO, Youlion Battery Ltd.

Dr. Huanyu Mao earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. In 1991, he joined Moli Energy in Vancouver, Canada, one of the earliest manufacturers of rechargeable Li batteries, as a research scientist. Dr. Mao has been a major leader in the development and manufacturing of Li-ion batteries in China. In 1997 he co-founded Tianjin Lishen Battery in China. He later joined Shenzhen BAK Battery in 2004 as CTO and COO. Tianjin Lishen and Shenzhen BAK were among the top 3 Lithium-ion battery manufacturers in the world. In 1994 he founded Suzhou YouLion Battery and led the construction of several giga-factories as the company's CEO.

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Brandon Martin, Vice President, Battery & Electric Products & Industry Affairs, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Avid industry advocate with nearly two decades of combined leadership in battery safety through product, standard, and regulatory development. Enjoys collaborating with international stakeholders from major equipment manufacturers, industry executives, government, and regulatory authorities to achieve common goals.

Jacob Matly, Global Director, Battery Cell Manufacturing, Metals, Hatch

A technical execution expert and an influential leader possessing over 25 years of extensive experience in research and development (R&D), testing, manufacturing and engineering execution across automotive, e-Mobility, power-train, high voltage battery, electrical propulsion system, electronic design and software development. 

Intel Corporation

Naoki Matsumura, Principal Engineer, Intel Corp.

Naoki Matsumura is a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, responsible for battery algorithm development, new technology assessment, and sourcing for mobile devices and datacenter. Prior to that, Naoki held battery research/development roles at Panasonic. Naoki earned his MS in Energy Science from Kyoto University and holds many patents.

Dynapower Company, LLC

Rolando Mattar, Segment Manager, Renewables - Clean Energy, Dynapower

Rolando Mattar began his career in the power generation industry while serving in the US Army for 8 years (1991-99). When Rolando transitioned into the civilian power generation industry, he worked for two major engine manufacturers: Cummins, Caterpillar over a 10-year period. He then transitioned into the utility power generation market when he joined ABB covering the Caribbean market to include two countries in LATAM (Guyana and Suriname). Having worked with SAFT Americas in the energy storage solutions industry, he is now the Segment Manager, Renewables at Dynapower Company, LLC. Dynapower is a trusted leader in the engineering, design, manufacturing, and service of highly technical, mission-critical, power conversion systems serving an array of clean energy, defense, and industrial applications.

University of Chicago

Shirley Meng, PhD, Professor, University of Chicago; Chief Scientist, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science, Argonne National Laboratory

Professor Y. Shirley Meng received her Ph.D. in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005, after which she worked as a postdoc research fellow and became a research scientist at MIT. Shirley currently holds the Zable Endowed Chair Professor in Energy Technologies and is Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science, University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the founding Director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center (2015-2020) and was named as inaugural director of the Institute of Materials Discovery and Design. Professor Meng received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011, UCSD Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013, C.W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society (2016), International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) Inaugural Young Career Award (2018), American Chemical Society ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award (2018), a Finalist for the Blavatnik National Award (2018), International Battery Associations Research Award (2019) and Royal Chemical Society Faraday's Medal (2020). She is the author and co-author of more than 225 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapter and 5 issued patents. Professor Meng serves on the executive committee for battery division at the Electrochemical Society and she is the Editor-in-Chief for MRS Energy & Sustainability. She is an elected fellow of the Electrochemical Society (FECS) and fellow of the Materials Research Society (FMRS).

RecycLiCo Battery Materials

Zarko Meseldzija, CEO and Director, RecycLiCo Battery Materials

Zarko Meseldzija, CEO and Director of RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc., has a range of industry experience with a deep insight in project management, process development projects, and circular economy strategies. Zarko holds a BSc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta and obtained his MBA from the Beedie School of Business.

San Diego State University

Chris Mi, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, San Diego State University

Chris Mi is a fellow of IEEE and SAE, a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Director of the US DOE-funded GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA. He was previously a professor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, from 2001 to 2015. He received his BS and MS degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, and his Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, all in electrical engineering. Previously he was an electrical engineer with General Electric Canada, Inc. Dr. Mi is the recipient of the "Distinguished Teaching Award" and "Distinguished Research Award" of the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He is a recipient of the 2007 IEEE Region 4 "Outstanding Engineer Award," "IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section Outstanding Professional Award," and the "SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award." He received three Best Paper Awards from IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and two Power Electronics Prize Letter Awards. In 2019, he received the IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award. In 2022, he was named Albert W. Johnson Lecturer and Distinguished Professor of San Diego State University, the highest honor given to any SDSU faculty, and only one award is given each year. He is Guest Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics - Special Issue on WPT, Guest Co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Special Issue on WPT, Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics - Special Issue on dynamic wireless power transfer, and steering committee member of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC- Asian). He is the program chair or general chair of a number of international conferences, including Workshop on Wireless Power Transfer (WoW), IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC), and IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference - Asia-Pacific. He is also the chair of the IEEE Future Direction's Transportation Electrification Initiative (TEI) e-Learning Committee and developed an e-learning module on wireless power transfer.

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Andrew Miller, COO, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Ltd.

Andrew Miller holds the position of Product Director at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Ltd (Benchmark), a London based research and consultancy firm focusing on critical raw materials and energy storage supply chains. Andrew oversees Benchmark's supply chain research and analysis, which stretches from downstream assessments of anode, cathode and battery production through to price assessments and forecasting for the key lithium ion battery raw materials - lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite. At Benchmark, Andrew regularly delivers industry presentations and travels to active mines and processing plants across the world. He has also advised some of the world's leading institutional investors, auto OEMs, battery producers and mining companies, and manages a portfolio of subscription services which provide in-depth market data and reference pricing for the lithium ion battery supply chain.

P3 automotive GmbH

Ines Miller, Team Lead Battery Cells, E Mobility, P3 Automotive GmbH

Ines Miller is leading the team of battery cells for P3 automotive in the field of E-Mobility. She has been involved in numerous projects with automotive OEMs, suppliers, chemical industry and investment banks mostly covering topics of Li-ion and Next-Gen batteries. Within P3 she is an expert for E-Mobility with focus on Li-ion and all-solid-state cells including technology and cost assessments. Before working for P3, Ines has gained her Master's degree in Business Chemistry at the University of Ulm.

Bruce Miller, Principal Engineer, Regulatory Compliance, Dell EMC

Bruce has worked in the electronic industry for 35 years with experience in design of military, commercial and consumer products. He holds Master's degrees in Business, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering with extensive mathematical training. For the last 22 years, he has worked at Dell computer as a Power Technologist, battery technologist, battery engineer and battery subject matter expert. He is currently the lead Product Safety investigator for Dell Technologies and is a member of UL STP 1624 Lithium Batteries.

Energy Assurance LLC

Cynthia Millsaps, CEO, Business & Quality, Energy Assurance LLC

Cindy Millsaps, Technical and Innovations Program Director at Energy Assurance a part of Element Materials Technology, has extensive experience in the electrical and battery industry. Cindy graduated summa cum laude in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Throughout her career, she has focused on energy system and battery testing and standards development for various industries, participating on standards technical panels for cells and batteries, and developing trade publication updates, standards content, and global compliance pieces. Cindy started Energy Assurance and grew it to a $10 million business over 10 years as its CEO before selling the company to Element Materials Technology in April 2022. She now leads Element's Technical and Innovations Program and continues her involvement in industry panels and advancements.

Sionic Energy

Surya Moganty, CSO, Sionic Energy

Dr. Surya Moganty is the Chief Science Officer of Sionic Energy, whose mission is to provide low-cost, longer-lasting, safer, and more sustainable lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Moganty is an expert in advanced battery materials, ionic liquid electrolytes, electroanalytical & organic synthetic chemistry, and process engineering - and is responsible for the continued success of the Company's research and development efforts on the silicon battery. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2009 from Clarkson University and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University, where he co-invented technology that was licensed by Sionic. Dr. Moganty authored 22 peer reviewed articles in various scientific journals and 45+ patents/applications. He also served as a principal investigator on numerous federal and state funding programs. 

Toyota Research Institute of N America

Rana Mohtadi, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Materials Research, Toyota Research Institute of North America

Dr. R. Mohtadi is a Senior Principal Scientist at the materials research department at Toyota Research Institute of North America TRINA and has been in the decarbonization R&D field for over two decades. She has been spearheading and leading research for the creation, design and demonstration of materials for chemical and electrochemical energy storage technologies, including the research of novel battery electrolyte chemistries for liquid and solid-state batteries, and has contributed important advancements in these areas. She has published influential research and has been awarded over 30 patents. Notable recognitions include receiving the R&D100 award (2011) and being named in "40 under 40" by the Automotive and Crain's news (2014). She was recognized and showed cased in the "We Run on Brain Power" initiative by the State Governor in 2015 as a face of cutting edge innovation in the State of Michigan, USA.

Frederik Morgenstern, Senior Battery Technology Engineer, BMW Group

Born in Bavaria and raised in Uruguay, Frederik has been working for BMW's R&D Battery team as a cell project manager since 2017. After completing his PhD in solid-state and semiconductor physics in Cambridge UK, Frederik has worked in a broad range of novel technologies, ranging from Solar cells, OLEDs, AR-head-up displays and now batteries. He has co-developed the next-generation of BMW's Batteries for the "neue Klasse", optimizing the cell with regards to performance, cost as well as ease of pack-integration and manufacturability. As part of BMW's Solid-State Battery team, he worked on the evaluation of the potential and maturity of solid-state batteries for automotive applications. He now works at BMW's technology office in Mountain view as senior battery technology engineer, where he develops and manages research projects with national partners from industry and academia.

Cambridge Innovation Institute

Victoria Mosolgo, Conference Producer, Cambridge EnerTech

Since 2015, Victoria has served as a Conference Producer for Cambridge Enertech, with primary responsibilities for scientific conference program development within energy market sectors, with conferences based in the United States and Europe. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Partha Mukerjee, PhD, Professor & University Faculty Scholar, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

No bio available.

Partha P. Mukherjee, PhD, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Partha P. Mukherjee is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Before moving to Purdue, he was an Assistant Professor and Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Prior to starting his academic career at TAMU in 2012, he worked for four years at the U.S. Department of Energy Labs; a staff scientist (2009-2011) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a Director's research fellow (2008-2009) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Prior to PhD studies, he worked as an engineer for four years at Fluent India Pvt. Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Fluent Inc., currently Ansys Inc. He received the Scialog Fellow recognition for energy storage, TMS Young Leaders Award, Purdue's University Faculty Scholar Award and the College of Engineering Early Career Research Excellence Award, to name a few. His research interests are focused on mesoscale physics and stochastics of transport, chemistry and microstructure interactions, including a broad emphasis in energy storage and conversion.

Nicolina Nanni, Senior Product Manager, Liminal

Nicolina is the Senior Product Manager of Liminal Insights Inc., a battery manufacturing intelligence provider whose mission is to accelerate the transition to electric mobility by improving quality and reducing cost of batteries. Nicolina holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and has focused her career on production-scale artificial intelligence and industrial machine learning applications. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolina-nanni/

Agilent Technologies Inc

Jenny Nelson, PhD, Applications Scientist, Center of Excellence, Agilent Technologies

No bio available.

Thanh Nguyen, Senior Vice President, Deployment, 6K Energy

Thanh Nguyen is defining strategies and building the next generation of battery material plants globally for 6K Energy, a Boston-based battery materials company. Prior to 6K, Thanh was at Packet Digital developing the strategy for the drone space, he was also at Farasis Energy where he developed the customer network in Europe and US and played an instrumental role in transforming Farasis Energy from a start-up to a global battery supplier.

Hailong Ning, PhD, Head of Battery Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Nio

Hailong Ning has recently joined NIO as the VP of Battery Manufacturing Technology & Engineering. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Battery Engineering at Panasonic Energy of North America, where he led the launch and ramp-up of 35GWh battery production at Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. He has extensive experiences on lithium ion batteries ranging from materials and cell design to manufacturing process and equipment development. He holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Physics.

BYD North America

Bill Norman, Executive Director, BYD Auto

With an MBA from The University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and BA from The Florida State University, School of Business, Bill has held many of the key management roles in sales management, marketing, finance, strategic planning, aftersales operations, supplier/vendor management, corporate OEM, dealership training, and franchise development of OEM dealerships. Currently in the role of Executive Director at BYD North America, with previous roles as Senior Group Manager Business Development - Hyundai Motor America - Genesis Division, National Sales Manager - for Nissan Motor Company - Infiniti Division. As Regional General Manager for Aston Martin the Americas, he oversaw the rapid expansion of the company's sales and dealer network in the western hemisphere. Additionally, while Senior Dealer Development Manager at Mercedes-Benz USA, Mr. Norman established essential structures enabling increased sales growth with improved brand "share of voice" by implementing new corporate identity strategies throughout the dealership network in the United States. Currently, Mr. Norman is effectively establishing the much anticipated launch plans for BYD automobiles in The Americas. Additionally, Mr. Norman has written for and his work published frequently. As the owner of eleven recognized classic automobiles, Bill undertakes and appreciates the accurate restoration of older classic American and European sports cars. As passionate interest, Bill enjoys attending car shows and judging at various auto enthusiast events across the country. Mr. Norman has homes in Downtown Los Angeles, CA and in Florida where he resides with his wife and young daughter.

Paraclete Energy, Inc.

Jeff Norris, CEO, Paraclete Energy, Inc.

Jeff Norris

FOUNDER AND CEO

- Serial entrepreneur, E&Y Entrepreneur of The Year winner

- Has completed multiple financing and/or strategic transaction rounds valued at over $500 million

- Took one of his companies from concept to a NASDAQ IPO

- Has invested $4 million in Paraclete

University of Muenster

Sascha Nowak, PhD, Head of Analytics & Environmental, Electrochemical Energy Technology, University of Munster

Dr. Nowak studied Chemistry at the University of Munster and got his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. After his doctorate, he joined the working group of Professor Winter at the MEET Battery Research Center at the University of Munster in 2009 as a postdoctoral researcher, where he established the Analytical department. From 2010-12, he was the Head of the Analytics and Recycling competence areas, and since 2012, he has held a position at the MEET Battery Research Center as Head of the Analytics and Environment division, which mainly focuses on electrolyte aging, transition metal migration and surface investigations, recycling and second life, as well as toxicological investigations.

SAFT America Inc

Jacob Nykaza, PhD, Research Scientist, SAFT America

Dr. Jacob Nykaza has 10 years of experience working on lithium ion batteries starting from his work on block copolymers as solid-state separators for fuel cells and lithium ion batteries during his doctoral work at Drexel University under Professor Elabd. He graduated in 2016 with a Ph.D in chemical engineering. He spent 3 years at Teledyne Energy Systems in Maryland where he was a project engineer focusing on design and characterization of various lithium ion secondary and primary batteries. He currently works at SAFT America as a research scientist in the R&D department focused on polymer based solid/semi-solid lithium ion batteries with the goal to improve battery energy density by working on next generation materials while maintaining battery safety.

Brighton Area Fire Authority

Michael O'Brian, CEO, Code Savvy Consultants and Fire Chief, Brighton Area Fire Department

Michael O'Brian is the Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority (Brighton, MI) and serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief O'Brian has served on multiple code development committees including serving as the Chair of the International Code Council Fire Code Action Committee. Chief O'Brian is the Chair of the IAFC Workgroup on lithium ion batteries which is working to develop a tool kit for fire department response, public education, and codes and standards.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Sebastian Ohneseit, Group Batteries Calorimetry and Safety, Institute for Applied Materials - Applied Materials Physics (IAM-AWP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Research Associate Group Batteries, Calorimetry and Safety, Institute for Applied Materials - Applied Materials Physics (IAM-AWP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

ULVAC Technologies Inc.

Isaiah Oladeji, Dr., Principal Scientist, ULVAC Technologies Inc.

Dr. Oladeji obtained his PhD in Physics in 1999, from the University of Central Florida, USA. He invented wet electro-less systems and processes for fast direct deposition of nano-particle based film for energy storage, solar cell , and sensor applications. He holds 16 issued USA patents. He is a Bell lab alumni, and his current research effort at ULVAC Inc. is on the development of Li metal batteries.

Oak Ridge Natl Lab

Ben Ollis, Researcher, Power & Energy Systems Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratories

No bio available.

Pacific Northwest Natl Lab

Matthew Paiss, Tech Advisor, Battery Materials & Systems, Pacific Northwest National Lab

Matthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group leading their energy storage system safety efforts. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc. (a Training & Consultation firm). He brings 28 yrs of emergency response experience retiring as a Fire Captain with the San Jose CA Fire Department. His background in renewable energy started in 1982 at ARCO Solar in Camarillo, CA, before studying Solar Technology and Fire Science in Santa Cruz, CA, and working in the semiconductor industry as a service engineer prior to transitioning to the fire service. He has 10 years' experience on renewable energy Codes & Standards committees and currently represents PNNL on NFPA 855 & 418, UL 9540 & 1974, and is a national named expert on IEC TC120 WG5.

Ilika Technologies Ltd

Denis Pasero, PhD, Manager, Product Commercialization, Ilika Technologies Ltd.

Denis Pasero joined Ilika Technologies in 2008, as a scientist specializing in battery technology, to manage commercial lithium ion projects. He became part of the Ilika team to apply his strong academic knowledge to commercial applications and saw the potential to be part of the development and success story of an enterprising smaller company with exciting technology and novel product ideas. Today, as Product Commercialization Manager, Denis interfaces between customers and technical teams.

US Army Research Lab

Glenn Pastel, PhD, Materials Engineer, DEVCOM, U.S. Army Research Lab

Dr. Glenn Pastel is a materials engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory working in the Battery Sciences branch under the guidance of his team lead, Dr. Kang Xu. He earned his PhD in 2019, under the direction of Prof. Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland, with a dissertation focused on advanced anodes for lithium-ion batteries. Following graduation, he co-founded HighT-Tech LLC to commercialize high-entropy alloy catalysts for ammonia oxidation. His active areas of interest are energy storage technologies with an emphasis on transitioning emerging concepts from the lab to real-world applications.

Imperial College London

Yatish Patel, PhD, Research Associate Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London

Dr Yatish Patel is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London in the Electrochemical Science & Engineering Group. Having trained as a physicist before moving to engineering, his research is based around developing engineering solutions centered around scientific understanding of lithium-ion batteries. His research portfolio focuses on understanding degradation mechanisms, failure modes and the limits of operation of batteries and the impact these have on system design and control. His research has led to his involvement with a start-up company in the battery and energy sector.

Ashish Patki, Director, Business Development and Market Intelligence, Livent

With over twelve years in the lithium industry, Ashish Patki leads business development and market intelligence at Livent. Livent's portfolio of performance lithium compounds have applications in energy storage, polymers, aerospace alloys, and automotive and industrial greases. Ashish previously worked in biofuels and solar industries in engineering and commercial roles. Ashish holds a BS, chemical engineering from University of Pune, India, and MBA from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. He lives in Charlotte.

Perlmutter & Idea Development (P&ID) LLC

Barry A. Perlmutter, President, Perlmutter & Idea Development (P&ID) LLC

Barry is President of Perlmutter & Idea Development LLC. He has over 39 years of technical engineering and business marketing experience in the field of solid-liquid separation including filtration, centrifugation, process drying, mixing and recycling. His strong professional skills focus on process solutions, innovation strategy, market expansion and business development. Barry has published and presented worldwide on applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and energy/environmental industries and has been responsible for introducing many European technologies into the Americas marketplace. His two books, published by Elsevier, Amsterdam, "Handbook of Solid-Liquid Filtration" and "Integration & Optimization of Unit Operations" are used worldwide for process guidance.

Natl Renewable Energy Lab

Ahmad A. Pesaran, PhD, Chief Energy Storage Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA, Ahmad has been working at NREL on energy efficient technologies including electrified vehicles. Until 2017, Ahmad was the Manager of the Energy Storage Group researching science and engineering of high energy anodes and cathodes, battery thermal management, 3D electrochemical-thermal modeling, safety and thermal runaway modeling, battery second use, techno-economic analysis of batteries for EVs; he led the Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries for Department of Energy (DOE).Between 2016 and 2018 he was detailed at the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) as technical advisor to the Battery program supporting battery processing, extreme fast charging and recycling. He was the Administrator for the first Phase of the DOE Battery Recycling Prize.Currently, Ahmad is pursuing energy storage business development activities for NREL and supports VTO with battery processing, manufacturing, solid electrolyte, and low-cobalt cathode projects.

Avicenne Energy

Christophe Pillot, PhD, Director, Avicenne Energy

Christophe has built up considerable expertise in the area of batteries. He joined AVICENNE 26 years ago and spent 3 years in Japan analyzing the Japanese electronic, mobile & battery market. Christophe has acquired extensive experience in marketing, strategy analysis, technology and financial studies for the battery and power management fields. He developed the Battery market analysis for AVICENNE, which serves more than 220 customers worldwide. Christophe has published several annual surveys such as "The Rechargeable Battery Market". He is also the founder & chairman of Batteries - an international industry conference held in France since 1999. He is now Director at AVICENNE ENERGY. Globally, he has been involved in more than 300 projects for 200+ customers in the Battery value chain. Before joining AVICENNE, Christophe held a key position in FRANCE TELECOM's innovation division. He has a degree in Chemistry & an MBA in Innovation Management from Paris IX Dauphine. His mother tongue is French, and he speaks fluent English.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Gregory L. Plett, PhD, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Professor Plett received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998. Since then, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His research focuses on control-systems theory as applied to the management of high-capacity battery systems, such as found in hybrid and electric vehicles. Current research efforts include: physics-based reduced-order modeling of ideal lithium-ion dynamics; system identification of physics-based model parameters using only current-voltage input-output data; physics-based reduced-order modeling of degradation mechanisms in electrochemical cells; estimation of cell internal state and degradation state; state-of-charge, state-of-health and state-of-life estimation; power and energy prediction; and battery pack fast charging.

Purdue Univ

Vilas G. Pol, PhD, Professor, Chemical Engineering, ViPER, Purdue University

Prof. Vilas G. Pol is a Chemical Engineering Professor at Purdue University, USA. He authored/ co-authored >210 research publications (h index 46) and an inventor on 10 issued US patents and 20 applications. Pol's research activities are highlighted in PBS-NOVA, ABC7 news, Discovery, New Scientist and Forbes magazines. Pol delivered hundreds of invited, plenary talks including 'TEDx'. He is honored with 'Argonne Scholar', Intel prize, R and D 100 award, British Carbon Society's Brian Kelly award, American Chemical Society's 'Grand Prize' and 'Salutes to Excellence' awards, Materials Research Society's Science as Art first prize, American Institutes of Chemical Engineer's 'Sustainable Engineering Forum Research' and 'Professional Achievement' awards, American Ceramic Society's 'Richard M. Fulrath' award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's Best Energy Paper Award, and a Gold Medal in Kabaddi (DRDO, India). Purdue University honored him with Bravo, Outstanding Engineering Teacher, Seed for Success and Purdue Faculty Scholar awards. Pol set a new 'Guinness World Record' for the fastest time to arrange 118 elements of the periodic table.

Argonne Natl Lab

Bryant J. Polzin, Process Engineer & Deputy Director, ReCell Center, Argonne National Laboratory

Bryant Polzin has worked at Argonne National Laboratory for the past 10 years in research and development of lithium ion batteries for transportation applications. His focus has been on materials evaluation and the scale up of batteries from coin cell level to xx3450/xx6395 pouch cells and 18650 can cell level. He has established the Electrode Library which consists of industrial quality capacity matched anodes and cathodes that are distributed to Universities, Industry and National Laboratories all over the world for research purposes. He has number of publications covering different aspects of lithium ion battery development and performance. For the past 2 years, Bryant has been the Deputy Director of the ReCell Center for Advanced Battery Recycling. The ReCell Center is a DOE funded program that is aimed at making the recycling of lithium ion batteries profitable. It is a collaboration between National Laboratories, Universities, and Industry. The center is currently working in four areas: Direct Cathode Recycling, Other Materials Recovery, Design for Sustainability, Modeling and Analysis. As Deputy Director along with 2 other executive committee members, we are responsible for overseeing the research, setting up the physical location of the Center and work with Industry to move technologies from the lab to them. Prior to coming to Argonne National Laboratory, Bryant has spent 10 years work in industry. He has spent 5 years working at a start-up company that manufactured sapphire for LED production. He also worked at a machine tool manufacture as a process engineer developing manufacturing processes for a number of different industries and on different materials. He holds a M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and a B.S. from Iowa State University in Ceramic Engineering.

Stefan Pototschnik, Manager, HV Battery Cell Application Engineering, Ford

Stefan is currently the Manager for HV battery cell application engineering at Ford Motor Company responsible for cell design and release activities for production xEV applications, cell performance and life modeling, and calibration at Ford Motor Company. He has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Michigan. During his time at Maryland, he studied and modeled fuel cell systems for transit applications and optimized control systems for a fuel cell system utilizing an onboard methanol steam reformer. He has worked at Ford for over 21 years in various roles within the Electrified Systems Engineering team including leading program management for the Focus Electric vehicle launched in 2012, leading the eDrive development for various vehicles including the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid, and leading the Ford ESE team in China from 2016 thru 2020 where he worked to develop Ford's first China-designed and sourced battery packs.

Sandia National Labs

Yuliya Preger, PhD, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Energy Storage Technology & Systems, Sandia National Labs

Yuliya Preger is a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Group at Sandia National Labs. Her current work is centered on the safety and reliability of Li-ion and aqueous batteries for grid-level energy storage applications. She earned her PhD and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MIT, respectively.

University of Central Florida

Zhihua Qu, PhD, Pegasus Professor & Thomas J. Riordan and Herbert C. Towle Chair, ECE; Director, RISES, UCF Energy System Research Center, University of Central Florida

Zhihua Qu received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in June 1990. Since then, he has been with the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando. He served as the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (2010-2021 and 2009-2004). Currently, he is the Thomas J. Riordan and Herbert C. Towle Chair and Pegasus Professor of Electrical Engineering, and the Founding Director of RISES (Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems, a university research center at UCF. His areas of expertise are nonlinear systems and control, with applications to autonomous systems and energy/power systems. His most recent work focuses upon cooperative control and plug-and-play operation of networked systems, distributed optimization and game algorithms, and resilient networked controls. In energy systems, his research covers distributed energy resources, dynamic stability of power systems, microgrid control, distributed generation and load sharing control, distributed VAR compensation, distributed optimization, and cooperative control. Dr. Qu is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS. He is serving as a member on the following national organizations: the Board of Trustees for ECE Foundation; IEEE Smart Grid Steering and Operational Committees; Standing Council, Vision for Engineering Leadership Multi-sector Alliance. He has served as an Associate Editor for Automatica, IEEE ACCESS, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

Toyota Motor North America

Gerardo Ramos Vivas, Battery Lifecycle Solutions Senior Manager, Toyota Motor North America

Gerardo is an Engineering Senior Manager at Toyota Motor North America with a vast experience and demonstrated leadership in the automotive industry. Gerardo joined Toyota Motor North America in the Purchasing and Supplier Engineering Development Department in 2009 after finishing graduate studies in Rochester, NY. Over his 13+ years at Toyota, Gerardo has had responsibility for multiple commodities including Powertrain, Safety Systems, Body, Chassis, and Functional, leading multiple strategic initiatives including localization of direct parts production to North America, launching of supplier plants to support Toyota's production capacity in North America, launching of critical components for electrification and mobility including Power Control Units for Hybrid systems, and recently joining the Battery Life Cycle Solutions team as the Operations Senior Manager. In his current role, Gerardo oversees agreements, pilots, and partnerships for the establishment of the battery life cycle management for Toyota in North America. Gerardo has a BS in Industrial Engineering from UNITEC in Honduras, a Master in Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration from RIT in Rochester, NY, and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

UL Research Institutes

Taina Rauhala, Research Scientist, UL Research Institutes

Dr. Taina Rauhala is a Research Scientist at the UL Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI). She joined ESRI in May 2021 as a Postdoctoral Researcher and moved on to her current role in November 2021. She specializes in battery safety exploration, lithium-ion battery recycling, and flow battery research. Prior to joining ESRI, she completed her doctorate in Chemical Engineering at Aalto University in Finland, where her research focused on electrode materials development for lithium-ion batteries and characterization of degradation mechanisms in lithium-ion cells. Dr. Rauhala earned her Doctor of Science degree in 2021 and holds Master of Science (2013) and Bachelor of Science (2012) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Aalto University.

Hazmat Safety Consulting LLC

Bob Richard, PhD, President, Hazmat Safety Consulting LLC

Bob started Hazmat Safety Consulting in 2017. Bob provides dangerous goods regulatory assistance to customers worldwide by drawing on his vast experience, knowledge of the hazardous materials regulations and extensive network of dangerous goods professionals worlwide. From 2010-2017 Bob served as the Vice President for Regulatory Compliance with Labelmaster Services Inc. In this role he assisted clients to comply with hazardous materials safety regulations, enhance corporate safety and implement efficiencies by applying strategies and regulatory exceptions to save resources and prevent supply chain disruptions. From 2006-2010, Bob served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), where he was responsible for directing approximately 150 hazardous materials transportation specialists and the day-to-day operation of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Program, including overseeing the regulatory development, technical review and classification, international standards, outreach, special permits and approvals and enforcement offices. In this position Bob was involved in the development of domestic and international regulations and gained not only an understanding of the regulations but the intent and meaning behind the words. Bob served as the Chairman of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods that has responsibility for publishing the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Bob also served as the chairman and vice chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel which has responsibility for developing and publishing the International Civil Aviation Regulations which govern the transport of dangerous goods by air. Bob was the Panel member nominated by the United States to the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel for a number of years. He also led US delegations to the International Maritime Organization Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers Sub-Committee and coordinated with the US Coast Guard in developing technical proposals and responding to sea transport incidents involving hazardous materials. He played a major role in developing the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code into the revised format that exists today. Since leaving the government for private practice Bob draws on his vast experience to provide guidance and consulting services to clients ranging from major international corporations to small businesses. He has assisted numerous clients with bringing their operations into compliance. Bob has conducted compliance audits, assisted clients with classifying their hazardous materials, interpreted regulatory requirements, developed training programs and operations manuals and assisted clients with navigating the complexities of the domestic and international transport regulations. Typical services Bob provides to clients include: -Serving as an expert witness or technical advisor in civil and criminal cases; -Working with company staff to allow them to better understand regulatory issues, improve management oversight, hold suppliers more accountable and improve corporate safety; -Developing operations and policy manuals, standard operating procedures and job aides; -Providing technical expertise for classifying hazardous materials including compressed gases, reactive substances and corrosives. -Conducting compliance and safety audits and providing corrective action reports and recommendations; -Identifying opportunities to enhance efficiency and reduce cost such as using regulatory exceptions to lower shipping cost and reduce risk; -Providing compliance assistance (e.g. intermodal shipping strategies, hazard classification, regulations interpretation, etc.); -Penalty mitigation related to enforcement actions; -Acquiring special permits and approvals; -Providing training program development assistance and assessing employee competencies and function specific responsibilities. -Developing and supplying customized dangerous goods products specific to our client's needs Bob is a member of several hazardous materials trade associations (e.g. Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC), Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA), Council on the Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA)). He is the Executive Director of the Medical Device Battery Transport Council (MDBTC). Bob has written numerous articles on the transport of hazardous materials that have been published in blogs, trade journals and newsletters worldwide. For more information refer to Bob's Linked-In site at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hazmatgeek/ or the Hazmat Safety Consulting web page at: https://www.hazmatsafety.com/

Robert Rubino, Senior Director, Research and Development, Integer

Rob Rubino is Senior Director of R&D at Integer Holdings Company and is responsible for technology development for active implants including batteries. Rob has worked on batteries for over 20 years and has participated in development of multiple battery technology platforms (QHR, QMR, CFx, Li-ion) that are currently being used in pacemakers, defibrillators, neurostimulators and sensors. Robert holds an M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from SUNY at Buffalo, and a Bachelor's degree in Medicinal Chemistry from SUNY at Buffalo. He has co-authored over 20 granted US patents. His current interests include miniaturization of active implants to enable next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics that provide improved patient outcomes.

Kenan Sahin, PhD, President & Founder, CAMX Power

Dr. Kenan Sahin is an academic, scientist, inventor, technologist, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2002 he founded TIAX and in 2015 spun out CAMX Power, a leader in the development of advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion battery applications in the automotive and high-end portable electronics markets.

Michael Sakamoto, Senior Manager, Global Business Development, UL LLC

Michael Sakamoto is Senior Consumer Technology Global Manager for UL, a global accredited compliance testing and certification company. He manages the development of global services with focus on consumer product safety. He has been with UL for 12 years and brings commercial expertise from working at Sony Electronics for over 15 years managing new product launches, sales distribution, supply chain, and logistics. Current projects at UL include development of testing and certification services with a focus on product safety for wide range of consumer products from electronic vaping products to robotics. With the advancement of battery technology enabling portability and mobile of technology, UL has been committed to following this trend and applying our deep knowledge of safety science which aligns with our public safety mission.

Jeremy Schrooten, PhD, Vice President, Technology, Research & Development, Anovion

Dr. Schrooten brings over 20 years of leadership experience to his role as the Vice President of Technology for Anovion. He is responsible for the Technology Center of Excellence including product and process R&D, customer technical support, and laboratory operations. Dr. Schrooten oversees a team of researchers and engineers to develop proprietary technologies. 

Titan Advanced Energy Solutions

Nemanya Sedoglavich, PhD, Head of Product Development, Battery Manufacturing Quality, Titan Advanced Energy Solutions

For the past 15 years, Nemanya Sedoglavich, PhD, combined his passion for systems thinking, engineering and entrepreneurship through diverse experiences developing optoelectronic sensors and instrumentation, driving products from customer needs to delivery in the fields of life sciences, energy, and electrification. He thrives in strategic thinking and product development, by managing complexity, identifying opportunities, and decomposing challenges.

 

His extensive entrepreneurial experience and knowledge of running high tech startups began at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Entrepreneurship Program, and continued by co-founding two startups in robotics and life science instrumentation, and working in early- and mid- stage startups in the medical instrumentation and clean tech energy sectors.

 

As Head of Product Development at Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, responsible for rapid development and delivery of battery manufacturing diagnostics and quality control systems. Prior to Titan, Nemanya worked at Shell TechWorks on New Energies projects in distributed energy resources, mobility electrification and hydrogen, as well as subsea sensing instrumentation and automation. He was an Industry Panelist and Speaker on topics of renewable energy, distributed energy resources, mobility electrification and hydrogen challenges. Prior to that, he worked at Cytonome, leading research and development of medical instrumentation optical cell sorter products for life sciences and genetic selection in livestock industry, designed optical subsystems, high speed electronics, automation software and FPGA firmware.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nemanya-sedoglavich-69a3636/

Aionics, Inc.

Austin Sendek, PhD, Founder/CEO, Aionics, Inc.; Adjunct Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Austin Sendek is the founder of Aionics, Inc., an industry-leading artificial intelligence and high performance compute co-innovation partner for the battery industry. Dr. Sendek is also Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and was included on Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Energy list in 2019. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Davis.

Tal Sholklapper, CEO & Co-Founder, Voltaiq, Inc.

Dr. Tal Sholklapper has an extensive record of success as a cleantech engineer and entrepreneur. Prior to founding Voltaiq, he worked as the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra low-cost grid-scale battery. Before joining CUNY, Dr. Sholklapper co-founded Point Source Power, a low cost fuel-cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley, where he also did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering. As a Materials Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL, he successfully led the transfer of lab-scale technology to industry partners.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc

Mattias Simonsson, Director, Global Sourcing, Stanley Black & Decker

OnTo Technology LLC

Steve Sloop, PhD, President, OnTo Technology LLC

Steve Sloop has pioneered comprehensive methods to improve safety and efficiency in recycling lithium-ion batteries and materials. These include deactivation of lithium-ion batteries to eliminate hazards in transportation and storage; electrolyte extraction; electrode harvesting and separation; and cathode-healing™, which is a direct method to reintroduce lithium, structure, and performance to scrap electrodes.

American Honda Motor Co Inc

Bradley J. Smith, Manager, Battery Value Chain, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Bradley Smith, Manager - Battery Value Chain Business Development, brings his business development and innovation mindset to American Honda Motors, targeting sustainability and closed-loop solutions focusing on EV and related electrified offerings. His experience spans working in partnership, joint venture, in-house development, as well as with governments, agencies, and organizations. Bradley held clean-tech leadership positions at several corporations including Nissan North America, NRG's eVgo, and at Shell where he headed its global hydrogen station refueling development activities. He holds a BS, Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a Professional MBA from the University of Houston.

Wei Song, Director, Global Product Line - AGM, Clarios

Wei Song joined Clarios in 2011 as a battery design engineer. During her tenure, she has held roles of increasing responsibility in Customer Engineering, Product Engineering, Commercial and currently serves as a Director of Global Product Line in Product Management. Wei's current role is responsible for product strategy and bringing new products into the market to drive business growth and profitability. She leads the team and drives collaboration with multiple facets within the organization and with external customers to execute bringing new products into the market. Prior to joining Clarios, Wei worked at Toyota Technical Center for advanced R&D activities since 2008. Wei holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Master's degree in Natural Resources Sciences & Management from University of Minnesota.

Wildcat Discovery Technologies Inc

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, R&D, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Dee Strand is a Senior Scientist at Wildcat Discovery Technologies. Dr. Strand has over twenty years of experience in materials research, development, and commercialization, primarily in the areas of energy storage and electronic applications. Prior to joining Wildcat in 2013, Dr. Strand served as a Research Fellow at Dow Chemical, where she was the technical lead in Dow Energy Materials, as well as the Principal Investigator on external research programs with universities and national labs on battery materials. Dr. Strand also has extensive experience in patent analysis and technical due diligence of new technologies. Dr. Strand completed her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the supervision of Professor John Schrag. Her PhD research focused on rheology and birefringence of polymeric solutions. Dr. Strand also holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Dakota State University.

California State University

Vivian Sultan, PhD, Professor, Information Systems and Business Management, College of Business and Economics, California State University, Los Angeles

Professor of Information Systems and Business Management at California State University (CSULA). Dr. Sultan holds a PhD in Information Systems and Technology from Claremont Graduate University. She is a certified professional in Supply Management with experience in account product management, operations, and automated system projects development. Prior to her current role, Dr. Sultan served as a Senior Analyst at Southern California Edison, an Account Product Manager at the Walt Disney Studios. Her publications and research focus on energy informatics and the digital transformation within supply chains.

Toyota Research Institute

Shijing Sun, PhD, Research Scientist, Energy & Materials, Toyota Research Institute

Shijing Sun is a research scientist at the Energy & Materials Division, Toyota Research Institute. Her research focuses on data-driven discovery, design and optimization of functional materials for carbon-neutral mobility. She obtained her Ph.D. in materials science at University of Cambridge and did postdoctoral research in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2018 - 2021 she was a research scientist at MIT Photovoltaics Research Laboratory, where she was head of Team Accelerated Materials and led research in developing low-cost solar cells leveraging high-throughput experiments, artificial intelligence, and advanced characterization using synchrotron facilities.

Southwest Research Institute

Bapiraju Surampudi, Institute Engineer, Electric Powertrain, Southwest Research Institute

Bapi Surampudi has more than 24 years of experience in powertrain controls and 14 years of experience with electric vehicles and various forms of lithium ion batteries. In addition to the 24 years on the staff of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), he worked at Caterpillar, Combat Vehicle Research and Development in India and Tata consulting Engineers in India. His role at SwRI has been to build control systems for engines, transmissions, hybrid vehicles and autonomous vehicles. He has also provided leadership for the SwRI battery consortium for the last eight years. He currently serves as a staff engineer for powertrain development at SwRI. He has a PhD from Texas A&M University, MTech from IIT Madras India. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of SAE. He holds 14 patents and has published frequently in peer reviewed journals and conferences.

Ionic Materials Inc

Jeffrey Swoyer, PhD, Senior Director, Battery Technology, Ionic Materials Inc.

Honda R&D Co Ltd

Takamitsu Tajima, Chief Engineer, EV Development, Honda R&D Co. Ltd.

Takamitsu Tajima is the general project leader of Honda Electric Road System (Dynamic Charge System. And he is also a chairman of ERS session of JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan) and JSAE fellow engineer. He is an experienced project leader for EV, modular car, chassis, and Formula 1 technology. He joined Honda R&D, starting as project leader for the development of high-power platform vehicles. He then became assistant project leader for the development of "Honda's racing project" (Formula 1 chassis development which won the world champion in 2009 by the later Brawn GP). He is currently general project leader of Honda ERS from 2011.

Prabhakar Tamirisa, PhD, Senior Research Manager, Technical Fellow, Battery & Electrochemical Systems Technology, Medtronic

Prabhakar Tamirisa leads the Battery & Electrochemical Systems Technology group at Medtronic, which is focused on identifying and developing new battery and capacitor technologies for various medical devices, and providing critical technical expertise to the company on development, manufacturing, supply chain and system integration topics. Prabhakar has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, is a Medtronic certified DFSS/DRM Black Belt and Technical Fellow. He has authored peer reviewed publications, invited book chapters, has multiple patents and given invited presentations at industry conferences and Medtronic's internal conferences. He has served as President and Secretary of the Twin Cities section of The Electrochemical Society.

Idaho National Lab

Tanvir Tanim, Battery R&D Engineer and Group Lead, Energy Storage Technology Group, Idaho National Laboratory

Tanvir R. Tanim is an R&D engineer and the group lead for the Energy Storage Technology Group in the Energy Storage and Advanced Transportation Department at the Idaho National Laboratory. His research focuses on enabling next-generation high-energy and power lithium-ion batteries, developing advanced algorithms for reliable life estimation, and expanding and/or verifying advanced diagnostics and prognostics of these high energy and power batteries for electric vehicle applications. Between 2014 and 2021, he authored or co-authored 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles and patents. Tanim can be reached by email at tanvir.tanim@inl.gov

Venkataraman Thangadurai, PhD, Professor, Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai is full professor of chemistry at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom. He received his BSc from Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, India in 1989 and his MSc from Muthurangam Government Arts College in Vellore, India in 1991. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1999 and did his PDF at the University of Kiel, Germany. He received a prestigious PDF fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany. Dr. Thangadurai received his Habilitation degree from the University of Kiel in 2004 and started his independent career in Calgary in 2005. He received the prestigious Keith Laidler Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. His current research activities include discovery of novel ceramic membranes and mixed ion and electron conductors for all-solid-state batteries, solid oxide cells, and electrochemical gas sensors.

Faraday Institution

Pam Thomas, PhD, CEO, Faraday Institution

Professor Pam Thomas has been the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Warwick with responsibility for academic leadership of the research portfolio and strategy across the whole of the institution since February 2016. Motivated by her interest in how physical properties are derived from structure on a variety of scales, Pam was the architect of Warwick's inter-departmental X-ray diffraction facility, and oversaw its development into one of Warwick's original Research Technology Platforms (RTPs) in 2014 when she became its first academic director. Pam was the inaugural Director 2009-2011 of the Science City Research Alliance, a major Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE)-funded (£10m) research programme for the universities of Birmingham and Warwick, which employed circa 40 early career researchers across the two institutions, many of whom have gone on to significant academic and industrial careers. She also oversaw and managed the investment of £57M from regional and European funding agencies into research infrastructure under the Science Cities initiative, which notably resulted in construction of the Clinical Trials and Mechanochemical Cell Biology buildings at Warwick Medical School as well as major investments in facilities for research in Advanced Materials and Energy. Pam was appointed to Chair of the Faculty of Science, Warwick's equivalent of Dean, in 2011 and provided over-arching academic leadership to the nine Departments then in the Faculty, which ranged from Life Sciences and Psychology to Engineering and WMG via Chemistry, Physics, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics. Notable innovations during this time were Faculty-level activities in widening participation, employability, engineering education and public engagement. Her initial appointment as a Pro Vice Chancellor in December 2014 was focussed on People and Public Engagement with particular emphasis on Warwick's 50th Anniversary in 2015 and on matters of equality and diversity. In this role, Pam was the initiator of Warwick's work on the Race Equality Charter Mark and she remains an Executive Board Champion for this. Subsequently, Pam led the successful renewal (2018) of the institutional silver Athena Charter Mark. In her personal research, she leads the Ferroelectric Crystallography group at the University of Warwick, which is part of the Condensed Matter and Materials activity in the Department of Physics. She has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and two patents, one of which became the basis of a spin-out company, Pro KTP, to exploit the invention of a new low-conductivity variant of the nonlinear optical material potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP). Pam has graduated more than 20 PhD and MSc students, several of whom have gone on to post-doctoral research in the group. Her alumni have held staff positions at scientific facilities in the US and the UK (Diamond, ISIS) and in academia world-wide (Israel, Germany, China, UK) as well as in industry and commerce. She was educated at Oxford University, where she took a BA (Hons) in Physics and a DPhil on the subject of Optical Activity in Crystals in the Physical Crystallography Group of the Clarendon Laboratory. Pam's activities for the scientific community have been numerous and she has chaired, led and participated in activities throughout her career for the Institute of Physics, for the Crystallographic Associations in the UK and Europe, the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). She is also a frequent panel member and chair for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She was invited by the Minister for Universities and Science in 2016 to lead a task-force on Open Research Data to advise on the implementation of the Open Research Data Concordat. "Realising the Potential", the final report of the Open Research Data Task-force, was published on HMG's website in 2019. Pam has been a trustee of both the Turing Institute (2016-2018) and of the Faraday Institution (2018-2020) and is a member of the executive management board of the Midlands Innovation collaboration of universities.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Bertrand Tremolet de Villers, PhD, Research Scientist, Process Science and Engineering Group, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Tremolet de Villers is a principal researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado (USA). He has physics and spectroscopy expertise in organic and hybrid-organic photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems, i.e., Li-ion batteries, and the scale up of these technologies. In his battery research, he has developed in-situ spectroscopic methods to study solid-electrolyte interfaces and electrolyte solvation structure in silicon anodes and next-gen high-nickel/low-cobalt cathodes for rechargeable cells. He has also implemented ultrafast laser patterning of battery electrodes for enhanced performance. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining NREL in 2013, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Scott Trimboli, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Professor Trimboli's research focuses on development of control strategies for the management of high-capacity battery systems such as found in electric vehicles. He is currently involved in multiple projects where he leads investigation on battery modeling and the application of model-predictive control to improve the performance and extend the lifetime of lithium ion battery cells. Other research efforts include: reduced-order modeling methods, modeling of lithium-ion degradation mechanisms, empirical and physics-based modeling of lithium-ion battery thermal properties, as well as predictive methods for power estimation.

General Motors Co

Mark W. Verbrugge, PhD, Director, R&D Chemical & Materials Systems Lab, General Motors Company

Mark Verbrugge started his GM career in 1986 with the GM Research Labs after receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the College of Chemistry at the University of California (Berkeley). In 1996, Mark was awarded a Sloan Fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an MBA. Mark returned from MIT in 1997 to join GM's Advanced Technology Vehicles (ATV) as Chief Engineer for Energy Management Systems. In 2002, Mark rejoined the GM Research Labs as Director of the Materials and Processes Lab, which maintains global research programs ranging from chemistry, physics, and materials science to the development of structural subsystems and energy storage devices. The Lab was later expanded in scope and is now the Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory. Mark has published and patented in topic areas associated with electroanalytical methods, polymer electrolytes, advanced batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells, high-temperature air-to-fuel-ratio sensors, surface coatings, compound semiconductors, and various manufacturing processes related to automotive applications of structural materials. Mark is a Board Member of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC, and an adjunct professor for the Department of Physics, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Mark's research efforts resulted in his receiving the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award and the Energy Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society as well as GM internal awards including the John M. Campbell Award for research accomplishments, twice the Charles L. McCuen Award for inventions substantially influencing GM products, and twice the Boss Kettering Award, the highest technical award given by GM. Mark received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research, and two R&D 100 Awards (2017 and 2019). Mark is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Syrah Resources Ltd

Shaun Verner, Managing Director & CEO, Syrah Resources Ltd.

Shaun joined the company in October, 2016 and was appointed CEO & MD in February, 2017. Prior to joining Syrah, Shaun was at BHP for 20 years in a variety of executive roles, with extensive international, commercial, and operational experience across a range of commodities including copper and base metals, uranium, and thermal and metallurgical coal. Shaun has extensive general management and cross-functional leadership experience, focused on the integration of commercial, operations, and supply chain excellence, with a particular interest in China's growth and impact on the evolution of commodity and industrial markets.

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

Matthias Vetter, PhD, Department Head, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Electrical Engineer, 24 years of experience at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. PhD thesis in the field of modeling and development of control strategies for fuel cell systems. From 2005 to 2010 head of group "Off-grid power supply" with main focus in the field of modeling, simulation and development of control strategies for distributed power generations systems. From 2011 to 2016 head of department "PV off-grid solutions and battery system technology." Since 2017 Head of department of Electrical Energy Storage. Work topics among others: Autonomous systems and mini-grids, decentralized grid connected PV battery systems, development of battery systems for stationary and automotive applications. Development and optimization of battery management systems, energy management systems as well as supervisory control strategies. Contact person for battery systems at Fraunhofer Battery Alliance.

Pennsylvania State Univ

Chao-Yang Wang, PhD, William E. Diefenderfer Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Chao-Yang Wang, Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, is William E. Diefenderfer Chair Professor of Mechanical, Chemical, and Materials Science & Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He has 220+ journal publications, 33,000+ citations, an H-index of 100. He holds over 140 patents and has published two books, "Battery Systems Engineering" by Wiley and "Modeling and Diagnostics of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells" by Springer. His work on all-climate battery (ACB) was selected by 2022 Winter Olympic Games to power electric vehicles serving the Games, as well as adopted by several carmakers. His latest inventions on fast charging batteries (FCB) and safe, energy dense batteries (SEB) were highlighted in journals Nature and Science as well as covered by mainstream media such as USA Today, Popular Mechanics, The Guardian, AFP, Daily Mail, etc. Dr. Wang's expertise covers the transport, materials, manufacturing and modeling of batteries and fuel cells.

Univ of Ontario Institute of Technology

Sheldon Williamson, PhD, Professor & Canada Research Chair, Electrical & Computer & Software Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Sheldon S. Williamson (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.E. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, in 1999, and the MS and PhD degrees (Hons.) in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He is currently a professor with the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering and the Director of Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research (STEER) Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON, Canada. His current research interests include advanced power electronics, electric energy storage systems, and motor drives for transportation electrification. He holds the prestigious NSERC Canada Research Chair in electric energy storage systems for transportation electrification.

Cambridge EnerTech

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

Since 2014, Craig has served as Executive Director of Conferences for Cambridge Enertech, with primary responsibilities for scientific conference program development within energy market sectors, with conferences based in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Previously to joining CII, from its inception in 1998, Craig was the Founder and President of the Knowledge Foundation until it was acquired by CII in 2014. Additionally, Craig was a Director at IBC USA (now Informa), and has previous experience in publishing and production.

ESP Consulting

John Wozniak, PhD, President, ESP Consulting

Dr. Wozniak completed his undergraduate training at MIT and graduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he stayed on as an Assistant Research Professor until 1995. For the past 25 years he has worked for Energizer Power Systems, Compaq/HP and Microsoft prior to forming his own consulting business in 2014. As the President of Energy Storage and Power Consulting, he works closely with key battery cell and pack manufacturers as well as Fortune 500 OEMs manufacturing everything from consumer electronics, EVs , ESS and battery backup systems. Dr. Wozniak's focus has been on developing quality manufacturing practices and commercialization of promising battery technologies.

Imperial College London

Billy Wu, PhD, Senior Lecturer Electrochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London

Billy Wu is an associate professor (senior lecturer) at Imperial College London, where he co-leads the Electrochemical Science and Engineering group. He works at the interface between fundamental science and engineering application of batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors. Cross-cutting activities include: materials development, microstructural/continuum modelling, thermal management, pack design, control, and techno-economics. He is also on the editorial boards of Energy & AI and Scientific Reports.

EVE Energy North America

Like Xie, PhD, CTO, EVE Energy North America

Univ of California Irvine

Huolin Xin, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

Xin is a full professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCI. He is an expert in studying structure-property relationships for a range of battery materials. His in-depth diagnostic work has helped enable the development of several battery materials. His work on battery materials has been selected as a 2014 Top-10 Scientific Achievement by Brookhaven Lab. His research has resulted in more than 190 peer-reviewed publications and 1 patent. He has coauthored 18 publications in Science/Nature sister journals (corresponding author on 6).

Univ of North Carolina Charlotte

Jun Xu, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Dr. Jun Xu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the director of Vehicle Energy & Safety Laboratory (VESL, formally known as AVRC) since 2014. He has successfully secured more than 3 million USD research funding as PI from both government and industries (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, Altair, Dassault, CosMX, GAC). He earned his PhD degree from Columbia University in 2014 (under the supervision of Professor Xi Chen), and he was appointed as Professor at Beihang University, China from 2014 to 2018. Recently, he moved his group to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to continue his academic career. His research expertise sits on Lithium-ion battery safety and impact dynamics. Dr. Jun Xu now serves as the Chair of Energy Conversion & Storage Committee, and Vice Chair of Multifunctional Materials Committee, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). He is the Founder and Chair of Automotive & Battery Safety Conference (ABSC). He has so far published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in top journals including Energy Storage Materials, Journal of Material Chemistry A, Journal of Power Sources, Journal of Electrochemical Society, Advanced Materials, Carbon, International Journal of Impact Engineering, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Composite Part A/B, with more than 2700 citations, H-index=30.

Argonne Natl Lab

Guiliang Xu, Assistant Chemist, Chemical Sciences & Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Guiliang Xu is currently an assistant chemist under the division of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his Bachelor (2009) and PhD (2014) degree in the Department of Chemistry at Xiamen University. He has over 10-year research experience in the development of advanced batteries including lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries and lithium-sulfur batteries for electric vehicles and stationary application. He is interested in cutting-edge synchrotron characterization techniques to elucidate in-depth mechanistic understanding on the relationship between structures and the performance, and to provide guidance and approaches to design and synthesize new battery materials with higher energy and better safety. He has published 90+ peer-reviewed papers in Nat. Energy, Nat. Nanotechnol., Nat. Commun., JACS, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Energy Environ. Sci., Adv. Energy Mater., Nano Letters, Nano Energy and etc. He also holds 2 granted patents and 4 pending patent applications.

Princeton NuEnergy

Chao Yan, PhD, CEO and Founder, Princeton NuEnergy

Dr. Chao Yan is CEO and Founder of Princeton NuEnergy (PNE), and co-inventor of lithium-ion battery direct recycling technology based on low-temperature plasma-assisted separation. As research scientist at Princeton University, his research is mainly focused on energy conversion, fuels, and batteries. He is a leading expert in physical chemistry and battery materials and has published over 30 high-impact publications. In business, he has administered and operated a serial enterprise since 2014. 

Univ of Central Florida

Yang Yang, PhD, Associate Professor, Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida

Dr. Yang Yang is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and studies surface and interface engineering of advanced materials for energy and sustainability. He obtained his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he was the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow and worked with Prof. Patrik Schmuki at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Peter M. & Ruth L. Nicholas Postdoctoral Fellow and worked with Prof. James Tour at Rice University. Since 2015 he has started his independent research at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Department of Chemistry, NanoScience Technology Center, Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation Cluster, UCF. His current research interests cover materials science, nanomanufacturing of metallic and carbon materials, interface engineering of energy materials, energy conversion and storage devices with a particular focus on aqueous electrochemical systems such as aqueous batteries, direct ethanol fuel cells, electrolyzers for H2 production and CO2 reduction. He has published almost 120 peer-reviewed articles, including Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Energy & Environmental Science, etc., with a total citation of over 8000 and H-index of 47. His lab website is http://www.yangyanglab.com.

Rachid Yazami, PhD, Founding Director, KVI PTE, Ltd. Singapore; Visiting Scholar, California Institute of Technology

Prof. Rachid Yazami, is a native of Fez, Morocco and a graduate of the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG) electrochemistry and materials science where he also received a Ph.D. on graphite intercalation compounds for lithium battery application, and began his career and rose to research director at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Grenoble. Recently, after over 40 years in academic research Prof. Yazami retired from the CNRS, pursuing his career as entrepreneur. Yazami is the inventor involved in over 150 patents related to battery technology, including the graphite anode used in most commercial lithium ion batteries an over $150b business. Dr. Yazami co-authored about 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and international meeting proceedings. Yazami served a visiting associate in Materials Science and in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in collaboration with JPL/NASA together with being the President of the International Battery Association (IBA). His name appears in International Scientific Board of several lithium battery conferences and events. In 2010, Dr. Yazami joined the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU) where he held the Nanyang Visiting Professor in Materials Science position together with being a PI of battery research at the TUM Create Center of e-mobility, jointly managed by NTU and the Technological University of Munich.In recognition of his invention of the graphite anode in lithium ion batteries, Yazami received several scientific awards, including from NASA, NATO, IBA, JSPS, Hawaii Battery Conference, the IEEE and the Draper Prize in 2014 considered as the Nobel Prize in Engineering. In 2014 Yazami was decorated by HM the King of Morocco. He is the recipient of the French Legion of Honor in 2016 and of the "2018' Takreem Award" in Science and Technology Innovation, considered the Arab Scientist of the Year Award. Recently Prof. Rachid was the recipient of the 2019 Arab Investor Award during a Forum held in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris together with the Mohamed Bin Rached Medal of Scientific Distinguishment of Life Achievement given by the Ruler of Dubai in 2020.

Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab

Jianchao Ye, PhD, Staff Scientist, Materials Science Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jianchao Ye is a staff scientist in Materials Science Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laborotary (LLNL). Before he joined LLNL in 2011, he got bachelor and master degrees in materials science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Jianchao Ye's primary research interests lie in the application of additive manufacturing technologies in renewable energy storage and environment protection, such as lithium ion batteries, solid state batteries, CO2 absorption, and fusion energy application. Jianchao Ye holds 52 peer-reviewed publications and multiple patent applications.

TWS Technology, LLC

Guoliang Zhang, PhD, Senior Software Manager of TWS Technology, Advance Technology, TWS Technology, LLC

Guoliang has extensive Embedded Software and BMS experiences from GE, Matworks Company, and AeroVironment. Guoliang holds a bachelor's degree in Automation from Tsinghua University, master's degree in Embedded Software from Gannon University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois. 

University of Tennesse

Peng Zhao, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Dr. Peng Zhao is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering and Space Institute of the University of Tennessee. He obtained his PhD from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in 2015. From 2015-2020, he was an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University. His research interests primarily focus on fundamental-based and application-oriented problems in the frontier areas of combustion, propulsion, energy conversion and fire safety. His current research activities include reacting flow, open-source multi-physics modeling, Li-ion battery safety and thermal management, alternative fuels, advanced engine combustion strategy, etc. He has published around 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading combustion and energy journals and 1 book chapter. He is a Bernard Lewis Fellow of the International Combustion Institute, session chair of the International Combustion Symposium, session organizer of SAE world congress on advanced propulsion and powertrain, member of the Early Career and Diversity Development Committee of the US Combustion Institute.

Ford Motor Co

Wenhui Zhu, PhD, Battery Cell Scientist, Ford Motor Company

Dr. Wenhui (Wendi) Zhu is a battery cell development engineer at Ford Ion Park of Ford Motor Company. She received her PhD in materials science from State University of New York at Binghamton in 2016 and started her career at Ford since graduation. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a process engineer at Bosch and a materials engineer at Delphi for a few years. Her passion is to scale up the lab scale cell assembly to mass production for solid state battery.

Univ Of Akron

Yu Zhu, PhD, Professor, Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, University of Akron

Yu Zhu is currently a professor in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and the Deputy Director of Akron Functional Materials Center at The University of Akron. He is also Editor-in-Chief of journal Colloid and Polymer Science published by Springer Nature. He earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany in 2007. After his post-doctoral training at Rice University, Dr. Zhu joined the Department of Polymer Science at The University of Akron in 2012. His research group is dedicated to advancing the understanding of structure-property relationship of soft materials, particularly in the area of electrochemical energy storage. He is a recipient of ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigators, Air-Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, and Outstanding Researcher Award at The University of Akron.

Ampcera Inc

Sumin Zhu, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Ampcera, Inc.

Sumin Zhu received PhD in materials science and engineering (ceramics) from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2008. He also completed the strategic marketing MBA-level program from Cornell University. In his professional career, Sumin worked at several multi-national companies in various roles in R&D, product development, marketing and sales, and business management. Sumin and his cofounders started Ampcera Inc. with the mission to commercialize advanced solid electrolyte materials and accelerate the development of next-generation high-performance lithium batteries. Sumin is an author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers and 25 patents and patent applications.

Keysight Technologies

Bob Zollo, Strategic Portfolio Planner / Solution Architect for Battery Testing, Automotive & Energy Solutions, Keysight Technologies

Bob is a Solution Architect for battery testing responsible for Keysight's battery test roadmap. He began his career at Hewlett-Packard in 1984 and now has 38 years with HP, Agilent, and Keysight. He has worked on power supplies, electronic loads, power analyzers, data acquisition equipment, and test systems. He holds a degree in EE from the Stevens Institute of Technology and works out of Keysight's Power Center in Budd Lake, NJ.

Frontier - a Delta ModTech Company

Scott Zwierlein, Coating Process Engineer, Frontier - a Delta ModTech Company

Scott works directly with customers to develop solution-based coating and drying equipment. Solutions span a variety of industries, including batteries and capacitors, fuel cells and medical parts. Scott has extensive problem-solving experience in the coating industry, he has been with Frontier for the past 20 years. His background includes both engineering and R&D. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and currently resides in rural western New York with his family.

Ionic Materials Inc

Walter van Schalkwijk, PhD, Affiliate Professor, University of Washington; Principal, Battery Sciences, Inc.

Dr. van Schalkwijk has almost 40 years of experience in the battery industry in research, product development, manufacturing, battery electronics, applications engineering, battery system design, and business development for batteries and battery materials. Dr. van Schalkwijk built what has been reported as the first manufactured design of lithium-ion batteries in 1986 under contract to Asahi. At present he is a senior advisor to Ionic Materials, Inc. He is also an affiliate professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.