Michael Thackeray is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa (1977) and studied as a post-doctoral visitor at Oxford University, UK. He was manager of the Battery Unit at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa before moving to Argonne in 1994. From 2009 to 2014, he served as Director of the US Department of Energy’s ‘Energy Frontier Research Center’, the Center for Electrical Energy Storage.
Dr. Thackeray has focused his career on unraveling structure-electrochemical relationships in solid electrodes and electrolytes for battery systems and in designing new or improved materials. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, he contributed to the early concepts of high-temperature sodium-metal chloride (‘Zebra’) batteries, and pioneered the discovery of several transition-metal-oxide electrode materials for lithium batteries, notably the spinel LiMn2O4. He is also recognized for designing composite electrode structures to enhance the performance of lithium-ion battery systems. He has authored/co-authored more than 225 scientific publications and is credited with 58 patents, several of which have been licensed to industry on an international scale.
Dr. Thackeray serves on the Board of Directors of the International Battery Association, and served as Board Chairman (2015-2017) and President (1999-2002). He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. During his career he has received numerous awards and honors, his most recent being the 2016 American Chemical Society E.V. Murphree Award for Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.
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