Water Electrolysis Expert for Hydrogen Generation, Zinc-Air Fuel Cells and Air Electrode Technologies

Technical Consultant #1781


Expertise

  • 25 year career in the battery industry, moving from a senior engineer to director level responsibility in zinc air battery development and products.
  • Authority on water electrolysis for hydrogen generation, zinc-air fuel cells and air electrode technologies with 50 related patents, (issued and applied for).
  • Expert in battery, fuel cell, and hydrogen generation related industries.
  • Develop components and designs, resulting in longer-life batteries. Creating over four times the energy density of alkaline cylindrical cells, and many tens of times higher energy, than many rechargeable batteries.
  • On site laboratory provides flexibility and support for consulting on the electro chemistry and design of gas electrodes, building cathode machines and very high rate electrolysis apparatus.
  • Skilled with metal-air fuel cells and hydrogen production through water electrolysis utilizing nano-scale catalysts and unique designs.
  • Current work in renewable energy related fields including electrodes for batteries, metal-air fuel cells and hydrogen production through water electrolysis.
  • Guest lecturer on university campuses and at technical associations including the National Hydrogen Association and Sandia National Laboratories.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 2002 - Present

  • Research centered on hydrogen generation from water electrolysis, fuel cells and air-breathing batteries.
  • In the last four years, 14 patents have been filed assigned to three clients.
  • Develop gas electrodes specific for applications.
  • Develop battery and fuel cells from custom-made cathodes.
  • Current work on nano Nickel/Cobalt catalysts are proving to be nearly as active as Platinum for oxygen reduction at a fraction of the cost.
  • Electrochemical testing and evaluation of gas electrodes produced elsewhere for functionality and failure analysis.
  • Client and consulting work includes: A major battery company (new electrodes and failure analysis); catalyst making corporation (verification of their catalyst); research and development firm (new proton-permeable electrode for a thermal battery); small battery company (failure analysis and solution suggestions); major research and development company (line evaluation and suggesting improvements); and, two National Laboratory projects and mentoring of young scientists.

Electric Fuel Corporation, Biet Shemesh, Isreal 1997 - 2002

  • Director of Research - New Products, Manager of Marietta, GA, Laboratory
  • Built a zinc air battery research laboratory in Marietta, GA.
  • Designed and developed a gas-electrode manufacturing machinery and many other components for Zinc Air batteries.
  • Electrochemical studies for failure analysis and product improvement.

Rayovac Corporation, Madison, WI, 1979 - 1997

Rayovac Position history and accomplishments:

  • 1979 Project Engineer
  • 1980 Lead Project Engineer
  • 1984 Sr. Project Engineer
  • 1991 Sr. Staff Engineer
  • 1994 Principal Engineer (Highest technical level at Rayovac)
  • Major contributor to the overdeveloped of the zinc air battery product line.
  • Holds 34 patents in zinc air batteries and related areas.
  • Major inventor of air cathode design and related battery manufacturing machines.
  • Co-managed 18 engineers and technicians.
  • Principal Investigator for two government CECOM SBIR grants worth $2.2 million.

Project Engineer, Upjohn Corp. North Haven, CT, 1974 - 1979

  • At the D. S. Gilmore Fire & Flammability Research Laboratory studied the physics of fire.
  • Flammability research as it pertained to urethane foams.
  • Invented many pieces of test equipment for flammability studies including electronics for bench tests and full-room burns.
  • Helped develop computer testing models of large fires.
  • Patent for HCN detector system which is ten times more sensitive than standard tests.

Honors & Publications

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) since 1980, have held offices including Local Section offices, National Ways & Means Committee, Council of Local Sections and Local Section Rep. to the Board of Directors.
  • Continuing Education: Case Western Reserve, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Publications and Patents

  • Many publications and papers.
  • Inventor or co-inventor of more than 50 patents.

Education

B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI

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