Prof. Sanjeev Mukerjee
Dr. Mukerjee is a College of Science, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Northeastern University); where he has been since September of 1998. He also heads the centre for Renewable Energy Technology at Northeastern University (NUCRET) and its subset the Laboratory for Electrochemical Advanced Power (LEAP). This centre aims at enhancing education and research on all aspects of renewable energy and green chemistry with special emphasis on selective charge transfer at electrochemical and photo-electrochemical interfaces. His research on charge transfer dynamics at both two and three dimensional electrochemical interfaces encompasses materials development, in situ synchrotron spectroscopy and electro-analytical methods. Peer reviewed publication currently number 158, with an H-factor of 67. The current projects in the group include materials development for new electrocatalysts, polymer electrolyte membranes and high energy density (and capacity) cathode materials for aqueous and non-aqueous storage cells. Fundamental understanding of structure property relationships is in concert with applications.
Among various recognitions are the Klein Lectureship (2009), and Excellence of Research and Creativity (2012) and College Distinguished Professorship (2015) at Northeastern University, University Research Professorship (Ford Motor Co.,) and Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (2014).
Translational activities in concert with fundamental research have led to creation of three startup companies, Encite Corp, Burlington, MA, Protonex Corp., Westboro, MA and Pajarito Powders (Albuquerque, NM). He serves on the scientific advisory board of Trenergy (Boston, MA), Advent Technologies (Boston, MA), Airing (Marlboro, MA) and the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Athens, Greece). Federal funding comes from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy (EERE and Arpe.e), National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Institute of Technology-Advanced Technology Program.
Prof. Andreas Friedrich
Dr. Friedrich is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Stuttgart and the Head of the Electrochemical Energy Technology Department at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart, Germany. His research areas are electrochemical energy conversion and storage, in particular polymer electrolyte fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, system design and optimization and advanced lithium batteries. Dr. Friedrich has authored and coauthored about 210 reviewed papers. He received the Fischer medal (Dechema) in 2009 and the Ertl prize 2014 for his scientific work.
Dr. Friedrich has an initial background in Physics and Physical Chemistry. Starting with early fundamental work on electrochemical interfaces and electrocatalysts the research has become increasingly application oriented. His doctoral study on non-linear optics at electrochemical interfaces was performed at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck-Society from 1987 –1990 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. G. Ertl (Nobel prize laurate in Chemistry).
His former employments include research associate positions at University of Oregon and Research Center Jülich. Senior scientist positions were held at Technical University Munich and ZSW (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research) in Ulm. In 2004 he joined the DLR and University of Stuttgart heading the group focussing on electrolysers, fuel cells and advanced batteries. Priorities are polymer membrane and solid oxide technology as well as “beyond Li-ion” technology in batteries. The primary goals of the group comprise enhanced power density, long lifetime, reduction of precious materials and manufacturing costs, identification of degradation mechanisms in stacks and their prevention, advanced stack design, and optimised integration of fuel cells into energy supply systems. The activities of the group have received the f-cell Award in Silver 2016 for electrolysis components, the Clean Tech Media Award 2012 (Aviation) and the f-cell Award in Silver 2008 (DLR with Airbus).
Dr. Cord-Henrich Dustmann
Cord Dustmann studied physics at the University of Karlsruhe and worked on the fields of accelerator physics and superconducting magnets at the Research Centre of Karlsruhe, today KIT. His first industrial task was the introduction of the technology of superconducting magnets at ABB in Germany. Within ABB he changed 1987 to the NaS battery division where he oversaw the applications, predominantly electric vehicles. At AEG Anglo Batteries GmbH (D) he started his work with ZEBRA batteries in 1992. When this battery technology was moved to Switzerland he became the director of the battery division at MES-DEA. On the background of his 20 years experience and knowledge on sodium batteries he founded the Swiss company Battery Consult AG in 2008. Battery Consult is dedicated to technical and commercial consulting and development in the field of sodium batteries for mobile and stationary applications. The range of experience covers a feasibility study for the production of ZEBRA batteries, development of cells and 30 kWh battery for electric city buses and the development of the flat plate cell and 7 kWh PV home storage battery system.