2020 Candidates for Battery Division Treasurer

The following are the biographical sketches and candidacy statements of the candidates nominated for the position of ECS Battery Division Treasurer. ECS division officers serve the Society as volunteers.

ECS Battery Division members are urged to take part in this important election! Voting begins September 1 and ends September 29.

Jagjit Nanda


Jagjit Nanda is a Distinguished Staff Scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division, working in the area of high capacity energy storage materials, interfaces, and electrochemical systems. He is also a Joint Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, U.S. Prior to joining Oak Ridge in 2009, Jagjit was a Technical Expert at the Research and Advanced Engineering Center, Ford Motor Company, MI, leading R&D projects in lithium ion battery materials and nanomaterials for energy application. Jagjit received his PhD in Solid State Chemistry & Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 2000, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University (2000-02), U.S., and a Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2002-05), U.S. He has published more than 125 journal and technical publications, holds 10 patents in the area of energy storage R&D, and is an active member of several professional scientific societies. Jagjit is an internationally acclaimed researcher and expert in the area of materials and interfaces for lithium and beyond lithium ion batteries with specific focus on developing multi-scale and multi-modal spectroscopic techniques to investigate chemical and structural changes in high capacity battery materials and interfaces. He has also been successful in translating materials discovery and innovations in energy storage towards technology maturation and commercialization. Jagjit won an R&D 100 award.

Statement of Candidacy

I have been an active Electrochemical Society member representing the battery division (BD) for 12-plus years, contributing in different capacities. I started my research career in battery R&D while working at Ford Motor Co. where I was a member of the local ECS Detroit Chapter. Since then, in partnership with my colleagues from General Motors, I have supported and organized various symposia at ECS meetings including fund raising. As a technical member of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) between Automotive OEMs and the Department of Energy (DOE), I continued supporting various ECS professional activities. After moving to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2009, I have been a member at large for the battery division and their fund raising chair or the last two years. In this capacity, working with my BD colleagues, we got record sponsorship and funds from industry and institutions to support BD and other ECS divisions. I believe my extensive experience working with ECS and BD, along with professional networking in the battery and electrochemistry community, I can effectively provide the leadership in BD to take this to another level. I look forward to your support for serving the ECS Battery Division.

Marina Yakovleva


Marina Yakovleva earned an MS  in Chemistry from St. Petersburg University, Russia, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, U.S. Marina is Head of Research and Senior Global Commercial Manager for New Product and Technology Development at Livent Corporation. Marina started her career in the battery components industry with FMC Corporation in 1995. Marina has inventions in lithium ion battery materials widely used commercially, including the Ti/Mg tailored cathode technology that has become the industry standard and is used in the vast majority of consumer electronics devices. Marina has over 75 patents granted in the U.S. and worldwide, and over 20 patents pending in the U.S. and worldwide. Marina is internationally recognized in the field of battery research for her long, successful track record of generating future research directions, managing innovative research, establishing strong customer relationships, leading interdisciplinary teams, and her experience in development, manufacturing, and technology of specialty and basic chemicals, technology transfers, intellectual property management, and project management. 

Statement of Candidacy

I have been a member of ECS for a quarter century and I have served as member at large of the ECS Battery Division for more than five years. Recently I participated in, and now I lead the Battery Division Student Research Award Committee. I am engaged in reviewing papers for ECS publications, and I am committed to serving the division and supporting the advances in energy storage research and commercialization. I look forward to using my experience in serving on the advisory boards for the EU HELIS and Battery500 consortiums. I am honored to be selected as a candidate for the position of Treasurer for the Battery Division and taking upon the responsibility not only for the financial health of the division, but also for the continuous mentorship of new members; we have the best talent!


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