Thomas H. Madden
Courtesy appointment, Materials Science & Engineering
2015 - Present Aquion Energy, Pittsburgh PA
Sr. Director of Research & Development (Oct 2015 – Present)
- Leading development group to reduce cost and increase cycle life, rate capability, and capacity in Aqueous Hybrid Ion batteries.
- Overseeing test engineering function.
2011 - 2015 Sun Catalytix / Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, Cambridge MA
Director – Stack Engineering (Apr 2011 – Present)
- Key participant in technical due diligence process that resulted in a successful, major acquisition.
- Developing major strategic partnerships with key suppliers for advanced battery technology.
- Directed stack development group for 3 different energy storage technologies from concept to MW- scale prototypes. Coordinated engineering, testing, and modeling to surpass required metrics.
- Developed key competitive and economic analyses to re-direct company focus to develop energy storage technology from initial solar-fuels focus.
2010 - 2011 Primus Power (start-up), Hayward CA
Advanced Concepts Engineer (Nov 2010 – Mar 2011)
- Developed and demonstrated novel cell concepts to improve flow battery coulombic efficiency.
- Developed numerical models to correlate cell performance with complex phase behavior.
2006 - 2010 UTC Power (Fortune 50), South Windsor CT
Manager – PEM Stack Technology (Aug 2008 – Nov 2010)
- Led 4 major root cause investigations across PEM fuel cell product platforms to extend durability. E.g. led team to increase fuel cell bus lifetime from 1000 to >16,000 hr – still running!
- Managed group (10 - 15 reports) to develop PEM fuel cell stack technology. Demonstrated significant improvements in power density and freeze start capability.
- Managed DOE program on accelerated test verification.
Staff Engineer (Jan 2006 – Aug 2008)
- Led group (~6 reports) to develop stack technology for a submarine PEM fuel cell power module fed by reformed ethanol and oxygen
- Co-developed technical agreements with suppliers leading to significant cost reductions and warranty concessions for key transportation fuel cell components
2003 - 2005 United Technologies Research Center (Fortune 50), East Hartford CT
- Managed ~$2M annual for enhancing PEM fuel cell durability / performance under DOE and UTC Power automotive contracts. Co-author on 2 invited DOE full proposals with one awarded to-date.
- Lead team to demonstrate >3x increase in automotive PEM lifetime using novel MEA’s developed internally. Confirmed improvements through benchmarking with premier suppliers.
- Won DOE BES grant with Cornell University to develop advanced alloy catalysts for PEM fuel cells.
- Supervised theoretical /experimental development of degradation model for automotive customers.
2002 - 2003 Neah Power Systems (startup), Bothell WA
- Supervised development of a highly competitive micro-fluidic fuel cell using porous Si for portable power applications.
- Developed thin-film processes for rapid development & prototype iteration.
- Won $2M NIST ATP grant to develop power-dense methanol fuel cells with on-board oxidants.
1991 - 1994 Martin Marietta Energy Systems (Fortune 100), Oak Ridge TN
Senior Project Engineer (Q-Clearance holder)
- Performed comprehensive plant-wide study of all radioactive solid waste streams (see Awards).
- Implemented several radioactive waste monitoring facilities across plant to achieve best-in-class.
2001 - University of Washington, Seattle WA
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Developed elevated temperature / pressure electrochemical techniques to measure methanol/CO oxidation kinetics in miniature fuel cell membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) at > 100 °C.
1996 - University of New Mexico / Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM
M.S. Chemical Engineering
Developed and performed seminal studies on the metal-ligand effects on TiO2 photocatalytic oxidation rates.
1991 - University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
B.S. Chemical Engineering