Kristin Aslaug Persson is a Research Chemist Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Kristin obtained her Ph.D in Theoretical Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 2001 on phonon-related structural instabilities in metals and semiconductors. As recognition of her work and in support of her future career, she received the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Early Career Award for Women in Science. In 2001, Kristin worked at MIT as a postdoctoral associate as well as a consultant for Computational Modeling Consultants, Inc. During the following years, Kristin broadened her expertise into a range of scientific areas such as structure prediction in alloys, pressure-induced spin transitions, alkaline batteries, high-throughput materials prediction, dissolution of metals in aqueous media, Li diffusion in graphite, and more.
Since 2008, Kristin is part of the Modeling thrust in the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) program which is the premier fundamental research program in the U.S. for developing high-performance, rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs). Together with Gerbrand Ceder at MIT, she has founded The Materials Project (www.materialsproject.org) which is a public materials property and design platform based on high-throughput first-principles calculations. She is also a co-founder of the start-up Pellion Technologies Inc. – recipient of an ARPA-E award in 2010 for developing high-energy rechargeable magnesium batteries.
Accelerating materials research for energy storage applications: