Mr. Tien Duong currently manages the Advanced Battery Materials Research (BMR) Program and the Battery500 Consortium. The BMR program conducts battery research with a strong emphasis on developing, modeling and diagnostics of new materials. These materials will be utilized in future battery technologies anticipated to be ready for commercialization in the next ten to fifteen years. The Battery500 Consortium is working toward demonstrating a battery cell of 500 Wh/kg of specific energy and 1,000 cycles life. The chemistries under consideration include those utilizing metallic lithium as the negative electrode with either a high-nickel NMC material or sulfur as the cathode and a compatible electrolyte. Between both efforts, Mr. Duong supervises a complex, integrated materials R&D portfolio of over 80 research projects with an annual budget of approximately $35 million.
As an integral part of the Energy Storage R&D effort within the Vehicle Technologies Office for more than 24 years, Mr. Duong has served in various positions including Manager of the Energy Storage R&D Effort from 1999 to 2003 and Team Lead of the Hybrid and Electric Systems Team (recently renamed the Batteries and Electrification R&D) from 2004 to 2008. Before joining the U. S. Department of Energy, Mr. Duong was a Senior Electrical Engineer at the U. S. Army R&D Engineering Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Mr. Duong also serves as member of the Technical Advisory and Management Committees of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), which was formed in 1992 under a cooperative agreement between the U. S. Department of Energy and the three U.S. automotive manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler) to jointly develop advanced batteries for electric drive vehicles.
Mr. Duong studied Chemistry at the University of Science in Saigon, Vietnam before immigrating to the United States in 1979. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, both from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.