Jeff Chamberlain 250pxJeff Chamberlain leads Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Storage Initiative, which drives innovations in advanced batteries for vehicle and grid applications. Prior to his position in JCESR, he 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.

Chamberlain has two decades of experience managing the research and development of commercial battery technologies. His combination of scientific expertise and entrepreneurial know-how makes him an ideal choice for managing the translation of scientific discovery to technology development and serving as the liaison between Argonne and entities that are interested in commercializing laboratory technologies.

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 over 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, he conducted industrial research at several companies, notably Cabot Microelectronics, Nalco Chemical 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.