Speaker Biographies

Head of Battery Research

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.


As the world's leading independent expert on advanced automotive batteries, Dr. Anderman provides technological assessments to companies worldwide. His client list includes most major automakers, leading international battery developers and suppliers, financial institutions, and government agencies including the U.S. Senate, the California Air Resources Board, the National Research Council, and the Department of Energy. His access to automakers and battery companies gives Dr. Anderman insight into the latest trends in the advanced-vehicle market as reflected in his 2002 and 2007 Advanced Automotive Battery Industry Reports, 2005 Ultracapacitor Opportunity Report, 2010 / 2011 EV-PHEV Opportunity Reports, and his current reports - The xEV Industry Insider Report and The Tesla Battery Report . Dr. Anderman’s comprehensive xEV Industry Insider Report is based on his on-site interviews with senior battery technologists and business development executives at 17 global automakers and 17 of their current and prospective battery suppliers. The latest edition of the Report, updated in June 2018, dissects current and near-term xEV-battery technology and offers a detailed analysis of potential non-Li-ion battery technology under longer-term development, including solid-state systems. It provides an insightful assessment of vehicle- and battery-market forecasts by automakers and battery developers to 2020, and a generic industry assessment to 2025. It further discusses the technological status and manufacturing positions of individual battery producers and points out the Korean, Japanese, and Chinese battery manufacturers who are best positioned to succeed in the market. The Tesla Battery Report, also authored by Dr. Anderman, provides insights into the company that became the world’s largest user of Li-ion batteries overnight and into its battery technology. It includes EV market and EV-battery market forecasts to 2025 and explores the Gigafactory’s cost, challenges, and benefits. Dr. Anderman founded Total Battery Consulting in 1996 to offer consulting services in: lithium- and nickel-based battery development and application, intellectual property, corporate business development, and investment and market assessment. In 2000, Dr. Anderman founded Advanced Automotive Batteries (AAB) to provide information on the rapidly growing field of energy storage for advanced automotive applications. Dr. Anderman earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry (with honors) from the University of California in 1983. His corporate experience encompasses materials research, cell design, and battery engineering, as well as market and business development and general management.

Research Engineer

Marcelo Araujo Xavier is a Research Engineer in Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company, where he leads and support teams developing models, systems and controls for high-voltage battery systems for hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. He is particularly interested in model-based methods that will help prolong battery useful life while still allowing the battery to operate at the top of the design constraints to maximize energy and power.

Sr Battery Data Analyst

Peter Attia received a PhD from Stanford University in materials science and engineering in 2019 and a BChE in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Delaware in 2014. He recently started at Tesla as a senior data scientist. For his PhD, Attia worked with Prof. William Chueh to study degradation in carbon negative electrodes of lithium-ion batteries from the interfacial to full cell scales. Attia’s work ranges from fundamental characterization and modeling of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) to predicting and optimizing battery lifetime using machine learning techniques. His work has been published in high impact journals including Nature and Nature Energy. Attia’s honors include the ECS Battery Division Student Research Award (2019), the MRS Graduate Student Award (2019), the MRS Open Data Challenge (2019), the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2014), and the Stanford Graduate Fellowship (2014).

Air Resources Engineer

Michael Baker P.E., has 30 years of air quality experience, primarily involving vehicles, with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). He has worked in a variety of areas including automobile emissions testing, reducing vehicular emissions through transportation strategies such as carpooling, development and transportation (early efforts for sustainable communities) and employee-based programs, enforcement with the heavy-duty truck smoke program, loans and grants for pollution reduction, and the novel in-use regulation for off-road diesel equipment. He now works on incentives programs to stimulate the commercialization of advanced technology on-road and off-road vehicles, and managing those projects. Michael has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Dr. Brian Barnett founded Battery Perspectives, LLC which provides consulting services related to battery technology and battery safety. Dr. Barnett has extensive experience in assessment, development and commercialization of battery technology. He is recognized as both a technical and industry expert related to batteries and an expert in battery safety and has directed a series of successful lab-based, highly multidisciplinary battery technology development programs that resulted in technology licensing or sale.

Chairman & CEO

Gerard Barron is on a mission to help wean humanity off fossil fuels and transition to a circular resource economy. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with a track record of building global companies in battery manufacturing, media and future-oriented resource development. His passion is building companies that will help us build a truly net-zero carbon future and believes DeepGreen will play a key role in supplying the world with the essential metals to build the technologies needed for this sustainable future, while avoiding the impacts of terrestrial mining.

Advanced Research Specialist

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VP of Materials Innovation

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Technical Service and Development Specialist

Greg Becker is a Technical Service and Development specialist at Dow, Inc., working in the area performance silicone materials for battery and EV applications, as well as others.



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Sr Partner

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Founder & President

Chris has been an independent analyst since 2009, with a focus on Energy Metals supply chains, including lithium, cobalt, graphite, vanadium, and rare earths. His advisory work provides strategic insights to asset managers, banks, corporations and academia, and has a specific focus on how disruptive trends in energy, strategic metals, and technology create opportunities. Before shifting focus to analysis of these trends, Chris gained twelve years of capital markets experience on both the buy side and sell side. He has visited and performed economic analyses of metals deposits on six continents, and has been featured in multiple media outlets, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post and CNN International, providing insights around raw material supply chain dynamics. Chris holds a Masters of Business Administration in finance with an international focus from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The Virginia Military Institute.


Thomas Bloxham works as the Battery Safety and Technology Lead for the Uber Elevate eVTOL program. He has extensive experience in conducting and analyzing destructive battery testing at all scales, from single cell failure, through the coupon level up to full testing of battery packs inside vehicles. He also manages the cell cycling program at Elevate, and leverages prior experience in electrochemical modelling techniques to develop practical cycles and mission profiles to extend battery life without reducing throughput effectiveness.

Wolfson Chair & Prof

My primary research interests are in the fields of solid state chemistry and electrochemistry; particularly solid state ionics, which embraces ionically conducting solids and intercalation compounds. I am interested in the fundamental science of ionically conducting solids (ceramic and polymeric materials) and intercalation compounds, in the synthesis of new materials with new properties or combinations of properties, in understanding these properties and in exploring their applications in new devices, especially energy storage devices such as rechargeable lithium batteries. Although ionically conducting solids represent the starting point for much of our research, we have extended our interests well beyond the confines of this subject alone.

Research Engineer

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Pavel Calderon is Li-ion battery expert with extensive experience from the electromobility sector. Throughout his carrier, Mr Calderon has been developing energy storage systems, for automotive, maritime, last-mile transportation and aerospace industries, on a broad international level with a focus on the Nordic countries, South Korea and China. His passion comes from creating sustainable solutions, from a technical and financial point of view, in order to contribute for a better tomorrow. Mr Calderon holds a masters degree in material science from the University of Uppsala and is a Co-Founder of EVLedger.

R&D Director - Advanced Energy Storage

Dr. Ben Cao, R&D Director -Advanced Energy Storage at Nanoramic®, currently leads a research team in developing NeocarbonixTM   polymer binder-free Li-ion battery/capacitor electrodes. He has over 10 years of experience in advanced Li-ion energy storage technology development, including electrode & cell design, cell pre-lithiation & validation, and team management.


Founder & CTO

Jim is a leading electric vehicle entrepreneur, trained as an electrical engineer with expertise in power and embedded systems. As founder and CTO, Jim champions Motiv’s vision to Free Fleets from Fossil Fuels – a vision that summarizes his professional and personal passion. He has led Motiv from an idea in his living room to becoming the US market leader in common-platform electric truck and bus chassis. Having raised over $70M for Motiv to date, Jim’s experience includes capital formation, government grants, developing IP portfolios and building a world-class team aligned around a shared purpose. Jim holds an MSEE from Stanford University and BS in Engineering and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.


Jean Chu is a research scientist at Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her research at Toyota focuses on transportation patterns and energy impact of new transportation concepts, including Mobility as a Service, automated driving, and vehicle electrification. Jean received M.S.E. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she specialized in stochastic traffic flow model and optimization algorithms. She also earned a B.S. degree and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taiwan University.

Assoc Prof

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George Crabtree is Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory, and a Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). He leads research on creating next-generation electricity storage technology beyond lithium-ion batteries. He has directed workshops for the Department of Energy on energy science and technology, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy, on meeting sustainable energy challenges, on the prospects for next generation electrical energy storage, and on accelerating energy storage on the electricity grid.


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

Battery Tech Discipline Lead

Eric C. Darcy, Ph.D., has spent his 33-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, 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.

Director Business Development

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. Mr. Debruyne obtained his Masters in Commercial Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium in 1997, as well as a Masters in European Studies from UC Louvain, Belgium in 1998. He is currently an Executive MBA candidate at the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Sr Engineer Tech Operations

Ken Ferguson is a Senior Technical Operations Engineer at Cruise with a passion for electrification and electric mobility. He has expertise in EV battery technology across a broad range of vehicle platforms. At Cruise Dr. Ferguson's work has included a focus on optimizing battery life in a shared-mobility, autonomous, electric vehicle fleet by defining and managing important battery parameters, charge profiles, and operation strategies. Prior to his work at Cruise Dr. Ferguson was a scientific consultant with project experience in performance and abuse testing of batteries utilized in a wide range of mobility platforms, including electric scooters, bicycles, motorcycles, drones, passenger vehicles, and semi-trucks. Dr. Ferguson obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Applied Physics in 2016.

Assistant Professor

Joe Fleming (JF) is an Assistant Professor within Coventry University and was a former lead Engineer at the University of Warwick and Alert-iT Care Alarms. JF has over 10 years of theory, design and experimental development of be-spoke electronic systems, sensors and instrumentation, for both academic and industrial applications. JF received his M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering at De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K., in 2012; and then a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K., in 2018. JF’s principle research interests are sensors, communications, and system integration. Since 2015 JF has developed a broad portfolio of research aimed at improving the performance and understanding the limits of energy storage, though the use of embedded electronics and sensors, establishing an international reputation for instrumented energy storage, and to have produced fundamental high impact research which has a direct and current benefit to the energy storage sector.

EV Business Unit Mgr

Greg has spent his entire 25 year career developing and commercializing battery packs for electrified transportation at OEM, Tier 1 and Start-Up companies. He has worked on EV, H2-EV, P-HEV, HEV and Stop-Start architectures in a wide variety of applications: car, truck, bus, rail, mining, AGV, scooter, etc. He is currently the EV Business Unit Manager @ ACTIA Corporation - The US front office for the ACTIA Group, a global company providing battery packs and EV powertrains. He will present real world data supporting the superior Total Cost of Ownership of lithium titanate oxide battery packs in specialty vehicle applications.

Scientist Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems

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Senior Engineer

Dr. Gittleson manages BMW Group's battery technology R&D collaborations in North America. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tufts University and M.S. and PhD in chemical engineering from Yale University. He has authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and is an inventor on 4 patents.

Head of Clean Power

Logan Goldie-Scot is global head of Clean Power research at BloombergNEF. He oversees BNEF’s solar, wind, storage, and decentralized energy research divisions. Prior to this, he was manager of the Energy Storage insight team at BloombergNEF. He also ran BNEF’s Supply Chain focus area, a cross-company effort to provide insights on the battery supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability and advanced materials. He advises utilities, technology companies, investors and policymakers across these fields. He has been lead author on over 100 research papers and regularly speaks at international conferences and in the mainstream media.


Leslie has worked for CARB for 15 years and is currently working in the Innovative Strategies Branch managing incentive programs. She is overseeing numerous projects involving on-road demonstration and pilot deployments of fuel cell trucks, fuel cell and battery electric transit buses, high-capacity hydrogen fueling stations and depot charging. Leslie is also overseeing administration of $150 million in Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust funding for Zero-Emission Class 8 trucks and low-NOx trucks and freight equipment. Leslie previously worked with CARB’s Advanced Clean Cars group focusing on automotive hydrogen fueling and charging infrastructure. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University and 31 years working in the public and private sector.

Chief Technology Officer

Grant Gothing is Bloomy’s CTO, responsible for Bloomy’s technology roadmap. Grant directs all R&D initiatives at Bloomy and builds collaborative relationships with customers and partners to identify upcoming trends and strategic opportunities requiring innovation. Grant has overseen the development of numerous validation and production systems for mission-critical and emerging applications, including BMS and advanced-chemistry batteries. Grant has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

General Dir Electrification

Timothy (Tim) Grewe is the leader of General Motors’ global battery cell and electrification strategy. His responsibilities include battery cell production and next-generation electrification strategies. Tim joined GM as the chief engineer for the Allison Hybrid City Bus. His teams have launched multiple generations of GM electric propulsion systems including the GMC Hummer EV and an upcoming electric crossover from Cadillac. Tim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. Before joining GM, he worked at General Electric developing distributed power systems for aircraft, locomotive and heavy-duty transportation.

Engineering Manger, Electronics

Mark Gunderson, Engineering Manager, Electronics, Clarios LLC

Mark Gunderson currently manages Clarios’ Electronics Engineering group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been with Clarios ten years and has over 30 years of automotive electronics and battery systems engineering experience. 15 of those years, Mark has worked on the development of battery systems, electronics, and controls. He was responsible for Battery Management System (BMS) design while working for Motorola Automotive, Continental AG, and Johnson Controls. Mark has a number of patents in the area of battery management and has a BSEE degree from LeTourneau University. He is married, has four children and lives in Bristol, WI.

PhD, Principal Engineer

Karim Hamza did his B.Sc. in Mechanical Design & Production (1998) and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (2001) with a specialization in Robotics at Cairo University (Cairo, Egypt). From 1995 to 2001 he also worked part-time at a family-owned business, conducting design, analysis & manufacturing of steel structures. He got his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2008, Ann Arbor, MI) with a dissertation focusing on design of vehicle structures for crashworthiness. Karim participated in several studies related to renewable energy and water desalination (post-doctoral research fellow at UM 2008-2012), did consulting work (2012-2014) for future of mobility research division (FRD) at Toyota Research Institute, North America (TRI-NA), then full-time at FRD/TRI-NA in 2015. His current research interests include, modeling and analysis of electrified powertrains, as well as environmental impact and societal uptake of future mobility and transportation systems.

Principal Expert

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 Münster 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.

Founder & CSO

Brian Hayden obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry at Bristol in 1979 and was subsequently at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin. Appointed lecturer at the University of Bath and then the University of Southampton, he was appointed to a Personal Chair in 1995. His research centred on the fields of surface science and surface electrochemistry and the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms in catalysts at surfaces. In 2000, he extended thin film MBE based methodologies to the combinatorial synthesis and screening of solid state materials and catalysts, and is director of the Advanced Composite Materials Facility at the University of Southampton. He is a founder (2004), an executive director and Chief Scientific Officer of Ilika plc where he is responsible for the development and manufacture of thin-film solid state batteries for the IoT, and the development of large format solid state batteries for primarily automotive applications. He is author of over 150 refereed papers {h-index 40} and over 30 active patent families including new catalysts and materials for low temperature fuel cells and solid state Li-ion batteries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Head of Charging Infrastructure

Johanna Heckmann is leading all activities related to charging infrastructure for P3 Group, an international technology consultancy with headquarter in Germany. In different projects for major automotive manufacturers, energy suppliers and other stakeholders from the market she gained experience along the whole value chain of EV charging - from standardization to market roll-out and operation of charging infrastructure up to development of market entry strategies. Before joining P3 she worked for e-mobil BW, the State Agency for Electric Mobility in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and was part of the project coordination office for the "Showcase for Electric Mobility - Living Lab BWe mobil". Johanna Heckmann is master graduate of the HTWG Konstanz, where she studied Business Management.

Business & Product Development

With over 10 years’ experience in the field, Dr. Daniel Higgs is a leading expert on ALD processes for cost-effective and quick-to-market Atomic Layer Deposiion (ALD-) enabled products. In his spare time he likes to garden, cook, travel (when allowed!), learn languages, play jazz trumpet, and drink tea.


Alexander Holland, PhD, is a Energy Storage Technology Analyst at UK-based market research company IDTechEx. He works within the Energy Storage team and his activities include technology benchmarking, supply chain analysis and market forecasts. Prior to joining IDTechEx in 2019, he worked as a product development analyst at a B2B renewable energy supplier. Alex obtained a PhD in Electrochemical Engineering from the University of Southampton. He worked as part of an EU H2020 consortium with his thesis focussing on the development of a high rate, environmentally benign battery chemistry. During his time as a researcher, Alex authored four peer-reviewed articles and co-authored several more. He also collaborated on projects with a variety of topics, including redox flow batteries, UPS for demand side management and environmental analysis of emerging battery chemistries.

VP Bus Dev

Mr. Homburger is Vice President, Business Development at NOHMs Technologies, an early-stage company focused on advanced, safe electrolyte design using ionic liquid materials. He is one of the early investors in NOHMs and has spent many years in various companies developing worldwide sales opportunities and distribution channels. At NOHMs, he is responsible for worldwide customer interactions, and interfacing with both end-customers of lithium-ion cells, cell makers, specialty chemical manufacturers, and large electrolyte providers. This multi-tier engagement model allows NOHMs an unparalleled view into all stages and levels of the lithium-ion battery industry.

Senior Research & Innovation Manager

Dr. Larry Hough graduated from The University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, in 1997 with a B.S. in Engineering Physics. He then attended graduate school at Lehigh University and obtained his Ph.D. in the physics of soft matter in 2003. After postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Hough joined Solvay in July 2005. From 2015 to 2020 he has been based in South Korea as the Manager of the Lithium Ion Battery Laboratory

Founder & CEO

Qichao Hu, PhD is the founder and CEO of SES (SolidEnergy Systems). SES is venture backed by both strategic and financial investors, including Temasek, General Motors, SK, Tianqi Lithium, Shanghai Auto, and Applied Materials. The Company’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to Beyond Li-ion™ and aerial electric mobility. SES is the world’s leader in Li-Metal technology and is headquartered in Singapore with operations in Boston and Shanghai.Prior to SES, Qichao received his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard in 2012 and BS in Physics from MIT in 2007. He is the recipient of Forbes 30 under 30 and MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35. He also serves on the board of MIT Enterprise Forum. In addition to battery, he is passionate about EV, eVTOL, AI and the future of transportation.

Dir of Energy Storage

Dr. Hughes is a leading expert in the synthesis and characterization of next gen materials for energy conversion and energy storage. She received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur J. Nozik, her graduate research in the Solar Photochemistry Group focused on the synthesis and surface functionalization of novel nanomaterials. Following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Hughes joined the Materials Science Program at NREL investigating technologies beyond lithium ion batteries, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Gennett. With over 10 years of experience in both nanomaterials chemistry and novel battery applications, Barbara joined Forge Nano in 2016 and is now their Director of Energy Storage. Here she leads a capable team of scientists and engineers in the fabrication and performance testing of next generation lithium ion batteries.

Co Founder & Market Analyst

Viktor Irle is based in Trollhättan, Sweden and 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.

Founder & Managing Dir

Sam is the founder and Managing Director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors. He has more than ten years of experience as an analyst, consultant and executive in the energy storage industry. Prior to Cairn ERA, he has worked at Navigant Research and IDC as an analyst and has also served as CEO at Panea Energy and Cygnus Energy Storage. He is an authority on battery usage on the grid, transportation and consumer electronics. He is an accomplished public speaker and a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events throughout the world, including the Battery Show, Interbattery Korea, Stockage D’Energie and the Energy Storage Association annual meeting. He is frequently quoted in multiple press outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. He lives and works in Boulder, CO.

VP & GM Automotive & Mobility

As divisional vice president and general manager at UL, Mary Joyce is responsible for leading the Automotive and Mobility services in the Connected Technologies business unit of UL. She brings more than 25 years of technical and entrepreneurial experience within the transportation sector to UL. Her experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth. Prior to joining UL, Joyce was the Vice President of Transportation Testing Services at SGS, a global Testing, Inspection and Certification company. Joyce spent more than 20 years at Automotive OEM’s including FCA, Daimler Chrysler and Chrysler Corporation where she served in a variety of management roles within Powertrain, ADAS, Telematics, Cybersecurity, Electronics, Electrification and Operations. Ms. Joyce is a recipient of fourteen US Patents in the areas of Alternate Propulsion, Electronics and Control’s theory. She is the recipient of the Walter P. Chrysler award, the highest technological award given at Chrysler. In addition to her OEM and TIC experience, Ms. Joyce founded Nicayla Enterprises, a Cloud-based Application Development company in 2002. She served as the CEO at this company until 2013. Ms. Joyce holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering and an MBA with concentration in International business, all from Oakland University. She is regularly involved in consortiums and conferences as a panel member or speaker emphasizing the need for safety and security as we deploy new technology in the industry.


Managing director, founder and one of the visionaries of CUSTOMCELLS®. As early as 2011, Leopold König positioned himself for electromobility by moving to the development department for lithium polymer cells at Fraunhofer ISIT and founding CUSTOMCELLS® Itzehoe GmbH the following year. Leopold is a specialist for application analyses and production technologies related to battery cells. Before that, he gained several years of international professional experience in the context of corporate controlling, the digitalization of factories, the construction and new construction of a pharmaceutical production facility in China and the technical support of large-scale real estate projects. The diversity of the individual projects has led to an extensive cross-industry network. He studied industrial engineering at Stralsund University, specializing in mechanical engineering and business management. Previously, Leopold König worked for several years as a paramedic in emergency situations and learned at an early age how to act proactively and lead teams under difficult conditions.


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).

Sr Scientist & Division Director

Robert Kostecki is the Director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He contributes to LBNL scientific, programmatic and strategic leadership in the area of Energy Technology, guides the formulation, development and implementation of research programs, represents the Division’s scientific programs to DOE program managers and other stakeholders, and builds relationships with other laboratories, the university community and international collaborators. He also serves as a Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Electrochemistry Group in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division. He oversees multiple research projects focused on basic processes and fundamental phenomena that determine electrochemical performance of electrical energy storage/conversion systems and water treatment technologies. Kostecki is often recognized for his pioneering work in characterization of electrochemical interfaces and electrochemical systems engineering, which helped bridge the gap between fundamental science and applications of significant technological importance e.g., rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, photo-electrochemical reactors and desalination techniques. Author of >110 papers in scientific refereed journals, 15 papers in scientific conference proceedings, >250 presentations at scientific and technical conferences and 17 patents. Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. Vice-President of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Editor of Electrochimica Acta.

Research Associate

Bhavya Kotak is working as a Research Associate at the Center of Automotive Research on Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Areas (CARISSMA) at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (University of Applied Science Ingolstadt), Germany since April 2018. Within University, he works with the group known as, Safe Electromobility. This group is actively engaged in the theoretical and experimental investigation of LIB technology. He closely works with national and international organizations such as AUDI AG, AVL Deutschland GmbH, BMW AG and TÜV Süd Battery Testing GmbH. He is also the author of the number of publications related to LIB and E-mobility and has participated in numerous conferences. He has completed his M.Eng. in Automotive Engineering from Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (University of Applied Science Ingolstadt), Germany in the year 2017 with a Distinction grade. His expertise involves research on battery safety standards and regulations, the experimentation on battery failure and second use, electric vehicles and vehicle simulation and application of sensors in vehicles.

PhD, Senior Principal Scientist

Ken Laberteaux is a Senior Principal Scientist at the Toyota Research and Development in Ann Arbor, MI. In his twenty-eight years in the automotive and telecommunication industries, Ken has produced 48 scholarly publications and 18 patents. Ken’s current research focus is sustainable mobility systems, including Mobility as a Service, vehicle electrification, automated driving, and US urbanization and transportation patterns. Ken completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and B.S.E., in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Principal Consultant

Alex is a Principal Consultant based in CRU's New York office. Alex relocated to New York in 2015 after eight years working for CRU Consulting in London. Alex now works across a broad range of commodities supporting predominately North American customers, whilst also providing important contributions to consulting projects related to his commodity specialties. Over the last three years Alex has predominately focused on working in the battery metals space, as lead author and editor of CRU’s Lithium Market Outlook and Lithium Chemical Cost Service, and having completed several projects looking in detail at the implications of battery demand for nickel for major players in the space.

VP Business Development

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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.

CTO and Co-Founder

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Director, R&D

Brian Lindgren is director of research & development for Kenworth Truck Company, a PACCAR company. He is responsible for guiding the technology roadmap for Kenworth’s commercial vehicle product line, identifying and developing concepts to improve vehicle aerodynamics, freight efficiency and sustainability, and providing technology to assist drivers in improving on-road safety. Under Mr. Lindgren’s direction, Kenworth’s R&D team has designed and built several proof-of-concept heavy trucks with electric powertrains, utilizing range-extending technologies including hydrogen fuel cells, near-zero emission natural gas engines and natural gas-fueled microturbines. These projects benefitted from funding sources including the U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District and California’s San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. In his 40-plus years at the company, he has held positions in Engineering, Marketing and Sales, and has headed the R&D team since 2011. Lindgren holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a registered Professional Engineer

Application Engineer

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

Global Engineering Manager, Software

Stephan Lorenz graduated from the TU Kaiserslautern in 2011. After this, he joined a Michigan State University research laboratory before beginning his career in automotive in 2013. From 2013 to 2019, Stephan developed ADAS software platforms before transitioning to Clarios to focus on advanced battery technologies. 

Industrial Technology Research Institute

Sr Industrial Analyst

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.

Senior Technical Specialist

Pawel Malysz received the BEng degree (summa cum laude) in engineering physics, the MASc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, in 2005, 2007 and 2011 respectively. From 2012-2014 he was a Principal Research Engineer at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer (P. Eng.) in the province of Ontario and currently a Senior Technical Specialist at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) USA LLC in Michigan, USA. Dr. Malysz co-received the Chrysler Innovation Award in 2014. In 2015, he was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University. In 2017, Dr. Malysz became a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE). He holds four patents and has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal/conference papers. His research interests include energy systems, battery management software design, electrified transportation, and advanced control engineering.

Co Founder & CEO

Fabrizio Martini is an expert in energy storage technologies and has 12 years of prior experience in business and development in the ultracapacitor field. Before co-founding Electra in 2015, he was the Project Manager of several government-funded SBIRs for the DOE, DOD, and NASA managing over $10M. He has contributed to the accomplishment of six world records related to ultracapacitor technology and was in charge of the commercialization of the first-of-its-kind, high-temperature ultracapacitor for oil and gas and geothermal applications. Mr. Martini was the point of contact for several companies in the aerospace and defense field for the integration of ultracapacitor systems in their applications and he served as Principal Investigator of NASA SBIR program. He is author of 14 patents related to energy storage technologies.

WAVE Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification

CEO & Chief Technology Officer

Michael is the CEO of WAVE, where his team developed and deployed commercial Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) solutions scalable to a MegaWatt that delivers hands-free, vehicle and grid-integrated wireless power to Electric and Autonomous Vehicles. He is a serial entrepreneur and new product evangelist with expertise in power electronics, microelectronics, wireless power transfer, Internet of Things, and wireless communications. He is also the co-chair of the SAE J2954 Heavy Duty standards committee on wireless charging of electric vehicles.


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.


Adam McCarthy is President of the Cobalt Institute, having previously been responsible for Government & Public Affairs.

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Product Director

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

Senior Manager

Ted Miller is Manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Research. His team is responsible for Ford global electrification subsystem and power supply research, delivering battery system design innovations in advanced cell technology, packaging, thermal, EDS, EMC, charging, power conversion, and energy management and modeling. They provide subject matter expertise from raw materials to end-of-life recycling. The team also leads collaboration with university, industrial, and National Lab partners. Mr. Miller is Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium and a member of the Idaho National Laboratory Strategic Advisory Committee and the University of Michigan Energy Institute External Advisory Board.


Raymond Malcolm Oei, born in Germany and has been living in Indonesia for the last 24 years and is currently acting CEO of STERN Chem PTE. LTD in Singapore and CEO of PT STERN in Indonesia..Raymond has been in the mining and processing industry for the last 15 years. He is currently acquiring manganese mines to process it into battery raw materials. During the last 2 years STERN has established a very powerful Eco system. This eco system covers raw material, battery plant and EV production. STERN has signed major LOI with one Asian Government to develop battery raw materials and battery and EV developments. Major German and British Technology & Equipment cooperation have also signed LOI to support the commercialization of battery and EV plants. STERN has been developing a flow sheet over the last years to produce ultra-high purity manganese sulphate raw material from mid to high grade Manganese ore, MNO 56%. A world class Flow sheet for Pre-processing and Hydrometallurgical processing with a feasible PEA has been finally accomplished from a German third party to serve the growing demand.

Team Leader

Tetsuya Okado leads the HEV cell development team in Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, Inc. He has about 10 years of experience in Li-ion cell development, including cell design and launching mass production of HEV and PHEV cells.

Technical Director

Anne is a Chartered Metallurgical Engineer from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. She has over 30 years’ experience in the natural resource sector and has been working in nickel and cobalt since 2003. Anne was with European Nickel from 2003 to 2010 as Group Technology Manager where she was the driving force behind the initial development of the heap leaching of Nickel Laterites. In 2010 Anne left European Nickel to co-found a company to further develop and commercialise nickel laterite heap leaching technology. After acquiring their first nickel laterite project in Brazil, she then co-founded Brazilian Nickel in 2013 to develop the Piaui Nickel project. She currently sits on its board as an executive Director. Anne has been involved in projects on over 40 different nickel laterites in 15 countries and is also a scientific associate of the Natural History Museum in London where she contributes to fundamental nickel and cobalt research.

Founder & CTO

Dr. Park leads Enevate’s R&D efforts. He is an expert in battery and surface/bulk chemistries, and novel battery manufacturing techniques. Ben has authored 45+ talks/publications, and has 100+ patents issued/filed. He holds a doctorate in mechanical & aerospace engineering from UC Irvine, MSEE from Purdue University, BSEE from Seoul National University.


Anil Paryani is a innovator, entrepreneur and environmentalist who has developed and deployed EV battery and charging technology since 1990. He lead Tesla battery management system for almost 6 years. He started his career at Honda and held various leadership roles at Faraday, BTCPower, and AeroVironment. In 2017, Anil founded AMP, an E-Mobility company focused on electrifying the world. Anil has over 30 patents in the field. He graduated with a BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona.

Research Assoc Mechanics of Materials

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Chief Energy Storage Engineer

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.

Chief Commercial Officer

Kunal Phalpher is the Chief Commercial Officer of Li-Cycle Corp. Kunal has been involved with Li-Cycle since 2017, first as an advisor, then as a board member and since 2018, as an executive team member. Kunal brings extensive international experience in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors to Li-Cycle, with experience primarily in business development and corporate strategy. His recent experience, prior to joining Li-Cycle, includes working as a Director of Product Development at a residential solar company and Director of Business Development with a lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Prior to those roles, Kunal spent several years in Germany working, in the renewable energy and energy storage sectors. Kunal earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.


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.

Process Engineer & Deputy Dir

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.

Sr Product Mgr

From 2002 - 2008, Wenzel Prochazka studied Mechanical Engineering for Mechatronics at the University of Graz in Austria and the Institute of Applied Sciences in Rouen, France. During his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Graz (Prof Sommitsch, TuGraz; Prof Winter, Meet Münster) from 2009 - 2013, he investigated aging mechanisms of lithium-ion cells for electrochemical aging modelling. Since 2007 he worked for vehicle thermal management at AVL. In 2010, he joined AVL’s Global Battery Competence Team. In 2013, he switched to his current position of Senior Product Manager for Battery Systems, responsible for global Business Development and Battery Strategy.

Research Engineer

Brian Robert is a Research Engineer in Ford Motor Company’s Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Department and has worked on the research and development of power conversion and energy storage technologies for electrified vehicle systems since 2003. His current research focuses on cell-to-system component integration solutions for lithium-ion batteries in collaboration with suppliers and multiple universities. In associated roles, Brian is a Project Manager and Working Group Leader in the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Technical Advisory Committee, a member of the SAE J3073 Battery Thermal Management standards team, and currently the Industry Advisory Board chair for the NSF Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS). He holds Physics degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

President & CEO

Marco Romero is an entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in the technical services, mining and construction materials industries. He has held leadership roles in exploration, mine planning and operations, permitting and finance, as well as project and corporate development. He co-founded several Canadian companies, including Eldorado Gold, Polaris Materials, Delta Gold and Euro Manganese. He has received several international, national and regional awards for achievements in corporate social responsibility and environmental excellence.


Dr. Kenan Sahin is an academic, scientist, inventor, technologist, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2002 he founded TIAX and in 2014 spun out CAMX Power, a leader in the development of advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion battery applications in the automotive and high-end portable electronics markets.

Sr Advisor

Mike has significant energy storage materials value chain understanding with an emphasis on lithium ion batteries and systems with 13 years of market knowledge and relationships. Successful program leadership experience with significant business growth in ventures and existing businesses with a proven track record leading mergers and acquisition team to enter the lithium ion battery materials market. He joined AVICENNE in May of 2016 as a Senior Advisor. Since joining the AVICENNE team, Mike has been leading the US AVICENNE activity working with many clients holding strategy workshops, validation of growth opportunities, helping clients establish their growth plans in energy storage and establishing M&A targets/diligence. Before joining AVICENNE, Mike had a very long career with DuPont, his most recent role was the Global Marketing Director – Energy Storage Venture where he developed significant understanding and insights for the energy storage materials market, device manufacturing and systems while leading global marketing and customer interface efforts to establish programs to enter the $20B energy storage materials market. Executed strategic and market planning for opportunity evaluation, research, choices and M&A activity for entry into rapidly growing new market. He has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and Electrochemical Society.

Vice President Business Development

Miguel Sandoval, Vice President of Business Development Maccor, Inc.
BSEE The University of Tulsa
Contributing author Linden's Handbook of Batteries 5th Edition

Co-Founder & CTO

Michael Schoenleber studied electrical engineering at the KIT, Germany, where he focused on electrochemistry and system theory. At the end of his studies, he developed state and parameter estimation algorithms for Battery Management Systems at the Research & Technology Center of Robert Bosch LLC in Palo Alto, USA. Afterwards he returned to KIT and obtained his PhD, focusing on low-frequency impedance characterization of Lithium-Ion cells. In 2017 he co-founded the Batemo GmbH, which is specialized on creating physical, customer and cell specific, validated battery models. Dr. Schoenleber was awarded with the Siemens Energy Award for being the best student of electrical engineering at KIT of his year and with the Freudenberg Award for the best PhD thesis at KIT in 2017. He is co-inventor of two patents in the field of battery state estimation.

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Austin Sendek is the founder of Aionics, Inc., a provider of software and professional services for machine learning-accelerated materials design. In addition, Dr. Sendek is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Stanford University and a guest lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. Due to his academic and entrepreneurial work, he was included on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Energy list in 2019. Dr. Sendek holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Davis.


Denis Sharypin has attained a degree from Moscow State University in Russia and the graduate school of Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan (both distinction with honors). Denis has worked for Norilsk Nickel for 10 years, and currently stands as the Head of Market Research, responsible for covering the Base and Precious metals markets. Outside of Norilsk, Denis is the Chairman of INSG Statistics Committee, Representative Director at the Nickel Institute, and a representative member of the International Platinum Group Metal Association.

CEO & Co Founder

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.


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.

Sr Engineer

Kandler Smith leads the battery computational modeling team in NREL's Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. His energy storage research projects focus on predicting and extending the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries. He also applies machine-learning techniques for model identification, fast charging, and the computational design and multi-scale modeling of electrochemical/thermal/mechanical-coupled phenomena in lithium-ion batteries.


Dr. Spotnitz leads Battery Design LLC, a company that provides consulting and software for battery developers and users. He provides training in battery engineering for several organizations. He developed Battery Design Studio, a virtual environment for battery design and simulation which was sold to Siemens. He is a co-founder of American Lithium Energy Corp. and Enovix Corp. He is a co-inventor of the multi-layer battery separator introduced by Celgard. And a co-inventor of the mediated electrosynthesis process developed by W.R. Grace & Co. He is an inventor on 46 US Patents and author of 42 publications (including 4 book chapters).

Global Advisor

Robert Stanek studied Business Management and Production Technology at the University of Stuttgart. He joined P3 in 2012 as an automotive consultant and worked before for major TIER1s and vehicle manufacturers in the technical sales and controlling departments. Since 2017 Robert is Partner at P3 and responsible for the e-mobility expertise with focus on electric powertrain systems and batteries. His projects encompass among other things cost analysis of batteries, technical benchmarking of e-powertrain components and charging technologies as well as strategic analysis’ for M&A and due diligence activities leading players in Asia, North America and Europe. Current projects and investigations include the activation of European battery material supply chains, the production and equipment planning for li-ion battery cells and electric motors and the ongoing consolidation of players in the charging industry to establish convenient fast charging networks.


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.

Tech Specialist Battery System Dev

Bob Taenaka is a Senior Technical Leader in Electrified Vehicle Battery Cells and Systems at Ford Motor Company, responsible for battery cell technology and battery system performance in support of Ford's present and near-term future production hybrid and electric vehicles. Bob's team also carries out battery system sizing and performance/life modeling/validation activities. In this role, Bob also supports the technical oversight of battery cell suppliers, helping to bring their cell designs and manufacturing quality processes to automotive standards. He has played a key role in battery development for each of Ford’s production electrified vehicle models launched to date. Prior to joining Ford in 2001, Mr. Taenaka spent 18 years with Hughes Space & Communications, serving as battery engineer for the Galileo Probe mission to Jupiter; principal investigator or program manager for several nickel-hydrogen and sodium-sulfur battery development efforts; and held responsibility for in-orbit support on battery usage for satellite customers and ground stations.

Chief Engineer

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Research Dir

Gil Tal, Ph.D., is the Director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis (UCD). He is also a member of the faculty at the Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group and the Energy Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Tal is a leading expert on electric vehicle travel behavior, as well as understanding the role that incentives and infrastructure play in the electric vehicle market worldwide. He also researches the electrification of new mobility services and automated vehicles and their impacts on the electric grid. Dr. Tal published more than eighty articles and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and he works with policy makers and decision makers from government and industry in the US, China, and Europe. Previously, Dr. Tal was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis and a M.A. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Martin Talke is Principal with umlaut, a management and engineering consulting company. He has worked for over thirteen years in various projects for clients out of the automotive, aviation, wind and transportation industry. Martin has worked with numerous major OEMs and suppliers and their electrification departments to analyze both technical feasibility and reliability as well as the business side of battery cells and systems. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and has been privileged to receive a leadership education at INSEAD Business School in France and Singapore. Martin has published numerous articles and has spoken on several events on electro mobility and reliability management of innovative products.

Associate Professor

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 UCCS principal investigator (PI) of a NASA SBIR Phase II program jointly with EP Systems, Inc. where he leads a team investigating the application of model-predictive control to improve the performance and extend the lifetime of lithium ion battery cells. Other research efforts include physics-based reduced-order modeling of ideal lithium-ion dynamics, physics-based modeling of lithium-ion degradation dynamics, empirical and physics-based modeling of lithium-ion thermal dynamics, as well as predictive methods for power estimation. who are adopting Lithium Sulfur into their products. He is also an advisor to the Aerospace Technology Institute.

Lead Engineer, Battery Development

Malli Veeramurthy recently joined FEV North America, after working with A123 Systems & Ford Motor Company in battery development. His areas of expertise include thermal management system design, high-voltage system design for EVs, battery pack design and development as well as battery requirements, standards, testing and validation.

He is a car enthusiast and is very passionate about E-mobility. He truly believes in electrified future for transportation industry.



Prof & Dir

Dr. Eric D Wachsman, Director of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, is the William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research with appointments in both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Wachsman is Vice President of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and the Materials Research Society. He is a Fellow of both ECS and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS); the recipient of the 2017 Carl Wagner Award from ECS; the 2014 Sir William Grove Award from the International Association for Hydrogen Energy; the 2014 Pfeil Award from The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining; the Outstanding Invention of 2013 award from the University of Maryland Office of Technology Licensing; the 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award; and the 2012 HTM Outstanding Achievement Award from ECS. His research is focused on solid ion-conducting materials and electrocatalysts, and includes the development of solid-state batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, ion-transport membrane reactors, solid-state gas sensors, and the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, CO2, and NOx, using advanced ion conducting materials. He has more than 270 publications and 24 patents on ionic and electronic transport in materials, and their catalytic properties, and device performance, and to date three companies have been founded based on these technologies.

Center Director & Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Michael Wang is a Distinguished Fellow and director of the Systems Assessment Center, Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Wang leads the ongoing development of Argonne’s GREET software model for life cycle analysis of vehicle technologies and transportation fuels. The GREET model and his research results have been used by regulatory agencies such as the California Air Resources Board, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop automotive fuel regulations. In addition to his work in the U.S., Dr. Wang has collaborated with government agencies, automotive companies, energy companies, universities and research institutions in Asia and Europe. Dr. Wang is a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a member of the Transportation Energy Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He served on the boards of NGOs, companies, and Chinese automotive research organizations, and is on the editorial boards of four international journals. Dr. Wang has over 270 publications in the areas of transportation energy and environment effects. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from University of California at Davis and a B.S. in Agricultural Meteorology from the China Agricultural University, Beijing.

William E Diefenderfer Chair Prof

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

Research Assoc

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Dir & Prof

Martin Winter holds a professorship for “Materials Science, Energy and Electrochemistry” at Muenster University, Germany. He is a Director of the MEET Battery Research Center at Muenster University and of the Helmholtz-Institute Muenster (HI MS) “Ionics in Energy Storage”, a branch of Forschungszentrum Jülich. Martin Winter is the spokesperson of German Battery Research. He holds several president and chairmen positions in scientific societies and is the recipient of more than 50 awards and recognitions.

Sr Staff Scientist

Dr. David L. Wood, III is a Senior Staff Scientist and University of Tennessee Bredesen Center Faculty Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researching novel electrode architectures, mass transport phenomena, solid-liquid surface chemistry, advanced processing methods, manufacturing science, and materials characterization for low-temperature fuel cells, PEM electrolyzers, lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, and solid-state batteries, and has been employed there since 2009. He is also the former ORNL Fuel Cell Technologies Program Manager (2011-2018), the former Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Team and Group Leader (2015-2017), and a well-known energy conversion and storage researcher with an industrial and academic career that began in 1995. He has received 20 patents and patent applications, authored 101 refereed journal articles and transactions papers, and authored 2 book chapters. Dr. Wood has managed an average annual ORNL budget of up $9-10M related to lithium ion batteries, roll-to-roll manufacturing science, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and hydrogen infrastructure issues.

Laboratory Fellow

Dr. Jie Xiao is currently a Laboratory Fellow and Group Leader of Battery Materials & System at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Xiao obtained her Ph.D degree in Materials Chemistry from State University of New York Binghamton. She has been leading research thrusts on both practical applications and fundamental study of energy storage materials and systems, spanning from micro-batteries for acoustic fish tags to advanced battery technologies for vehicle electrification and grid energy storage. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, 2 book chapters and holds 17 US patents in the area of energy storage research area. Dr. Xiao has been named top 1% Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher since 2017.

Sr Global Commercial Mgr

Marina Yakovleva is a Head of Research and a Senior Global Commercial Manager for New Product and Technology Development at Livent Corporation. Marina started her carrier in battery components industry with FMC Corporation in 1995. Marina has inventions in lithium-ion battery materials widely used commercially, including the Ti/Mg tailored cathode technology that has become the industry standard and is used in a vast majority of consumer electronics devices. Marina has over 70 patents granted in US and worldwide; over 20 patents pending US and worldwide. Today, her mission is to implement Livent’s new strategic inventions through industry and academia collaborations to enable high energy density storage devices. Marina serves as member-at-large of the ECS Battery Division and she is a member of the advisory board for the Battery500 consortium.

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Senior Research Analyst Future Energy Metals

Alice Yu is the Senior Analyst of Metals and Mining Research at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Alice launched the Lithium and Cobalt monthly report in June 2020, focusing on demand from the plug-in vehicles segment. She is now responsible for publishing a 5-year forecast on the lithium and cobalt markets. Alice has specialized in battery metals research for the past five years, she is currently based in Beijing, having also worked in Hong Kong and London as a metals and mining consultant.


Gleb Yushin is a Co-Founder & CTO of Sila Nanotechnologies and serves as a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Editor-in-Chief for Materials Today. Gleb has co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 patents. For his contributions to the development of energy storage materials, Gleb has received numerous awards and was recognized as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by the Electrochemical Society. Gleb holds BS and MS degrees in Physics from Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Materials Science from North Carolina State University.

Postdoctoral Associate Mechanical Engineering

I am Juner Zhu, currently a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, jointly working with Professor Tomasz Wierzbicki at the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Professor Martin Z. Bazant at the Department of Chemical Engineering since I got my Ph.D. degree from MIT in June 2019. My major research interest is predicting the mechanical failure of lithium-ion batteries with advanced experimental techniques and next-generation CAE tools to achieve safer design of battery cells as well as their protective structures. I am co-directing the program of the MIT Industrial Battery Consortium, which was founded by Prof. Tomasz Wierzbicki in 2011 and have been supported by nine sponsor companies (Altair, AVL, Boston-Power, Ford, Jaguar-LandRover, LG Chem, Mercedes-Benz, Murata, PSA Groupe).

Solution Architect R&D

Bob has worked for HP, Agilent, and now Keysight Technologies for over 30 years. His R&D and marketing responsibilities include power supplies, electronic loads, data acquisition equipment, and test systems. Bob is now responsible for outlining Keysight’s battery testing solutions roadmap and has an Electrical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.


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