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Lithium-Ion-Batteries: Lead Acid, Ultracapacitors, and Advanced Energy Storage Expert

Technical Consultant #2420


Expertise

  • Industrial electrochemist research and development management providing over 30 years in operations experience.
  • Lithiumion battery expert: Lead-acid batteries, ultracapacitors, other advanced batteries, battery design, and battery management systems.
  • Evaluation of advanced materials technology for battery and ultracapacitor applications.
  • Battery failure analysis and forensic analysis.
  • Excel macro programming, multi-variant statistics, neural network modeling and data reduction.
  • Battery laboratory technical operations: Large format lithium-ion batteries, battery management; and materials for lithium-ion batteries such as high porosity separator and nano-scale cathode material.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Battery related cases, (i.e., lithium-ion batteries, lead-acid batteries and other energy storage).

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President-Founder, 2017 - Present

  • Focusing on battery investigations to support legal, safety or performance needs.
  • Standardized testing and engineering to provide customized laboratory services.
  • Expert Witness services for lithium-ion batteries, lead-acid batteries and other energy storage.
  • Providing solutions to battery challenges.

Senior Chemist

  • Studying and evaluation of advanced materials technology for battery and ultracapacitor applications.
  • Advancing modeling algorithms based on neural networks for battery management systems.
  • Evaluated TDA's low cost, engineered pore size activated carbons for ultracapacitors.
  • Invented new redox couples for flow batteries.
  • Demonstrated success of activated carbons as cathode matrix for secondary LiS batteries.
  • Developing hybrid ultracapacitor and battery designs.
  • Principle investigator for eight Phase I projects and one Phase II SBIR project.

Boundless Corporation, Boulder, CO, 2001 - 2007

Vice President, Technology and Member of the Board of Directors

  • Leader of battery research laboratory and technical operations. Technologies included: Large format lithium-ion batteries and battery management; and materials for lithium-ion batteries such as high porosity separator and nano-scale cathode material.
  • Principle investigator for four Phase II and nine Phase I SBIR projects as well as other private research contracts.
  • Created novel lithium-ion battery state of health algorithms based on impedance techniques.
  • Invented and reduced to practice structural lithium-ion batteries and ultracapacitors based on carbon fiber fabrics for aerospace battery applications.
  • One patent awarded for a finish charge device for VRLA batteries.

Optima Batteries, Aurora, CO, 1994 - 2001

Manager of Technical Research and Senior Electrochemist

  • Conducted research on high power spiral wound lead-acid batteries and was technical advisor to upper management. Manager of chemical, testing and prototyping labs.
  • Brought Optima 'Yellow Top' deep cycle battery from lab to commercialization.
  • Developed fast prototyping of 36 V battery prototypes for automotive use, which led to the acquisition of Optima by JCI.
  • Lead for activities within an Army funded research consortium to develop 'smart' VRLA batteries.
  • Managed technical activities for a three-year DOE/GM program to develop high power hybrid electric vehicle batteries.
  • Produced a prototype lead-acid battery with over 600 W/kg power capabilities.
  • Created a novel charging algorithm recognized in the industry and adopted by several charger manufacturers.
  • Invented a novel positive paste additive resulting in a doubling of cycle life. Two U.S. patents issued.

Eltron Research, Boulder, CO, Senior Electrochemist, 1992 - 1993

  • Managed two Phase II SBIR projects (DOE, NSF) involving the development of mixed conducting ceramic catalyst membranes for the decomposition of NOx in diesel exhaust and for the oxidative coupling of methane to higher value compounds like ethane.

Unichem International, Golden, CO, 1989 - 1992

Senior Research Chemist and Laboratory Manager

  • Key member of start-up effort to introduce novel oil production scale inhibitor product to U.S. markets.
  • Managed analytical chemistry laboratory, performed custom formulations, managed toll blending, and provided technical marketing to major oil companies.
  • Formulated a polyelectrolytic scale inhibitor to precipitate at down hole temperatures during well fracturing treatments for BP at Prudhoe Bay, AK resulting in over $2 million in sales for 1991.

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Research Associate (Post-doc.), 1987 - 1988

  • Executed research on electrically conductive polymers using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.
  • Supervised 12 graduate students.

Colorado Interstate Gas, Rock Springs, WY, Plant Chemist, 1979 - 1981

  • Managed analytical laboratory with one technician supporting natural gas sweetening plant operations.
  • Created an innovative corrosion-monitoring program based on analysis of dissolved iron in process fluids by AA resulting in significant savings in maintenance operations.

Marathon Oil, Denver, CO, Assistant Technician, 1978

  • Provided analytical wet chemistry support to petroleum research center.

Barringer Research, Englewood, CO, Assistant Technician, 1977

  • Performed trace elemental analysis of geologic samples using x-ray fluorescence or AA spectroscopy.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • Excel macro programming, multi-variant statistics, neural network modeling and data reduction.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • The American Chemical Society
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • The Denver Electric Vehicle Council

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of publications for: Magazines, peer reviewed scientific journals, and conferences.
  • Inventor of several U.S. patents.

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemistry (Analytical), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • M.S. Chemistry (Organic, Analytical), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • B.A. Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
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