Zinc Workshop II Speakers2019-08-20T19:45:17+00:00


Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter is President of Mustang Prairie Energy where he bridges the financial and technical sides of the energy storage industry. Richard is the author of the U.S. DOE sponsored study series on Energy Storage Financing, provides the pricing survey for the US. DOE’s Energy Storage Handbook, and as an Advisor to Enovation Partners, conducted the cost survey for the Lazard Levelized Cost of Storage (LCOS) Survey 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. He is the author of “Energy Storage: A Nontechnical Guide”. Richard has been active in the industry for 18 years, including Director of Product Strategy for Premium Power, and an investment banker and equity analyst with Ardour Capital. He is currently on the Board of Directors for NovoCarbon (TSX-V: GLK), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Energy Storage Association. Richard holds a BS in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MS in Energy Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Burz

Michael Burz is President and Co-Founder of EnZinc, a green battery startup that is taking a 21st century view of energy storage. Michael is leading a team of technical and business professionals to develop a revolutionary type of battery based on zinc. It uses technology developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory.  Michael brings over 35 years of experience from the aerospace, automotive, and computer industries.  He was the designer of several cruise missiles (AGM-129 and BGM-109) and fighter aircraft and was the program manager for a cruise missile variant at General Dynamics.  He was the program manager for Nissan’s all-carbon composite high tech Group C car to race at Le Mans and worked at Nissan’s Design Studio in the US on the Maxima and an eco-car for the Tokyo Auto Show.  As an executive with Computer Science Corporation he led teams to win over $2 billion in contracts in the government and aerospace/defense arenas.

Ryan Franks

Ryan Franks is Business Manager, Global Energy Storage at CSA Group charged with developing and executing strategy for energy storage.  Prior to CSA Group, Ryan led international and domestic standardization projects for energy storage, microgrids, smart cities and other strategic and emerging electrotechnical concepts at NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.  Ryan serves as a member of the Technical Management and Conformity Assessment and Policy Coordinating Committees of the US National Committee to the IEC.  Ryan graduated with a BS in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Illinois, is pursuing an MBA at John Carroll University, and is the inventor on two patents.

Jim Greenberger

Jim Greenberger is the Executive Director of NAATBatt International, a not-for-profit trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in North America and around the world.  Mr. Greenberger co-founded NAATBatt in 2007 as part of a national initiative to promote the manufacturing of large format lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in the United States.  Mr. Greenberger currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Battery Materials Association, the Board of Advisors to the Battery500 Consortium, the UCSD Strategic Energy Initiatives Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, and the Board of Directors of two for-profit companies engaged in the advanced battery industry.   Before entering the battery industry, Mr. Greenberger practiced corporate law in Chicago, Illinois for more than 30 years.

Dr. Imre Gyuk

Dr. Imre Gyuk directs the energy storage research program at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, which funds work on a wide variety of technologies such as advanced batteries, flywheels, super-capacitors, and compressed air energy storage. Applications include seamless continuity of power supply for high-tech industry during outages, making renewables dispatchable, and helping to increase the capacity factor and ease congested distribution lines. Dr. Gyuk has a B.S. from Fordham University, and he did graduate work at Brown University where he was a research assistant to Nobel Laureate Leon Cooper. He has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Purdue University and became a research associate at Syracuse. Dr. Gyuk has taught Physics, Civil Engineering, and Architecture at the University of Wisconsin and Kuwait University.

Dr. Ramkumar Krishnan

Dr. Ramkumar Krishnan is the Chief Technology Officer of NantEnergy (formerly Fluidic Energy).  Dr. Krishnan joined NantEnergy in March 2008 and led product and R&D teams in the development of the company’s game changing rechargeable and long duration metal air energy storage technology. The company now has over 95 patents and over $150 million invested in advancing this technology.  Prior to NantEnergy, he was a member of the technical staff in the Energy Technology Laboratory of Motorola’s Embedded Systems Research Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona. He has also served as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Systems at Arizona State University. Dr. Krishnan received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT; an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical, and electrochemical engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute in Tamil Nadu, India.

Randy A. Moore

Randy A. Moore is the President and CEO of ZAF Energy Systems, Inc., a producer of nickel-zinc batteries.  Prior to ZAF, he was the President of EaglePicher Technologies, LLC , a leading producer of batteries for specialty and government markets.  Mr. Moore has more than 35 years of senior operational, defense and international experience.   Prior, Mr. Moore served a business leader at Kollsman, Inc., and Kaman Aerospace, and held management and operations positions at Westinghouse, and E-Systems/Raytheon overseeing numerous DoD programs in avionics, aerostructures, electromagnetics, energy storage, radio frequency and acoustic sensors, and communications equipment.  Lt Col (USAFR) Moore spent a combined 27 years in the active and reserve Air Force where he served in various capacities including special agent in counterintelligence/counterespionage for the AF Office of Special Investigations. Mr. Moore completed his undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Management at Texas Lutheran University and received his MBA from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Timothy N. Lambert

Dr. Timothy N. Lambert is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Department of Photovoltaics & Materials Technologies at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he engages in basic and applied research. His current research efforts include developing new electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction and evolution reactions and developing chemistries, electrodes and components for low cost alkaline grid storage batteries. He has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and is co-inventor on 4 issued patents with several more pending.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Texas @ Austin in 1996, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from New Mexico State University in 2001 and was a Postdoctoral Researcher/Visiting Scientist at the University of Notre Dame/Walther Cancer Research Center prior to joining Sandia. He is currently a member of the NAATBatt International Committee on Zinc Batteries and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies User Executive Committee.

Antonio Masiero

Antonio Masiero is a Product Development Manager for LME. Antonio joined the LME in 2017 in the Product Development department, where his key focus has been the EV materials space, including frontier markets such as cobalt and lithium, and the aluminium space, including aluminium premiums and alumina. Prior to this role, Antonio was a strategy consultant, working with leading financial institutions in the UK, Italy and France. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Bocconi and a Master’s Degree in Management from ESCP Paris.

Kirk Plautz

Kirk is a seasoned professional with more than 20+ years of Executive Management and Business Development experience in start-ups and strategic growth of companies. Kirk has been a part of 5 successful start-ups that include AirTel, Nextel, Netwireless and most recently ViZn Energy and ZAF Systems. Currently, Kirk is a Consultant with ViZn Energy and V.P of Business Development with ZAF Systems leading the global sales team. With over 11 years in the Energy Storage industry Kirk has an extensive knowledge of the industry and key market drivers. He is the former Director of the Eastern Region and part of the Executive Team with BearCom for 11 years managing a $25.8 million budget. Strengths include business development, P & L management, sales training and new market launches. Mr. Plautz has a BS in Health Sciences from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is active in several charitable organizations.

Kurt Salloux, Ph.D.

Kurt Salloux, Ph.D. has 30 years of experience in science, engineering, research and development, as well as energy system design and construction with an emphasis on energy storage. Dr. Salloux managed the research and development budget and a team of scientists for Hughes’ lithium-ion battery program tasked with designing high-power batteries for Hughes and later Boeing’s next-generation satellite systems. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Salloux has specifically applied his knowledge in electrochemical (battery) energy storage to microgrids and renewable-based power systems. His battery testing patents and successful entrepreneurial background in VC-backed large commercial ventures and managing academic research teams has been ideally suited to increase the reliability and penetration of renewable-based systems. In addition to overall strategy and business development, Dr. Salloux leads the technology team deploying the monitoring, controls, plant simulator and optimization models for the renewable natural gas facilities.

Tom Stepien

Tom Stepien is co-founder and CEO of Primus Power, a leader in grid-scale electrical energy storage.  He helped launch Primus Power in 2009 and has raised over $100 million from venture capital and strategic investors from nine countries.  His team has also received $30 million in research & development, manufacturing and commercial grants.  Tom has over thirty years of engineering, operations and general management experience at small and large companies.  Prior to co-founding Primus, Tom was a Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductor, solar and flat panel display equipment and services.  He had P&L responsibility for a $500 million business unit with complex set of systems, global customers, manufacturing and support.   

Kang Xu

Kang Xu has been working on electrolyte materials for 30 years. His interests encompass materials synthesis and interphasial mechanisms in electrochemical energy storage devices. His work on high voltage aqueous electrolytes was considered disruptive, which opens new horizons to next generation of aqueous batteries. He has published 180+ papers, four chapters/books, and currently holds 20+ patents. Among those he is best known in the field for the two comprehensive reviews written for Chem. Rev. (2004 and 2014), which have been extensively regarded as desk-references by the community. He has been recognized 20 times for numerous awards, including 2017 International Battery Association Technology Award and 2018 Electrochemical Society Battery Research Award.  He is co-founder of Center of Research on Extreme Batteries (CREB), advisory board member of the ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, and associate editor of Energy & Environmental Materials and Electrochemistry.

Dr. Gautam G. Yadav

Dr. Gautam G. Yadav is a world-leading materials scientist and electrochemist, working as the Director of Advanced Battery Development at Urban Electric Power (UEP) in New York. He earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, where he specialized in synthesizing 1D complex metal oxide nanowires for thermoelectric applications and lithium(Li)-ion batteries. Prior to joining UEP, Dr. Yadav worked as a Senior Scientist at the CUNY Energy Institute, where he led the advancement of highly energy dense aqueous-based batteries based on manganese dioxide (MnO2) and zinc (Zn) as a replacement for the expensive and dangerous Li-ion batteries for grid-storage applications. He is the primary inventor of the reversible second-electron MnO2 technology and the breakthrough high voltage (2.45-2.8V) MnO2|Zn battery, which are published in Nature Communications and ACS Energy Letters, respectively. He has authored 19 publications and filed over 26 patents on MnO2|Zn technology, which have been licensed by UEP. At UEP, Dr. Yadav is leading a team of engineers and scientists to bring the second-electron MnO2 and high voltage (2.45-2.8V) MnO2|Zn battery to commercialization.

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