Jeff Chamberlain leads Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Storage Initiative, which drives innovations in advanced batteries for vehicle and grid applications. As JCESR Executive Director, Chamberlain facilitates communication between JCESR and the broader battery technology community to ensure that advancements are shared for the benefit of JCESR and the battery community as a whole.
Prior to his position in JCESR, Chamberlain served as the head of Argonne’s Electrochemical Energy Storage Department for three years, during a period of growth in both government and market interest in developing new energy storage technologies. During that time, he also contributed to the management of Argonne’s Li-air battery development initiative.
As a senior account manager in Argonne’s Office of Technology Development & Commercialization, Chamberlain managed the laboratory’s intellectual property portfolios for its Li-ion battery, fuel cell and nanotechnology programs. His responsibilities have included evaluating Argonne inventions, developing market surveys and cultivating relationships with commercial and government sponsors.
Chamberlain has reviewed and classified more than 30 new inventions, marketed 120 existing inventions and grown the laboratory’s licensing revenue. He was the architect for battery materials licenses to BASF, GM, LG Chemical, GE and Envia Systems. For a license he negotiated with BASF for Argonne’s advanced cathode battery materials, Argonne was awarded the “Deal of Distinction” from the Licensing Executive Society.
Prior to working at Argonne, Chamberlain conducted industrial research at several companies, notably Cabot Microelectronics, Nalco Company and Angus Chemical (owned by The Dow Chemical Company). He primarily studied the chemistry that occurs at the interface between suspended metal-oxide particles and their surrounding solutions. His research has enabled the development of products in semiconductor processing, coatings manufacture and mineral processing. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he studied vacuum-based surface chemistry.