Speaker on Energy Storage: Gao Liu

Dr. Gao Liu is a Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His research work focuses on high-energy lithium battery for transportation applications. Dr. Liu received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001, where he had worked on polymer materials for lithium rechargeable batteries and other energy conversion systems. Dr. Liu joined the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) program at LBNL as a postdoctoral fellow in 2001, and became a scientist in 2004. He has been working on electrochemical energy storage field since he came to LBNL.

His presentation: Conductive Polymer Binder and Silicon Composite Anode for High Energy Lithium Ion Battery

Speaker on Photovoltaics: Zacharie Jehl

I graduated in 2008 in University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, with a master degree in Physics and Material Science. I started my phd thesis in december 2008 at the Institut de Recherche et Developpement sur l’Energie Photovoltaique (IRDEP). My research topic is the elaboration of ultrathin high effficiency CIGSe solar cells. I am specialised in the elaboration of semiconductors by vacuum and electrochemical methods, along with optoelectronic characterisation of solar cells and semiconductors.

New insights on light trapping for ultrathin CIGSe solar cells:

Keynote Speaker: Paul Alivisatos, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Dr. Paul Alivisatos serves as the seventh director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, succeeding Steve Chu when he was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Alivisatos has led a distinguished career in chemistry and nanoscience research.  He has made groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals, including the synthesis of size and shape controlled nanoscystals, and studies of the optical, electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties.   He has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging and renewable energy.  He is currently the Larry and Diane Bock Professor of Nanotechnology and is a professor in the departments of materials science and chemistry at UC Berkeley.  (Larry and Diane Bock are the founders and main leaders of the U.S.A. Science & Engineering Festival, held on the Mall in Washington, DC.  The Kavli Foundation sponsors the Kavli Science Video Contest for this Festival.)

He is the recipient of the Linus Pauling Medal, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and Environment, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Wilson Prize, the Coblentz Award for Advances in Molecular Spectroscopy, the American Chemical Society Award for Colloid and Surface Science, the Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society and most recently Israel’s Wolf Prize in Chemistry which he shares with Charles Lieber.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986.

His presentation: Carbon Cycle 2.0 at Berkeley Lab

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: