AIT welcomes battery researcher Prof Stefano Passerini as Senior Expert Advisor

Prof Passerini will support the Vienna-based Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in the scientific exploitation of research results and strategic orientation.

In addition to his future work at the AIT, Stefano Passerini is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since January 2023. In 2023, he served as a Professor in the Chemistry Department at Sapienza University of Rome, having previously retired from his roles as Professor at KIT and Co-Director at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Germany. According to a statement from AIT, his research is focused on the fundamental understanding and development of materials for high-energy batteries and supercapacitors, with the aim of creating sustainable energy storage systems using environmentally friendly and readily available materials and processes.

Passerini is an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of ionic liquids and the development of sodium-ion batteries. He has co-authored over 700 scientific papers (with a Scopus H-Index of 121 and over 50,000 citations), contributed to several book chapters and holds numerous international patents. In 2012, he received the Research Award from the Electrochemical Society Battery Division. Since 2015, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Power Sources. He was named a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2016 and of the Electrochemical Society Inc in 2020. Additionally, since 2019, he has been a member of the Leopoldina German Academy of Science.

"Thanks to Stefano Passerini's many years of experience with energy storage systems, he will support us in the scientific utilisation of research results and the strategic orientation," explains Dr Katja Fröhlich, Head of AIT's Sustainable & Smart Battery Manufacturing team.

"We are delighted to welcome such an outstanding scientist as Professor Passerini. His extensive expertise and innovative approaches will greatly enrich our research team and help us to make groundbreaking progress in the field of energy storage," says AIT's Scientific Director Andreas Kugi.

About AIT
The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, located in Vienna, is the largest research and technology organisation in Austria. Among European research institutes, AIT is a leading authority in the key infrastructure issues of the future. As an ingenious partner to industry and public institutions, AIT is engaged in research and development activities aimed at identifying and implementing the technologies, methods and tools of tomorrow.
The Republic of Austria (through the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology) holds a 50.46% stake in the AIT, whiled the Federation of Austrian Industries owns 49.54%. The AIT employs around 1,400 people- mostly based at its main facilities Vienna, Giefinggasse, Seibersdorf, Ranshofen and Graz. The location of Seibersdorf, Austria, is where the two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Seibersdorf Labor GmbH and Nuclear Engineering Seibersdorf GmbH, are situated.

Caption: Passerini is an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of ionic liquids and the development of sodium-ion batteries and has co-authored over 700 scientific papers.

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