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2014 Archived Content

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES 


Dan Addison, Co-Founder & CEO, Liox Power 

Bio coming soon.

Lynden A. Archer, William C. Hooey Director and Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University 

Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont and 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.

Susan Babinec, Senior Commercialization Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy; ARPA-E: Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy 

Sue Babinec is a Senior Commercialization Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), guiding commercialization of breakthrough energy storage technologies in the Technology-to-Market function. She has spent her career focused on research in materials, electro-active materials, displays, sensors, and electrochemistry, and recently has extensive experience in both technology and commercialization of energy storage for both grid and transportation. Prior to ARPA-E, Babinec led several research groups as a Technical Director for A123 Systems, Inc.. Prior to that, she spent the first 20+ years of her career at The Dow Chemical Corporation, where she was awarded the Inventor of the Year Award and was the company’s first woman Corporate Fellow. Her role there also included Scientist Partner to the Dow Venture Capital Organization-Physical Sciences, leading technical analysis of investment opportunities and hands-on partnering in start-up investments.  She was co-inventor of a low-cost display technology that was spun out as the venture- funded Aveso Displays, holds 40+ patents and has authored or co-authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters. She is an active member of The American Chemical Society and The Electrochemical Society.

Brian M. Barnett, Ph.D., Vice President, TIAX LLC 

Bio coming soon.

Ralph Brodd, President, Broddarp of Nevada 

Dr. Brodd serves as the President of Broddarp of Nevada, Inc. He has broad experience in the battery industry. Dr. Brodd has held senior technology management positions in ESB (INCO ElectroEnergy), Amoco, Gould, Bolder Technologies, Valence Technology and Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. He is a member of several professional societies and committees and has published more than 100 scientific papers.

Hilmi Buqa, Ph.D., Head, R&D, Leclanché SA 

Dr. Hilmi Buqa was born and raised in Kosovo. Dr. Buqa studied Technical Chemistry in University Prishtina, Kosovo. He received his Ph.D. at TU Graz in the group of Prof. J. O. Besenhard. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis was “Modified Carbons with Optimised Electrochemical Properties as Anode Material in Lithium Ion Cells.“ After a postdoctoral research stay in Graz, in 2002 he joined Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland). He changed in 2006 to the High Power Lithium in Lausanne, Switzerland, to develop cathodic materials for Li-ion cells. In January 2009, Dr. Buqa joined Leclanche as a Head of R&D for Li-ion cells. Dr. Buqa published more than 35 articles in scientific journals and he holds several patents in the Li-ion battery field.

Vincent Chevrier, Ph.D., Product Development Engineer, 3M Electronics Markets Materials, 3 M 

Vincent Chevrier’s first introduction to alloy anodes for Li-ion batteries was as an undergraduate working in Prof. Jeff Dahn’s lab. He completed a doctorate in physics at Dalhousie University with Prof. Dahn focusing on Si for Li-ion batteries. He continued on to MIT as a postdoctoral fellow under Prof. Gerbrand Ceder, studying a range of topics including Na-ion battery materials and Li-ion conversion cathodes. Since 2010, Vincent has been working for 3M on the optimization, scale-up and commercialization of alloy anodes for Li-ion batteries. He is the Chair of the Electrochemical Society Twin Cities Section, has 18 scientific publications in the field of Li-ion batteries and has worked collaboratively with many academic groups.

George Crabtree, Ph.D., Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne National Laboratory and University of Illinois at Chicago 

George Crabtree holds the ranks of Senior Scientist, Distinguished Fellow and Associate Division Director in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He has won numerous awards for his research, most recently the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize in 2003 for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors. This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient. He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment. He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI's Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 350 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 14,000 career citations, and has given approximately 100 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy's assessment of DOE's Applied Energy Programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Kevin Gering, Ph.D., Principle Investigator, Applied Battery Research (ABR), Advisory Scientist, Energy Storage Transportation Systems Department, Idaho National Laboratory 

Dr. Kevin L. Gering provides leadership in Developmental and Applied Diagnostic Testing of electrochemical systems at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), having considerable experience in designing experimental protocols for battery testing, as well as diagnostic analysis and modeling of numerous forms of battery test data. He has also served as Principle Investigator of Applied Battery Research (ABR), and is inventor or co-inventor of numerous inventions for Energy Storage technologies.   He helps oversee projects within the INL Energy Storage Materials Laboratory, with emphasis on electrolytes, alternative electrodes, and surface-driven phenomena. Kevin is an established expert in the field of state-of-the-art molecular-based electrolyte models for electrochemical systems, and has developed novel performance and life (aging) models for lithium-ion systems covering mechanistic aspects of kinetic limitations and performance loss over battery life. He is well qualified to speak on issues of electrolyte transport, characterization, screening, and optimization for lithium-ion systems, wherein a particular area of expertise is battery low-temperature performance. Dr. Gering has a diverse background modeling complex systems, where other previous work covered developing a methane hydrates marine basin model, a dynamic passive aeration compost model, blast wave calculations, and others. He actively collaborates with other DOE labs and the private sector, has numerous papers published in battery energy storage, and is an advocate of domestic intellectual property

Thomas D. Gregory, Borealis Technology Solutions LLC 

Thomas is globally recognized for the creation of rechargeable magnesium battery electrochemistry. He has a strong background in lithium-ion battery, fuel cell, and ultracapacitor science and technology. He has extensive experience in designing, developing, and scaling up a wide variety of chemical and polymer processes safely and successfully. He is an early stage chemical process economic analysis practitioner with a focus on using such techniques to compare process alternatives and develop and guide research efforts. Thomas has done extensive collaborative work with large and small companies, R&D organizations, and government labs in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Steve Hartridge, Director, Electric & Hybrid Vehicles, CD-adapco 

Steve Hartridge has worked for CD-adapco from 2000 and currently holds the position of Director, Electric & Hybrid Vehicles. He is part of a team of scientists, software developers and application engineers creating analysis methods in the emerging market of vehicle electrification, one major thread being battery modeling. Steve holds a first engineering degree from the University of Warwick and an MBA from Imperial College Business School in London.  Steve has been involved in the field of computer aided analysis for over 17 years, both using and developing software products. He is a regular speaker at battery and automotive industry events talking specifically on the subject of harnessing modeling and simulation technologies.

Jason N. Howard, Ph.D., Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Motorola Mobility 

Dr. Jason Howard is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff with Motorola Mobility. He has over 20 years of experience with Motorola in a variety of positions addressing energy storage for portable electronics. His current responsibilities include assessing new developments in energy technologies for portable applications and providing technical expertise on a wide range of battery issues. He has twice chaired working groups responsible for producing the IEEE 1725 Cell Phone Battery Standard. He is a member of the board of directors for PRBA, a leading U.S. trade association for the rechargeable battery industry. Dr. Howard holds degrees in chemistry from Bowdoin College and the University of Colorado.

Brian J. Landi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology 

Dr. Brian J. Landi is an associate professor of chemical engineering and graduate faculty of sustainability and Microsystems engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is Group Leader of the CNT and Advanced Battery research at the NanoPower Research Laboratories (NPRL) as part of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He has worked as a researcher at the Schering Plough Research Institute, Mayo Clinic, and NASA Glenn Research Center. Dr. Landi has recently been involved with the synthesis and application of carbon nanotubes for power generation and storage devices like lithium ion batteries, coaxial cables, and solar cell contacts. In total, he is the co-author of more than 100 total publications; with more than 50 during the last 5 years. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering from R.I.T.

Cosmin Laslau, Ph.D., Analyst, Lux Research, Inc. 

Cosmin Laslau is an Analyst at Lux Research in the Energy Storage Intelligence and the Autonomous Systems 2.0 Intelligence practices. He evaluates the development and application of innovative energy storage technologies, through extensive primary and secondary research. Some representative topics include lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, hybrid and electric vehicles, fuel cells and energy harvesting. Additionally, Cosmin helps address client questions regarding mobility and portable energy, on topics ranging from key players, emerging technologies and market strategies. He has spoken at various technology and scientific conferences, on topics such as advanced materials, chemistry, and device applications. Prior to joining Lux Research, Cosmin worked as a sales engineer for a nanomaterials startup – Nanostructured & Amorphous Materials – where he consulted with industrial and academic clients, advising on material selection including carbon nanotubes and metal nanopowders.Cosmin obtained his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the University of Auckland, specializing in conducting polymers and scanned probe microscopy, and has authored 20 scientific publications and reviews. These include articles in leading journals on subjects such as electrochemistry, nanomaterials and biosensors. He also holds a M.Sc. in polymer chemistry from the University of Auckland, and a B.A.Sc. in nanoengineering from the University of Toronto. During the course of these stints, Cosmin also completed internships in Sweden and Germany, and received awards for academic excellence.

Ping Liu, Ph.D., Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy 

Dr. Ping Liu currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he initiated the RANGE program and the recent DELTA solicitation. RANGE develops innovative energy storage solutions for electric vehicles, while DELTA supports localized heating and cooling solutions to reduce building energy consumption. Other projects in his portfolio include permanent magnets, carbon capture, superconductors, and grid storage technologies. Dr. Liu was previously Manager of Energy Technology at HRL Laboratories, a research company jointly owned by Boeing and GM. Prior to joining HRL, Dr. Liu was a research staff with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Liu’s research interest includes electrochemical energy conversion and storage, sensors, actuators, and electrochemical synthesis. Several of his inventions have been transitioned to industry for commercialization and he received an R&D 100 Award for a solid-state battery technology. Dr. Liu has published more than 60 archival journal papers and has more than 40 issued or pending patents. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., all in chemistry, from Fudan University in China.

Isaac Lund, Ph.D., CTO, Engineering, BESS - Technologies LLC 

Isaac Lund has been working on utilizing semiconductor processes to create new and improved battery materials and architectures. Isaac has produced several papers and conference proceedings regarding his new silicon based nanowire architecture, has multiple patents involving new and innovative processing techniques and battery architectures, and has been the recipient of many different state and government grants for the improvement of battery components utilizing unique processing techniques.

Shuji Ogata, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Scientific and Engineering Simulation, Nagoya Institute of Technology 

Bio coming soon.

Leslie Pinnell, Executive Director, Government R&D Programs and Intellectual Property, A123 Systems 

Leslie Pinnell is Executive Director of Government Funded R&D and Intellectual Property at A123 Systems LLC. Leslie is responsible for next generation technical strategy and development, and has worked at A123 Systems for the last six years. Previously, Leslie was Director of Advanced Battery Research at Duracell / P&G. Leslie also worked for three years as Program Director for New Technologies within the Gillette organization. Leslie has an MS from the University of Massachusetts and has over 30 years of experience in the battery industry. 

Vishal Sapru, Research Manager & Growth Consultant, North America, Energy & Power Systems, Frost & Sullivan 

Bio coming soon.

Kang Sun, Ph.D., CEO, Amprius, Inc. 

Dr. Kang Sun is currently the chief executive officer of Amprius Inc., a high energy density lithium-ion battery developer. Kang has over 20 years business creation and management experience in various industries. He has led business at Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up ventures. Kang’s first business venture was Index Technologies Inc., when he was a Ph.D. student at Brown University. The business had an explosive growth and was acquired by Hua Yang Group. Later, he built another business in novel materials for wireless communication and launched its IPO in Hong Kong. Kang started cleantech practice in 2005, Kangled JA Solar, as its President and launched the IPO on NASDAQ. His most recent activity was CEO of a solar tracking system business – RayTracker that was acquired by First Solar. Kang’s corporate life includes Vice President of Oce Group, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell International Inc., Head of New Business Development at Applied Materials as well as board member of several public and private companies. Kang Sun received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Brown University in the United States and his B.S. degree in Macromolecular Science from Nanjing University in China.

Koukou Suu, Ph.D., ULVAC Fellow, ULVAC, Inc. 

Dr. Koukou Suu graduated from Tohoku University, Japan in 1988 with a Ph.D degree in Engineering. In 1993 he joined ULVAC, Inc. and was involved with the development of numerous semiconductor and electronics technologies. He had been General Manager of the Institute of Semiconductor and Electronics Technologies from 2008 to 2014. In 2014 Dr. Suu became an ULVAC Fellow.

Murali G. Theivanayagam, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company 

Dr. Murali Ganth Theivanayagam has extensive experience and knowledge in materials science, electrochemistry, nanotechnology, and solid state chemistry. He has more than 8 years industrial/academic research experience in the development of novel, low cost synthetic methodologies for lithium-ion battery electrode materials and their performance improvement by surface and bulk modification. He also has hands on experience in the design, fabrication, optimization, and testing of large format lithium-ion pouch/laminate type cells

Venkat Viswanathan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 

Venkat Viswanathan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from Stanford University working under the guidance of Jens Nørskov and his graduate work involved understanding and identifying the fundamental limitations of lithium-air batteries and trends in electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction. His awards include Electrochemical Society Daniel Cubicciotti Award in 2010 and Electrochemical Society Herbert H. Uhligh Summer Fellow in 2009.

Donghai Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University 

Dr. Donghai Wang is currently Associate Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State in 2009, he was a postdoc and subsequently became a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. He received a B.S. and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Tsinghua University and Tulane University in 1997 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Donghai Wang's research interests have been related to design and synthesis of nanostructured materials for a variety of applications. His recent research is focused on materials development for energy storage technologies such as Li-ion batteries and beyond Li-ion batteries.

Jay Whitacre, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University 

Professor Whitacre started his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked on energy technologies ranging from functional materials to systems engineering. In 2007 he accepted a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University, where he develops materials for energy storage and performs economic/environmental impact assessment for a range of technologies. His work resulted in the conception of a novel sodium-ion battery based on low-cost materials and manufacturing techniques. In 2008 he founded Aquion Energy, a company that has since garnered over $100M in funding and has grown to over 130 employees since spinning out of CMU in 2009. Aquion has completed the first phase of its factory in Western PA, and is currently shipping units to customers. While maintaining his professor post, he also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Aquion.

James Wu, Ph.D., Research Scientist/Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center 

Dr. James J. Wu earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University at New Brunswick, NJ. He holds another Master’s degree in Electrochemistry/Electroanalytical Chemistry, and a BS degree in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering. Dr. Wu possesses postdoctoral experience and more than 15 years of industrial and government R&D experience. Dr. Wu has a varied experience base with the research and development of catalysts, advanced energy storage materials and electrochemical systems, having held positions in industry with various battery development companies that include: Scientist with Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Senior Electrochemical Engineer with PowerGenix, and Staff Technology Engineer with Eveready Battery Company. Prior to his experience with the Eveready Battery Company, Dr. Wu served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Iowa. He possesses a wide range of technical skills that address various aspects of fundamental electrochemical system concepts. Dr. Wu is now a research scientist/engineer at NASA Glenn Research center, working on Li-ion and Li metal-based battery chemistries and developing advanced energy storage materials and systems. Dr. Wu currently serves as anode leader of NASA Advanced Space Power System project.

Guihua Yu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin 

Dr. Guihua Yu is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.S. degree with the highest honor in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China, and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at Harvard University, followed by postdoctoral research in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Yu’s research has been focused on novel synthesis and self-assembly of new materials with rationally designed nanostructures and unique chemical, mechanical, electronic and ionic properties for energy and environmental technologies, and fundamental understanding of the structure-property-performance correlation of these new synthetic materials. He has received several notable awards and honors for young scientists, including 2014 MIT Technology Review ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ Finalist, Emerging Young Investigator named by Journal of Materials Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry), Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.

Chongwu Zhou, Ph.D., Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California 

Dr. Chongwu Zhou is a full professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Zhou has authored 161 journal publications with 16,024 citations and an h-index of 55. His work has been reported by Science, Scientific American, Physics Today, MRS Bulletin, Materials Today, National Cancer Institute, and Royal Society of Chemistry. He has received a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER Award (2002), the NASA TGIR Award (2002), the USC Junior Faculty Research Award (2004), and the first IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award (2007). His research interest covers carbon nanotubes, nanowires, graphene, bionanotechnology, and energy nanotechnology. In the recent few years, Dr. Zhou's group has developed high energy lithium ion batteries based on porous Si nanostructure and high voltage cathode LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, and lithium sulfur batteries based on graphene wrapped sulfur. The work has been published on high impact journals and been cited by a number of researchers. 

Yimin Zhu, Ph.D., CTO, OneD Material LLC 

Dr. Yimin Zhu, CTO of OneD Material, LLC, has extensive experience in battery, fuel cell and their hybrid system development, as well development and production of nanomaterials for these platforms. He has been instrumental in the development, production, commercialization of SiNANOde™ battery and fuel cell technologies at OneD Material and Nanosys whose technology for nanostructured materials and related assets for use in energy storage and other applications was acquired by OneD Materials in 2013. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and presented in various conferences. He holds more than 36 of energy storage worldwide-patents/applications and has dedicated himself to R&D and commercialization of energy storage nanomaterials and devices since 1998 as NEDO Researcher in Yamanashi University and 2001 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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