Battery startup gets ex-foundry executive as CTO

Battery startup gets ex-foundry executive as CTO

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Globalfoundries veteran returns to technology role with materials.
By eeNews Europe


Battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of Globalfoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from Globalfoundries where he served as CEO for three years.

"As the use of mobile technology rises exponentially, BessTech is well positioned to capitalize on the critical need for smaller, lighter and more powerful batteries, and well served by its presence in New York’s world-class nanotechnology ecosystem," said Grose said in a statement.

BessTech LLC (Albany, New York) is a spinoff of the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic and uses licensed materials to develop low-cost, high-performance, silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion battery applications. The startup, founded in 2010, has a focus on design and integration, CEO Fernando Gómez-Baquero said, and new materials are on its roadmap.

"We believe there is a great opportunity in applying the expertise, constant improvement roadmap, and the manufacturing efficiency of the semiconductor world into the energy storage space," Gómez-Baquero said in a release. "I can’t think of anyone better than Doug Grose to help BessTech bring that revolutionary change to the lithium-ion battery world."

Grose said he hopes to leverage his experience in the semiconductor industry, which has similar power and manufacturing challenges, to make strategic connections and partnerships. As CTO – a position he did not define as full- or part-time – Grose will be responsible for creating “new capabilities and new manufacturing techniques that will evolve” and leverage existing semiconductor technology.

BessTech’s materials roadmap includes “things that are not normally found in the battery industry” including “new ways of thinking on how to apply different patterns and shapes” and applying different substrates to the battery in novel ways. “We’re not just shaping the periodic table for new materials, that’s been done,” Gómez-Baquero said, adding that BessTech hopes to do work in nanotechnology.

Grose is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA and bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in materials engineering and said it will be fun to be back in that space. Prior to his time at Globalfoundries, during which the company built its leading edge fab in Malta, New York, Grose was senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing, and supply chain at Advanced Micro Devices. He also spent more than 20 years with IBM’s technology products division.

Additionally, Grose served as chief operating officer of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, where he directed a merger between IBM and Hitachi Storage Technology divisions, and as executive vice president and COO at NanoTech Resources (now SUNY Polytechnic Institute) supporting accelerated advanced technology commercialization.

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