Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries


Volexion Secures $2 Million in Seed Funding to Scale Battery Cathode Technology


Graphene coating firm secures funding to scale-up battery cathode technology


Volexion secures $2 million in seed funding to scale battery cathode technology


Chicago startup raises funding to improve lithium-ion batteries


Clean Energy Ventures leads investment battery startups Nth Cycle and Volexion; upstream, downstream


These energy storage startups just got a big cash injection



Drop-In Graphene Coating for Lithium Battery Cathode Materials. Volexion Drives Comprehensive Performance Improvement, including >35% Energy Density Increase, >30% Battery Cost Reduction, and Moving the Battery Industry 10-years Forward


Drones, Power tools, e-bikes

Immediate value proposition in power and low-temperature performance.

Electric Vehicles

Enabling high-energy materials for longer driving range, improved safety and lower costs

Recycled materials

Comprehensive performance improvement enables direct recycle of cathode materials in new batteries


Damien Despinoy

Chief Executive Officer

"Ted" Jung Woo Seo

Chief Technology Officer

Mark Hersam

Chief Scientific Officer

Kelly Ogiesoba

Director of Business Development

Faith John

Research Intern

"Vincent" Zhangyuan Gao

Research Intern

Matthew Bland

Research Intern



Chain Reaction Innovations Accelerator Program (Argonne National Laboratory)

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Phase I Funding from National Science Foundation (NSF)

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"Ten @ Ten" Award from the U.S. Department of Energy

Learn MoreJul 31, 2019

US Energy News "40 under 40" Awarded to Volexion's CEO and CTO

Learn MoreSep 14, 2020

NAATBatt: Top 10 Emerging Company Working in Advanced Battery Technology

Learn MoreFeb 11, 2021

$2M Seed Investment led by Clean Energy Ventures and Energy Foundry

Learn MoreApr 08, 2021


Battery Materials Engineer - Chicago, IL, USA - 54353

Volexion is a startup commercializing a breakthrough graphene technology enabling the next generation of Li-ion battery materials. Our first product is a drop-in high energy cathode material with 10x better performance than state of the art, moving the Li-ion and electric vehicle industry 10 years forward.

We are a spin-out of Northwestern University, we scaled up at Argonne National Lab, and we are backed by leading US climate tech venture funds and government agencies.

What you’ll do
We are looking for a Battery Materials Engineer to lead the scale-up of our drop-in solution. Part of our Operations team, your role entails working in close collaboration with the Engineering & Application teams, with Senior Management and with external stakeholders to iterate and create meaningful results. This role reports to the Chief Technology Officer.

More importantly
Volexion combines diverse approaches from unique disciplines to drive step change improvements in an industry with exponential growth and technological innovation. To build on this strength, we encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Our team is hiring multiple candidates in batteries and materials science and we encourage you to share this and related postings with your colleagues.
We invite you to join our team if you:
■ are a self-starter, who operates independently and goes the extra mile
■ enjoy teamwork, seek immediate impact, and want to grow with a rapidly evolving company
■ proactively give constructive feedback and ask for resources critical to your mission
■ are excited to take technology from pilot to industrial scale, and
■ can work with us in Chicago, IL with US work authorization and are open to relocation

Required Qualifications
■ M.S. or chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or related field
■ Ability to lead joint research projects with industrial customers
■ Effective communicator, collaborator, and project leader
■ Ability to build out new lab spaces and develop best-in-class Operation and Quality Systems
■ Proficiency in Excel or Matlab or equivalent software for data management and analysis
■ Available to start immediately (preferred) or in the short term

Preferred Qualifications
■ 3+ years of experience in materials synthesis and materials characterization
■ 3+ years of experience in electrode formulation, battery prototyping, and Echem testing
■ Knowledge of commercial and emerging Li-ion battery materials
■ Experience with battery systems (design, development, prototyping)
Key Responsibilities
■ Graphene precursor and battery materials synthesis and testing
■ Seek and validate optimization and scale-up opportunities
■ Characterization of materials’ physical, chemical and electrical performance (e.g., SEM, XPS)
■ Build prototype batteries and validate electrochemical performance
■ Develop and maintain Volexion’s operating procedures and quality control system
■ Generate reports and presentations for customers, investors, and internal deliverables
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