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Battery Consultant: Research and Development of Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems

Technical Consultant #1599


Expertise

  • 35 years of experience in research and development of electrochemical energy storage systems.
  • Battery expertise for aqueous primary (i.e., non-rechargeable) battery systems, including carbon-zinc, alkaline-manganese, zinc-air, zinc-oxygen and magnesium-manganese dioxide type of batteries.
  • Valve-regulated lead-acid secondary (i.e., rechargeable) battery technology.
  • Experienced with other battery systems including nickel-cadmium, nickel-zinc, nickel-hydrogen, zinc-bromine, zinc-chlorine and molten salt lithium-iron disulfide battery cells.
  • Contributions have included new battery product development, battery product and battery process improvements, methods development and personnel training and development.
  • Experience includes technical support to battery users, battery sales and marketing support and manufacturing plant operations and quality control.
  • Expert witness on battery issues related to the use and intellectual property.
  • Battery expertise: All forms of Zn-MnO2 batteries, Zn-Air/O2 batteries, Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid batteries, Ni-Cd, Ni-Zn, Ni-H, Sn-Br, Zn-C12, Li-SO and Li-FeS and FeS2 (molten salt versions).

Experience

Management, Principal Scientist, Research and Engineering with responsibilities that include:

  • Battery technology and battery development.
  • Technical oversight of research and engineering staff and related battery projects.
  • Liaison with national laboratories and overseas research institutes focused on the strategic impact assessments of battery energy technologies.

Employment experience with the following companies:

  • RAYOVAC
  • The Gates Corporation
  • Gates Energy Products
  • GNB Technologies, Exide
  • PowerGenix Systems Inc

Achievements

  • Designed and built 7.5 lb, 1.5 KWh, Zn-O2 cell as part of a Navy development contract.
  • Redesigned a carbon-zinc battery resulting in a $40 million order.
  • Redesigned heavy duty carbon zinc cell resulting in a cost savings of $25 thousand a day.
  • Identified flaws in Mg-MnO2 production equipment resulting in zero defects for the next 3 years.
  • Developed a mold coating for use on motive power strap molds.
  • Developed a coulometric titration method for PbO2 quantitative analysis rate up to 50 samples/shift.

Honors & Publications


Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • The Electrochemical Society
  • International Society of Electrochemistry
  • American Academy of Sciences

Credentials

  • Supplemental engineering courses at Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • Additional Study: Electrochemistry, statistics, Taguchi Design-Of-Experiments and Kepner-Tregoe problem analysis methods.

Education

  • B.S. Chemistry - St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
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