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Prof. Dr. Simon Lux

Prof. Dr. Simon Lux is Professor of Applied Electrochemical Energy Storage Technology at the University of Münster as well as director of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production Cell FFB and the Executive Board of the “FoFeBat” project.

He studied “Technical Chemistry/Chemical Engineering” at the Graz University of Technology from September 2002 to July 2008 and graduated with a Dipl.-Ing./Master of Science. After his master’s degree, he completed a doctoral program at the MEET Battery Research Center at WWU Münster from September 2008 to November 2011. Following his doctorate, Simon Lux spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA. There he investigated, among other things, degradation phenomena on surfaces in lithium-ion cells and developed novel test methods for the rapid detection of failure mechanisms and capacity losses in electrochemical energy storage devices. After his time as a postdoctoral researcher, Simon Lux joined the BMW Group Technology Office in California, USA, in August 2013, first as Senior Advanced Battery Technology Engineer and later as Team Lead of the Advanced Powertrain Research Group in the Silicon Valley office of the BMW Group. The focus of his team was on the development of novel electric powertrains as well as alternative business models for lithium-ion batteries used in the automotive industry. He also led and coordinated lithium-ion battery technology projects for the BMW Group in the NAFTA region from raw material to battery cell.

In May 2017, Simon Lux moved to Munich, where he continued his career at BMW in the development area of e-drives and battery cell technology. As Specialist Powertrain/Cell Development, his responsibilities there included the development of cross-functional mechanical and electrochemical cell designs, as well as the introduction of novel production technologies for next-generation lithium-ion cells for motor vehicles. As Senior Technical Expert High-Voltage Systems and Cell Development, his focus was on integrally ensuring the safety of high-voltage storage systems from the individual lithium-ion cell to the entire battery pack.

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