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Dr. Adam Best

Research Group Leader, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing

【講演内容】“Energy Storage Research and Development at CSIRO”


Dr Adam Best received his Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, in 2002 before being awarded a Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands (2001 - 04). In 2004, Dr. Best joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Division of Energy Technology, to work on ionic liquid electrolytes for lithium metal batteries. In 2013, Dr. Best moved to the Manufacturing Business Unit and was appointed as Research Group Leader in the Metal Industries Program in 2015. Adam leads a number of battery research programs utilising ionic liquid electrolytes including to enable high voltage battery cathodes, lithium metal anodes and lithium-sulfur batteries. Dr. Best has been the recipient of a number of awards including CSIRO Julius Award and more recently, a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study battery electrolytes and how to develop a battery industry in Australia. He has 70 publications and 12 patents, with a H index of 31 and over 4000 lifetime citations.


Dr. Kathie McGregor

Cluster Leader, CSIRO Minerals Resources, Victoria


Kathie has more than 20 years experience as a research leader at CSIRO, and holds a PhD in electrochemistry/inorganic chemistry from the University of Melbourne, and an Executive Certificate in Management from the University of New South Wales. Her expertise has been applied in battery technology, light metal production, alloy design and sensor development. She has led numerous research and development projects with Australian and international companies and held many leadership roles at CSIRO. Kathie presently leads a portfolio of projects in mineral processing and metal production, together with a large team of talented scientists, business development, IP and marketing specialists.


Dr Gavin Collis

Team Leader / Senior Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing


Dr Collis completed his degrees at the University of Western Australia, Perth, where he specialised in mechanistic synthetic organic chemistry for his doctorate. In 1997 he accepted a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Massey University (NZ) where he designed functionalised electroactive conducting polymers for sensor, photovoltaic and catalytic applications. In 2001 he was appointed as Assistant Director of the Nanomaterials Research Centre to lead these activities. In 2002 he accepted a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) where he collaborated on many multi-disciplinary projects, such as designer ligands for catalysis, sensing radioactive metal ions, sensing of environmental beryllium ions (this technology was commercialised), chemical war-fare sensors, metallo-polymer precursors for forming semiconductor metal films, and ionic liquids. In 2006 he accepted a position at CSIRO. He has held several senior roles in R&D, management and safety and has led national and international commercial projects. At CSIRO he has led and worked in a variety of areas developing materials and processes for commercial application, such as, semiconductor materials for organic electronics, antimicrobial materials and textiles, metal ion chelators for sensing, remediation and recycling, flame retardant textiles, and biocompatible electroactive polymers. Dr Collis was awarded a CSIRO OCE Julius Award for his leadership and scientific achievements. 


Dr. Thomas Rüther

Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy, Victoria


Thomas graduated from the Technical University of Aachen/Germany and was awarded a PhD in synthetic organometallic and electrochemistry in 1996. In the following he held positions at the universities of Rennes (France, Postdoc), Tasmania (Hobart, Research Fellow), Monash (Melbourne, Research Fellow) and in the private industry (R&D chemist). Thomas joined CSIRO in December 2005 and is currently a senior research scientist in the CSIRO Energy business unit. His main research interests are the synthesis, physicochemical properties of electrolytes and solvent media for batteries applications, their interaction with and stabilization of lithium metal electrodes, metal electrodeposition and mineral recovery. He is (and has been) involved in commercial projects with Boeing (USA), BoulderIonics (USA), Wacker Chemie (Germany) and Proionic (Austria) companies to develop future electrical energy storage technology. He is an inventor on three patents and author of 40 publications in peer reviewed international journals.  


Prof. Jacobus Johannes (Jacques) Eksteen

Chemical Engineering, Curtin University

【講演内容】 “From battery mineral resources to battery component precursors: Potential ways to unlock more value from Australia’s battery mineral resource endowment”.


Professor Jacques Eksteen hold the position of Chair: Extractive Metallurgy at the Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (part of Curtin University). He has 24 years’ experience in industry and academia and has published widely in the fields of hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, materials and minerals processing. He has worked in the nuclear, base and precious metals industries and as an academic (in teaching and research roles). Jacques is a professionally accredited Chemical Engineer and further holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Metallurgical Engineering. He is the Interim Research Director for the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.


Mr. Andrew Mackenzie

Director, Envirostream Australia Pty. Ltd


Andrew Mackenzie is the Director of two resource recovery companies; P.F Metals and Envirostream Australia. P.F Metals is a metals recovery business. Envirostream Australia is Australia’s first lithium battery, alkaline and nickel metal hydride battery processor. Andrew spent over two years researching and prototyping the process before Envirostream began its operations in late 2016 with the vision of increasing the low battery recycling rate in Australia. Previously, Andrew owned and operated an industrial machine manufacturing business. The range of machines built where for industries including food processing, woodworking and steel fabrication. This has given Andrew a strength in a wide range of processes that can be applied in unique ways to current and future projects. 


Dr. Neeraj Sharma
Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

【講演内容】“Non-destructively looking inside batteries to see live chemical changes and using this information to design new materials”


Dr. Neeraj Sharma is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW who holds a number of nationally competitive grants and has received UNSW, state and national awards. His passion lies in understanding function with chemistry. Neeraj works collaboratively to solve complex problems and enjoys sharing his science with the community.

Neeraj’s research focuses on solid state chemistry, designing new materials and investigating their structure-property relationships, especially in batteries. His research blends crystallography with materials synthesis and electrochemistry in order to deliver thoroughly characterised materials for advanced applications. Neeraj extensively uses major facilities, such as the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, to conduct state-of-the-art in situ or operando experiments on fully functioning devices, predominantly on batteries with different chemistries. He is an expert in numerous analytical techniques and enjoys pushing the boundary in order to undertake in situ or operando characterisation of materials in devices. 


Mr. William Johnson. M.A Oxon. MBA. MAICD

Managing Director, Strike Resources

【講演内容】"Australian Graphite for Batteries”


William Johnson holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, England and an MBA from Victoria University, New Zealand. His 30-year business career spans multiple industries and countries, with executive/CEO experience in mineral exploration and investment, telecommunications infrastructure investment, information technology and Internet ventures. Mr Johnson is a highly-experienced public company director and has considerable depth of experience in corporate governance, business strategy and operations, investment analysis, finance and execution. Mr Johnson is a director of Australian public companies Molopo Energy Ltd. (ASX:MPO), Bentley Capital Ltd. (ASX:BEL) and Keybridge Capital Ltd. (ASX:KBC) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


Professor Gregory F. Metha

Chemistry Department, University of Adelaide, South Australia

【講演内容】“Battery-oriented capabilities at UoA”


Greg Metha is Professor of Chemistry and the immediate past Head of Department at the University of Adelaide, and also serves on the Management Committee for the Centre for Energy Technology. He studied undergraduate Chemistry at Monash University and continued as a PhD student exploring the laser spectroscopy of aldehydes. He spent subsequent years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Universities of British Columbia and Sydney before moving to the University of Adelaide in 1997 as an ARC Fellow, then commencing as an Academic in 2003. He established the Metal Cluster & Nanoparticle laboratory at Adelaide studying the properties of gas-phase metal clusters, both experimentally and computationally, which can provide an atomically-precise model to understand how metal clusters interact with surfaces. These fundamental gas-phase studies have provided vital information and insight into the physical and chemical properties of metal clusters with metal-oxide semiconductors. This understanding is now directed towards advancing the science of metal clusters as (photo-)catalysts, which involves collaboration with synthetic chemists and physicists. He is also involved with the development of fast theoretical approaches to model these systems, most recently Density Functional-Tight Binding.


Dr. Sai Shivareddy

Product Development Manager – Energy Storage, Talga Resources Ltd., Western Australia


Dr Sai Shivareddy heads up Talga’s development of advanced carbon products for the energy storage sector. He has significant industrial experience focusing on early stage commercialisation of novel materials and energy technologies. His previous positions include leading graphene research and commercialisation efforts at Tata Group in collaboration with the Cambridge Graphene Centre and developing fast charging battery materials for Dyson. He is also a co-founder of multiple energy harvesting and storage technology companies. Dr Shivareddy obtained his PhD in Engineering (nano carbons for energy storage) from St John's College, Cambridge University as a commonwealth scholar.


Prof. Peter Talbot
Professional Research Fellow, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology


Professor Peter Talbot is internationally regarded as a materials science expert and leader in the fields of lithium-ion batteries, nano-materials manufacture and high temperature superconductors. He holds numerous patents and is co-founder, Director and CEO of several successful high-tech start-up companies. He has jointly established product development with more than 50 international companies. 
Peter is currently a Professorial Fellow at QUT and an AQ Founders Fellow. He is a Chief Investigator, ARC project for Future Energy Storage Technologies and an ARENA program for renewable hydrogen production. He established QUT’s Advanced Battery Facility, Australia’s first lithium ion battery manufacturing plant.


Dr. Manuel Wisser

Head of Battery Operations, Anteo Technologies Pty Ltd

【講演内容】“Anteo Technologies - Nano-film binders for silicon anodes”


Manuel Wieser is a Materials Scientist with extensive experience in lithium ion battery R&D and technology commercialisation. As Head of Battery Operations at Anteo Technologies his work is focused on enabling high silicon content anodes using Anteo’s nano-film binder technology.  Previously, Manuel was Product Development Manager at Nano-Nouvelle, a materials company developing nano-structured current collector technology for lithium ion batteries and next generation lithium metal anodes. In his time at Nano-Nouvelle, Manuel was instrumental in taking the technology from lab scale to pilot production ready. His contributions to the technical and strategic direction of the company allowed Nano-Nouvelle to secure funding during two multimillion dollar venture capital rounds. Working in the battery industry, he built a strong background in international collaborations and is an executive member of the Sunshine Coast branch committee of the Australian Institute of Energy. Manuel has a Master of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Business in Entrepreneurship.


Dr. Robert Kerr

Research Fellow, Deakin University, Victoria

講演内容】“Advanced battery & materials research at Deakin BatTRI-Hub”


Dr. Kerr is a Research Fellow in Prof. Maria Forsyth and Prof. Patrick Howlett’s ionic liquids research group at Deakin University. Over the last three years at Deakin University, he has developed ionic liquid-based electrolytes and solid-state plastic crystal/polymer composites for high capacity Li and Na cycling using silicon and metal electrodes. A core component of this work has been his involvement in the establishment of the Battery Technology and Research Innovation Hub (BatTRI-Hub). BatTRI-Hub is a pouch cell prototyping facility that has unique prototyping capabilities designed as a vessel for industry engagement and to translate the new materials developed within the Forsyth & Howlett group into both liquid and solid-state devices.


Dr. Alexander Bilyk

Vice-President Research and Development, Cap-XX, New South Wales


Alex is a Chemist with over 25 years’ experience in Research and Development. In the last 17 years he has been focused on industry R&D for materials and device development at both CAP-XX and CSIRO. Alex has worked extensively on developing new energy storage devices and improving their operational performance. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney and his BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.  Alex is currently the Vice President of Research at CAP-XX, an Australian based supercapacitor technology company, where he is responsible for the development of new products and IP related to high power energy storage devices.


Mr Peter Chaplin

Technical Director, PMB Defence


Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the South Australian Institute of Technology and Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of Adelaide. Peter is the Technical Director for PMB Defence Engineering and has spent the majority of his career within the Australian Defence industry, starting as a cadet engineer at DSTO in 1981. He joined ASC in 1988, working in Sweden and Adelaide on the design and construction of the COLLINS Class submarines as Mechanical Systems Manager. In 1996 he joined Vision-Abell (now BAE Systems – land & Integrated Systems) and has led a number of development projects for Defence and with Codan Ltd, high-end commercial electronics and microwave applications.  Immediately prior to joining PMB in 2006 Peter worked with Raytheon Australia as Combat System Segment Manager for the Air Warfare Destroyer project.


Dr. Candice Francis

Electrochemical Systems Engineer, PMB Defence 

【講演内容】 “The advantages and challenges of lithium-ion battery systems for submarine applications”


Candice Francis has a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Queensland and recently a PhD from Flinders University investigating ionic liquid electrolytes and lithium-ion batteries. Candice started at PMB Defence in 2014 as a Chemical Engineer working on engineering projects and product support for lead-acid batteries and ancillary systems. In 2015 Candice moved to research and development work on lithium-ion batteries in collaboration with the Australian Research Council Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing, Flinders University and CSIRO Manufacturing. Candice now undertakes various engineering design, development and testing activities at PMB Defence on battery systems for lead-acid, lithium-ion and other chemistries.


Mr. Mike Vaisey

Electrochemical Systems Engineer, Lithium Australia NL

【講演内容】“VSPC – Production of high performance cathode materials for Li-ion batteries”


Mike is Executive Director of VSPC Ltd and leads the team commercialising the VSPC process technology for manufacture if Li-ion battery cathode materials. Mike has 25 years of international experience in the Mining and Chemical industries in senior operational and technical roles. Specific experience relates to the mining, processing, and project development for minerals sands, synthetic rutile, titanium dioxide pigment, and metals including tantalum, niobium, and rare earths. Prior to working with VSPC Mike was Vice President Research and Technology at Lynas Corporation Ltd where he led the technical development of the Mt Weld Rare Earths Project.