Ascend Elements raises the value of the battery supply chain by manufacturing advanced battery materials using valuable elements reclaimed from discarded lithium-ion batteries.
Revolutionizing battery materials production for a clean and sustainable supply chain
Achieving 100% battery recycling by improving recycling economics
Returning 100% of battery active materials back into the battery supply chain
Preserving and uplifting critical materials for the batteries that power the clean energy revolution
Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. The patented Hydro-to-Cathode® direct precursor synthesis technology produces new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. Our approach launches a truly closed-loop circular battery economy by:
Appointed CEO in March, 2020, having previously served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2017. Previously the Head of Corporate Strategy at A123 Systems; previous management, business development, operations and engineering roles at Metaldyne Corp. and Robert Bosch. Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Joined the Company in February, 2020. Previously CFO of Target Hospitality, (NASDAQ: TH) which he helped lead to an IPO in March 2019 for $1.4 billion, having served in various capacities at TH since 2010. Previously in private consulting and 12 years of engineering, manufacturing and plant management with W.R. Grace & Co. BS Chemical Engineering from WPI, MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. Co-Vice Chairman Board of Trustees at WPI.
Appointed CCO in September 2021. 10 years within the global lithium ion battery industry as Sales Director for Britishvolt and Executive Director for Business Development & Product Strategy with A123 Systems. Previous customer engagement and sales leadership roles with Magal Engineering, Dura Automotive and Freudenberg. Post Grad Certification in Management Studies from Nottingham Trent University UK, HNC in Mechanical & Production Engineering Loughborough College UK.
Tomasz Poznar, Ph.D.
Strategy & General
Joined the Company in 2021. Tomasz has diverse industry experience in multiple functional areas, including strategy planning, product and new business development. He came to Ascend Elements from A123 Systems where he was responsible for corporate strategy and business development. Previous experience includes various executive roles and many years of lithium battery and vehicle electrification expertise at EnerDel, Delco Remy and Volvo.
Joined the Company in 2024 as General Counsel. Extensive experience advising cutting edge technology companies in highly regulated industries, including as Director of Compliance for Lyft and Chief Legal Officer for Eaze Technologies. Previously practiced as a litigator at Latham & Watkins and clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. JD from University of Southern California Law School and BA from the University of California Berkeley.
Eric Gratz Ph.D.
Dr. Gratz is a co-founder of the Company. He has been with the Company from 2016 to present, during which time he has raised $1.9 million of financing and $2.4 million of grants. Previously a Professor at WPI, and a Research Assistant at Boston University. Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering from Boston University, BS Chemistry, University of Washington.
Daniel P. Russell
With the Company since 2019. Previously, VP Operations at 24M Technologies, SVP Operations at Pixelligent Technologies; VP International Operations, Evergreen Solar; Design Engineering Manager, Honeywell; Department Manager, Texas Instruments. Masters in Management from WPI and BS Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University. Six Sigma and PMP certified.
Joined the Company in 2021. With 18 years battery experience, Roger also serves on the board of directors at the US Energy Storage Association; previously he was VP Technical Marketing & Strategy at an advanced battery startup, VP of Markets and Strategy at LS Energy Solutions, VP Marketing at NEC Energy Solutions, and Senior Director of Product Marketing at A123 Systems. M.S. in Engineering Materials Science MIT, B.S. Ceramic Engineering Rutgers University, inventor on ten patents.
Haixia (Haishah) Deng, Ph.D.
Vice President of Cathode
Joined the Company in 2022. Previously, she was Sr. Director Battery Materials Development at eJoule. Haixia has authored over 30 publications and patents. She received the 47th R&D 100 Awards for the accomplishment in Li-ion cathode materials. Her past roles include Sr. Director of Battery Materials Development and Director of Battery Technology at eJoule Inc., Staff Scientist at Enevate Corp., Staff Scientist at Envia Systems/Zenlab, and Postdoctoral Scholar at Argonne National Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. at City University of Hong Kong.
Ascend Elements | Headquarters
133 Flanders Road
Westborough, MA 01581-1031
Ascend Elements | Base 1
9176 Industrial Drive Northeast
Covington, GA 30014
Ascend Elements | Cathode Production and Development
27101 Cabaret Drive
Novi, MI 48377-3312
Ascend Elements | Apex 1
6505 John Rivers Rd.
Hopkinsville, KY 42240-7417
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