Michael Thackeray is a Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Cape Town University, South Africa and studied as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor John Goodenough at Oxford University in the early 1980s. He returned to South Africa to head the Battery Department at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research before moving to Argonne in 1994. He is currently the Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center: Center for Electrical Energy Storage – Tailored Interfaces in a partnership between Argonne, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Thackeray has contributed to the discovery of several new battery chemistries and to the design of materials for these systems, several of which have been licensed to industry worldwide. His research has been published widely and recognized by several national and international awards.