Science Leadership

Dr. Han Wu

Director, Battery Research and Development 

Han has more than 30 years of distinguished experience in developing both primary and rechargeable batteries. His background includes cathode materials research and production; coin, 18650, and prismatic cell design and manufacturing; design and production of battery cells and packs for medical and wearable devices; and development and manufacture of battery chargers.

Prior to joining BrightVolt, Han was Lab Supervisor at BASF developing cathode materials, and he has held several CTO and director-level positions at many global companies including Swatch Group/Renata Batteries, Aleees, Dow Kokam, and Moltech Power Systems. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S., and is familiar with the cultures of many countries and regions.

Han earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University, and Master and Ph.D. degrees from Illinois Institute of Technology, both in Chemical Engineering. He has 15 patents granted in the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Anaba Anani, Ph.D.

Chief Battery Scientist

Anaba has distinguished himself in the storage/conversion energy industry in academia and private industry. He is recipient of Motorola’s Distinguished Innovation Award, Distinguished Achievement Award for Young Black Engineers, and ECS Young Author Award Nominations. He has also served as a Motorola SABA member and chaired the US Fuel Cell Council Portable Power Group.

Anaba earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has authored or co-authored over 30 refereed articles in peer reviewed journals and is inventor or co-inventor of over 35 utility patents and 4 trade secrets.

Dr. Kenneth Kull

Senior manager, polymer production and development

Ken has worked in a laboratory research and production environment for more than 20 years. He has been involved in all phases of polymer development including conception, bench-top polymerization, testing, scale-up and end use application. His work has centered on advanced polymer research for companies including BASF, TSE Industries, Saint-Gobain and now at BrightVolt.

Ken has authored four publications in various peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has presented at several technical conferences.

Ken received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in Material Science at The University of South Florida.

Dr. Wiliam Wu

Sr.Manufacturing Manager

William has more than 18 years of experience in the lithium battery industry, starting with developing the first generation lithium-ion polymer battery at Ultralife Corporation, and establishing their automated mass-production lines.
From 2002 to 2007, William served as Chief Technology Officer at QANPT in Qingdao, China, mass-producing lithium-ion batteries, and developing LFP (Lithium Ferro Phosphate) lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicle applications. As chief scientist at SCST from 2012 to 2016, William led the technology team developing a new wound, pouch cell battery for the company, established their mass production line, and launched the products. He also led the development and production of new generation, high energy density lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage applications.

William has published more than 20 technical papers on lithium-ion battery technology and materials, and has been granted 6 patents. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry of Materials from the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada.