Dr. Daniel P. Abraham has authored over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals that span the various frontier areas of lithium battery research. These areas include fast charging, crystal structure transformations in electrode materials, silicon electrode development, solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation/dissolution mechanisms, electrode stress evolution, electrode and particle coatings, electrolyte additives, and electrochemical modeling. His work enables the development of materials and components that enhance battery performance, life, and safety.
Khalil Amine is head of the Technology Development group in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department within Argonne’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. The Amine and his team conduct much of their research projects in collaboration with other organizations, including universities, industry, and other federal laboratories, and has intellectual property available for licensing.
Dr. Raymond Bair is the Chief Computational Scientist for Applications in the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory and in the Computational Science Division. He also directs Argonne’s institutional research computing center. He is Senior Fellow in the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering. Bair works with computational science and engineering efforts across Argonne and with their university and industry partners to develop new strategies, programs and facilities. In addition, he has multiple R&D roles in DOE’s Exascale Computing Project. In the past, as project director for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, he launched Argonne’s first national supercomputing facility. Earlier at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he was instrumental in establishing the Molecular Science Computing Facility and the NWChem software project. He also helped build BioDesign, Inc. (ISV), which went on to become Biovia in Dassault Systems. Bair earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Caltech, with a focus on high performance quantum chemistry methods and their applications.
Kent Bostick is the deputy director of Argonne’s National Security Programs. He joined Argonne in 2012 after more than 20 years working in the Intelligence Community (IC) on national security issues related to foreign weapons development programs and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Dr. Jason R. Croy is an internationally recognized expert on lithium- and manganese-rich cathode materials and has published numerous articles on the atomic-scale mechanisms governing the performance of lithium-ion electrodes. Highlights of his work include introducing a novel synthesis method for the fabrication of high-capacity materials, publishing a unique method for the analysis of X-ray absorption data related to working battery electrodes, 12 patents/applications and the International Battery Association’s 2016 Early Career Award
Argonne Center for Molecular Engineering Director, Senior Scientist
Seth Darling is the Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering. During his nearly 20-year career at Argonne National Laboratory, Darling has made a notable impact as a scientist within the Nanoscience and Technology Division and at the Center for Nanoscale Materials. He has received numerous awards for his work and has led several strategic efforts. Darling’s research at Argonne has included blending chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, and nanoscience to create and study materials for energy and water. With colleagues at Argonne, Seth invented a new materials synthesis technique called sequential infiltration synthesis, which has found applications in areas ranging from nanolithography to optical coatings to advanced sorbents and membranes. Darling is a Fellow of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and previously served as Strategy Leader for Solar Energy Systems at Argonne. Darling led the team that received the 2017 Project Excellence Award from Argonne’s Energy and Global Security Directorate for its work on the Oleo Sponge, which has garnered extensive media and industry attention. Darling works closely with the Director of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, Matthew Tirrell, to help advance the shared objectives of the institutes.
Senior Chemist/Group Leader and Argonne Distinguished Fellow
Jeff Elam leads Argonne National Laboratory’s Functional Coatings Group in the Applied Materials division. The group develops coating technologies for a diverse range of applications including energy storage, photodetectors, and water purification. He has won five R&D 100 Awards and holds numerous patents.
Paul Fenter received a B.S. in Physics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1984, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He then worked at Princeton University, first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a research staff member. He joined the staff at Argonne National Laboratory in 1997 where he uses and develops a range of synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques (e.g., X-ray reflectivity, X-ray standing waves, resonant X-ray reflectivity, interfacial X-ray microscopy) to probe the structures and processes at solid-liquid interfaces through direct in-situ observations. His interests range from mineral-water interfaces in geochemical systems, electrical double-layer structure (e.g., in water, ionic liquids), as well as interfaces in electrical energy storage systems. He is a senior physicist and group leader for Interfacial Processes in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. He has served, since 2014, as Director of the Center for Electrochemical Energy Science a DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the winner of the 2012 Bertram E. Warren Diffraction Physics Award from the American Crystallographic Association.
Dr. Ian Foster is the Director of Argonne’s Data Science and Learning Division, Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He was the Director of Argonne’s Computation Institute from 2006 to 2016.
Foster’s research contributions span high-performance computing, distributed systems, and data-driven discovery. He has published hundreds of scientific papers and eight books on these and other topics. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.
Andrew Jansen is a chemical engineer in Argonne’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division who plans and conducts goal-oriented research and development on advanced battery systems; providing technical guidance and program direction. Jansen also proposes and implements new approaches and contributes as project leader/principal investigator on various applied electrochemical programs.
Chris Johnson is currently a senior chemist and group leader at Argonne National Laboratory, specializing in the research & development of battery materials and battery systems with 25 years of experience.
Johnson is known worldwide for his development of state-of-art lithium-ion battery cathode materials and emerging sodium-ion batteries. He holds a BS. Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University. He has published over 110 publications, and 24 issued US patents in the battery field. He has received the research award from the International Battery Association in 2006, and a R&D-100 award for the commercialization of lithium battery materials in 2009. Johnson was named a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society in 2017. Presently, he is Chair of the Electrochemical Society Battery Division, and has been a member of the Electrochemical Society since 1993.
John F. Mitchell is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and Associate Director of the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993 for theoretical studies of defect structures and order-disorder transitions of early transition metal chalcogenides. His current research emphasizes materials synthesis, crystal growth, and studies of correlated electron materials, quantum magnets, and topological matter.
Kris Pupek is the Group Leader for Process R&D and Scale Up in Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Materials division. The group evaluates emerging synthesis techniques and develops scalable processes for manufacturing of advanced materials including organic, inorganic, polymeric and nanomaterials to support basic research and industrial evaluation.
Jeff Spangenberger manages the Materials Recycling Group in Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Materials division. His group works to solve material separation, recovery, and recycling challenges resulting in cost effective and environmentally sustainable processes resulting in commercialized plants.
Venkat Srinivasan is the director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and deputy director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR, the battery “Hub”). He is a former staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His research interest is in developing next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and grid applications, among other things. Dr. Srinivasan and his research group develop continuum-based models for battery materials and combine them with experimental characterization to help design new materials, electrodes, and devices.