Highly experienced materials scientist and device engineer joins the Sicona team in its push to produce next generation battery anode materials for the rapidly growing lithium-ion battery market.

SYDNEY, Australia. February 6, 2020. Sicona Battery Technologies Pty Ltd(“Sicona”), a Sydney based battery technology startup, announced today that it has appointed materials scientist and engineer, Dr Andrew Minett as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Andrew is a materials scientist and device engineer with 20 years’ experience following his graduation with a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Wollongong (Australia). Andrew is an expert in designing materials and interfaces for alternative energy applications; including primary and secondary battery systems, fuel cells, electrolysers and photo-electrodes. He has extensive knowledge of intelligent materials and systems, the ability to control and understand charge over a range of length scales and the knowledge of integrating those materials into real-world devices.

He spent 7-years as the Director of The Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, at the University of Sydney, where he furthered his materials knowledge by gaining experience in the design and implementation of industrial-scale processes. During that time and subsequently, Andrew has been engaged by start-up companies to help up-scale laboratory-based findings into commercial scale products and processes.

Andrew has collaborated and consulted to a range of industry partners, including Hazer Group (ASX:HZR) and Zenogen (Australia) on electrodes for hydrogen production, Gelion (Australia) on battery electrodes, Intel (Ireland) on active elements for the electronics industry (integrated circuits and communications), Media Lab Europe (future nanoelectronics), Dow Chemical (intelligent materials) and Cap-XX Australia (advanced materials for energy storage).

Sicona founder and CEO, Christiaan Jordaan commented “We are very excited to have Andrew join the Sicona team. His extensive experience with advanced materials and scaling up of laboratory processes to pilot and commercial scale industrial operations will be instrumental in the development of Sicona’s innovative silicon-composite materials”.

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