Liyu Li, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Li has a solid background in chemistry, chemical engineering, and material sciences. He has broad experience in the fields of clean coal and biomass utilization, CO2 capture, and redox flow batteries for grid-level electricity storage. He also has broad experience in developing inorganic absorbents, hydrogen storage materials, heterogeneous catalysts, inorganic ion exchangers, and glass and ceramic nuclear waste forms. He has published 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers with more than 1000 total citations, and has given more than 100 presentations at national and international scientific conferences in these areas. He also holds nine patents, and has over a dozen patent applications on file. Dr. Li is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of UniEnergy Technologies, LLC. (UET), a company commercializing advanced large-scale energy storage solutions. Before co-founding UET, he was a chief scientist, a project manager and a lead principal investigator at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. At this position, he had both research management and technical supervisory responsibilities for the execution of governmental and industrial projects. At PNNL, Dr. Li led/co-led different research projects developing new redox flow battery energy storage systems, and new CO2 and impurity absorbents for clean coal and biomass application. Dr. Li’s major scientific contributions to the energy storage area in a Leading Role include: (1) invented Mixed Acid All Vanadium Redox Flow Battery system which is under commercialization process by UET and two other US companies; (2) invented Fe-Vanadium Redox Flow Battery system which is under commercialization process by a Canadian company. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1995.