Robert Kostecki is a Senior Scientist and Division Director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division in the Energy Technologies Area in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
He is responsible for ESDR scientific, programmatic and strategic leadership in the areas of energy and environment through expanding existing research programs, assistance with development and maintenance of sponsor and partner relationships and creating new research initiatives.
His research interests focus on fundamental phenomena that determine electrochemical performance of electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems and water treatment technologies. Robert is often recognized for his pioneering work in the field of characterization of electrochemical interfaces and electrochemical systems engineering, especially in bridging the gap between fundamental science and applications of significant technological importance e.g., batteries, fuel cells and water treatment processes. He develops novel in situ and ex situ optical spectroscopy and imaging methodologies to sense basic properties of advanced materials and electrochemical interfaces at an atom, molecular or nanoparticle level.
In his work he develops novel in situ and ex situ spectroscopy and imaging methodologies to probe basic properties of electrical energy storage materials and electrochemical interfaces at an atom, molecular or nanoparticulate level. He applies new experimental approaches to characterize fundamental issues affecting rechargeable battery performance, study the nature of physico-chemical properties of interfaces, nanostructures, and the mechanism of electrochemical and chemical phenomena that control the behavior of the electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. His R&D efforts are directed toward technology development, and the use of state-of-the-art characterization tools to support the science and engineering of sustainable energy systems.
Robert received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 1994. He has (co-)authored more than 110 papers in refereed journals, 16 conference proceedings papers, more than 240 meeting presentations and 30 patents and invention disclosures. He is Vice President of the International Society of Electrochemistry and an active member of numerous scientific societies and committees; organizer and chair of numerous symposia; and workshops and government-university-industry research meetings.
2016 Research Award of the International Battery Association
2015 Fellow of the Electrochemical Society
2012 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. 5th Award, the Creativity Prize. (team lead by A. Gadgil)
2008 2008 US Environmental Protection Agency P3 Award
2003 NATO - CARWC Award for significant Contributions to the Science of Carbon for Electrochemical Power Sources
2002 DOE Advanced Technology Program Award for the best individual achievement
2002 DOE Advanced Technology Program Award for the best scientific paper
2000 LBNL Outstanding Performance Award