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Battery Consultant and Expert in Electrochemical Power Sources

Technical Consultant #1556


Expertise

  • Electrochemical power sources and energy storage.
  • Batteries for EV, HEV and Plug-In HEV, (Electric Vehicles, Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles), stationary, military and consumer electronic battery applications.
  • NiMH, (Nickel metal hydride) and Li Ion, (Lithium-ion) battery technologies.
  • Battery chemistries, research and development, modeling, designing and battery performance testing.
  • Battery charge/discharge, safety, abuse testing and failure mode analysis.
  • New battery development and new product introduction.
  • Material science and development of new/modified battery materials.
  • Technical support for Investors and financial institutions.

Experience

Independent Consultant, 2007 - Present

  • Consulting that specializes in energy storage, batteries and their applications.
  • Battery chemistries and fuel cell systems, production planning, battery research and development, modeling and battery design.
  • Battery performance testing, battery charge/discharge algorithms, battery safety and abuse testing.

Electro Energy Inc., Danbury, CT, Director Battery Technology, 2007 - 2008

  • Research and development - NiMH and Lithium Ion battery technology, oversee the entire NiMH development program to design, build and test a variety of battery packs for HEV and PHEV applications.
  • Designed, developed and built many different battery packs for stationary and military applications; built and maintained strong client relationships and end-user customer support.
  • Research and development for Lithium Ion battery technology; testing, validation and benchmarking of different Li Ion batteries.
  • Research and development of different cathode materials - LiCoO2, LiFePO4 as well as some lithiated mixed oxides; developed and built customized battery packs using cylindrical 18650 Li Ion cells.
  • Charge and discharge algorithms, safety and abuse tests and failure mode analysis.
  • Successfully converted commercial Toyota Prius into Plug In hybrid and demonstrated more than 30 miles on pure electric mode per single charge.
  • Developed and successfully demonstrated an efficient battery powered APU for diesel trucks.

Ovonic Battery Company, Rochester Hills, MI, 2002 - 2007

Director Advanced Electrochemical Products

  • Research and development on advanced battery products; developed research strategies and implemented new concepts, solutions, procedures and advanced battery designs.
  • Planned and set research and development goals, overseeing daily R&D lab activities.
  • Designed, developed and tested many battery packs for HEV and PHEV applications as well as stationary, military and consumer electronic applications.
  • Research and development on solid anion conducting membrane and successfully developed "thin film" NiMH battery using solid OH-conducting membrane.
  • Testing and benchmarking a variety of Li Ion batteries.
  • Charge and discharge algorithms of Li-Ion batteries, safety and abuse tests and failure mode analysis.
  • Research and development and evaluation of different cathode and anode materials for Li Ion batteries.
  • Introduced a thin film "hybrid" solar cell/battery integrated device.

Manager Advanced Materials Research and Development

  • Part of team that invented, developed and commercialized NiMH battery technology.
  • Research and development on positive electrode material-spherical Ni(OH)2 (Nickel Hydroxide) implementation in NiMH batteries.
  • Part of a team that developed, designed, built and tested the battery prototypes for GM EV1 program.
  • Introduced and implemented a battery cost reduction program.
  • Commercialization of NiMH battery technology.

Texaco Ovonic Fuel Cell Company, Rochester Hills, MI, Director Fuel Cell Development, 2000 - 2002

  • Part of a team that introduced the first non-platinum catalyst fuel cell.
  • Research and development and electrochemical testing, failure analysis and macro/micro structure characterization.
  • Research and development, synthesis and evaluation of new materials and catalysts.
  • Product scale-up from initial scientific concept to full commercial production line.
  • Designed, built and tested many fuel cell prototypes for stationary and military applications.
  • Coordinated project activities across functions to achieve objectives relating to schedule, performance, expenses and manufacturing costs.

The Hall Chemical Company, Cleveland, OH, Senior Battery Scientist, 1994 - 1996

  • Development and commercialization of new spherical "battery grade" Ni (OH)2 for NiMH batteries.
  • Scale-up of product from initial scientific concept to full commercial production line - the first manufacturing facility of this type of material in the USA.
  • Electrochemical testing and benchmarking of variety of active materials for battery applications.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1992 - 1994

Manager Dept. of New Electrochemical Power Sources

  • Responsible for technology and product development of new battery products.
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni MH) battery system and development of spherical Ni (OH)2 active material.
  • Sodium - Sulfur, (Na - S) battery system.
  • "Zebra" battery system.
  • Nickel - Zinc, (Ni - Zn) and Zn-Air batteries.
  • Thermo activated Li battery using molten salt electrolytes.

Battery Scientist

  • Thermo activated Li, battery using molten salt electrolytes.
  • Primary Li SO2 battery system.
  • Developed and commercially implemented micro-porous polyethylene based separator for Pb , Acid batteries.
  • Sodium - Sulfur, (Na - S) battery system.
  • "Zebra" battery system.
  • Nickel - Zinc, ( Ni - Zn) and Zn-Air batteries.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, Research Associate, 1990 - 1992

  • Research on molten salt electrochemistry - molten salt electrochemical deposition of metals and metal alloys.
  • Na-S battery development and study the corrosion problems in the presence of molten polysulfides.
  • Research on electrochemical deposition of molybdenum carbide and tungsten carbide using molten salt electrolytes.

Honors & Publications


Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of US Electrochemical Society
  • Advanced degree in Electrochemistry from Bulgarian Academy of Science

Publications

  • Author/co-author of 37 issued US patents.
  • More than 30 scientific papers and many international conference presentations.
  • Co-author of a chapter of a book "Electrochemical Technology - Innovation and New Developments."

Education

  • M.S. Electrochemistry, Higher Institute of Chemical Engineering, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • B.S. Electrochemistry, Higher Institute of Chemical Engineering, Sofia, Bulgaria
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