Steve Visco, Ph.D.
CEO, CTO, & Founder:
Steve Visco is an internationally recognized expert in lithium batteries and fuel cells. Dr. Visco currently holds over 100 U.S. patents, more than 200 international patents and has authored close to 100 journal articles, as well as books, monographs and other publications. He has successfully raised $45M in government contracts and grant awards, serves on numerous scientific committees and panel, and directed research leading to recognition of PolyPlus by TIME magazine and a Gold Edison Award in 2012. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Ph.D in Chemistry from Brown University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California in Santa Barbara before joining the staff at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2013 Dr. Visco was selected by the City of Berkeley for a “Visionary Award” for his work in next generation batteries. Steve also serves on the Technical Advisory Boards for the Conrad Foundation and the CIC Energigune Institute in Miñano, Spain and was awarded the 2011 International Battery Association Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Lithium-Air and Lithium-Water Batteries.” In May 2015 Dr. Visco was elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.
May-Ying Chu, Ph.D.
CFO, COO, & Founder:
Dr. Chu has more than 20 years of experience in managing battery R&D, intellectual property portfolios, government contracts and audits, and is an inventor on 28 issued U.S. patents and more than 50 international patents. Chu is the lead inventor of the nonaqueous Li/sulfur battery technology. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Professor Lutgard C. De Jonghe
Chairman of the Board, Director, & Founder:
Professor De Jonghe is a Professor in the Graduate School - Materials Science Department at U.C. Berkeley, has been a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1978, is an American Ceramic Society Fellow, and is an internationally recognized expert in ceramics and ionic devices. Prof. De Jonghe has more than 220 publications and holds 62 U.S. Patents. He was a Research Fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard University, an Associate Professor at Cornell University, and a Senior U.S. Scientist and Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute in Germany, and has worked at the Nuclear Research Center in Belgium. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute in Antwerp, Belgium, an M.S. in Metallurgy from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Eugene S. Nimon, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development:
Dr. Nimon has extensive experience in the research and development of electrochemical systems and lithium batteries. He has authored over 70 scientific publications and is an inventor on 54 issued U.S. patents and close to 60 international patents. Dr. Nimon manages the PolyPlus R&D group. He was instrumental in the development and engineering of the protected lithium electrode, as well as PolyPlus breakthrough battery technologies including lithium-air, lithium-water, and lithium-sulfur. He received a Ph.D in Chemistry from the Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow, and an M.S. in Physics from Saratov State University, Russia.
Bruce D. Katz
Manager, Intellectual Property:
Bruce Katz is a Materials Scientist and IP Engineer specializing in electrochemical materials, with particular expertise in the fields of lithium battery electrodes and solid electrolytes. Mr. Katz has 60+ issued patents in the field of lithium batteries and lithium battery cell components, and 20+ patents pending. He received his Masters degree in Materials Science with a focus on lithium intercalation materials from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard D. Klidies
Richard Klidies supervises five full-time and two part-time employees on the facilities and operations team at PolyPlus. Richard has 40 years experience in facilities and equipment management and maintenance in the semiconductor industry, and has an A.S. from Evergreen College.