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Advisory Board

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Everett Anderson

Everett AndersonEverett Anderson is Vice President of Electrochemical Technology at Proton Energy Systems. Mr. Anderson is focused on strategic technology development as well as assessing new technology and potential partnerships for the next generation of Proton’s products. He also serves in an oversight role regarding the electrochemical technology development as it relates to Proton’s commercial hydrogen generation business, as well as helping to establish future research thrust areas that leverage the company's expertise and competencies. Mr. Anderson joined Proton Energy Systems in 2000 and has more than 25 years of R&D experience in hydrogen and fuel cells. He has served in previous positions at Proton as Research Manager, Research Director, and Director of Process and Materials Development.

Prior to joining Proton Energy Systems, Mr. Anderson was the Manager of Electrochemical Technologies Group at Physical Sciences Inc., a contract R&D firm where he spent over 13 years conducting research in a variety of technology areas, including PEM, direct methanol and alkaline fuel cells, halogen fuel cells, electrosynthesis, electrochemical sensors, and advanced electroplating processes. Before joining Physical Sciences Inc., Mr. Anderson worked as a Staff Scientist at Giner, Inc. where he conducted research on phosphoric acid and halogen fuel cells. Mr. Anderson has been granted seven U.S. patents in the fields of electrochemical synthesis, fuel cell electrode fabrication, PEM electrolyzer cell stack design, and electrochemical compression.

Mr. Anderson earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Vermont and his MBA from Bentley University.

Kathy Ayers

Kathy AyersKathy Ayers is the Director of Research at Proton Energy Systems. She is responsible for developing the long term research direction for improvements in performance, reliability, and cost of Proton’s electrolyzer cell stack, as well as overseeing Proton’s military and aerospace programs. She has served as Principal Investigator on multiple contract research projects from the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, and was recently awarded an ARPA-E grant to develop a novel, low cost regenerative fuel cell system.

Prior to joining Proton Energy Systems, Dr. Ayers served as a Staff Electrochemist and project team leader at Energizer Battery Company. While at Energizer, she conducted research in a variety of battery materials including aqueous anode and cathode materials for alkaline batteries and non-aqueous cathode materials for primary lithium batteries. Her expertise included technique development for diagnosis of polarization losses and material supplier strategy. She has over 15 years of experience in characterization of electrochemically active materials for energy storage devices. Dr. Ayers earned her Ph.D. in electrochemistry from the California Institute of Technology from Professor Nathan Lewis and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal publications and two U.S. patents.

Anthony Boccanfuso

boccanfusoAnthony (Tony) Boccanfuso serves as the Executive Director for the National Academies' University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) . He holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and earned his B.S. in Political Science and Chemistry from Furman University. Dr. Boccanfuso began his professional career as a Science Policy Fellow at the American Chemical Society, where he worked within the society's government relations and science policy division. Before taking on this position, Dr. Boccanfuso was Director for Research and Economic Development at the University of South Carolina and currently retains the position of Senior Director for Strategic Alliances within the College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Boccanfuso has had a distinguished career in the research management and science policy arenas and has held a variety of positions at the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as at several universities. He currently serves on several boards, including the National Hydrogen Association, the MedStar Health Research Institute, and the Hydrogen Education Foundation, for which he is the current chair.

Gerardine G. Botte

Gerri BotteGerri Botte serves as the Director of the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER) at Ohio University (OHIO).

After completing her B.S., Gerri worked for four years as a process engineer for Petroquimica de Venezuela before returning to school for advanced degrees. She earned her M.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2000. She joined OU’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department faculty in 2002. Gerri recently received the honor of becoming a Russ Professor in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at OHIO. She is the founder and Director of CEER, which was formally established in 2009.

Gerri performs fundamental and applied research in electrochemical engineering, including power sources and fuel cells, hydrogen generators, numerical methods, mathematical modeling, material science, and electro-catalysis. She uses experimental techniques combined with mathematical modeling to study electrochemical systems, and to predict parameters required for their optimization and improvement. The work on numerical methods emphasizes the efficient solution of equations that describe the transport phenomena and thermodynamics of electrochemical systems. Gerri’s research portfolio includes the design and development of advanced battery systems and how coal and ammonia can be used as hydrogen sources to power fuel cells.

Along with electrochemical research, Gerri is active in teaching and educational outreach, including being the advisor for OHIO’s ChemE Car team, and local and regional economic development for Appalachian southeastern Ohio.

Gerri currently has 102 publications, distributed as follows: 46 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, 11 granted patents, 27 pending patents, 11 peered-reviewed conference proceedings, and 2 reports/special publications. In addition, she has delivered over 160 presentations in international conferences (including invited speaker for the Gordon Research Conference in Electrochemistry 2008 and for the 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry). She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry. She is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She is also the elected Chair of the Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division of the Electrochemical Society and an appointed member of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Electrochemical Society. She was selected a finalist of the World Technology Awards 2010 in the Environment Category and she was inducted a Fellow of the World Technology Network (2010).

Joseph DiCarlo

DiCarlo-2Joseph (Joe) DiCarlo serves as Manager, Battery Materials, for BASF. BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, and oil and gas. Joe joined BASF in June 2010. Prior to joining BASF, Joe worked as a consultant for various companies in the area of battery and battery materials.

From 2000 to 2007 Joe held the position of Director of Research at Yardney Technical Products. In this position, Joe directed R&D programs totaling over $25 million, obtained funding from Congressional and other federal funding agencies, and developed key collaborations with industrial partners.

Prior to joining Yardney Technical Products, Joe was a Research Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Labs. His research included fuel cell technologies.

From 1997 to 1998, Joe was President of Preferred Power Technologies. Accomplishments include obtaining over $5 million in capital for operations; supervising the installation of a lithium cell facility, heading up sales/marketing for battery products, and establishing CRADA’s with the government to augment research capability.

From 1994 to 1997, Joe was a scientist for the US Army Labs at Ft. Monmouth. There he reviewed proposals and was TPOC on several programs. Joe was published and patented in the area of battery technology during this time.

From 1992 to 1994, Joe held a Postdoctoral position at the University of Houston where he performed research in the area of electrochemistry.

From 1990 to 1992, Joe held a Postdoctoral position at Princeton University where he performed research in the area of thermodynamics.

Joe received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 1990 from Brown University and his B.S. in Chemistry in 1986 from The Citadel. Joe has more than 24 publications in referred journals and several patents.

Christopher S. Johnson

Christopher S. JohnsonDr. Christopher S. Johnson is currently a chemist at Argonne National Laboratory, specializing in R & D of battery materials and battery systems with over 18 years of experience. His earned a B.S. in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1992. He has been active in the lithium battery materials field having published over 80 publications and received 8 patents. He is the cathode projects leader at Argonne, and has managed several DOE, AFRL contracts, and work-for-others programs. He was elected a Member-at-Large for the Battery Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in 2008, and is active in organizing battery subject symposia at biannual ECS meetings. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, and The Electrochemical Society-Battery Division since 1993. He has received research awards from the International Battery Association in 2006, and a R&D-100 award for the commercialization of lithium battery materials in 2009.

Richard Myers

Richard MyersRichard “Rich” Myers is Executive Vice President Business Development and Chief Technology Officer for Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion is the world’s leading supplier of thermoset resins, adhesives, and coatings for the global wood, industrial, and specialty markets. Formed in 2005 by the merger of four companies, Hexion has annual sales of $6.1 billion. The company employs approximately 7,000 associates and has 94 production sites around the world serving key global markets.

Prior to joining Hexion in 2006, Rich served as R&D Vice President of Performance Chemicals and Thermosets for The Dow Chemical Company. Rich joined Dow in 2000 as Global R&D Director for Polyurethanes.

From 1987-2000, Rich worked for Air Products and Chemicals in various technology roles, progressing to the position of Director of Technology for the Performance Chemicals Division in 1998. He began his career with Exxon Chemical in 1981.

Rich received his B.S. in chemistry from Indiana University in 1976. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1981.

Lisa Rooney

Lisa RooneyLisa Rooney, CEER Industry Liaison, has over twenty years of experience developing partnerships between industry, university and government agencies to launch a variety of technologies. Her experience includes working at three research universities in their sponsored research and technology transfer departments where she developed outstanding contacts in industry and with many federal agencies and national labs. In addition to her university experience, she worked for five years with ITECs Innovative Consulting supporting industry and university clients to advance their research and technologies. Lisa has a law degree from Capital University Law School and a B.A. in sociology from The Ohio State University.

Steven Sinsabaugh

Steven SinsabaughSteve Sinsabaugh is a Lockheed Martin Fellow and currently Capture Manager for the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Genset and APU programs. As Capture Manager, he led two Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell proposal wins, as well as supporting a winning proposal in the OTF Advanced Materials category. Other current interests include flow batteries and other technologies for utility-scale energy storage, and nanomaterials technology for high performance lithium ion batteries. Steve is a part of the Lockheed Martin MS2 New Ventures organization, which is responsible for LM’s initiatives in various renewable energy generation and storage activities.

Steve was involved with the High Altitude Airship program since 1999 in various roles, including project manager for the HAA Technology Improvement Project. Steve led the effort to develop key enabling technologies for the HAA operational vehicle, including advanced batteries, fuel cell architectures, and solar cells. His other HAA responsibilities ranged from power subsystem architecture to assessment of effect of atmospheric electrodynamics on the airship. He has one existing patent, and multiple patents pending in the area of stratospheric airship technology and energy.

In other positions, Steve was the Advanced Technology Lead for Lockheed Martin Akron, with responsibility for all Akron internal R&D programs, horizontal integration initiatives across LM, SBIR’s, and other technology initiatives. He also was technical director on the Aluminum Oxygen Full Cell Power System, leading system design and testing of the new fuel cell technology to be used in the DARPA Unmanned Underwater Vehicle program. He has been with Lockheed Martin and it’s predecessor organizations for 25 years.

Steve received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University.