Ambri, the company
The birth of an idea
Inventing the Ambri battery
Ambri batteries were born in the GroupSadoway lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where professor Donald Sadoway worked with David Bradwell to develop the Liquid Metal Battery technology.
David Bradwell, Ambri co-founder and CTO, played a pivotal role in advancing the Liquid Metal Battery technology while he completed his M. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees and post doctoral fellowship at MIT. Together they conducted electrochemistry research into dozens of different battery technologies, including the formula that became the Ambri Liquid Metal Battery.
Donald Sadoway, professor of Materials Science for over 40 years, taught freshmen chemistry and inspired thousands of students in their first year at MIT. He also directed the graduate program in Materials Science, and led GroupSadoway, the laboratory with its team of eager scientists that moved forward his ideas.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, knew about the work of Donald Sadoway, as he had been watching his freshman chemistry lectures online, and in 2009 came to visit him at his office at MIT. He mentioned, if there were a start-up company based on the liquid metal battery research, he would be interested in helping fund the company.
In 2010 Donald Sadoway, David Bradwell and Luis Ortiz co-founded the Liquid Metal Battery Corporation with seed money from Bill Gates and the French energy company, Total S.A. The offices were in Cambridge, Massachusetts and so they named the company AMBRI, from the heart of cAMBRIdge. Together they envisioned that the Liquid Metal Battery will be a safe, affordable electrical storage solution that will change the way electric grids are operated worldwide.
Our vision hasn’t changed since we founded Ambri: we want to change the world. With our proprietary battery chemistry, loyal and talented team members, and bold, forward-thinking investors, we are still on track to do just that.
Dan has extensive experience building and leading global technology and software, energy services, and industrial manufacturing businesses.
He has held leadership roles, including serving as executive chairman of ServiceChannel and Viridity Energy; CEO and board member of Hara Software; advisory partner with private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; COO of Invensys Energy Management and co-COO of its parent company, Invensys plc. He was also chairman and CEO of Enron Energy Services, where following Enron’s bankruptcy, he led teams that managed the liquidation of Enron’s retail and wholesale businesses. Prior to that, Dan was COO of Enron Energy Services following its acquisition of an energy services company that he co-founded. Dan also served as CEO of a NYC-based energy services company, and prior to that, he was with United Technologies Carrier Air Conditioning in domestic and international assignments.
Dan enjoys contributing his knowledge and experience by serving as an investor, board member, and advisor to a number of businesses and non-profit organizations.
Co-Founder, CTO + SVP
As a co-inventor of Ambri's liquid metal battery, David received the TR35 award from Technology Review, rated as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under 35.
David leads the technical team to develop the battery technology, with a determined focus on creating a low cost and effective storage technology to meet the strenuous performance and cost demands for bulk-energy stationary storage applications.
David has earned a B.Sc in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, and an M.Eng. and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Commercial Officer
Adam’s career has spanned over three decades advancing new battery and fuel cell products for energy storage, consumer electronics, military and industrial markets. Adam led Duracell’s OEM sales and consulting group. He was president of Millennium Cell and CEO of Acumentrics, fuel cell technology developers and manufacturers. Most recently as the Chief Commercial Officer of NEC Energy Solutions, he led the capture of grid scale energy storage projects for that leading energy storage integrator for a four year period.
Adam’s experience in the introduction of new battery products has been instrumental in guiding Ambri towards energy storage markets and partnerships.
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Nora has extensive experience in finance services, corporate and management advisory, and operational financial roles. She began her career as an investment banker at JPMorgan and was later a co-founding member of successive merchant banking firms where she combined her entrepreneurial interests and her institutional skills raising capital and managing relationships with clients and investors across the full range of equity, debt and tax-oriented capital. Nora is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Colombia University.
Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Advisor, Board Member
Donald Sadoway, PhD, has been a professor in the department of Materials Science at MIT for over 40 years. His GroupSadoway lab has pioneered battery technology for Ambri as well as mobile and automobile applications. He is recognized as the world leader in battery technology.
After teaching freshman chemistry for over 25 years, he now lectures in classes on energy and other subjects. He is author of over 170 scientific papers and holder of 30+ U.S. patents. Sadoway pioneered the development of MOE (molten oxide electrolysis), and co-founded the company Boston Metal that is producing metals with no CO2 emissions.
He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. In 2012 he was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the year by Time Magazine for his work on the Liquid Metal Battery. His TED talk has been viewed over 2,000,000 times.
Ben Hemani has been working with Ambri’s Board of Directors since he joined BMGI in 2016. At BMGI Ben is primarily focused on managing Bill Gates’ self-directed venture capital portfolio across a variety of deep-tech verticals including autonomy, robotics, drug discovery, food, energy and telecomm.
Prior to BMGI, Ben was on the investment team at Braemar Energy Ventures, an East Coast-based energy venture capital firm. Ben began his career as an energy economist with Charles River Associates. Ben has a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) and a BE in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth College.
Lou Von Thaer
Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer became President and CEO of Battelle on October 1, 2017. Lou began his technology career with AT&T Bell Laboratories, spent a number of years at General Dynamics, then joined Leidos, Inc. as President of the company’s National Security Sector. Before joining Battelle, Lou served as CEO of DynCorp International. Lou holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University.
He serves as board chair of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, co-chair for UT-Battelle (operator of Oak Ridge National Laboratory), and on the boards of the Defense Science Board, the National Defense Industrial Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, National Veterans Memorial and Museum and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). Lou is a member of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees where he serves on three committees: Audit and Compliance, Finance, and the Talent and Compensation Committee. He also serves as a trustee of the Kansas State University Foundation. He also is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable and the Columbus Partnership Executive Committee.