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More than 25 years of

About us

Cutting-edge research taking lead batteries to the next level

For more than 25 years, the Consortium has delivered cutting-edge research taking lead batteries to a new level. With an expert panel made up of the world’s leading battery manufacturers and research specialists, the Consortium is setting the standard for advanced lead batteries and the next generation of energy storage.

Our global membership all share the common aim of inspiring the latest research to help develop the next generation of advanced lead batteries.

Formally known as ALABC, the Consortium has been carrying out research into lead batteries for a quarter of a century. Members have commissioned research into advanced lead batteries to help meet the needs of global energy storage.


Dr Tim Ellis
Timothy Ellis received a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Iowa State University in 2006. He is President of RSR Technologies Inc. He is Chairman of CBI and also serves as the Chair of the SAE Battery Recycling Committee.
Dr Christian Rosenkranz
Christian Rosenkranz PhD is responsible for the global start-stop product line development and the European engineering center of Clarios. Prior to this role, Christian was responsible for the global research network as Vice President Advanced Materials and Products. During his 20 years of industry career Christian had several global assignments in the functions of research and development, business development and general management for the Li-Ion system integration center. Dr Rosenkranz holds a PhD in Electrochemistry and has studied in Hannover and London.
Dr Alistair Davidson
Dr Alistair Davidson is Director of CBI, managing all the consortium’s work programs. Alistair attended the University of Oxford and obtained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured at both Washington State University, USA and the University of Chongqing, China.
Dr Matt Raiford
Matthew Raiford earned his B. Sc. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2009 and his Ph. D. in Chemistry from University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Afterward he started as process engineer at RSR Technologies. Matt has spent the last five years working on materials development in active materials for lead batteries. He is focused on improving dynamic charge acceptance and cycle life in lead batteries and has pursued this goal by working with national labs, universities, and the lead battery industry.
Niamh Owen-McLaughlin
Communications Officer
Niamh Owen-McLaughlin has a BA Geography degree from University College London (UCL). She has worked for the industry for six years and is currently a Communications Officer for the Consortium for Battery Innovation.
Dr Khareen Singh
Technical Officer
Dr Khareen Singh joins CBI as a Technical Officer, coming from a regulatory role in the flavour and fragrance industry. Her PhD in developing a risk management framework for synthetic chemicals in mining operations was sponsored by Anglo American. She also has a Msci in Chemistry and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Anita Wright
Administrative Assistant
Anita Wright is Administrative Assistant and Librarian with the International Lead Association, Inc. and Consortium for Battery Innovation in North Carolina. Anita began working at the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (now ILA, Inc.) in November of 1994 as administrative assistant to the environment and health staff. From 2004 forward, her role expanded to include administrative assistant to the ALABC (now CBI) and librarian for both ILA and IZA.
Dr Boris Monahov
Battery Science Advisor
Boris Monahov conducted research on lead–acid batteries for 25 years at the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He also spent eight years as an Associate Professor at the Academy and then five years as the Chief Electrochemist of Firefly Energy. Currently, Boris is an advisor for CBI.
Dr Geoffrey May
Battery Science Consultant
Geoffrey May has many years of experience in the battery industry. He was CTO of Hawker Batteries (now EnerSys) for many years and then had the same position with FIAMM before setting up is own consulting business, Focus Consulting. He has an MA and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials and a Chartered Engineer. Currently, Geoffrey is an advisor for CBI.
Dr David Rand
Battery Science Advisor
David Rand attended the University of Cambridge where, after graduating, he conducted research on fuel cells.  He joined CSIRO in Australia in 1969 to continue this work. In 1977, David formed the CSIRO Novel Battery Technologies Group and remained its leader until 2003. He retired in 2008 but remains active as a CSIRO Honorary Research Fellow. Currently, David is an advisor for CBI.
Dr Tony Tong
CBI Consultant - China
Dr Tony Tong received his doctorate in Chemistry at Hunan University, China. He has previously worked for the International Zinc Association and he has also worked in Zhuzhou Smelter of Minmetal which was the biggest zinc and lead producer in China. He is also the President/Owner of Henan Zinc Ltd., a zinc production plant in Henan province, China.


Our Mission

The mission of the CBI is to serve the needs of its members by supporting cutting edge pre-competitive scientific research and promoting innovation in lead battery technology to maximize the market potential for lead batteries and the prosperity of actors in the lead battery value chain.


Our Vision

The Consortium for Battery Innovation’s vision is to be recognized by all stakeholders as the trusted global center for collaborative, pre-competitive lead battery research and authoritative voice on lead battery innovation by taking a leadership role in supporting lead battery research investment and the promotion of innovation.


Our people

The Consortium brings together leading scientists from around the world. It is led by battery experts with extensive experience in research and innovation.

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