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 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.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Dr. Aaron L. Washington, II completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry with specialization in material science. As of April 2009, Dr. Washington joined the Advanced Characterization and Processing (ACP) group at SRNL and is currently a principal scientist and former manager in the same group. He is currently involved with material development for multiple applications including radiological sensors, nuclear waste storage, additive manufacturing for nuclear material disposal, nuclear Deactivation & Decommissioning (D&D), organic based nuclear sensors, and nuclear waste treatment strategies. Additionally, he recently led a group with 3 post-doctoral researchers (3 former postdocs are now full time), 7 peer PhD scientists, a bachelor’s scientist, 3 managers, and 2-4 interns in interdisciplinary research and program development. Dr. Washington has more than 20+ peer reviewed manuscripts, 30+ technical reports, and more than 15 presentations at national conferences and meetings. Dr. Washington also has 4 patents issued and 7 additional patents currently in process. Dr. Washington was a 2014 recipient of the Laboratory Director’s Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement and the 2016 Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. Dr. Washington has also recently received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification as of July 2017.
Dr. Washington currently serves on multiple committees both at SRNL and in the Aiken community. These include the Conduct of R&D safety council, Diversity Board of Directors for SRNS, and the former Board of Directors Chairman and current member for Habitat for Humanity. He is an also an Adjunct Professor at USC Aiken in the chemistry department.
Dr. Brenda L. Garcia-Diaz is the manager of the Energy Materials Group in SRNL. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in electrochemical engineering. She has developed Nb-doped TiO2 electrocatalysts and developed models to better understand DMFC operation. Dr. Garcia-Diaz helped develop electrochemical synthesis methods for aluminum hydride. She has worked on novel electrochemical methods for nuclear fuel processing including the development of an electrochemical fluorination method for processing used nuclear fuel, direct LiT electrolysis for tritium recovery in fusion applications, and reduction of oxide nuclear fuels utilizing a solid oxide conducting anode. Dr. Garcia-Diaz is the principal investigator on a DOE SunShot program to investigate and mitigate corrosion in high temperature molten salt heat transfer systems for concentrating solar power (CSP) applications. She is the molten salt corrosion consultant to NREL for the development of a Gen 3 CSP system. Dr. Garcia-Diaz has also led research on the development of MAX phase coatings for accident tolerant nuclear fuel. She has led collaborations with multiple industrial partners, universities, and national laboratories.
Dr. Garcia-Diaz was awarded the ASM International Silver Award, the South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher award, and the SRNL Early Career Award. In 2018, her project on electrochemical fluorination also won the inaugural SRNL award for LDRD return on investment. Dr. Garcia-Diaz serves as a Board Member for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers RAPID program for process intensification. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina in the Chemical Engineering Department. Dr. Garcia-Diaz is a member of the Hanford Tank Integrity Expert Panel.
He is a distinguished fellow and manager of the Advanced Battery Technology team at Argonne National Laboratory with responsibilities directing the research and development of advanced materials and battery systems for hybrid electric, plug-in, and electric vehicles and satellite, military, and medical applications. He is also the deputy director of Clean Energy Research Center at Argonne and currently serving as a committee member of the U.S. National Research Council on battery-related technologies. He is an adjunct distinguished professor at Stanford University. Among his many awards, he is a 2003 recipient of Scientific America’s Top Worldwide 50 Researcher Award, a 2008 University of Chicago distinguished performance award, a 2009 recipient of the U.S. Federal Laboratory Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, 2013 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office award, and a five-time recipient of the R&D 100 Award. In addition, he was recently awarded the Electrochemical Society (ECS) battery technology award and the international battery association award. He holds over 176 patents and patent applications and over 461 publications. From 1998-2008, he was the most-cited scientist in the world in the field of battery technology. He serves as the president of International Meeting on Lithium Batteries, chairman of the International Automotive Lithium Battery Association, ECS fellow, and associate editor of the journal, Nano Energy.