President of Advanced Automotive Batteries and founder of Total Battery Consulting, Inc., Dr. Anderman has led the development and commercialization of high-power Ni-Cd batteries, Li-Ion batteries, and ultracapacitors and spent the last ten years conducting assessments of energy-storage technologies for advanced vehicles, publishing Advanced Automotive Battery Industry Reports and chairing the AABC.
Dr. Sandeep Sovani is Director of Global Automotive Industry at ANSYS Inc., the world’s largest, independent Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software company (NASDAQ: ANSS). He serves as a leader for the automotive industry sector at ANSYS and is responsible for developing the company’s business and market strategy for the worldwide automotive market segment. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. Dr. Sovani has been actively involved in various areas of automotive technology and business for two decades. He previously worked with Tata Motors, India. Under a grant from the Cummins Engine Company, he conducted research on IC Engines at Purdue University and recently served as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. Dr. Sovani is the author of more than 40 papers, articles, reports and has delivered numerous invited lectures at academic and industry conferences.
Dr. Anthony Wong is currently V.P. of Business Development & V.P. of EV Engineering at ATL, head-quartered in Hong Kong. ATL, a leading lithium-ion pouch/polymer battery manufacturer, is a subsidiary of TDK. Dr. Wong has helped serving international name-brand OEMs, and growing ATL from a start-up to a-billion dollar battery enterprise. He has been in the battery industry for more than 25 years and has served with the UL Standard Committee, the CTIA CATL Committee, the IEEE Battery Standards, and “Sensor” magazine Advisory Board member. Dr. Wong travels extensively in Asia, USA and Europe developing key customers, building global alliances, positioning and formulating strategy for the company. Prior joining ATL/TDK, Dr. Wong was at Energizer and Gould Electronics with senior management capacities including competitive intelligence, sales and marketing, research and development, and launching new business divisions. He received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Vassen studied electomical engineering at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. In 1997 he became system engineer of engine control at Mannesmann VDO AG. He entered Audi AG in 1999 as diagnostics engineer and became manager of gateway ECU and data buses in 2004. He has been manager of energy and storage systems at Audi since 2006.
Ms. Amemiya is currently senior Manager of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation. She joined NEC Corporation in 1989 and started developing lithium-ion batteries at NEC central research laboratory in 1997. She then joined NEC Lamilion Energy, Ltd. in 2002 and worked on the development of lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications. In 2008 Ms. Amemiya joined Automotive Energy Supply Corporation. She is developed the lithium-ion battery cells for Electric Vehicle as Manager of development division.
Shigeaki Kato is President of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation ( AESC ) from the beginning of April, 2014. Prior to joining AESC, he was the Senior Vice President in Total Customer Satisfaction Function Division at Nissan from 2012. He served as Senior Vice President of Production Engineering Division at Nissan since 2009. He spent 35 years at Nissan, mostly automotive manufacturing and manufacturing engineering.
Dr. Wiedemann studied Mechatronics at the University of Aalen, Germany and the University of Teesside, GB. During his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Ulm, he investigated ageing mechanisms for NiMH cells for HEVs. Since 2003, he has been involved in battery management systems and works with electrochemical storage systems. After working in research and development departments at Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH, he joined AVL List GmbH as Product Manager for Battery Systems in 2009.
Mr. Mukainakano graduated in 1984 from a bachelor’s course in biochemistry from the Department of Applied Sciences at the Muroran Institute of Technology, and joined Seiko Denshi Kogyo that same year. He started working at the Institute of Information Technology in 2009, investigating markets and the technologies for LIB BMS and protection circuit components, modules and packs, investigating ESS markets, and providing related business consulting and executive support. In May 2012, Mr. Mukainakano took the post of vice president of B3 Corporation to carry on the same work.
Mr. Takeshita graduated from a bachelor’s course at the Department of Reaction Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, in 1991. He has been involved continuously with investigation and consulting on the LIB market, as an investigative researcher for the Nomura Research Institute from 1991, and as vice-president of the Institute of Information Technology from 2000. Mr. Takeshita Founded B3 Corporation in April 2012, taking the post of President and CEO. Investigated LIB markets and the technologies of LIB cells and materials, as well as the mobile and IT market and the xEV market, and provided related business consulting and executive support.
Dr. Spotnitz is a leading developer of mathematical models that simulate battery operation. Dr. Spotnitz, who previously held several senior technical positions in materials and battery development, founded Battery Design in 1999 to provide consulting and develop custom software for battery developers and users. He is a well-known speaker on various aspects of battery engineering.
Jian-Guo Ren obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2005 from Tsinghua University, PR China. He was an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology at Tsinghua University from 2005 to 2009, and then spent one and half years at the Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE) division, Argonne National Laboratory, USA, as a Visiting Scientist. From 2011 to 2012, he worked as a Research Fellow in the Center of Super Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF), City University of Hong Kong. He is currently Deputy Director of the Institute of New Energy Technology, Shenzhen BTR New Energy Materials Inc., PR China. His research focuses on nanomaterials (nano silicon and nano carbon), surface and interface chemistry, lithium ion battery, electric vehicle and energy storage system. He has published over 60 referred articles and holds over 20 patents.
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Xiaoyu ZHANG earned his double Bachelor’s degree in Material Chemistry, International Economics and Commerce from Nankai University, Tianjin PRC, in 2005. He obtained his double PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University and Peking University on lithium-ion battery materials in 2010. He joined the European research center of Saint-Gobain as R&D engineer from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Zhang is currently a research analyst in China Industrial Association of Power Sources (CIAPS), focusing on the global intelligence on lithium-ion batteries value chain.
Dr. Brandt earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the Technical University of Munich. He has spent over 35 years in the battery industry starting out with rechargeable Li-metal anode systems and then Li-Ion batteries when working for Moli Energy in Canada. He continued in the industry with managing the development of large format Li-Ion batteries for VARTA in Germany, Duracell in the US and then for GAIA again in Germany. Three years ago he joined Clariant and has been involved in the commercialization of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) cathode materials.
Dr. Ozawa is known in the industry since his role as the project leader for Sony Li Ion cell team that pioneered the commercialization of Li Ion batteries in the early nineties. Dr. Ozawa worked at Sony from 1967 to 1996, covering the development of ceramic materials, magnetic films, and batteries.
In 1996 Dr. Ozawa founded ENAX, Inc. a developer of Li Ion cells and production technology, and served as its president and CEO until 2013.
Editor of the book: ‘Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries’ and recipient of the 2006 IBA Technology Award and prior US and Japanese ECS awards, Dr. Ozawa obtained an MS degree In Metallurgy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Engineering from Tohoku University.
From the setting up, Mr. Okushita’s overriding goal was to develop laminated film for automotive LIB market. He has been focusing on taking measure of essential properties, design specification of packing, development of inspection apparatus and sales operating activity. Up to the present date, he has delivered lectures for The Chemical Society of Japan and The Electrochemical Society of Japan and has dispersed the laminated film technology. Recently he has consulted several users and tried hard to explain the preserving property, the safety and to dispel the stereotype of the laminated film. Furthermore, besides packing technology, he is also committed to find inspection methods for users. His applications for patents are more than 200 and registrations are more than 100.
Tadatoshi Asada is the head of the Engine Electrical Systems Engineering Division at DENSO Corporation in Japan. He joined DENSO in 1988 after graduating from Yokohama National University and in his early years at DENSO was engaged in the development of generator control systems. These days Tadatoshi leads the development and promotion of advanced Start & Stop technology. Last year Tadatoshi's development team successfully launched the world's first mass produced advanced S&S system using a 12V Li-ion battery. This battery permits the elimination of the DC-DC convertor, limiting the system cost whilst improving the fuel economy.
Yuki Nagai is an engineer in the Engine Electrical Systems ENG. DIV. 1, DENSO CORPORATION. He is a member of the team which promotes 12V Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for S&S system, since he joined DENSO four years ago. His main work is to evaluate the characteristics and to construct the control system of Lithium-ion battery, such as SOC detection method or temperature estimation logic.
Ted Miller is Ford's Senior Manager of Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research. His team is responsible for energy storage strategy, research, development and implementation for all Ford hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and fuel cell vehicles. Mr. Miller's team supports global prototype and production vehicle development programs. They are involved in every aspect of energy storage design and use from raw materials to end-of-life recycling. His team also sponsors collaborative research programs at the University of Michigan, where they will soon be opening a new joint battery fabrication and evaluation lab, Stanford, MIT, Ohio State University, and a number of other major universities worldwide. Mr. Miller is Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Management Committee. He holds a number of energy storage technology patents, is the author of many published papers in the field, and an experienced speaker on advanced energy storage technology and materials.
Armin Warm received his diploma in power and electrical engineering from the University of Essen, Germany. He has been working for Ford since 2006 and has experience in fuel cell, battery electric vehicles and other electrified powertrain concepts as well as power supply systems. Today Mr. Warm works in the research center of Ford in Aachen, Germany in the “Advanced Power Supply & Energy Management” department. The main focus of this department is the development of solutions for future low-voltage power supply systems to be used in the global Ford organization. Mr. Warm also represents Ford in several battery-related working groups in Europe such as the “VDA working group for traction energy storage” or the “EUCAR working group for FC & xBEV”
Director of General Motor’s Global Battery Systems, Mr. William Wallace is responsible for all GM Li-Ion battery and EVSE product development, validation and integration as well as GM’s global battery labs. He has over 25 years of product development experience in the aerospace and automotive industries in both North America and Europe. He also serves as a board member of the General Motors / University of Michigan Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains, which is a joint research program focused on spanning the gap between battery material synthesis and vehicle controls integration.
Dr. Jack (Xiaofei ) Zhang is the founder and President of GaoGong Industry Research Enterprises. GG-LB's market research institute, monthly magazine and website, gg-lb.com cover all aspects of China's lithium battery and EV industry. Dr. Zhang have been playing a very important role in providing strategic planning for lithium battery and EV enterprises, and consulting services for governments in China. Dr. Zhang worked for more than 10 years in the United States as founder of Digital Module, Vice President at OmniSpace Technologies Corp., and Information Specialist at Texas Instrument. Dr. Zhang received a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Wuhan University of Technology, a Master degree in engineering at Shanghai Jiaotong University and a Ph.D in computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas.
At Honda R&D, Mr. Shinmura was first engaged in research and development for a gas turbine engine and the associated dynamo. He then led the development of a fuel-cell vehicle, electric vehicles, and hybrid vehicles. Mr. Shinmura now works on planning for electric power plant development and strategy for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Dr. Sato studied chemistry at and earned his PhD from Tohoku University. He joined Honda in 1986 and has been engaged in research on lithium ion batteries. From 2009 to 2011, he participated in the RISING (Research and Development for Initiative for Scientific Innovation of New Generation Batteries) project, in which he learned analyzing technologies using synchrotron radiation. Now, he is developing analyzing methods for battery degradation using various techniques such as XRD, XAFS, neutron diffraction and NMR.
Mr. Minoru Noguchi is chief engineer of battery research and development division at Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D center. He joined Honda in 1985. He studied the material of a lithium ion battery and an ultra-capacitor. He developed the electric energy storage system which used the ultra-capacitor, and it contributed to improve the efficiency and in acceleration performance of FCX. He is engaged in development of the battery system for HEV or EV now.
As a certified senior industrial analyst of the biggest think-tank in Taiwan, he responsible for the research about Taiwan battery-related industry, from material, cell, pack and related application. Not only handling the official government statistics about Taiwan battery industry, he also plays a role to provide consulting suggestions both for Taiwan government and worldwide companies. In the past five years, his clients included the top 100 Taiwan enterprises, GM, VW, Intel, China Steel Company, China Petroleum Company and Japanese material companies. From 2010, he served as an executive secretary of the Taiwan Battery Association till now.
Dr. Yoshio Ukyo got PhD in Metallurgy in 1981 and joined Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories Incorporation (TCRDL). His research area in TCRDL includes synthesis and analysis of inorganic materials for automotive catalyst and energy storage. He spent about 15 years for the development of lithium ion battery for hybrid vehicle. He has been Senior Fellow of TCRDL and now research adviser of TCRDL. He joined to Kyoto University from this April and a member of national project on battery called RISING (Research and Development Initiative for Scientific Innovation of New Generation Batteries).
Wonhee Jeong obtained his B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Seoul National University, Korea. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University (USA) in 2008. After two years of postdoctoral research at UNC at Chapel Hill (USA), he joined LG Chem as a manager for the development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries for PHEV and EV applications. Currently, he is leader of Micro HEV team at LG Chem, and responsible for developing lithium-ion batteries for low-voltage hybrids.
Akitomo Kume graduated from Mechanical Engineering of Tokushima graduate school. He joined Mazda Motor Corporation in 2000 and was in charge of the development of electronic control for engine at Power train advance development department. From 2005 until 2009, He developed battery management system for stop and start system. After that, he was responsible for i-ELOOP which is the regenerative brake system until 2013. Since 2014, he moves Electric Drive System Development Office and is researching the next generation regenerative brake system.
Professor T. Horiba is now working on advanced lithium batteries in Mie University, however he is originally not a person of academia but of industry. He has been working in the field of battery technology for more than 35 years. For more than half of his career, he worked on large format lithium-ion batteries for automotive and stationary applications. He also participated in several NEDO projects for the batteries.
Osamu Yamamoto is a professor emeritus Mie University and a visiting professor of Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chines Academy of Science China. He received his PhD in engineering from Nagoya University. During his tenure at Nagoya University, he discovered a super high copper ion conductivity solid electrolyte of Rb4Cu16I7Cl13, the conductivity of which is 0.32 S cm-1 at 25 oC. He was Asia Regional Editor of Solid State Ionics for 13 years and president of the International Society of Solid State Ionics in 1994-1995. Among his numerical Awards is the Award of the Electrochemical Society, Japan and was elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 2003.
Prof. Martin Winter's main research interests are in applied electrochemistry, materials electrochemistry and inorganic chemistry and technology. He is the past president of the International Battery Materials Association (IBA), Past Chair of the Division of Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), and Technical Editor of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society (ECS). Currently, he is the spokesperson of the LIB2015 Innovation Alliance of the BMBF (Germany Ministry of Education and Research) and a member of the German National Platform E-Mobility (NPE).
Gaku Kamitani is a manager of Lithium-ion Battery Business Development Department in Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. After he obtained a Master’s degree in Kyoto University in Japan, he joined Murata in 1996. In his early years he dedicated himself to development of measurement technology of electric devices used in microwave frequency. Recently he is responsible for development of a range of battery packs utilizing lithium-ion battery cells produced in Murata.
Nae-Lih Nick Wu received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University. He has served as the Director of Energy Research Center and Department Head at the National Taiwan University. His research activities focus on the synthesis of electrode and component materials for electrochemical devices, including supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries and on the development of advanced in-situ/in-operando analytic methodologies based on synchrotron facilities in charactering these materials and devices.
Mr. Miyamoto joined Nissan Motor Co. in 1981 and started researching advanced batteries for EV at Nissan Research Center. In 1994, he joined Li-Ion battery development projects for EV/HEV. In 2006, Mr. Miyamoto became General Manager of the EV Energy Development Department at Nissan, and in 2007, Engineering Director in the EV Energy Development Department. Mr. Miyamoto headed the Nissan Leaf battery system development project.
Beatrice Lacout received a Master's Degree in Engineering. She spent most of her carrier with Saft, first in the Space Division as Project Manager for batteries for geostationary satellites. Then she joined the Automotive Division in 1996 where she served for several positions in sales and marketing. From 2006 to 2011, she was participating to the joint venture Johnson Controls-Saft. She is today Business Development and Sale Manager for Europe & Asia in the Vehicle Division.
Mr. Ryuji Kawase obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry from Kobe University in 1983. He joined Sanyo Electric that same year as a researcher in the Ni-Cd Battery Division. In 1997 he became manager of the Ni-Cd battery development division and in 2001, and general manager of the Automotive Battery Department in 2001.
Kisuk Kang is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University where he received his BS. He did his PhD and postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before he joined SNU, he was a professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) until 2010. From 2013, he is a tenured professor at SNU. His research lab at SNU focuses on developing new materials for LIB, post-Li battery chemistries—such as Na, Mg batteries and metal-air batteries—using combined experiments and abinitio calculations. For the past 5 years, he has published more than 100 international journals and issued more than 10 patents on this field. His accomplishments were recognized by ISE (International Society of Electrochemistry) Young Investigator Award (2011), Inaugural Energy and Environmental Science Lectureship Award (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012), PBFC Award (Korean Electrochemical Society, 2013) etc. Also, he was recently selected as a winner of the prestigious Korean Young Scientist Award by the President of Korea (2013).
Qiao Shi is CTO of Shenzhen Capchem Technology, where he is In charge of R&D of electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries and super capacitors. Prior to joining Shenzhen Capchem Technology in 2008, he worked as a researcher in R&D center of battery of Hitachi Maxell in Japan, where he developed Sn/Si based anode materials and ceramic coated separators for lithium-ion batteries. He holds a Doctor’s degree in Polymer Material from Tsinghua University.
Mr. Nakanishi joined Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. in 1990 and was involved in developing silicone surfactants. He then joined the manufacturing department in 1993 and investigated the catalyst and process in chlorosilane synthesis. In 2004 he joined the battery materials group and was involved in development of electrolyte solution. Mr. Nakanishi is currently involved in the development of anode materials, especially silicon, as a chief researcher of this group.
Kenji Inakoshi joined Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. in 1997. In 2002, he started to research advanced battery systems for EV/HEV at Subaru Technical Research Center. Since 2008, he has engaged in the development of the battery system for Mild-HEV. And the system was applied to SUBARU XV CROSSTREK HYBRID, which was launched last year as Subaru's first HEV.
Dr. Yang has over 14 years of experience in Li-Ion battery development for EV applications. While at ITRI, he lead a team of 30 people dedicated to developing Li-ion batteries for LEV and HEV applications as well as the LEV promotion project in Taiwan, two projects that were supported by the Taiwanese government. He is now General Manager at TD HiTech Energy, Inc., a company that develops energy-storage systems and provides Li-Ion battery pack systems for E-Bike and E-scooter application markets, and President of EnergyBus e.V.
Shun Egusa is the head of automotive systems business division in Toshiba, managing both motor drive business unit for HEV and rechargeable battery business unit and technology. He has been promoting the marketing & development of LTO-based battery cells: SCiB™ for both vehicle usage & stationary ESS application, He was originally a chemical material scientist in Toshiba’s Corporate R&D center, and was involved in the rechargeable battery field in 2006. He was engaged in designing and launching Toshiba’s battery factory located in Kashiwazaki-city, Japan in 2010.
Michael Lord is a Senior Principal Engineer in Vehicle Regulation & Certification Engineering for Toyota Technical Center (TTC), the North American research arm of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA). Mr. Lord has a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Japanese language at Sophia University in Japan before joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1987. In 1993, he transferred to TTC where he works closely with Toyota engineering and US regulators on issues related to future powertrains including the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD), Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV), Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations.
Dr. Monique Richard is a Senior Principal Engineer at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America in the Materials Engineering division. Dr. Richard is currently responsible for materials research and development, product benchmarking and strategic market investigation. Dr. Richard represents Toyota as the technical lead for Li-battery standards development at SAE. This includes chairing SAE materials testing committee and is a member of the SAE Vehicle Battery steering committee. Dr. Richard joined TTC in 2004 as a principal scientist for battery material research, specifically the identification of unique technologies that would bypass current battery performance. Dr. Richard received her Doctorate from Dalhousie University (Halifax Canada)
Dong Joon Ihm is leading research & development of cathode materials and their qualification programs at applications for Rechargeable Battery Materials Business Unit within Umicore. He has been the managing director of Umicore Korea Limited for seven years before taking up current responsibility and has been working in battery industries since 1996. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Akron in 1994 in Polymer Engineering and his MS in Chemical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1985.
Representing the Volkswagen Group for Electric Development topics, Thomas Weber is stationed in Volkswagen Group’s Technical Representative, Tokyo. Prior this assignment he was responsible for safety related high voltage topics within technical development at Volkswagen Headquarter in Wolfsburg, Germany. He holds a Degree in Engineering & Business and started his carrier within the international Trainee Program at Volkswagen AG.
Xinbao Gao is the CTO of Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia Co. Ltd, where he leads the battery technology group for xEV battery system development. Gao started his Li-ion battery career at EnerDel Inc since 2006. In 2012, he was appointed as the CTO of the Zhejinga Wanxiang Ener1 Power solution Co. Ltd (The joint venture between Ener1 and Wanxiang Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd) and in 2013, he took the position of CTO in Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia. Gao has particular expertise and general experience in large format battery cells and systems used for new energy vehicles. His experiences include cell and cell component design and evaluation, manufacturing process improvement, and battery system design and integration. Gao received his Phd in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Master and Bachelor degree in Engineering from Sichuang University, China.
Sachiya Inagaki, born in Tokyo, Japan, has been working with Yano Research Institute since August 2000, when he joined the CMEO (Chemical Materials and Electronics & Optics) department as market researcher. Recently, Mr. Inagaki has been focusing primarily on doing market research on Li-ion battery cells and four major materials (cathodes, anodes, electrolytes, and separators). His geographic scope of research is not limited to Japan, Korea, and China, but also includes the U.S. and Europe where new Li-ion battery markets have been emerging. He has travelled to many different countries to conduct interview with key persons in the Li-ion battery industry. Since August 2011, he has been in the position of general manager of Seoul Branch Office.