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 Expert  727020

Expert in Battery Design and Simulation

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert became interested in electrochemistry as an undergraduate and followed that interest throughout his career. He got a PhD in Chemical Engineering with fuel cells as his topic and then went to work in a new Electrochemistry Department at W.R. Grace & Co.'s central R&D lab outside of Washington DC. His work covered a range of electrochemical topics but focused on battery separators and lithium batteries. When lithium ion batteries emerged, this became his primary focus and he developed separators for these batteries. On joining the Celgard Division of Hoechst, he set up a Battery Applications lab to build and test lithium-ion batteries and supported development of new products, work which culminated in the first commercial introduction of a trilayer separator. He then joined PolyStor where he led an effort to develop a hybrid electric vehicle battery based on lithium nickel cobalt oxide. Expert became convinced that lack of design tools was inhibiting progress of battery development and started Expert's Firm to develop and distribute software tools for battery design. While leading Battery Design he has co-founded a couple of other startup battery companies and served and as consultant for many companies and national labs. He has lectured widely on design principles for lithium-ion batteries, especially large cells. Battery Design's flagship product, Battery Design Studio(R), is the most widely used battery design tool in the industry.

advanced battery


battery degradation


battery separator


battery technology


electrochemical-energy generation


lithium-ion battery


microporous plastic battery separator


rechargeable lithium battery


battery engineering

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Lithium Batteries
Battery Industry, Battery Technology, Research &...
Batteries and Battery Interfaces: System Design and Analysis
Battery Testing Evaluation, Analysis, Degradation,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1982   PhD   Chemical Engineering   University of Wisconsin-Madison  
1977   BS   Chemical Engineering   Arizona State University  
1993   MS   Computer Science   Johns Hopkins  
1990   BS   Computer Science   University of Maryland-College Park  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to







Product design and development. Consulting for battery design and simulation.

1998 to 1999





Research Director


Led program to develop lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles.

1994 to 1998






Staff Engineer


Designed and oversaw construction of Battery Applications Lab. Led lab and worked on product development team as well as technical support team. Traveled widely to support introduction of new battery separator products to major customers.

1982 to 1994


W. R. Grace & Co.




Staff Enginner


Carry out R&D projects to create new products and support business divisions; technical consultant.

Career Accomplishments:

International Society of Electrochemistry

Electrochemical Society

Publications and Patents Summary

18 Patents, 33 Publications (including 3 book chapters).

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Power Sources  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Based on customer requirements for a battery-powered consumer product, identified appropriate battery chemistry and recommended commercially available cells from three manufacturers.
  • For a corporation, reviewed their patent portfolio for a battery technology and wrote report evaluating utility of the patents.
  • For an investor, visited a start-up battery company and evaluated their technology.
  • For an automotive supply company, prepared a review of techniques to design thermal systems for lithium-ion batteries.
  • For a battery developer, created a simulation model to direct efforts to improve the design.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Battery Selections for consumer products
  • Expert in Lithium ion battery optimization.
  • Expert for consulting on Battery Improvement Project.
  • Expert for consulting on NiMH cell battery analysis.
  • Expert in Lithium Battery.
  • Expert in Motor modeling and transient control.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Served as an expert witness once in which I was deposed and attended hearing at a federal court.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Battery explosion expert for consulting on Flashlight battery explosion.
  • Expert for consulting on lithium ion battery fire.
  • Lithium ion battery expert witness for consulting on litigation case in Singapore.
  • Lithium ion battery expert for consulting on litigation concerning smoking/burning Li batteries in mobile device.
  • Expert for consulting on lithium ion battery failure leading to fire.
  • Expert for consulting on Class action proceeding in Kansas Federal court re: premature battery failure in consumer products.
  • Expert for consulting on 180C lithium thionyl chloride battery for litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on Gas emmitted from overcharged battery and resulting injuries from gas.
  • Expert for consulting on PE Battery Separator Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Lithium Ion battery technology expert for consulting on battery issues.
  • Expert for consulting on for Battery Litigation.
  • Lead acid battery expert for consulting on Failure Lead Acid Battery in a UPS system.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2009 to 2009   Germany   Visited auto companies and suppliers to discuss lithium-ion battery modeling.
2007 to 2007   Korea   Visited battery developer to consult on battery modeling.
2005 to 2005   Germany   Visited materials developer to consult on development effort.
1994 to 1998   Japan   Visited Japan 2-3 times per year to discuss separator products with battery companies.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language  

Market Research:
Follow developments in electric vehicles closely (have attended every meeting of AABC since it started 9 years ago) and consult with USABC on separators. Have carried out cost analyses of battery systems and technology evaluations.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Teach courses on Battery Design 1) Tutorials for Expert's Firm 2) Tutorials for Advanced Automotive Battery Conference 3) Have taught for Electrochemical Society 4) Battery Power Conference

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Based on customer requirements, have identified appropriate battery suppliers.

Other Skills and Services

Based on a very deep understanding of electrochemistry and batteries, am able to provide critical analysis of new developments.


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