Sion Power is a privately owned company that began as a spin-off from Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1989 as Moltech, which focused its efforts on research and development. Since then, the company has grown, attracting an impressive group of scientists, engineers, and partners who relentlessly developed the technology needed to reach the next generation of rechargeable battery technology.
Today the company consists of 100 employees, many of whom have Ph.D.’s. This impressive group of individuals has acquired over 470 international patents and patent applications. The company’s 67,000 square foot production and R&D facility include a dry room for fabrication as well as test, analytical/materials, and electronic assembly labs. In addition, the company completed a 5,300 square foot battery test facility.
Years of research and development have yielded the Licerion® lithium metal technology, which is poised to dramatically change the lithium battery landscape, delivering the highest combination of energy density and specific energy available. For more information on Sion Power’s transition from lithium-sulfur to Licerion technology, read the latest Information Brief here.
Tracy KelleyChief Executive Officer
Mark SmithChief Financial Officer
Dr. Jeff BrittChief Operations Officer
Dr. Urs SchoopChief Technology Officer
Tracy Kelley has been with Sion Power for 20 years. He has served as CEO for the past three years and has held various positions previously at the company, including CTO for five years. Before joining Sion Power, Tracy worked for Valence Technology, a developer of lithium-ion batteries.
Mark Smith has over 30 years of experience in financial leadership roles in public and private companies. Previous to joining Sion Power, Mr. Smith held the position of CFO with Fluidic Energy, where he oversaw the company’s Series D financing, which enabled the rechargeable metal/air battery technology to reach commercialization.
Prior to joining Sion Power Britt served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Solar in Tucson, Arizona. Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in the thin-film photovoltaic (PV) industry, with a concentrated focus on Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS). During his professional career, Jeff has held several leadership positions focusing on technology development to manufacturing, product development, and cost roadmaps.
Britt earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, where he also obtained his Master of Science. Britt also holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Florida.
Dr. Urs Schoop has more than 20 years of thin-film process, R&D, and equipment experience. Prior to Sion Power, Dr. Schoop was Chief Technology Officer of Global Solar Energy developing commercial flexible PhotoVoltaic (PV) modules. Responsibilities included efficiency roadmap, cost reductions, product development, as well as engineering oversight for current and future production sites. Before that Dr. Schoop was with American Superconductor in Devens, MA scaling-up process and equipment from the R&D stage to production for thin film superconducting wire. Since earning his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Cologne, Germany he is researching flexible thin-film devices with an emphasis on commercializing products manufactured by utilizing low-cost roll-to-roll processing.
Board of Directors
Michael FetcenkoExecutive Chairman
Dr. James H. SimonsBoard Member
Dr. Leo GuthartBoard Member
Mark W. HeisingBoard Member
Dr. Peter SchuhmacherBoard Member
Dr. Peter WaltherBoard Member
Dr. Dennis R. ManginoBoard Member
Tracy KelleyBoard Member
Michael Fetcenko was President of Ovonic Battery Company, the inventor of NiMH batteries when acquired by BASF in 2012. He became Managing Director of BASF Battery Materials, North America before becoming Director of Global Licensing. He is an inventor with over 70 patents and 100 publications in the NiMH and Li-Ion batteries during his 39 years in the battery industry. He has extensive experience in licensing, with over 40 NiMH licenses and leading the Argonne National Laboratory NCM cathode material patent enforcement and licensing effort which resulted in 12 licenses. He has led R&D, scale-up, and commercialization with P&L responsibilities. His inventions are used in all NiMH batteries for consumer, stationary, and hybrid vehicle applications such as the iconic Toyota Prius with over 10 million vehicles on the road. He has served on the Sion Power technical steering committee and board of directors for five years representing BASF.
Dr. James H. Simons is President of Renaissance Technologies Corp., a private investment firm dedicated to the use of mathematical methods. Previously he was chairman of the Mathematics Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Earlier in his career, he was a cryptanalyst at the Institute of Defense Analyses in Princeton and taught mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
Dr. Simons holds a B.S. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. His scientific research was in the area of geometry and topology. He received the American Mathematical Society Veblen Prize in Geometry in 1975 for work that involved a recasting of the subject of area minimizing multi-dimensional surfaces. A consequence was the settling of two classical questions, the Bernstein Conjecture, and the Plateau Problem. Dr. Simons’ most influential research involved the discovery and application of certain measurements, now called the Chern – Simons Invariants, which have wide use, particularly in theoretical physics.
Dr. Simons is the founder and Chairman of Math for America, a nonprofit organization with a mission to significantly improve math education in our nation’s public schools. He serves as Trustee of Brookhaven National Laboratory, The Institute for Advanced Study, The Rockefeller University, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. He is also a member of the Board of the MIT Corporation. Together with his wife, Marilyn, Dr. Simons manages the Simons Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to scientific research.
Leo Guthart founded Topspin in 2000. Prior to Topspin, he served as Vice Chairman of Pittway Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of its Security Group of companies, including Ademco, up until it was sold to Honeywell in 2000. After Pittway’s sale to Honeywell, he served as Chairman of the Security and Fire Solutions Group of Honeywell International. He was also Chairman of publicly-held Cylink Corporation, a leading U.S. supplier of encryption equipment that was sold to SafeNet Inc. Leo currently serves as a Director of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), an international producer of dispensing valves, pumps, and closures for pharmaceuticals and perfumes.
Leo is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a BA degree in Physics in 1958, and of Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and received both an MBA in 1960 and a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialty in Corporate Finance in 1966.
Mark Heising is a Managing Director of Medley Partners in Palo Alto, CA. He founded the firm in 2004. Previously he was the President of VLSI Cores, which designs and licenses cryptographic integrated circuits. Mark held various positions at Quickturn Design Systems, Cylink, and Proximity Designs. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors of C-Quest Capital and the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network. He also serves on the Advisory Board to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mark earned a BS in physics and an MS in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Peter Schuhmacher is President of the BASF Catalyst Division. Schuhmacher studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and at the University of Amherst, Massachusetts. He earned his doctorate in 1995 at the University of Mainz, following a research fellowship at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California. Schumacher has been with BASF since 1995.
Dr. Peter Walther is Senior Vice President of Heterogeneous Catalysis at BASF. Peter earned his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1993 at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. He began his career at BASF in Central Research and held various leadership positions in the company thereafter. He has held his current role, based in Iselin, NJ since 2015.
Dr. Mangino was the former Chief Executive Officer of Sion Power. Prior to joining Sion Power, Dr. Mangino served as President and CEO of NSF International, a global leader in testing, product certification, ISO-9000 registration, and standards development. Under his leadership, NSF experienced a fivefold growth in revenue while broadening services provided to companies operating in 85 countries. Earlier, Dr. Mangino held executive positions with BP America, Inc., Weirton Steel Corp., PPG industries and EniChem America, Inc. where his responsibilities included strategic planning, mergers, and acquisitions, quality systems management and general management of both commodity and high technology-based businesses. He has extensive international experience in the areas of technology licensing and business partner development. Dr. Mangino received his B.S and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic engineering and ceramic science, respectively, from Rutgers University. He also completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
Tracy Kelley was assigned Chief Executive Officer July 10, 2017 with over 17 years of battery experience in lithium based battery systems. Tracy previous served as a research scientist at Valence Technology, a developer of lithium polymer batteries for portable applications, heading their failure analysis department. Tracy holds several patents in the area of active cathode materials and battery processing. He attended the University of Alabama majoring in Chemistry and Philosophy.