2022 Candidates for ECS Battery Division Treasurer

Voting is now taking place for the position of ECS Battery Division Treasurer. Biographical sketches and statements follow for the candidates nominated for the position. ECS division officers serve as volunteers.

We urge all ECS Battery Division members to take part in this important election! Voting is open from September 1 through September 29.

Bin Li

Bin LiBiography
Bin Li has been a Senior Scientist and Energy Storage R&D Lead at Idaho National Laboratory (INL)’s Integrated Energy & Storage Systems Division since he joined INL in 2019. He is also a Joint Professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University.

Prof. Li received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 2010, followed by Postdoctoral Fellowships at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2010-2011) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) (2011-2013). Prof. Li was promoted to Staff Scientist at PNNL in 2014. He has published more than 70 journal articles, holds over 10 patents in the field of energy storage and conversion, and is an active symposium/workshop organizer and member of professional scientific societies. Prof. Li is internationally recognized in the field of energy storage, including stationery and transportation energy storage, spanning from discovering new materials and developing novel technologies for Li metal batteries (Li-S and Li-NMC), redox flow batteries (including electrolytes, membrane and electrodes) and zinc ion battery, to understanding failure modes for batteries impact life and performance and thus rationally designing pouch cells or kw-class stacks with improved battery performances.

Statement of Candidacy
I have been an active member of The Electrochemical Society and ECS Battery Division representative. I review papers for ECS publications and organize symposia in ECS meetings. As one of the Principal Investigators of the DOE Battery500 Consortium, I have supported various ECS Battery Division professional activities. I believe that the diversity of my research in the field of batteries—spanning from fundamental study (materials or interface) to practical application (failure diagnosis), from lab-scale cell to pouch cell (or even kw-class), from stationary to transportation application—when combined with my experience in organizing/chairing battery meetings and professional networking in the battery and electrochemistry community, can expand the vision and effectively provide the leadership needed by the Battery Division. I am honored to be a candidate for the position of Battery Division Treasurer and look forward to your support for my serving the division.

Xiaolin Li

Xiaolin LiBiography
Xiaolin Li is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader of the Battery Development and Reliability group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He has been working on Li-ion batteries and beyond for more than 12 years. In his early years at PNNL, he spearheaded the development of porous Si-based anode materials and co-led industry and DOE projects on the development of Si-based anodes for Li-ion batteries. He is an expert on various battery technologies and currently leads the development of Na-ion batteries and rechargeable aqueous Zn batteries for grid energy storage applications at PNNL.

Dr. Li is interested in both fundamental energy science and applied battery research. He is passionate about understanding the mechanisms of battery fading in bulk structures and at interphases across time scales. He leverages the findings obtained from model material systems to develop high-performance, low-cost battery materials/chemistries for scale-up production, large cell fabrication and reliability evaluation. As a line manager, Dr. Li leads a team of ~12 staff members and postdoctoral researchers with diverse backgrounds in materials science, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering. He consistently and actively promotes team members through career development coaching and mentoring. He facilitates effective communication within the team and between team members and upper program/line management. He is dedicated to building a strong and diverse team.

Dr. Li received his BS in 2000 from Tsinghua University. He then worked with Prof. Yadong Li on the design of functional nanostructures/nanomaterials and received his PhD in Chemistry in 2005. He did his postdoctoral research in Prof. Hongjie Dai’s group at Stanford University working on graphene and carbon nanotubes for nanoelectronics and bio-applications.

Statement of candidacy

I have been a member of The Electrochemical Society and ECS Battery Division since 2011. In the past several years, I have had the great privilege to serve as the ECS Battery Division’s Member at Large, Graduate Student Award Committee Chair, and organizer of Battery symposia. I am very honored to be nominated as ECS Battery Division Treasurer. It is a very good opportunity for me to play a more influential role in giving back to the community and serving all of our members in the division.

The ECS Battery Division is the largest in ECS. It is at the forefront to carry out ECS’s mission in advancing battery science and technology and cultivating future workforces. The Treasurer is responsible for the sustainable growth of the division’s financial resources and their efficient use. If elected, I will serve our division members humbly and work with the leadership teams of the ECS Battery Division and ECS closely to ensure the financial health of the ECS Battery Division and support the growth of the division’s size and impact. I plan to work to attract more sponsorship and help expand the division’s membership in support of the division’s symposia, awards, and other activities. I would like to (1) Increase seed funding support to further encourage symposia organizers to acquire external funding and build symposia that can promote in-depth discussion and social networking among attendees; (2) Foster webinars or special events to enable fruitful interactions between industry and academia; (3) Champion active recruiting of underrepresented groups and engaging international members through empowering more regional/institutional or virtual activities; and (4) Advocate symposium-based student award programs to increase financial support and recognition of our student members.

My research has moved across broad topics and various types of battery technologies. The experience has equipped me with the necessary skill sets to serve in the treasurer position. With my broad technical background, I believe I can bring valuable contributions to the division’s leadership team. With my experience in leading/managing diverse teams and large projects of several million dollars, I am capable of budget management and planning, and working with people of diverse backgrounds, personalities, and responsibilities. I will work earnestly as your division treasurer if elected.

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