Speaker on energy storage: Jordi Cabana

Dr. Jordi Cabana-Jiminez is a research scientist working with the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which aims at the development of high-performance rechargeable batteries for use in electric vehicles (EVs) and and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs.)  Prior to joining LBNL in 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (Spain) in 2004   His thesis was entitled “Antifluorite-type Transition Metal Nitrides and Oxynitrides: Synthesis, Characterization and Application in Lithium Batteries” and was supervised by Dr. Maria Rosa Palacín.  He moved to the US in 2005 to work in Prof. Clare P. Grey’s group at SUNY-Stony Brook (USA) as a postdoctoral associate.

Currently, his research aims at improving the power and energy density of electrochemical energy storage devices, both by exploring new materials and optimized microstructures, and through the study of the mechanisms that govern their performance.  He has extensively used long range (X-ray and neutron diffraction) and short range (X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) characterization techniques, both in situ and ex situ, to understand the structural features of a variety of phases that includes oxides, nitrides, oxynitrides and oxysulfides.  He has also applied his knowledge of solid state chemistry to the tailoring of the chemical compositions of these compounds, as well as both their structural and microstructural characteristics, in search of optimal power and energy densities.

Panelist on critical materials: Suresh Baskaran

Dr. Suresh Baskaran is the acting Chief Science and Technology Officer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy and Environment Directorate, responsible for directing science and technology investments to deliver solutions for the nation’s most important energy and environment challenges.  Prior to this role he managed the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) market sector, where he developed and implemented PNNL’s EERE strategy, coordinating closely with U.S. Department of Energy pro­gram managers and industry partners. As a researcher, he developed new materials for automotive, fuel cell, and microelectronic applications, and also has overseen research thrusts in hydrogen and fuel cells, and in CO2 capture and gas separa­tions. Dr. Baskaran’s management responsibilities have ranged from planning, oversight and execution of materials and manufacturing programs, to managing a structural materials research group and leading Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) initiatives. During his research career, he co-authored 50 technical papers and 10 patents, and has been the co-recipient of an R&D 100 Award, a PNNL Director’s Award for Excellence for best research group (materials synthesis), and two awards from DOE Basic Energy Sciences for Significant Implications of DOE Research. He was also part of a laboratory-industry team that developed novel automotive spark plug resistors and transitioned this technology to manufacturing.  Prior to joining PNNL, he worked at Ferro Corporation and at the University of Michigan.  A materials scientist by training, Dr. Baskaran received his degrees from Indian Institute of Technology-Chennai, Virginia Tech, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Presentation:Challenges and opportunities with Critical Materials

Speaker on Photovoltaics: Henri Mariette

Henri Mariette graduated from the french engineering School ESPCI-Paristech. He started his research in the field of semiconductor physics, and got his  PhD from the Université Paris VI in 1981 on « Band structure and disorder effects in III-V semiconductors alloys layers prepared by epitaxy”. As postdoctoral years, he spent one year at the Max Planck Institut for solid state physics in Stuttgart (Germany), and then two years with IBM in San José (California) and Yorktown –Heights (New-York). In 1986, he became a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Spectrométrie Physique, University of Grenoble-France, before to joint the CEA-CNRS group “Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs” in Grenoble. He works there on the growth by molecular beam epitaxy of II-VI and III-V semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures exhibiting specific properties: particularly photonic source with quantum dots, and diluted magnetic semiconductors. Recently he started to study semiconductor nanostructures with type-II band alignment for photovoltaics

Since 2005, he is the head of the CEA-CNRS group in Grenoble. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles. He is teaching at the university J. Fourier (Grenoble) and advised 15 PhD thesis.

His presentation: II-VI nanostructures, with type-II band alignment, for photovoltaics

Speaker on Energy Storage: Marie Kerlau, Leyden Energy

Marie Kerlau is Research Manager at Leyden Energy. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing high-energy density Li-ion batteries. She has over 10 years of experience in R&D in the fields of lithium-ion batteries and semiconductor sensors. From 2004 to 2006, she led research efforts at LBNL and UC Berkeley on lithium-ion batteries for new generation of hybrid electric vehicles as part of the BATT program. Marie Kerlau earned her PhD degree in Materials Science in 2003 from Rennes University, France and graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2009 with an MBA focused on Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization. Upon completion of her MBA she co-founded a Li-ion battery start up to develop high-capacity silicon composite electrode.

Next Generation High-Energy Density Li-ion Batteries:

Speaker on Thermoelectricity: Shannon Yee

Shannon Yee is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley working on developing novel thermoelectric materials by leveraging recent scientific discoveries at nanoscale organic-inorganic interfaces. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 2008 from The Ohio State University. In 2007, he was named a U.S. DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) Fellow for his work on nuclear fuel cycle dynamics. In 2008, he was named a Hertz Foundation Fellow to support his PhD in developing the next generation of energy technologies. In 2010, Shannon was named the first U.S. DOE Advanced Research Project Agency Energy (ARPA-E) Fellow where he helped to shape ARPA-E during its inaugural year.

His presentation: A Solution Processable Polymer-Hybrid Thermoelectric Material

Keynote speaker: Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley

Graham Fleming, Melvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, currently serves as UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor for Research, a position which he assumed in April 2009. Fleming also served as the Deputy Director of the Berkeley Lab from 2005-2007.

Through joint appointments as Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and Founding Director of both the Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division and UC Berkeley’s California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), he has re-shaped the intersection of physical and biological sciences, while maintaining his own investigations into ultrafast chemical and biological processes, in particular, the primary steps of photosynthesis

Throughout his administrative career, Fleming has remained a highly active scientific researcher.  He has authored or co-authored more than 450 publications, and is widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on ultrafast processes.  Fleming has given numerous talks around the world on the inter-relation and inter-complexity of energy, climate and photosynthesis. At present, Graham Fleming is engaged in coordinating energy and climate research at Berkeley.

Energy Research in a Global Context:

Can nanotechnologies boost Smart Grid solutions? Berkeley and French Energy students interact on March 22

Join us for a side event of the conference on Thursday!

During this Mini-Symposium and Social Mixer, Tahir Paroo, Director of Electric Grid Operations at PG&E will begin with an overview on the Smart Grid.

French students from the mastère OSE of Mines ParisTech and Berkeley students from Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) will then give short presentations on their own Smart Grid research followed by a poster session with beverages and light refreshments.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PT)

David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA

Panelist on technology transfer: Alexei Andreev

Alexei Andreev has served as an Executive Vice President and as a Managing Director of Harris & Harris Group since March 2005. From 2002 to March 2005, he was an Associate with Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), a venture capital firm, where he was exclusively focused on nanotechnology and material science investment opportunities. While at DFJ, he played an integral role in sourcing and funding EoPlex, Intematix, Solicore and D-Wave Systems, for which companies he served as an active Board Director or Observer. Previously, he worked for TLcom Capital Partners, a London-based venture capital fund backed by Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he was employed by Renaissance Capital Group/Sputnik Funds, a venture capital fund in Moscow, Russia. Before he started his business career, he was a researcher at the Centre of Nanotechnology, ISAN (RAS), in Troitsk, Russia, where he was focused on optical and electrical properties of Quantum Dot heterostructures. He was graduated from the Department of Theoretical Physics of Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute (Ph.D.), where he was a recipient of the Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists of Russian Academia of Sciences, the Scholarship from the International Center of Fundamental Physics and Soros Scientific Foundation. He also was graduated from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute (B.S.) with honors in Engineering/Material Sciences and from Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.).

His presentation:  The key for building capital–efficient material science and nanotechnology companies

Speaker on Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Roberta Poloni

Roberta Poloni earned her B.Sc. in physics from the University of Camerino (Italy) and her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Lyon 1 (France) in 2007 where she studied the structural and electronic properties of intercalated fullerenes under extreme conditions. Afterwards, she spent two years at the Insituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB) as a postdoctoral associate, working on the development of a first-principles method to determine the atomic structure of crystals with substitutional disorder (solid solutions and alloys). She is currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of California at Berkeley and the Molecular Foundry (LBNL) working on the engineering of new materials (mainly metal-organic frameworks) for carbon capture, by using computational methods.

Her presentation: Ligand-assisted enhancement of CO2 capture in metal-organic frameworks

Panelist on Technology Transfer: Paul Fox

Paul Fox is a Partner at the CalCEF Angel Fund, a seed and early stage investor in clean energy based in San Francisco.  He is a green-tech veteran, having worked as an engineer, strategy consultant, and CEO of several start-ups.

The Fund’s mission is to close the early-stage funding gap while delivering attractive returns to Limited Partners.  Deeply connected in California’s clean energy community, and with an experienced green-tech team, the CalCEF Angel fund applies institutional disciplines to early stage investing, while providing a unique level of transparency and participation for Limited Partners.

Paul was previously the founder of tech2mkt, a technology commercialization firm, which helped launch several cleantech companies, including solar components, water treatment, solar financing, sensor networks, energy storage and green buildings. Prior to that, Paul was founding CEO of SC Power Systems, a smart grid hardware company, now listed on the AIM as Zenergy (ZEN). Under Paul’s leadership, the company developed a product, secured utility pilots, acquired a company in Germany, and raised money from investors in Europe.

In other roles, Paul was a VP at Flextronics; the CEO of a fuel cell company; built the first mobile phones in Hungary; was a strategy consultant during the de-regulation of the Australian electricity markets; and was national operations manager for one of Australia’s largest construction organizations.

Paul began his career building water and power systems in remote localities, winning kudos from the United Nations and Government of Papua New Guinea. He also invented and deployed a hydro-pneumatic pile driving system for use in wetlands.

Paul has an MBA from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma from the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of New South Wales. Paul enjoys travelling and spending time with his young family.  He teaches Judo and also holds a black belt in Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

His presentation: the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund strategy