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Kae Fink is a staff researcher in NREL’s Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Center. Her current work focuses on the development of novel lithium-ion battery recycling techniques, as well component-level design and characterization of advanced battery chemistries. She has also worked closely with NREL’s industrial partners in the technical evaluation of advanced battery materials.

Prior to joining NREL, Fink’s research focused on the design of organically modified clay materials (organoclays) for targeted removal of organic and mercury contaminants from wastewater.  

Research Interests

Advanced battery materials design

Materials characterization

Lithium-ion battery recycling

Grid-scale electrochemical energy storage

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Master, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

Bachelor, Chemistry and Environmental Economics, Middlebury College

Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah


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