He is well known for his expertise in the field of lithium batteries at Argonne National Laboratory. Since graduating with a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he has been with the lab with his early research on safe storage of nuclear waste arising from efforts to recycle spent nuclear fuel (nuclear technology). Since joining the Energy Storage team in 2001, he led the effort to identify performance degradation mechanisms in lithium-ion cells and develop new chemistries that enhance cell performance, life, and safety. His interests range from the discovery and development of electrode and electrolyte materials for sustainable and environmentally friendly batteries to recycling existing lithium-ion cells to recover non-renewable components. He has authored more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals spanning various frontier areas of lithium battery research, including crystal structure transformations in layered oxides, silicon electrode development, solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation/dissolution mechanisms, evolution of stress in electrodes during cycling, influence of electrode/particle coatings on cell performance, electrolyte additives development, and electrochemical modeling. He has delivered more than 250 technical presentations in popular, academic, and industrial settings, including more than 90 invited, keynote, and plenary lectures. More importantly, he is a research advisor and mentor to various undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral associates. He was awarded the 2015 Pinnacle of Education Award by the University of Chicago for “exceptional work in the supervision of postdoctoral employees and in developing the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
He is a computer scientist in the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory working on a variety of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) projects. He is an integral part of the Analysis of Mobility Platforms (AMP) logistics modeling project for U.S. Transportation Command. He has also been the lead investigator on a program for the Naval Research Laboratory doing Electronic Warfare (EW) M&S, which includes both EW system modeling as well as detailed Radio Frequency (RF) propagation modeling in complex environments. Among his research interests is the development of remotely distributed deep-learning image recognition systems for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) detection. He participated in numerous government and military test and evaluation events for UAS mitigation systems and did analysis on UAS threats to critical infrastructure and methods for protection. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in computer science and robotics and is currently pursuing a master's in analytics at the University of Chicago with an emphasis on advanced computational models, including computer vision and machine learning algorithms.
Charlie is Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD), a joint Argonne-UChicago research center that brings scientists, artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers together to use computation, data analytics, and embedded system to understand the dynamics, design, and resilient operation of cities.
He is also a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before joining Argonne in 2000, Charlie served as Chief Technology Officer of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beginning at NCSA’s founding in 1985, he participated in the development of NSFNET, one of several early national networks that evolved into what we now experience as the Internet. During the exponential growth of the web following the release of NCSA’s Mosaic web browser, his team developed and supported NCSA’s scalable web server infrastructure. Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology leaders.
Dr. Mark C. Petri is the Director of Argonne’s Electric Power Grid Program. He is responsible for coordinating the laboratory’s large and multidisciplinary activities to improve the reliability, resiliency, security, and efficiency of the nation’s electric power grids. He also serves as a Vector Lead in Grid for Argonne’s National Security Programs. Petri recently led a multi-laboratory DOE effort to adapt power grid modeling tools to help Puerto Rico better prepare for future storms. This included training Puerto Rico grid analysts on Argonne’s hurricane hazard assessment software and infrastructure interdependency tools that are used extensively on the mainland to train operators on postulated disasters and to respond to actual events.
Prior to rejoining Argonne, Petri was Director of the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence that conducts research and education to enhance the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructures. He was also Director of the Iowa Energy Center, which supports economic development, environmental sustainability, and social well-being in Iowa through energy innovation, education, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Ralph T. Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist, the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) Group leader, and the Urban Science and Engineering Program lead for Argonne’s Energy Systems division. At Argonne, Dr. Muehleisen leads research to increase the energy efficiency and resiliency of the built environment while improving the quality of life and return on investment for citizens. His projects include urban science and engineering, stochastic building energy modeling, reduced order building energy modeling, risk analysis of building energy retrofits, Bayesian Calibration methods for building energy models, agent based models for understanding adoption of retrofit technologies, smart building/smart grid integration, and the development of new energy efficient and diagnostic technologies buildings. Dr. Muehleisen is the author of over 180publications and presentations, and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of urban science and engineering, building energy modeling, architectural acoustics and noise control.
Vladimir Koritarov is the Manager of the CEESA Power Systems group in Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems division. The group provides analytical services on strategic energy and environmental issues to government agencies, international organizations, and private institutions around the world. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC). Koritarov has over 30 years of experience in the analysis and modeling of electric and energy systems in domestic and international applications. Currently, he serves as Argonne’s Program Manager for Water Power Program, which includes hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic technologies.
Most recently, Koritarov has been working on the development of new agent-based modeling approaches for the simulation of energy and electricity markets, and applying advanced simulation methods to study the role and possible evolution of non-conventional energy resources, such as renewable generation and energy storage.
He is a principal mechanical engineer and manager of Fuels, Engine, and Aftertreatment Research at Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research. In this role, he and his team plan, analyze, and execute powertrain and combustion research projects in light-duty, heavy-duty, and non-road applications, including marine and UAV, and employing a range of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, hydrogen and natural gas, and alcohols. Much of the work involves close collaboration with major manufacturers in these market segments.
He has over 20 years of experience at Argonne National Laboratory in research and development of advanced battery systems for transportation applications that include hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and electric vehicles (EV). These battery systems were predominantly lithium-based and include lithium-alloy/iron disulfide (molten salt), lithium polymer, and lithium-ion. He has extensive hands-on experience in the various processes and equipment needed for a successful lithium battery research facility. He is the leader of the Cell Analysis, Modeling, and Prototyping (CAMP) Facility at Argonne, which is a multi-disciplined team with semi-automated electrode and cell making equipment centered on the advancement of novel high-energy cell systems for transportation applications. He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Florida and has over 44 publications, including two book chapters, several technical reports, three patents awarded, and three patent applications filed.
He is currently a senior chemist and group leader at Argonne National Laboratory specializing in the testing and post-test analysis of cells and complete battery systems with over 34 years of experience. He is known worldwide for his work in battery testing and life modeling. He has a bachelor’s in chemistry from Brown University and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from University of Chicago. He is active in the battery materials and testing fields and has more than 120 publications and eight patents. He received an IR-100 Award in 1987 for a micro-membrane sensor to measure sodium-ion concentrations at elevated temperature. He participated in the creation of international recommended practices (one step before a standard) in battery testing. His work in battery life estimation led to the creation of software, which became the recognized standard for life estimation for battery development projects funded by U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2011, he established the post-test facility for the elucidation of the physical and chemical changes that cause battery performance decline.
He is a chemist and group leader of the Advanced Electrolyte Research Group within the Electrochemical Energy Storage theme at Argonne National Laboratory. He has more than 20 years of organic/polymer chemistry research experience in the battery area. After receiving his doctorate in 2000, he joined Professor Robert West’s group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a research associate then a research scientist developing a portfolio of siloxane-based advanced electrolyte technologies for lithium-ion batteries for medical applications. At Quallion, LLC (now EnerSys), he led research and development (R&D) activities regarding a high energy density lithium-ion battery project and a solid polymer electrolyte for lithium monofluoride cells. In 2007, he joined Argonne setting up electrolyte synthesis labs and building a team comprising scientists with strong organic chemistry backgrounds focusing on advanced electrolyte research for lithium-ion chemistries and beyond, including high-voltage electrolytes, functional electrolyte additives, polymer binders, fluorinated ether electrolytes for lithium sulfur batteries, organic catholytes and anolytes for non-aqueous redox flow batteries, and non-Grignard magnesium-ion electrolytes. He won three R&D 100 Awards for advanced silicon-based electrolytes, redox shuttle additives for overcharge protection and a fluorinated electrolyte for 5-V lithium-ion chemistries. He published more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and filed more than 50 patents/applications in the field of electrochemical energy storage.
He is currently a senior chemist and group leader at Argonne National Laboratory specializing in the research and development of battery materials and systems with over 25 years of experience. He is known worldwide for his development of state-of-art lithium-ion battery cathode materials. He has a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University. He is active in the lithium battery materials field publishing over 110 publications and 25 patents in the battery field issued. He has given over 30 invited international lectures and university seminars over his career. Notably, he concentrated on leading cathode projects while at Argonne and has managed several U.S. Department of Energy, Air Force Research Laboratory contracts, and work-for-other programs. He is the chair for the Battery Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and active in organizing battery subject symposia at biannual ECS meetings. In 2017, he was elected a fellow of ECS. He is currently the International Battery Materials Association (IBA) vice-president and a member of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry and The Electrochemical Society-Battery Division since 1993. He received research awards from IBA in 2006 and a R&D 100 award for the commercialization of lithium battery materials in 2009. Presently, he is working on Na-ion batteries as a new platform for energy storage in stationary applications that support renewables, and light battery nexus field.
He is a principal systems engineer in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He has a master’s in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago focusing on process control systems. He spent the past 25 years with Argonne as a principal investigator and lead engineer on numerous industrial process scale-up projects earning him three R&D 100 awards, an FLC award, and many patents. He designed and helped establish Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility and is leading the lab’s battery materials scale-up programs. His team has successfully scaled over 20 advanced battery materials and has collaborations with numerous national labs, universities, and industrial partners.