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William Adams, Head of Battery Research, Cobalt & Lithium & Battery Materials Research, Fastmarkets

William has been involved in the metals markets since 1986, he runs the research for Fastmarkets battery metals and oversees base and precious metals research. Fastmarkets as a Price Reporting Agency (PRA) provides price discovery on the battery raw materials and Fastmarkets Research aims to provide a clear and focused understanding of the metals markets. Prior to working for Fastmarkets, William worked with Rudolf Wolff & Co Ltd, which was one of the founding members of the London Metal Exchange, where he gained broad insight into all aspects of the metals markets, working in their London, New York and Tokyo offices.

Humboldt University Berlin

Philipp Adelhelm, PhD, Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Humboldt-University Berlin

Philipp Adelhelm is a professor for physical chemistry at Humboldt-University Berlin. His current main interest is research on sustainable batteries. After studying materials science at the University of Stuttgart, he moved to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (department of Professor Antionetti / Smarsly, 2005-2007) for his doctoral project. This was followed by a 2-year postdoctoral stay at the University of Utrecht (Professor de Jongh) and then a position as a junior research group leader at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Professor Janek, 2009-2015). From 2015-2019 he was a professor at the Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He has been a professor at the Institute for Chemistry at Humboldt-University since 2019, and heads a joint research group on operando battery analysis at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB).

Robert Anstey, CEO and Founder, GDI

Mr. Anstey is the CEO/Founder of GDI. He has over a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, globally commercializing technologies in energy storage and advanced materials. He is a co-inventor on >15 patent filings, and 7 issued patents. He works on technologies that fight climate change, and focuses on the intersection between manufacturing, strategy, and business development. Mr. Anstey is a proponent of open innovation and accelerating technology development through partnerships. 

University of Texas at Austin

Erik Archibald, UT Fire Research Group, University of Texas at Austin

Erik Archibald is an expert in explosions, lithium-ion battery hazards and fire dynamics. Erik's recent research has been evaluating lithium-ion battery caused fires and explosions for firefighter safety. Erik has conducted lithium-ion battery fire and explosion experiments from single cell to room scale. Erik has experience as a structural engineer designing buildings to resist explosions and impact. Erik has also served as a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania and Mississippi.

Rakan Ashour, PhD, Senior Process Development Engineer, Koura

Rakan is a senior engineer at Koura (an Orbia Business). He currently leads technology and product development of graphite anode materials at Koura. Prior to that, he was a scientist at Boston Metal, developing and scaling up processes for valuable metals extraction from industrial waste through molten oxide electrolysis. Rakan holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Rochester.

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.

Kimberly Berman, Senior Consultant, SFA Oxford

Kimberly recently joined SFA Oxford (UK) as Principal Consultant, specializing in energy transition materials and related commodities and has researched, written/co-written and published numerous major papers and reports on lithium-ion and next-gen battery technologies, alternative fuels, electric vehicles, stationary power storage and the deglobalisation of battery supply chains. Previously, she worked at BMO Capital Markets and developed the firm’s proprietary industry knowledge around energy transition technologies and completed a short term contract for the World Bank to develop battery raw material policy recommendations for the DRC and the cobalt industry.

Adam Best, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing

Dr. Adam Best received his PhD from Monash University, Australia in 2002 before completing a post-doctoral Fellowship at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Dr. Best joined CSIRO in 2004 and is currently a Principal Research Scientist with the Metal Industries Program of CSIRO Manufacturing. Adam was Co-Chair of the International Battery Association (IBA) meeting held in Brisbane, Australia, in 2014 and is currently the Co-Chair for the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB) 2022 to be held in Sydney Australia. In 2017, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study battery electrolytes and how to develop a battery industry in Australia. Adam leads several battery research programs developing novel electrolytes and battery concepts including for next-generation lithium batteries with a range of Australian and International Companies and is also the R&D Advisor for Energy Renaissance, Australia's first lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Due to Australia’s mineral wealth, Adam is passionate about the opportunities for Australian industry to be part of the global battery value chain and works to connect them locally and globally.

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

Mechanical engineer by training, has worked in operations and improvement at BHP in upstream resources (coal, copper, uranium, gold/silver) as well as at Tesla building out Giga Texas manufacturing. Currently working in Rivian Cell Engineering focusing on both current generation as well as next-generation manufacturing technologies.

Liminal Insights, Inc.

Shaurjo Biswas, CTO, Technology, Liminal Insights, Inc.

Shaurjo Biswas is the CTO and co-founder 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 Ph.D. 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.

Cushman & Wakefield

Benton Blaine, Managing Director, Total Workplace - Site Selection, Cushman & Wakefield

Professional Expertise

As a Managing Director Benton performs site selection for some of the worlds largest companies in both the United States and Canada.  His expertise with site selection, incentives negotiation, and public-private partnerships provided value added services to a range of internal company stakeholders, including finance, operations, real estate, government relations and tax.  Additionally, he offers a depth of experience analysing locations for companies across 40+ U.S. states with a focus on achieving secured capital savings, mitigating risk, and reducing initial or reoccurring operational costs on behalf of clients.  Benton served as a Vice President at a national lobbying firm, Senior Manager at a “Big Four” accounting firm, a licensed real estate broker and a member of a Fortune 500 company’s real estate legal team.


Industries Served

Significant experience working with companies in the battery, chemical, manufacturing, food processing, and fintech sectors in matters pertaining HQ, and back office site selection and incentives negotiations.

Client engagements include advising Fortune 500 utilities on the tax and public relations implications of their generation and HQ / back-office footprint. He also has negotiated incentives for over $5B in new utility-scale renewables.


Major Transactions

Benton has successfully orchestrated inbound projects from countries such as China, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, among others.


Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ

Shou-Hang Bo, PhD, Professor, Global Institute of Future Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Dr. Shou-Hang Bo is currently a full professor at Global Institute of Future Technology, and an adjunct professor at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before joining Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2017, Dr. Bo obtained his BS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Fudan University (2009) and Stony Brook University (2014), respectively. He was a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2014 to 2017. His research interests include solid-state electrolytes, interfaces and imaging of solid-state batteries. In recognition of his scientific contribution to solid-state batteries, Dr. Bo was selected into the Finalists in Energy for the 2017 World Technology Award, and received the Next-Generation Battery Technology Award in 2020.

RWTH Aachen Univ

Gerrit Bockey, Research Associate, Battery Production Technology, RWTH Aachen University

Gerrit Bockey is an employee of PEM Motion and a research associate at the PEM of RWTH Aachen University. His research work focuses on the development and optimization of equipment for the production of electrodes for next-generation battery cells. In parallel, he manages the news service provider Battery-News and is mainly responsible for the market analysis as well as the transparent presentation of all information and companies in the Battery Atlas. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at RWTH Aachen University with a focus on product development. Before his studies, he did an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic.

SAFT America Inc

Jason Boyer, Head of Defense and High Performance Racing Program, Aerospace Defense Performance Division, SAFT America, Inc.

No bio available.

Cambridge EnerTech

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

Mary Ann Brown joined Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) in 1992 as a Data Entry Associate. At that time CHI was a start-up company with many roles to fill and explore. She quickly realized that conference production which combined creativity, love of learning, and sharing scientific research was the path for her. Mary Ann’s conference portfolio is varied from biologics to batteries where she is organizes over 15 scientific meetings a year along with being a Team Lead for several Key Events. Mary Ann graduated from Doane College in 1978 with degrees in Biology, Environmental Studies, and Geology.

Wayne Cai, PhD, Technical Fellow, Manufacturing Systems Research Lab, General Motors

Dr. Wayne Cai is a Technical Fellow at General Motors Global R&D Center in Warren, Michigan, USA. His research area is advanced manufacturing technologies, where mechanics, materials, and mathematics (statistics) are used to optimize manufacturing processes and systems for improved quality, reliability, and reduced cost. He is well-recognized for innovations with over 40 granted patents and many GM trade-secrets inventions. He authored over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, one book on Li-ion battery manufacturing, and is a frequently invited speaker at a variety of industrial and academic forums. Dr. Cai was Chair of SAE Hybrid Electric Vehicle Committee, Chair of ASME Manufacturing Process Technical Committee, and associated Chair of North American Manufacturing Research Institute. He is serving or has served as associate editor for a number of prestigious ASME, SME, and SAE research journals. Dr. Cai received his PhD from University of Michigan, and is a Fellow of ASME and SAE.


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.

Eric Chiang, Manager, Electrical Engineering, R&D, Abbott

Univ of Texas Dallas

Kyeongjae Cho, PhD, Professor, Material Science & Engineering, University of Texas, Dallas

KJ Cho is currently working as a full professor in the Materials Science and Engineering and Physics Departments at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has received Frederich E. Terman Award from the Packard Foundation in 1997, and he was elected as a Fellow in the Institute of Physics in 2004. He was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016. His main area of research and teaching is multiscale modeling and simulation of nanoscale materials with the goal of realizing the vision of ‘Materials by Design.” The modeling methods include atomistic and quantum simulations. Structure-property relationships of nanomaterials are the main focus of modeling research. Research topics include clean energy materials (battery, fuel cell and pollution control catalysts) and electronic device materials (2D materials, oxides and III-V semiconductors). He has published more than 355 journal articles and 44 conference papers (SCI: h-index = 62, total citation = 20,022; SCOPUS: h-index = 64, total citation = 22,136; Google Scholar: h-index = 72, total citation = 28,417). He has edited one book and published one book chapter. He has 7 US patents awarded.

Beneq Oy

Andrew Cook, Dr., Application Manager, Beneq Oy

Andrew joined Beneq in October 2021 as a Process Development Engineer. He 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, as well as wet coating technologies. Andrew has worked across multi-collaborative R&D projects, 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 PhD 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 “Earth-abundant Cathode Active Materials” (EaCAM) consisting of ~70 scientists and engineers across 6 national laboratories.

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 BSc from Dalhousie University (1978) and his PhD 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 thus far. Dahn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

NASA Johnson Space Ctr

Eric 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.

Colorado Springs Fire Dept

Jimmy DeChant, HazMat Specialist, Colorado Springs Fire Department

Jimmy has served the community of Colorado Springs as a member of the Fire Department assigned to the Hazardous Materials company, and the regional Lithium-ion battery task force. As a leader of the task force, he has helped to prepare and provide awareness to the public, including emergency responders, on how to handle, mitigate, and package battery devices in emergency operations. The task force brings together stakeholders from multiple areas of our community including the Fire Marshalls office, code enforcement, fire operations, fire training division, and other regional partners to develop robust awareness and education on this topic. Over his 20-year career in the fire service he has seen countless changes and operational shifts. However, nothing has been as pivotal to the change in operations as the injection of lithium-ion powered devices in our everyday world. These devices have changed the face of firefighting and the conversation around how to move forward in this ever-changing industry. Jimmy’s unique experience in the private and public sector includes Firefighter, Paramedic, Health Safety & Risk Manager, and FEMA HazMat Specialist. These roles have given him a unique competencies and an informed perspective on the challenges facing first responders regarding the management of lithium-ion battery incidents. There is a tremendous amount of research to digest regarding this topic. The identification of current best practices that will apply to the whole of the fire and emergency services is his driving desire to keep responders and the public safe. Depending on the devices involved in the incident management, packaging and mitigation will have drastically different operations many of which require equipment that comes with great financial obligation. Jimmy believes that the focus needs to be on supporting and providing guidance for all first responders. A vast majority of responders will not have the financial means to purchase specialty equipment to manage these incidents. Thus, education for responders and operational guidelines must support all agencies as these events are not geographically limited to those with robust mitigation capabilities. A collaborative approach, focusing on data driven research to identify resources, operational guidelines, and the development of future safety devices for responders is the goal. This requires the assistance from researchers, engineers, and manufacturers of lithium-ion powered devices. Ultimately, collaboration leads to reduced risk for first responders and a safer community for the people they serve.

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.

Octet Scientific

Emily Dickens, Chief Commercial Officer, Octet Scientific

Emily Dickens, the Chief Commercial Officer at Octet Scientific, brings to the table a diverse background in battery research with work in iron flow, lithium sulfur, and most recently, zinc-based batteries. Her multifaceted experience position her as a prominent driving force behind Octet's innovative electrolyte additive solutions for energy storage. Emily's leadership at Octet has played a pivotal role in steering product development for the company's pioneering electrolyte additive products. Her expertise extends across product development, market analysis, and the cultivation of client relationships, resulting in the establishment of over 30 successful partnerships. With a robust background in business and a Master's in Engineering and Management, Emily bridges the gap between technical and commercial aspects, providing a unique perspective into the zinc battery industry and offering valuable insights into Octet's transformative contributions to this dynamic industry.

Oak Ridge Natl Lab

Zhijia Du, PhD, R&D Staff Scientist, Electrification & Energy Infrastructures, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Zhijia Du is currently a R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He joined ORNL in 2015 followed by a 2-year Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University. His current research interests are electrolyte development for fast charging of Li-ion batteries, novel processing technologies for low-cost, high energy density Li-ion cells, solid electrolyte design and formulation, operando analysis of ion intercalating compounds, etc.

Netzsch Pumps North America LLC

Tom Evans, Market Development Manager, Netzsch Pumps North America LLC

Mona Faraji-Niri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Energy Systems, Energy Innovation Centre, University of Warwick

No bio available.

Univ of Maryland College Park

Hosam K. Fathy, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park

No bio available.

CHASM Advanced Materials

Michael Fetcenko, Executive Chairman, CHASM Advanced Materials

Michael Fetcenko became Executive Chairman for Sion Power in April 2019, after retiring from BASF after 38 years. He was President of Ovonic Battery Company, the inventor of NiMH batteries, when acquired by BASF in 2012. He became Managing Director of BASF Battery Materials, North America, before taking on Director of Global Licensing responsibilities. He is an inventor with over 70 patents and 100 publications in the NiMH and Li-ion field. He is an expert in patents and licensing, with over 40 NiMH licenses, and leads the successful Argonne National Laboratory NCM patent enforcement and licensing effort, which resulted in 14 licenses and sub-licenses. He has led R&D, scale-up, and commercialization, and has had P&L responsibilities. His inventions are used in all NiMH batteries for consumer, stationary, and hybrid vehicle applications, such as the iconic Toyota Prius with over 30 million vehicles on the road. He has served on the Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee for Sion Power since 2012, a leader in advanced ultra-high energy lithium battery systems, including protected metallic lithium anodes for Li-Ion batteries.

University of Picardie Jules Verne

Alejandro A. Franco, PhD, Professor, Reactivity & Chemistry of Solids Lab, University of Picardie Jules Verne

Prof. Alejandro A. Franco is Full Professor at the Universite de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). He is also Honorary Member of the Institut Universitaire de France and the leader of the Theory Open Platform at the ALISTORE European Research Institute. He holds an ERC consolidator grant for his project ARTISTIC (https://www.erc-artistic.eu/) on the digitalization of battery manufacturing processes based on multiscale modeling and artificial intelligence. He recently won an ERC Proof of Concept grant for his project SMARTISTIC on the assistance of battery manufacturers using digital technologies. He is/was involved in multiple projects dealing with the use of digitalization to assist battery R&D (e.g. EU PULSELION, EU BIG MAP, EU HELIS, EU POROUS4APP, and bilateral projects between Prof. Franco's group and industry). He is the Chairman of the Expert Group “Digitalization, Measurement Methods and Quality” in the LiPLANET battery manufacturing network and he won the French Prize for Pedagogy Innovation 2019 for his use of Virtual Reality to teach battery sciences. He is the author of more than 130 scientific articles and of more than 110 invited lectures in international conferences.


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.

University of California Los Angeles

Rajit Gadh, PhD, Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) and Founder and Director of the UCLA Connected Autonomous Electric Vehicle Program or CAEV. Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur all in engineering. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.

Lithium Americas Corporation

Yuan Gao, Independent Board Director, Nano One

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.

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.

Univ of Cambridge

Clare P. Grey, PhD, Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor, Chemistry, University of Cambridge

No bio available.


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.

Nicolas Guillet, PhD, Research Engineer, CEA Liten

No bio available.


Michael Harenbrock, PhD, Principal Expert, Engineering Electric Mobility, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH

Michael Harenbrock holds the position of Principal Expert, Electric Mobility at MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, a global leader in filtration solutions for the automotive industry. After receiving his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from WWU Munster in 1994, he worked in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry before joining MANN+HUMMEL in 1998 as Manager Materials Development Filter. Further positions in the company included Manager, Advanced Development Filtration Transportation and Manager, Advanced Development Electric Mobility & Fuel Cells. He has worked on fuel cell and battery projects since 2010. Through market and technology monitoring, he identifies the need for new innovative filtration solutions for Electric Mobility, and coordinates their related activities worldwide. International networking and collaboration in industry organizations are essential parts of his work. His passion is for Clean Transport - helping to protect man and environment from transport-related emissions.

Steve He, PhD, Manager, Cell Development, Tesla Motors

Steve He has been working at the nexus of materials science and battery development at Tesla since 2016. He is currently an engineering manager at Tesla for cell product development, focusing on designing and developing the 4680 form factor and dry electrode technologies. Steve holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Caltech (2010) and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford (2015).

EVE Energy North America

Ted Hoying, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, EVE Energy North America

Iowa State Univ

Chao Hu, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

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.

Amazon Ring

Ray Huang, Head, Product Introduction, Amazon Ring

Rho Motion

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.


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.

Virginia Irwin Klausmeier, President & CEO, Sylvatex

Virginia Klausmeier is the President and CEO of Sylvatex, Inc., a venture backed climate tech company that she founded in 2012. With her background in chemistry and engineering, Virginia has been leading technical and business teams for the last 15 years. She is currently an active collaborator at the national labs, reviewer for scientific awards and grants, and advising climate tech and minority led organizations. She is a fellow of All Raise and Unreasonable Group, as well as a member of Alliance of CEOs, Astia, and E2. Virginia attended University of Oregon earning her B.S. in Chemistry/Economics, M.S. in Engineering, and Executive Program at Singularity University.

UL Research Institutes

Judy 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 27 years of experience in the area of batteries and a primary focus on the lithium-ion chemistry, she specializes in battery safety research, including safety trends in aged lithium-ion cells and modules, thermal runaway propagation in lithium battery systems, characterizing fire and fire suppressants for lithium-ion batteries, and consumer battery safety. Dr. Jeevarajan serves in the Technical Working Group for standards organizations such as UL Standards & Engagement (ULSE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). From 1998 until 2003, Dr. Jeevarajan worked for Lockheed Martin Space Operations at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. In 2003, she started her work as a NASA civil servant, serving as the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology. Dr. Jeevarajan has several awards to her credit, including the noteworthy NASA Exceptional Service Medal and NASA-NESC Engineering Excellence Award. She has been an active advocate of battery safety at meetings and conferences. She has also authored or co-authored several book chapters, including the “Battery Safety” chapter in Elsevier’s publication titled “Safety Design for Space Systems” in March 2009 (first edition) and July 2023 (second edition), and the “Managing of Risk by Manufacturers of Consumer Equipment” chapter in Elsevier’s “Electrochemical Power Sources: Fundamentals, Systems, and Applications” in September 2018. She continues to contribute to many journal publications and articles. She 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).

Oregon State Univ

David Xiulei Ji, Professor, Chemistry, Oregon State University

Prof. Xiulei “David” Ji is the Bert and Emelyn Christensen Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. His research interests pertain to the design principles of battery chemistry for energy storage. He has been a Highly Cited Researcher of the Web of Science Group since 2019, with total citations of over 36,000 and an H-index of 83 (Google Scholar). He received the NSF CAREER Award (2016). He was a Scialog Fellow by Research Corporation for Science Advancement. He is currently an Associate Editor of Carbon Energy, a Wiley journal. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from Jilin University in 2003 and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in 2009. During 2010-2012, he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

University of Cincinnati

Jianbing "Jimmy" Jiang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Jimmy Jiang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Jiang earned his B.S. from Jiangnan University in 2007 and M.S. from East China University of Science and Technology in 2010. He obtained his PhD from North Carolina State University (advisor: Jonathan Lindsey) working on tetrapyrrole compounds for energy applications. In 2015, he joined Yale University as a Postdoctoral Associate and then an Associate Research Scientist at Yale Energy Sciences Institute, working with Professors Gary Brudvig and Robert Crabtree on organometallic materials. His current research focuses on electrocatalysis and electrochemical energy storage.

UL Solutions

Ibrahim Jilani, Global Director, Consumer Technology, UL Solutions

Ibrahim Jilani has been with UL Solutions for close to 18 years and serves as the Global Director & Industry Leader for Consumer Technology. His role includes leading and developing UL in new technology and innovation for AR/VR/MR equipment, Audio/Video, Batteries, Consumer Electronics, Consumer/Commercial Robots, Data Centers, Electronic Controls, Information Technology, Laser/LED, Micromobility, & Printed Circuits. Mr. Jilani serves UL’s mission and the market’s needs by addressing global industry matters, such as mitigating risk through product evaluation, testing and certification. He represents UL in a variety of industry trade groups and a key contact for manufacturers, regulators, retailers and other product safety and regulatory stakeholders within the United States as well as around the world. Ibrahim is a five-time winner of UL’s Mark of Excellence award given to UL employees who have addressed global industry challenges. He has a master’s degree in computer engineering from University of Illinois and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Maxell Corporation of America

Genyo Kaneko, Chief Engineer, Energy Products Division OEM Battery Group, Maxell Corporation of America

In 2007, Genyo Kaneko joined Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. (Maxell, Ltd.), as a member of Design of Primary batteries.  From 2016 to 2017, he was transferred to the development department, engaged in the design and development of Lithium-free Safety button-type rechargeable batteries, and improved their pretreatment process. Since 2022, he joined Maxell Corporation of America, as a Chief Engineer, Energy Products Division OEM Battery Group


Kang Kang, Senior Battery Engineer, Microsoft

Working as senior battery engineer for Microsoft AR/VR group. Before that, I worked at AWS for one year building software infrastructure for batteries and nine years at Texas Instruments in applications/systems engineering for battery gas gauge ICs.

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.

Sila Nanotechnologies

Kurt Kelty, Vice President, Automotive, Sila Nanotechnologies, Inc.

Kurt Kelty is the VP of Automotive at Sila Nanotechnologies, a battery materials company that enables lighter, higher energy density lithium-ion batteries for mass adoption of electric vehicles, longer-lasting portable electronics, and broader use of renewable power sources. Kelty brings more than 25 years of experience in the battery industry, including 11 years at Tesla, where he most recently served as Senior Director of Battery Technology. There he was responsible for leading numerous key initiatives, including setting the company’s battery cell usage strategy, delivering the batteries implemented in the Roadster, Model S/X and Model 3, and leading partnerships and material sourcing efforts at the Gigafactory, among many others. Prior to Tesla, Kelty was Director of Business Development at Panasonic, where he founded the U.S. battery R&D lab. Kelty holds a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science from Stanford.

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.

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.

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).

Chemours Co

Dennis Kountz, PhD, Senior Scientist & Global Applications Development Engineer, Advanced Performance Materials, The Chemours Company

Dennis Kountz received an AB degree in Physics & Chemistry from Wittenberg University, and MS and PhD degrees in Physical Chemistry from the Ohio State University followed by an MBA degree from Pfeiffer University. He rose through multiple technical, marketing and management positions in DuPont’s fibers & composites, high temperature superconductivity and fuel cells businesses. He was a visiting scientist for five years at the Carolina Medical Center. He also led the team that won the 2008 U.S. DoD Wearable Power Prize. After 31 years at DuPont, he joined Chemours in 2015 continuing his DuPont codes & standards work on fluoropolymer materials utilized in communications, semiconductor, and energy application areas. Today Dennis leads the Open Innovation process for Chemours battery efforts in its recently launched Electric Vehicle Venture. He continues to be a named subject matter expert for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances being examined by various international standards bodies.

Cadenza Innovation Inc

Christina Lampe-Onnerud, PhD, Founder and CEO, Cadenza Innovation

Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud is renowned for developing and commercializing lithium-ion batteries for the portable electronics, electric vehicle, commercial and industrial, and utility markets. She is the Founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation, a startup whose UL-listed ‘supercell’ architecture enables a new generation of safer, lower-cost, higher-performing batteries. Previously, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud was Founder, CEO and International Chairman of Boston-Power. She grew the battery startup into a global organization with $360+ million in funding, Beijing and Boston technology centers, and multiple Asia-based manufacturing locations. Earlier, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud held executive positions with Bridgewater Associates and Arthur D. Little, where she led the world’s largest non-captive battery lab. Dr. Lampe-Onnerud is the only two-time World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and recently chaired WEF’s Global Future Council on Energy Technologies. A member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, she holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University and conducted post-doctoral work at MIT.

Associated Environmental Systems

Robert Laudisi, Applications/Mechanical Engineer, Associated Environmental Systems

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Minah Lee, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Energy Storage Research Center, KIST

Minah Lee is a Senior Research Scientist of Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST). Prior to joining KIST, she received Her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from KAIST and moved to Stanford University to pursue her postdoctoral research. Her research is focused on tailoring organic materials and interfaces in rechargeable batteries to enable accelerated adoption of sustainable energy technologies.

Hanwha Corporation

Hyeong Seob Lee, Senior Vice President of R&D Center, Hanwha Corporation/Momentum

Senior Manager (Production Engineer) at Samsung SDI (1996~2016) Senior Vice President of R&D Center at Hanwha Corporation (2016 ~ )

Voltaiq Inc

Eli Leland, PhD, CTO and Co-Founder, Voltaiq, Inc.

Dr. Eli Leland is a Voltaiq co-founder and serves as the company’s Chief Technical Officer. Prior to Voltaiq, Eli worked at the CUNY Energy Institute as lead engineer on an ARPA-E energy storage and power conversion research project. Before CUNY, Dr. Leland worked at Trilogy Software, where he successfully deployed large-scale enterprise software systems to Fortune 500 companies. He was a Mirzayan Policy Fellow in Energy and Environmental Systems at the National Academies in Washington, DC. Eli has an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton.

US Department of Transportation

Andrew Leyder, Program Analyst, Research, Development & Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation

Andrew "Andy" Leyder is the Acting Chief of the Research, Development & Technology (RD&T) Branch within the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline, and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, at the U.S. Department of Transportation. As Acting Chief, he oversees multiple research projects focusing on packaging integrity, risk management and mitigation, safe transportation of batteries, and emerging technology. Mr. Leyder and his staff work to implement the agency's research goals manage the research budget, and work with subject matter experts to initiate new research projects. Mr. Leyder also collaborates with leaders across the federal government and various stakeholders to maximize the branch's activities and engagement initiatives. Before joining the RD&T branch, Mr. Leyder was the Program Analyst under the Data, Risk, and Analytics Branch. He held various roles working on process improvements and assisting with building the Quality Management System to collect Hazardous Material Incident Reports. Mr. Leyder holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Albion College (Albion, Michigan), a Master's in Public Administration and Policy from American University, and a Master's in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C).

SC Insights

Andrew Leyland, Co-Founder & Managing Director, SC Insights

Andrew has advised many leading OEMs and Oil & Gas companies on how to react to the rapid growth in Li-ion battery deployment, both in electric vehicles and energy storage systems. This includes advice on contract structures, commercial terms and direct investment into the sector. He has over 20 years of experience in the metals, mining, and chemicals industry as an analyst and consultant, and has held roles as Head of Forecasts & Consulting at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Director at Wood Mackenzie, and Associate Director and Senior Commodities Analyst at VTB Capital. Supply Chain Insights maintains industry-wide models and forecasts, providing both data and advisory solutions to those involved in and looking to invest in the battery sector. This includes input to Lenders Market Reports, Due Diligence Projects, and Feasibility Studies. He holds a MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Pacific Northwest Natl Lab

Guosheng Li, PhD, Senior Scientist, Battery Chemistry & Electrochemistry Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Guosheng Li is presently a Senior Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He earned his BS degree from Tsing Hua University in 1996 and subsequently achieved both his MS and PhD degrees in Physical Chemistry from KyungHee University. Following this, he completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California (USC) before joining PNNL in 2007. Dr. Li has a wide-ranging knowledge base spanning Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Catalysis, and Spectroscopic Characterization. His current role involves leading various battery research and development programs at PNNL, with support from the Department of Energy. His research is primarily centered on materials development, battery design, and validation for grid energy storage applications. Of particular interest are the development and understanding of advanced electrolytes, synthesis of cathode materials, elucidating reaction mechanisms for cathodes, and addressing various interfacial challenges encountered in rechargeable batteries. He has fostered robust collaborations with industry partners, focusing on grid battery scale-up and module testing to enhance comprehension of battery reliability and degradation in large battery modules under more realistic grid service conditions. His contributions to the field are reflected in the publication of over 80 research papers in various prestigious journals, and he holds 7 US patents with numerous US patent applications.

TexPower EV Technologies

Wangda Li, PhD, Founder & CTO, TexPower EV Technologies

Manz USA, Inc.

Marco Liberati, PhD, Technical Director, Mobility & Battery Solutions, Manz USA, Inc.

Marco Liberati is the Technical Director for the Mobility and Battery Solutions at Manz USA, Inc. Previously a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab studying complex oxides, he moved to the Lithium Battery world in 2011. Since then, Marco is involved in all three cell formats and modules as far as manufacturing processes (laser cutting of electrodes and separator, lamination, winding and etc.), data analysis and technology innovation.

Evonik Corporation

Victor Lifton, PhD, Technical Director, Evonik Corporation

Victor Lifton is a Technical Director for Evonik Corporation in Piscataway, NJ, where he is responsible for supporting the use of novel metal oxides additives in Li-ion battery manufacturing, amongst other industrial application.  He has been with Evonik Corporation for 12 years and prior to that he worked for a start-up in the LIB space and at Bell Laboratories developing microelectronic and energy storage devices.  He has a Ph.D. degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Materials Science. 

Solid Energies Inc

Timothy Zhig Lin, PhD, CTO, Solid Energies, Inc.

Mr. Timothy Lin, with a PhD in material science from University of California, Irvine (2000), is an IEEE senior member and the founder/CEO of Solid Energies, Inc. (Anaheim, CA). SEI has operated its business since 2017, focusing on the research, manufacturing and commercialization of new-generation solid-state battery. Dr. Lin is a veteran scientist and entrepreneur in developing and commercializing new generation renewable/clean energy technologies for over 20 years, having founded 3 companies including SEI and Bioenno Tech. Since 2009, his team has received more than 20 grants from federal agencies including DoE/DoD/NASA, and has cooperated with a number of companies including Boeing and Lockheed Martin on multiple projects related with all-solid-state lithium-ion battery (ASSB). Recently, his team received a 3-year project granted from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish an initial commercial manufacturing of ASSB directed toward the mass-production for potential applications in renewable energy and electric vehicles.

Toyota Research Institute of N America

Chen Ling, PhD, Principal Scientist, Toyota Research Institute of North America

Dr. Chen Ling graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and joined Toyota Motor North America in 2011. As the senior principal scientist, he is currently leading the materials simulation and informatics team to support Toyota’s research and development of cutting-edge technologies for the next generation of mobility. His research interests lie in applying artificial intelligence in combination with materials experimentation and simulation to solve energy-related challenges, including materials and device design for batteries, fuel cells, water electrolysis and CO2 reduction. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and holds more than 35 patents.

University of Kansas

Lin Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas

Dr. Lin Liu received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2011, and subsequently spent one and a half years as a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before joining The University of Kansas in 2013. Dr. Liu’s research focuses on the development of new theoretical models to predict both the electrochemical performance and the reliability of energy conversion and storage devices, such as solid-state fuel cells and Lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Liu and his students are also developing new fabrication techniques to synthesize materials and cell components. He has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Liu also has industrial experience at General Motors and The Stanley Works. Currently, the research in Dr. Liu’s group has been supported by NSF, NASA, and the Kansas Board of Regents.

Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Gao Liu, PhD, Group Leader, Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Dr. Gao Liu is a Senior Scientist and Group Leader of the Applied Energy Materials Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Liu has over 20 years of experience in developing materials and system engineering for electrical energy storage. Liu’s research combines synthetic chemistry, composite engineering and electrochemistry to solve interdisciplinary problems in energy generation, storage and usage. The Dr. Liu’s lab uses advanced diagnostics to understand fundamental and critical issues in energy systems, and synthetic techniques to develop new materials that improve overall system performance. Dr. Liu pioneered the multifunctional conductive polymer adhesive research. Dr. Liu’s electrode binder research contributes to the fundamental understanding of behaviors of the polymeric binder in the composite electrode, and leads to rational design of functional electrode binders for new storage chemistries. Dr. Liu’s ongoing research in energy storage covers electrode binders, silicon, sulfur and lithium metal materials, electrode engineering, electrolytes and additives, and solid-state conductors. Besides energy storage research, Dr. Liu also performs materials and engineering research in building resiliency, circular economy, and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Liu has over 190 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 granted patents.

US Naval Research Lab

Corey T. Love, PhD, Materials Research Engineer, Alternative Energy & Chemistry, US Naval Research Lab

Dr. Corey T. Love is a Senior Materials Research Engineer and Battery Team Lead in the Alternative Energy Section of the Chemistry Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. He is a subject matter expert to the Navy for battery performance and safety. He leads and serves on multiple interagency working groups across government.

Pacific Northwest Natl Lab

Dongping Lu, PhD, Chief Scientist, Electrochemical Materials & Systems Group, Pacific Northwest National Lab

Dr. Lu is a materials scientist in Battery Materials and Systems group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Dr. Lu’s research interest is material and electrolyte development for energy storage as well as in-depth mechanism analysis through advanced in-situ/ex-situ techniques. Currently, he is focusing on the development of high energy lithium-sulfur and solid batteries including new materials, fundamental understanding, and pouch cell design and demonstration. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (Electrochemistry) at Xiamen University, China in 2011. Dr. Lu has more than 40 papers published in peer-reviewed professional journals and holds 6 granted and pending U.S. Patents.

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.

National Research Council Canada

Dean D. MacNeil, PhD, Senior Research Officer, National Research Council Canada

Dean currently leads a team on abuse, performance and integration of energy storage technologies at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. Dean received his PhD from Dalhousie University studying the reaction at elevated temperatures of Li-ion electrode materials and has since held a variety research positions in Industry, academia and government since then. He is currently active in developing new standards (ISO) and regulations (UNECE) for lithium-ion batteries in the transportation sector as well as directing the research activities of his team within thermal evaluations, modelling and integration of batteries in a variety of applications.

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.

Ford Motor Company

Alvaro Masias, Supervisor, Cell Technology Research, Ford Motor Co.

Dr. Masias is a Cell Technology Research Supervisor in Ford Motor Company's Battery Cell Research Department and has worked on the research and development of lithium batteries since 2002. His past research has focused on battery materials, analysis, and safety, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), and various universities. His current research focus is on solid-state lithium metal batteries, with an emphasis on the mechanical, safety, and life properties of lithium metal. Dr. Masias is a member of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Technical Advisory Committee. He holds engineering degrees from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan.

Intel Corporation

Naoki Matsumura, Principal Engineer, Intel

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.

Khalifa University

Ahmad Mayyas, PhD, Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Khalifa University

Dr. Mayyas is assistant professor of industrial and system engineering. He joined Khalifa University in fall 2018. Before that Dr. Mayyas worked as a clean energy systems analyst at the national renewable energy laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He is currently involved in R&D activities for composite materials, design and manufacturing of fuel cells, water electrolysis, and li-ion batteries. Dr. Mayyas got his Msc and a Ph.D. in Automotive Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. After graduation in 2012, Dr. Mayyas worked as a research fellow in the University of California-Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he worked with a team of senior researchers on developing a techno-economic analysis for stationary fuel cells. Dr. Mayyas also got his MBA in managing for sustainability from the University of Colorado in 2018. Dr. Mayyas has authored and co-authored more than 75 journal publications and technical reports.


Laura McCalla, Principal Scientist, Battery Research & Technology, Medtronic

Laura McCalla is a principal battery scientist within the research and technology organization of Medtronic Energy and Component Center. There, she leads and works on a wide variety of rechargeable battery projects for medical devices. She has over 12 years of experience in lithium-ion batteries, and received her PhD in Physics at Dalhousie University, where she developed the methodology of using isothermal microcalorimetry to study parasitic reactions in lithium-ion batteries.

Virginia Tech

Ali Mehrizi-Sani, PhD, Associate Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

Dr. Ali Mehrizi-Sani received the PhD degree from the University of Toronto in 2011 and the BSc degree from Sharif University of Technology in 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. He is a senior editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and an associate editor of the same journal as well as IEEE Power Engineering Letters and IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution. Among his recognitions are the 2023 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Fellow List, 2018 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and 2017 IEEE Mac E. Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award. He has been awarded two patents related to microgrids, published more than 160 refereed articles, and received more than $10M in funding.

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, Fellow, IEEE & SAE; Distinguished Professor, 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 PhD degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, all in electrical engineering. Previously he was an electrical engineer with General Electric Canada, Inc. He also served as the CTO of 1Power Solutions and EV Safe Charge 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 served as an editor, editor-in-chief, area editor, and editor of over 20 journals and special issues of IEEE Transactions, He has served as the general chair or program chair of over 20 conferences. He has published more than 350 journal and conference papers, owns 20+ issued and pending patents, and delivered over 200 keynote speeches worldwide.

Celina Mikolajczak, Chief Battery Technology Officer, Lyten

Celina Mikolajczak is the Chief Battery Technology Officer at Lyten, prior to that, Celina was the Chief Manufacturing Officer at QuantumScape, responsible for bringing QuantumScape's technology to mass production. Previously, Celina was a member of the board of directors at QuantumScape and the Vice President of Engineering and Battery Technology at Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA), which produces Li-ion cells for Tesla at the Gigafactory near Reno, NV. Celina has 20 years of experience in the battery industry which includes filling a variety of roles ranging from developing safety tests and failure analysis techniques, leading cell quality activities, conducting cell materials development, developing battery regulatory frameworks, and leading design of li-ion battery packs at Exponent, Tesla, and Uber.

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Andrew Miller, COO, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Andrew Miller holds the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Ltd (Benchmark), a London-based market intelligence, consultancy and price reporting agency specializing in energy transition supply chains. Andrew oversees Benchmark's supply chain research and analysis, which stretches from long-term forecasting of supply, demand, costs, and pricing, through to sustainability assessments and bespoke advisory projects for a cross section of industry and regulatory stakeholders. At Benchmark, Andrew regularly presents to leading market participants, government bodies and industry forums, while also travelling to active mines, processing plants and manufacturing hubs across the world. He leads a global team of analysts and consultants and has advised some of the world’s leading institutional investors, auto OEMs, battery producers and mining companies. Prior to Benchmark, Andrew held a number of analyst positions across commodity research and finance, after graduating with a first-class honours degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, UK.

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.

Univ of Texas Austin

David Mitlin, PhD, David Allen Cockrell Professor in Engineering, University of Texas Austin

David Mitlin is a Cockrell Endowed Professor at the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, he was a Professor and General Electric Chair at Clarkson University, and an Assistant, Associate, and full Professor at the University of Alberta, Alberta Canada. Dr. Mitlin is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (top 0.1% by impact in field), having published about one hundred and seventy-five journal articles on various aspects of energy storage materials, metallurgy, and corrosion. He also holds twelve granted U.S. patents and fifteen more pending full applications, with all of them licensed currently or in the past.

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.

Toyota Research Institute of N America

John Muldoon, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Post Li Ion Battery Research, Toyota Research Institute of North America

Titan Advanced Energy Solutions

Shawn Murphy, Founder and CEO/CTO, Titan Advanced Energy Solutions

Jocelyn Newhouse, PhD, Director, Cell Performance, Form Energy

Jocelyn Newhouse, PhD, is the Director of Iron Battery R&D at Form Energy, leading a team of over 20 scientists and engineers focused on understanding and improving the electrochemical performance of Form Energy’s iron-air technology. Prior to joining Form Energy in 2019, Jocelyn was the Head of Next Generation Tech at Pellion Technologies, a lithium-metal battery startup. Jocelyn earned her PhD in Materials Science at MIT where she studied liquid metal batteries.

Paraclete Energy, Inc.

Jeff Norris, CEO, Paraclete Energy, Inc.

Jeff Norris, CEO and founder of Paraclete Energy, brings 20+ years of renewable energy storage expertise. Holding an M.S. from Duke, a B.S. from USC, and an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year title, Jeff is a seasoned serial entrepreneur who's secured $1B+ in financing and strategic deals. He steered a prior venture from concept to NASDAQ IPO with an outstanding 100:1 return. Jeff excels in launching disruptive technologies.

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.

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)

Florida State Univ

Bin Ouyang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida State University

Prof. Bin Ouyang is runs a group that emphasizes developing high-throughput computation, data mining, and machine learning tools to understand structural-property relationship and predictive synthesis of disordered energy materials.

Livent Corp

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.

Christina Peabody, Hardware Engineer, Google Inc.

Christina Peabody is the techincal lead for Datacenter IT UPS batteries and energy storage at Google. She is responsible for developing energy storage solutions for Google's critical IT infrastructure. Christina has over 8 years of experience developing data center battery solutions for high availability critical software systems. Christina earned a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

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.

RWTH Aachen Univ

Jan Felix Plumeyer, Research Associate, Battery Production Technology, RWTH Aachen University

Skeleton Technologies GmbH

Sebastian Pohlmann, PhD, Vice President, Automotive, Skeleton Technologies GmbH

Dr. Sebastian Pohlmann is the Vice President of Automotive and Business Development at Skeleton Technologies. He has been working on ultracapacitor technology for over 10 years and obtained his PhD from the University of Munster, Germany, and has so far authored and co-authored 9 publications on ultracapacitor technology. During his time at Skeleton Technologies, Dr. Pohlmann and his team have developed the highest energy density ultracapacitors to date, and today Dr. Pohlmann leads automotive sales and business development at Skeleton Technologies.

Argonne Natl Lab

Bryant 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.

Ascend Elements

Tomasz Poznar, PhD, Vice President, Strategy, Ascend Elements

Dr. Tomasz Poznar is the Vice President Strategy of Ascend Elements. He is responsible for all strategic initiatives including key collaborations, partnerships and joint technology development with vehicle OEM's and battery producers as well as leading company’s manufacturing expansion. Dr. Poznar has diverse industry experience in multiple functional areas, including strategy planning, product and new business development. He came to Ascend Elements (previously Battery Resourcers) from A123 Systems where he was responsible for corporate strategy and business development. Previous experience includes various executives’ roles and many years of lithium battery and vehicle electrification expertise at EnerDel, Delco Remy and Volvo.

Sandia National Labs

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

Yuliya Preger is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Group at Sandia National Labs. She earned her PhD and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MIT, respectively. Her current work is centered on the safety and reliability of batteries for grid-level energy storage applications. Her publications span battery degradation and abuse response, application of power electronics to energy storage safety, and system level energy storage safety analysis. Dr. Preger is co-founder of batteryarchive.org, the first public repository for visualization and comparison of lithium-ion battery degradation data across institutions, which has been used by thousands of individuals in academia and industry in over sixty countries. She is currently leading the revision of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan and the development of data collection requirements for DOE-funded energy storage projects across the US.

Umicore USA Inc

Robert Privette, Manager, Business Development, Rechargeable Battery Materials North America, Umicore

Rob Privette is responsible for Rechargeable Battery Material business development in North America. He has extensive experience developing and commercializing new products in the battery and fuel-cell industries. He earned his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has completed MBA coursework. Before rejoining Umicore in 2018, he was Vice President of Energy Markets at XG Sciences where he created and grew the company’s Energy Materials business targeting silicon/graphene anode materials and graphene-conductive additives for lithium-ion batteries. Prior to that, he was Product Development Director and U.S. Fuel Cell Development Director at Ovonic Energy Conversion Devices and Umicore Fuel Cells, respectively.

TotalEnergies Lubrifiants S.A.

Gerard Quoirin, PhD, TotalEnergies Lubrifiants S.A.

2004 - 2007 : PhD in material chemistry with a Lithium-ion battery specialty (LRCS Amiens, France)

2007 - 2009: research engineer at faculte polytechnique de Mons

2009 - 2014: responsible of battery development for electric and hybrid vehicle at Stellantis

2014 - 2020: Project Manager at Exide Technologies

2020 - now: battery specialist at TotalEnergies

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.

Wood Mackenzie

Max Reid, Research Analyst, Battery & Raw Materials, Wood Mackenzie

After starting his career in research science, Max joined Wood Mackenzie's Battery & Raw Materials Service to analyse global trends and supply-demand forecasts for Li-ion batteries and their raw materials.

Craig Rigby, Vice President, Technology, Clarios

Craig Rigby joined Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions) in 2007 and currently serves as the Vice President, Technology. Rigby has played a key role in developing business and product strategies to shape the rapid changes in automotive battery technology over the last decade by synthesizing an understanding of market drivers, customer strategies and emerging battery technology. He also leads the advanced engineering activities including technology scouting, product development partnerships, vehicle systems analysis and competitive product benchmarking. Rigby has held several leadership roles in Product Engineering and Product Management with Clarios as well as at Ford Motor Company where he was on the leadership team that launched the Escape Hybrid in 2004. Rigby holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Volta Energy Technologies

Kara Rodby, PhD, Technical Principal, Volta Energy Technologies

Kara Rodby has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. Her thesis centered on techno-economic analysis of aqueous redox flow battery chemistries for long-duration grid storage. She now works at Volta Energy Technologies, a venture capital firm with a scope covering energy storage hard tech. She runs technical due diligence on about half of Volta's deal flow, while also supporting the firm's investor relations, pipeline management, and portfolio support. She serves as a board observer to portfolio company Iontra, who is commercializing a hardware/software approach to charge control that extends cycle life, even under extreme charging conditions (e.g., fast or cold charging).

EC Power LLC

Eric Rountree, PhD, CEO, EC Power Group, Inc.

Eric Rountree is currently the head of special projects and the head of business development at EC Power. He holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and has research interests in general electrochemistry, lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical fuel generation, and electrochemical manufacturing techniques.

University of Limerick

Kevin M. Ryan, PhD, Chair, Chemical Nanotechnology, University of Limerick

Professor Kevin M. Ryan holds a Personal Chair in Chemical Nanotechnology at the Department of Chemical Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Limerick. He is coordinator of the H2020 EU projects Si-Drive and NEILLSBAT in the area of Li-ion and Lithium-Sulfur batteries, respectively. He is Co-Principal Investigator on SFI Centres MaREI and AMBER and funded Investigator on SSPC and Confirm. He is theme leader for the Molecular/Nano cluster at the Bernal Institute and holds SFI IVP and IRC Laureate awards. He is a native of Limerick and graduated with a BSc in 1999 and a PhD in 2003 in Chemistry from University College Cork. He subsequently held Marie Curie Fellowship positions at Merck Chemicals Southampton, UK and at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, prior to joining University of Limerick in 2006 as a Stokes Lecturer. He has published over 140academic papers with a h-index of 43 (Google Scholar) and holds several patents with research interests in semiconductor nanocrystals and nanowires for applications in electronic devices and batteries. His research group currently 5 postdoctoral researchers and 16 PhD students are based at the Bernal Institute (www.nanoresearchul.org).

Albemarle Corp

Apurba Sakti, PhD, Advisor, Data Science, Albemarle

Apurba Sakti is an advisor with the energy storage data science team at Albemarle Corporation. Prior to Albemarle, Apurba spent multiple years in academia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative (MITEI), where he was a principal investigator, and a co-lead of the future energy systems center’s (FESC’s) thrust area on energy storage and low-carbon fuels. Apurba has experience working with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington D.C., and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Zagreb, Croatia. Apurba earned his PhD in engineering and public policy (EPP) from Carnegie Mellon University. For more, see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/apurbasakti

AVL List GmbH

Gerald Sammer, PhD, Principal Business Development Manager, Integrated & Open Development Platform, AVL List GmbH

Dr. Gerald Sammer, Principal Business Development Manager at AVL, received a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering as well as a Ph.D. in Economics. 20+ years of experience in automotive technology with focus on lab solutions. Since 1999 member of the Technical Steering Committee in the automotive standardization body ASAM (www.asam.net).

Hernan Sanchez Casalongue, PhD, Principal, Battery and Consumer Electronics, Exponent

A chemist by training, Dr. Sanchez’s background encompasses both materials synthesis and characterization, specializing in the analysis of lithium-ion batteries and renewable energy catalytic processes. During his time at Exponent, Dr. Sanchez has worked on evaluating current and next-generation battery and energy storage technologies via quality analysis, performance and accelerated lifetime testing, cell design/materials evaluation and failure analysis. Dr. Sanchez is also skilled in a variety of both destructive and non-destructive characterization techniques, which he has applied to a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, chemicals, medical devices, transportation and aerospace. Besides his primary foci in high-resolution computed tomography X-ray (CT) scanning and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Dr. Sanchez also has extensive experience in various electrochemical (voltammetry, amperometry), microscopy (SEM/TEM, AFM), material properties (TGA, DSC, BET) and spectroscopic (XPS, XAS/XES, Auger, UV-Vis, Raman, XRD) techniques. On the synthesis side, Dr. Sanchez is knowledgeable in both hydrothermal and solution synthesis of macro, meso and nanostructured materials. Dr. Sanchez is experienced in the synthesis of carbon-metal composite nanomaterials on either graphene or carbon nanotubes for battery and super capacitor applications. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Sanchez led the first set of surface and chemically-sensitive in operando measurements on a working fuel cell through the use of Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (APXPS). Dr. Sanchez also applied this expertise to study water splitting for artificial photosynthesis as a part of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a Department of Energy (DOE) Innovations Hub.


Eiichi Sasaki, Application of Vacuum Technology to Next Generation Lithium Battery Manufacturing, Flat Panel Display, ULVAC Inc.

Eiichi Sasaki joined ULVAC since 2001 after graduating from Waseda University.

He is a Senior Manager at ULVAC Inc. and is responsible for Global Marketing

and Sales of Lithium-ion Battery and Display manufacturing equipment.

Argus Media Inc

Andrew Saucer, Market Reporter, Metal Commodities, Argus Media Inc.

Dimien Inc

Brian Schultz, PhD, CEO, Dimien

Dr. Brian J. Schultz is a materials scientist and the Founder & CTO of Dimien Inc., an emerging company focused on cathode innovation using vanadium oxide materials. Brian started Dimien after successfully earning his PhD in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the recipient of multiple million dollar federal and state small business grants over his tenure as CTO, in addition to numerous rounds of private capital financing. Dimien is focused on materials design, development, and commercialization of vanadium-based lithium-ion energy storage systems.

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.

Stephanie L. Shaw, PhD, Technical Executive, EPRI

Dr. Shaw develops strategic research directions, provides technical insight and expert support, and manages a portfolio of work on the environmental impacts of fossil fuel technologies, energy storage and renewable generation, deep decarbonization strategies, and emerging energy technologies. This covers air, water, and health impacts; life cycle assessment; and sustainability. Most recently she has co-created and leads a safety research portfolio for battery energy storage systems. Dr. Shaw received a B.S. in chemical engineering and a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Voltaiq Inc

Tal Sholklapper, PhD, 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.

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.

Southwest Research Institute

Ian Smith, Manager R&D, Electrified Powertrain, Southwest Research Institute

Mr. Smith is the manager of the Electrified Powertrain section in the Powertrain Engineering Division of Southwest Research Institute. He oversees a team of engineers focused on conducting testing, research, and development on lithium-ion batteries to improve safety, performance, and life. His team also conducts testing, research, and benchmarking of PEM fuel cell technologies as well as electric motors, inverters, and vehicles. Mr. Smith is also the program manager for the Electrified Vehicle and Energy Storage Evaluation (EVSESE) Consortium. The work conducted in this consortium provides an assessment of state-of-the-art technologies in electrified vehicles and lithium-ion batteries and conducts research on topics like fast charging, immersed (dielectric) coolant, and lithium plating prognostics.

Divyank Sood, Battery Cell Specialist, Hydrometallurgy, Metals, Hatch

Divyank has experience in electrode slurry mixing equipment and process development. He has designed, installed, and commissioned 10+ Lab, pilot and mass production lines for conventional, high solids and Dry electrode lines in USA and Korea. 

Argonne Natl Lab

Venkat Srinivasan, PhD, Director, Center for Collaborative Energy Storage Science, Argonne National Laboratory

Venkat Srinivasan is a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (LBNL), the Director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR, the battery “Hub”). His research interest is in developing next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and stationary applications.

Johns Hopkins University

Rengaswamy Srinivasan, PhD, Principal Professional Staff Scientist, Research & Exploratory Development, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Rengaswamy Srinivasan, Ph.D. is the primary inventor of the noninvasive Battery Internal Temperature Sensing-Battery Management System (BITS-BMS). He is the primary inventor on 22 US and international patents; 8 on BITS-BMS and 14 on batteries and corrosion. He has 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals on BITS-BMS. He is a member of the UL Research Institute Electrochemical Safety Research Institue advisory board; and a member of the NTSB-UL Battery Safety Counsel.

Digatron Power Electronics

Bjoern Stall, CEO, Digatron

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.


Darren Tan, PhD, CEO, UNIGRID Battery

Dr. Darren H. S. Tan is the CEO and co-founder of UNIGRID Battery, a spin-out startup from the Sustainable Power & Energy Center at University of California, San Diego. Darren obtained his PhD from UC San Diego's Chemical Engineering department. He is currently leading the UNIGRID team in commercializing next generation advanced sodium ion batteries for the emerging e-mobility and stationary storage markets.

Coreshell Technologies

Jonathan Tan, Coreshell Technologies

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.

Martin A. Thomas, Dr., Anton Paar Surface & Pores Lead Scientist, Anton Paar

Dr. Thomas, Lead Scientist, Surface and Pores at Anton Paar, has more than 40 years of industrial experience in the characterization of powders and porous materials since studying for his PhD (nickel hydroxide electrode). He is co-author of ten porous materials patents and "Characterization of Porous Solids and Powders: Surface Area, Pore Size and Density" published by Springer.

Rick Thompson, Senior Engineer, Battery Team, Dell EMC

Mr. Thompson is a Distinguished Engineer in the Experience Innovation Group at Dell Technologies. He has delivered technology leadership to Dell mobile products in the areas of battery energy density, fast charge, calendar life, and data strategy. He has recently expanded his role to include sustainable materials in support of Dell Technologies Social Impact goals. He has 30 years of industry experience with more than 50 granted patents. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Mr. Thompson held positions in energy storage technology research, cell design, technology licensing, and battery material commercialization.

U.S. Department of Energy

Simon Thompson, PhD, Battery Technology Development Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Simon Thompson is a battery technology development manager in the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. His primary responsibilities include co-managing the Advanced Battery Materials Research program, especially solid-state batteries and the work in battery development in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle space. Prior to joining VTO, Simon worked for three years in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office at DOE. He is a PhD chemical engineer by training.

Fish & Richardson

Daniel Tishman, Principal, Fish & Richardson

No bio available.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Bertrand J. Tremolet de Villers, PhD, Research Scientist, Materials, Chemical, and Computational Science, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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.

Jacob Turner, Scientific Associate, Adhesive Technologies, Henkel

Jacob Turner, Ph.D. is a Scientific Associate in Adhesive Technologies who joined Henkel in 2021. In his role, Jacob has led projects designed to bring new functional coatings technologies to the automotive industry. Jacob has helped develop Henkel’s conductive electrode coatings products and technology, which help improve both battery manufacturing efficiency and battery performance. 

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

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

Electrical Engineer, 25 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”; from 2011 to 2016 Head of Department “PV Off-Grid Solutions and Battery System Technology”; since 2017, Head of Department "Electrical Energy Storage" and Coordinator of Business Unit “Electrical Energy Storage”; Coordinator for Stationary Battery Storage at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE; Contact Person for Battery Systems at Fraunhofer Battery Alliance; Spokesman of R&D Advisory Board of German Energy Storage Systems Association (BVES); Technical Advisor of Working Group “Stationary Applications and Integration” of Batteries European Partnership Association / Batteries Europe; Member of Steering Committee of Batteries European Partnership Association / Batteries Europe.

Carnegie Mellon Univ

Venkat Viswanathan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Venkat Viswanathan is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Viswanathan’s research focus is on identifying the scientific principles governing material design, inorganic, organic, and biomaterials, for novel energy conversion and storage routes. The material design is carried out through a suite of computational methods being developed in his group, and validated by experiments. Some key research thrusts include identifying principles of electrolytes design (organic material) that can tune electrode catalysis, identification of new anode, cathode (inorganic materials), and electrolyte materials for next generation batteries, and new electrocatalysts (inorganic) and biomaterials for energy storage and separation applications. In addition to material design, his group is involved in several cross-cutting areas such as battery controls, electric vehicle security, and GPU accelerated computing. Viswanathan received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2019, Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry in 2018, the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016, the American Chemical Society PRF Young Investigator Award in 2014, and the Electrochemical Society Daniel Cubicciotti Award in 2010. He was a finalist for MIT TR Innovators Under 35 in 2014, and was an Electrochemical Society Herbert H. Uhligh Summer Fellow in 2009.

Metrohm USA

Linx Waclaski, Product Manager, Ion Chromatography, Metrohm USA

Linx Waclaski is the Product Manager for Ion Chromatography for Metrohm USA. He has years of experience in multiple chromatographic techniques, ion chromatography, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry, with extensive experience in R&D and applications development.

Panasonic Energy

Shoichiro Watanabe, PhD, CTO, Panasonic Energy

Dr. Watanabe joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. in 1990. In 2009, he became Director, Technology Development Center, Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd., then in January of 2011, he became Technology General Manager, Ion Battery Business Unit, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. Dr. Watanabe obtained his PhD from Osaka Prefecture University in 2014, then in April 2015, he became Assistant Director, Secondary Battery Business Division, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. In July 2016, he was named Director, Tesla Business Unit, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., and then in August of 2017, he became President, Panasonic Energy of North America. In April 2019, he was named Head of Energy Technology, Panasonic Corporation and then in February 2022, Dr. Watanabe became CTO, Panasonic Corporation.


Manuel Wieser, Head of Energy Business, AnteoTech

Manuel has a passion for innovation and international collaborations, with areas of technical expertise that include batteries, materials science, and nanotechnology. Working in the lithium-ion battery industry, Manuel has gained extensive experience in lithium-ion battery R&D and technology commercialization, while being instrumental in taking technology from lab scale to pilot production ready. As Head of the Energy Division at AnteoTech his work is focused on enabling high silicon content anodes leading the development of the AnteoTech’s silicon anode program. With a Master of Engineering in Materials and a Master of Business in Entrepreneurship, Manuel is skilled at leading technology development as well as commercialization activities and has participated in several successful substantial capital raises. Previously, Manuel led and pioneered the development of super lightweight, metallized-polymer, current collector technology, for lithium-ion batteries and next generation lithium metal anodes.

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 organization and 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, a scientific conference and publishing company until it was acquired by CII in 2014. Additionally, Craig was a Director at IBC USA (now Informa), and has previous experience in conference development, publishing and techincal marketing.

LiCAP Technologies

David Wojciechowski, VP Business Development, Business Development, LiCAP Technologies

Dave Wojciechowski has an established track record in international sales strategy, business development, and management of direct sales. Previously, Mr. Wojciechowski served as VP of Global and America Sales (Maxwell Technologies), VP of Renewable Energy Sales, North America (Power One), and VP of Sales (SMA Solar Technology America). He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, a BA in Chemistry from SUNY Potsdam, and an MBA from Columbia University.

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.

Spearmint Energy

Chris Wright, Senior Vice President, Project Technology, Spearmint Energy

Subject Matter Expert for stationary energy storage, including lithium-ion battery technology, system design/applications, performance, warranty and performance contracting and market trends.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Ken Wu, PhD, Senior Product Specialist, Materials and Structural Analysis, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Ken Wu is the senior product specialist for SEM/SDB at Thermo Fisher Scientific in the material science market. Ken has used to be an application scientist in the North American application team for 8 years to support both materials science and life science customers. Over the past several years, Ken has devoted most of his attention to 3D characterization, as well as preparing TEM lamella and conducting Cryo FIB on different materials. Ken received his PhD degree in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University studying effects of dopant and interfacial chemistry on diffusion limited processes in alumina with the goal of improving oxidation resistance of high-temperature alloys.

University of Delaware

Jun Xu, PhD, Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering, Spencer Lab, University of Delaware

Dr. Jun Xu currently is an Associate Professor (tenured) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), and Director of Vehicle and Energy Safety Laboratory (VESL). Prior to his join at UD, Dr. Xu worked at UNC Charlotte as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor (tenured) from 2018-2023. Dr. Xu was appointed as the founding Director of the NC Battery Complexity, Autonomous Vehicle and Electrification (BATT CAVE) Research Center at UNC Charlotte. He obtained his PhD at Columbia University in 2014 (major in Environmental Engineering and Engineering mechanics). His research expertise sits in the electrochemo-mechanics-thermal coupled modeling and characterization of battery safety and advanced design and understanding of structures upon dynamic loading. So far, Dr. Xu and his students/postdocs have published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, with citation of 5,900+, H-index=44.

Urban Electric Power

Gautam G. Yadav, PhD, Director, Advanced Battery Development, Urban Electric Power

Dr. Gautam G. Yadav is a world-leading materials scientist and electrochemist, working as the Director of Advanced Battery Development at Urban Electric Power (UEP) in New York. He earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, where he specialized in synthesizing 1D complex metal oxide nanowires for thermoelectric applications and lithium(Li)-ion batteries. Prior to joining UEP, Dr. Yadav worked as a Senior Scientist at the CUNY Energy Institute, where he led the advancement of highly energy dense aqueous-based batteries based on manganese dioxide (MnO2) and zinc (Zn) as a replacement for the expensive and dangerous Li-ion batteries for grid-storage applications. He is the primary inventor of the reversible second-electron MnO2 technology and the breakthrough high voltage (2.45-2.8V) MnO2|Zn battery, which are published in Nature Communications and ACS Energy Letters, respectively. He has authored 19 publications and filed over 26 patents on MnO2|Zn technology, which have been licensed by UEP. At UEP, Dr. Yadav is leading a team of engineers and scientists to bring the second-electron MnO2 and high voltage (2.45-2.8V) MnO2|Zn battery to commercialization.

Natl Renewable Energy Lab

Chuanbo Yang, PhD, Senior Engineer Energy Storage, Energy Conversion & Storage Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Chuanbo Yang is a Senior Energy Storage Engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research interests focus on Li-ion battery safety, battery pack life modeling, battery thermal management, and battery packaging technique. Prior to joining NREL in 2012, he worked in an electric vehicle company as a Battery Modeling Scientist.

Ruidong Yang, Director, Battery Solutions Engineering of North America, BYD

No bio available.

National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

Dongfang Yang, PhD, Senior Research Officer, Automotive & Surface Transportation Research Center, National Research Council of Canada

Dongfang Yang received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Guelph in 1995. He joined the National Research Council Canada in London, Ontario in 2001 and is now a Senior Research Officer. His current research interests include laser materials processing; pulsed laser, sputtering, and e-beam deposition of thin films; new materials development for energy storage devices; chemical and optical sensors development; and electrochemical studies of organic adsorption and self-assembly monolayer. He is currently serving as an editor or a member of editorial board for over 11 scientific journals and was listed among the top 2% most-cited scientists according to a recent Stanford study in 2020. He also held an Adjunct Professorship at both Western University and Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada.

NIPPON STEEL Chemical Material Mfg Co Ltd

Atsushi Yashiro, Research Engineer, R&D, NIPPON STEEL Chemical Material Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Atsushi Yashiro Joined NIPPON STEEL Chemical & Material Co., Ltd. in 2020. He is a member of inorganic materials development group, being in charge of Fe-based metal foil development applied for lithium-ion batteries. He got a master's degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Forschungszentrum Juelich

Ruijie Ye, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Material Synthesis & Processing, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmBH

Ruijie Ye is currently postdoctoral researcher at Forschungszentrum Julich. He obtained his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) at RWTH Aachen University in 2023 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Egbert Figgemeier. Before that, he received M.Sc. and B.Sc. in chemistry from Saarland University and Tongji University, respectively. In 2021 he was awarded JSPS Fellowship for his academic stay in the group of Prof. Dr. Nobuyuki Imanishi at Mie University in Japan. His research interests focus on ceramic solid electrolytes, solid-state batteries and their processing, and characterization of oxide solid electrolytes and interfaces in solid-state batteries.

Fish & Richardson

Won Yoon, Principal, Fish & Richardson

No bio available.

Feon Energy Inc

Zhiao Yu, PhD, CTO, Feon Energy Inc.

Zhiao Yu received his BS in Materials Chemistry from Peking University as an honored undergraduate, and got his PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University. In 2022, Zhiao co-founded Feon Energy, Inc. for commercializing his PhD research on practical high-energy lithium metal and anode-free batteries. He is the CTO of Feon Energy, Inc. and has been selected as Activate Fellow cohort 2023. During PhD time he did an internship in Cell Manufacturing Engineering at Tesla, and after graduation, he worked as full-time Research Scientist in artificial intelligence for battery materials at ByteDance. Zhiao conducted research on lithium batteries under the supervision of Prof. Zhenan Bao and Prof. Yi Cui during his PhD. He published ~50 papers and invented 6 patent applications. His works and inventions are featured in WIRED, Tech Xplore, Stanford News, Stanford Energy News, Eureka Alert, Popular Mechanics, Futurity, Science Daily, The Engineer, Green Car Congress, PV Magazine, Engadget, etc.

University of Oklahoma

Dong Zhang, PhD, Director, Energy Systems Controls Laboratory, University of Oklahoma

Dong Zhang received the B.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 2015, the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2015, and the M.S. and PhD degrees in systems and control engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. His research interests include dynamical system control, optimization, machine learning, energy storage, and advanced lithium-ion battery management systems.

University of Tennessee

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.

Yiran Zhou, Process Engineer, Battery Cell Manufacturing, Metals, Hatch

Yiran brings his experience in battery cell manufacturing with an extensive knowledge in equipment/system design and analytics including material flow, process simulation, and financial analysis. He is currently an engineer registered in BC, Canada. He has a master's degree in mechatronics design plus over 5 years working experience in high technology manufacturing, during which he participated on the design and implementation of several battery cell manufacturing facilities. 

Delta ModTech

Scott Zwierlein, Pattern Coating of Li-Ion Battery Electrodes by Slot Die, Delta ModTech

Harper International

Speaker to be Announced, Harper International

Speaker to be Announced, Director of Revenue, Iontra Inc.

No bio available.

Princeton NuEnergy

Chao Yan to be Announced, Founder & CEO, Princeton NuEnergy

No bio available.

E-Lyte Innovations GmbH

Speaker to be Announced, E-Lyte Innovations GmbH