Executive Team

Jeffrey Spangenberger

ReCell Center director and group leader in materials recycling at Argonne. Research focuses include battery and material recycling, industrial process scale-up, and closed-loop recycling modeling projects.

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Linda Gaines

ReCell Center chief scientist and a Transportation Systems Analyst at Argonne. Research expertise includes performing technical and economic analyses of lithium ion battery recycling processes and material supply concerns. Gaines represents DOE on industry committees: NAATBatt, SAE, RBC.

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Bryant Polzin

ReCell Center deputy director of operations and a process engineer at Argonne where he is responsible for lithium ion battery materials evaluation and process development in multiple cell configurations, including coin cells, pouch cells, and 18650s in the CAMP Facility.

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Advisory Board

Venkat Srinivasan

Venkat Srinivasan is the director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and deputy director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

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Shriram Santhanagopalan

Shriram Santhanagopalan leads the Diagnostics and Characterization team in the Vehicle Electrification Group at NREL. Over the last ten years Shriram has developed models, materials and test methodology to address performance and safety limitations of batteries, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has worked extensively with several leading battery manufacturers and vehicle OEMs around the world.

Ilias Belharouak

Ilias Belharouak is a Distinguished Scientist and the leader of the Battery Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Group in the Energy and Transportation Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee. 

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Thrust Leads

Jack Vaughey

John (Jack) Vaughey is an expert in the design, synthesis, and characterization of next generation materials with applications in energy storage. Experience includes cathodes for lithium, silver, calcium, and magnesium-ion systems, new lithium-ion anode materials based on intermetallic and Zintl phases, and Non-Aqueous Organic Redox Flow Batteries for grid storage applications.

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Kris Pupek

Kris Pupek is the Group Leader for Process R&D and Scale Up in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory.

The group evaluates emerging synthesis techniques and develops scalable processes for manufacturing of advanced materials including organic, inorganic, polymeric and nanomaterials to support basic research and industrial evaluation.

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Jianlin Li

Jianlin is a key scientist at the DOE Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility (BMF) which is one of the nation’s largest open access battery R&D facilities and the key processing facility of Vehicle Technology Office (VTO).

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Matt Keyser

Before coming to NREL in 1992, Matt Keyser worked in designing power supplies for the military industry, performing structural and thermal finite element analysis for power supplies subjected to severe vibration, shock, and thermal environments. He now leads vehicle electrification, which consists of the energy storage and power electronics.

University Collaborators

Yan Wang

Yan Wang is an associate professors in mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Research focuses on the study of new electrodes and materials for energy storage, including lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, flow batteries, battery safety and recycle, and fundamental electrochemistry.


Lei Pan

Lei Pan is an assistant professor in chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University. Research focuses on surface chemistry and process modeling of particulate separation processes.


Zheng Chen

Zheng Chen is an assistant professor in NanoEngineering at the University of California at San Diego. research focuses on development of novel nanostructured and polymeric materials for cutting-edge applications including electrochemical energy devices (batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells), flexible and printable devices, and sustainable water and resources.



Business Development Executive

Chris Claxton

Chris Claxton helps oversee commercialization management of Argonne’s battery intellectual property portfolio of 150+ technologies.