Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chris Menictas
Chris Menictas has been actively involved in the energy efficiency sector for over 20 years. His research interests include: energy storage; flow battery and fuel cell systems; energy harvesting; temperature shifting devices for bio-medical applications, refrigeration and air conditioning efficiency optimisation; and thermal morphing. Dr. Menictas is Head of the Energy Storage and Refrigeration Research Group in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney Australia.
Jens Noack studied Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at Dresden University of Applied Sciences. He has worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in the Applied Electrochemistry department where he largely worked on the development of redox flow batteries. He has been working as project leader, scientist and Senior Development Engineer at Fraunhofer ICT. His research and development activity focuses on stationary energy storage devices for renewable energies as well as the development of innovative energy storage and energy conversion systems. He is the Chairman of the German standardisation group for redox flow battery energy storage devices and a member of several national and international standardisation groups for batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers. He is the author of several publications and patents as well as a member of the scientific advisory committee for the international flow battery forum.
Prof. Dr. Jens Tübke
Prof. Tübke’s department “Applied Electrochemistry” at the Fraunhofer ICT has covered a wide range of topics, ranging from basic investigations and material developments to system behaviour, for over 25 years. The current research fields include, for example, the development and optimisation of various energy storage devices and converters for stationary, transportable and mobile applications, such as fuel cells, electrochemical syntheses (power-to-X), lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium-sulphur batteries, lithium-oxygen batteries, as well as vanadium redox flow batteries, vanadium-air redox flow batteries, hydrogen-bromine redox flow batteries, zinc-bromine redox flow batteries and organic redox flow batteries. This includes the development and investigation of the behaviour of catalysts for fuel cells and electrolysers, production and development of catalyst-coated membranes and membrane electrode assemblies, thermoplastic electrode materials, electrolytes for redox flow batteries, new active materials, modelling and simulation of thermal, electrochemical, electrical and economical behaviour of cells, cell stacks and systems, thermal designs, cell and cell stack developments, system developments and analyses, as well as safety tests.
Prof. Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos AM
Maria Skyllas-Kazacos AM is an Emeritus Professor in Chemical Engineering at UNSW Sydney Australia. She is one of the original inventors of the All-Vanadium Redox Flow Battery and holds more than 30 patents relating to the technology. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and has received several awards including Member of the Order of Australia, the CHEMECA Medal and the Castner Medal.