Gary Yang

Dr. Zhenguo “Gary” Yang is a leading scientist and an entrepreneur in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion, particularly batteries and fuel cells. Aspired to turn lab discoveries into bankable products in markets, he has led efforts in commercializing advanced battery technologies. In 2012, Dr. Yang founded Uni.Energy Technologies (UET) that has advanced a new generation vanadium flow battery (VFB) from molecules to MW scale systems for commercial, industrial and utility applications. He served as CEO at the VFB developer till 2018 and has since been its CTO. Additionally, Dr. Yang is an affiliate professor at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington. Previously, Dr. Yang was a Lab Fellow at the US-DOE’ Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and led wide efforts in developing and demonstrating varied battery technologies including the VFB commercialized at UET, novel Li-ion and Na-salt chemistries. Earlier he was a leading scientist in solid oxide fuel cells and hydrogen storage. Dr. Yang has garnered several national and international awards, including the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenging Award. He was elected into Washington Academy of Science in 2018 and as Fellow of ASM International in 2009, acknowledging his outstanding contribution in electrochemical energy conversion, storage and advanced materials. He has published over 200 research articles, ranked among the top 1% most highly cited (over 22,000 times), and authored over 50 US and foreign patents.   

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