Dr. James Fleetwood
Training and Outreach Director
James Fleetwood is the Research Director for the BIC, overseeing and providing consultation for work at the BIC as well as for external partners, including the development and implementation of the BIC’s educational services. His primary focus is working with the cell fabrication team to develop novel electrode materials, evaluate ancillary cell components, and assemble them in coin, pouch, and 18650 cells, optimizing processing parameters with a focus on prototype performance evaluation, optimization, and scale-up to commercialization.
He received his doctorate in Materials Science & Engineering from Purdue University for his research under Sandia National Laboratories’ Executive Fellowship exploring plasma spray deposition, electrophoretic deposition, precursor synthesis, suspension rheology, and coating formation mechanisms within the context of electrolyte fabrication for solid oxide fuel cells.
Since joining the BIC in October 2014, Dr. Fleetwood has helped setup electrochemistry laboratories from coast to coast and been involved in research on most lithium-based energy storage chemistries.