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The Team

Prof. Dr. Stefano Passerini (WWU)

Prof. Dr. Stefano PasseriniProfessor Stefano Passerini, Chemist, has been working since 1986 on basic and applied research devoted to study and characterize materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage. Since 2010 he holds a Chair in ’New Electrochemical Energy Devices’, main topics are: Polymer electrolytes; inorganic sol-gel materials and ionic liquids; and lithium batteries. He is author/co-author of over 160 publications in ‘peer reviewed’ international scientific journals, 4 book chapters and about 10 international patents.

Prof. Marina Mastragostino (UNIBO)

Prof. Marina MastragostinoMarina Mastragostino is Full Professor of Chemistry at Bologna University. Her research activity is mainly focused on basic and applied studies on inorganic, carbonaceous and polymeric nanostructured electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells for transportation and stationary and portable applications. Electrochemical studies for enzymatic biofuel cells are also performed in her research group. Her experience in the field of the materials electrochemistry is proven by 180 papers published on international journals and books, by several invited presentations in International Meetings and by the participation as Scientific Responsible in several national and European projects for the development of advanced electrochemical systems, also with industrial partners.

John Owen (SOTON)

John Owen John Owen obtained his first degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, where he also studied for his Ph.D. in Organic Electro-optic Crystals under the late E.A.D. White. He then worked on Solar Energy at the Materials and Energy Research Centre in Iran until in 1979 revolution brought him back to the Wolfson Centre for Solid State Ionics in Imperial College as Wolfson Fellow working on polymer electrolytes. In 1984 he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Chemistry at the University of Salford before joining the School of Chemistry at Southampton in 1990 where he is now a Professor of Electrochemistry and leader of the Solid State Electrochemistry Group which researches into electrode and polymer electrolyte materials for batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and electrochromic devices.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Power Sources. He chaired the Batteries and Supercapacitors symposium of the International Society of Electrochemistry meeting in 2006. Last year he gave invited lectures on nanomaterials and high throughput techniques for battery discovery at international meetings in Germany, Canada, and Australia and a series of lectures in China. He is a co-founder of Nanotecture PLC, a spin-out company of the University.

Thomas Traußnig und Volker Hennige (AVL)

AVL - Dr. Ulrich Wietelmann AVL - Volker Hennige AVL is the world's largest privately owned and independent company for the development of powertrain systems. The Global Battery Competence Team is part of the AVL powertrain division and exhibits enhanced technical competence in the fields of battery development, testing and simulation. The research focus in the LABOHR project lies on the battery system concept design with special focus on automotive requirements, bearing in mind necessary ancillaries as heat exchange, oxygen harvesting, electrolyte- and battery management. In addition simulations of the battery system will be developed and performed for an early performance assessment. For prototype battery cells a measurement setup with heat-, air-, electric and thermal management will be provided.

Dr. Dino Tonti (CSIC)

Dr. Dino Tonti Dr. Dino Tonti, is a chemist working since 1995 in preparation and characterization of materials for lithium batteries and nanomaterials. His current focus is in the bottom-up preparation of materials with 3D architectures for electrochemical energy conversion, mainly making use of template methods and soft chemistry.

Prof. Emanuel Peled (TAU)

Prof. Emanuel Peled Emanuel Peled is a Full Professor of Chemistry. The 1993 Winner of the Electrochemical Society Battery Division Research Award, the IBA 2007 Yeager award and the Landau Research Award; he has published over 150 papers and holds 35 patents and patents pending. He is involved in both basic and applied batteries and fuel cells research including: lithium-polymer electrolyte pyrite, lithium and calcium-thionyl chloride, lithium-sulfur, thermal batteries and 3-D on a silicon-chip lithium-ion microbattery. High power hydrogen tribromide fuel cell, direct methanol and direct ethylene glycol fuel cells having world record power were recently developed in his group. He is the developer of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) model for active metal non-aqueous batteries. From 2003 Prof. Peled is the chairman of the IMOS Fuel Cells and Battery Center and the incumbent of the Nathan Cummings Chair of Pure and Applied Electrochemistry. He is a co-founder of EnStorage, a startup company aimed at the development and commercialization of very large energy storage systems based on regenerative fuel cell.

Prof. Diana Golodnitsky (TAU)

Prof. Diana Golodnitsky Diana Golodnitsky holds an Associate Professor position at Tel Aviv University. She has been involved in developing the lithium battery field since 1992. Her work has covered several topics related to electrochemical energy storage, including advanced cathode and anode materials, gel and solid polymer electrolytes. Her scientific interests focus, in addition, on electrochemistry of metals and alloys, 3D-micro- and nano- battery architectures; characterization of innovative materials for advanced energy technologies using XRD, SEM, EDX, XPS, TOF SIMS, DSC, and TGA methods. She has authored more than 80 papers, three book chapters, and about 150 conference publications; she also holds more than 10 patents.

Dr. Adrienne Hammerschmidt (WWU)

Dr. Adrienne Hammerschmidt Dr. Adrienne Hammerschmidt, Chemist, has joined the ‘Applied Material Science for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion’ group in Muenster in 2010. Her background in Inorganic Chemistry is completed by a strong expertise in characterization of Li-ion conducting materials.

Dr. Carla Cavalca de Araujo and Dr. Jörg Huslage (Volkswagen AG)

Dr. Carla Cavalca de Araujo Dr. Jörg Huslage The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2010, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 7.3 million (2009: 6.3 million), corresponding to a 15.4 percent share of the world passenger car market. The annual turnover exceeded 126.9 billion Euros in 2010 and the expenditures for R&D with its 27,406 employees aggregate of approx. 6.25 billion Euros. These employees as a share of the total workforce across the group conduct 6.9%. Volkswagen's Group Research is working on every field of automotive application and is responsible for identifying, evaluating and transferring innovative technologies to advanced engineering or series development departments of all brands of the Volkswagen. The company is also active in the development of battery-powered vehicles, aiming on a mass-market introduction in the following decade. Beside system integration, there is an experienced team of experts with electrochemical background and working on the establishment of analytical tools for battery evaluation as well as for the pre market assessment of future battery technology. Volkswagen is the potential end-users of the technology developed within this project and therefore in charge of the specifications of the potential cell concepts worked on in the project.

Dr. Alessandra Fernicola (SAES)

Dr. Alessandra Fernicola Dr. Alessandra Fernicola is Head of Energy Storage Technologies Lab at SAES Getters. Since she has joined SAES, in 2009, she has been contributing to the development of getters for application in energy storage electrochemical devices and she is inventor or co-inventor of 3 patent applications in this field. Since her M.D. in Chemistry on proton-conducting polymer electrolytes, she has been gathering experience on liquid and polymer electrolytes for fuel cells and lithium batteries. During her Ph.D. course in Chemical Sciences, she spent 4 months in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan, to deepen her knowledge on ionic liquids. She has been working on novel, ionic-liquid based electrolytes in Sapienza University of Rome in the electrochemistry group led by Prof. Scrosati. A. Fernicola has been speaker at several international conferences on batteries and ionic liquids, and she is author of 15 scientific papers in international peer-review journals.

Oliver Panzer (ERS)

Oliver Panzer Oliver Panzer (born 1972 in Detmold, Germany); studied physics at the university of Münster in Germany. He graduated in 1999, afterwards working as researcher in the area of nano-analytics in the group of Prof. Harald Fuchs. In parallel, he was responsible for the office of the national Network of Excellence for Nanoanalytics. In January 2005 he joined the European Commission's Directorate General for Research as Seconded National Expert for nanotechnology. In this function he was responsible for monitoring projects, moderation of evaluations, drafting of calls, and support to the European Technology Platform for NanoMedicine. Since August 2007 he is the Managing Director and co-founder of „European Research Services“ GmbH. He collaborates with partners in academia and industry, and continues to monitor external projects for the European Commission as management & technology expert.