Rachid Yazami is a Moroccan scientist best known for his research on lithium ion batteries and on fluoride ion batteries. He is the inventor of the graphite anode (negative pole) of lithium ion batteries.
Yazami is the co-author involved in over 200 published papers and the co-inventor of over 140 patents related to lithium primary and rechargeable batteries and on new battery chemistry based on fluoride ion. He served as the President of the International Battery Association (IBA) and as a Member of International Scientific Advisory Board of several international meetings, including the International Meetings on Lithium Batteries (IMLB). Yazami is the recipient of several research awards, including with NATO (Science for Peace Award), NASA (two Technical Innovation Awards), IBA (Research Award) and the Hawaii Battery Conference. He is the main Founder of CFX Battery, Inc. (now Contour Energy Systems, Inc.) a Caltech-CNRS start up company in Azusa, California and of KVI PTE LTD in Singapore. Yazami is the winner of 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies.
In 2014 Rachid Yazami, John Goodenough, Yoshio Nishi and Akira Yoshino were awarded the Draper Prize by The National Academy of Engineering for pioneering and leading the groundwork for today’s lithium ion battery. The prize, which was then in its 25th year, includes a $500,000 award.
in 2014, Yazami was a finalist of the Global Energy Award (Russia, 2014).
Yazami received the Royal Medal (Wissam Malaki) of Intellectual Competency from HM the King of Morocco Mohamed VI, during the Throne Day on July 30, 2014.
In March 2016, Rachid Yazami received an award as a finalist of the Marius Lavet Prize of Inventing-Engineers, Paris, France
On July 14, 2016 Yazami was awarded the title of Chevalier de la Legion of honour of France.
In March 2017 he received the Honors Award of the Moroccans of the World.
In September 2014 Prof. Rachid Yazami was appointed by MH the King of Morocco a Corresponding Member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technologies of Morocco.