WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ionic Materials, a battery materials technology company that has created a revolutionary solid polymer electrolyte for batteries, today announced the appointment of Jan van Dokkum as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Other Ionic Materials board members include Bill Joy, who was a co-founder and former chief scientist of Sun Microsystems, and, more recently, an investing partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB); and Ionic Materials’ founder and CEO Mike Zimmerman.
Jan van Dokkum continues to work part time as an operating partner at KPCB. Jan previously served in executive positions at United Technologies and Siemens.
Bill Joy, who also personally co-led Ionic Materials’ last round of financing, has more than 40 years’ experience in technology R&D and investing. Joy most recently served as a partner at KPCB where he helped develop the firm’s strategy of funding game-changing technologies that addressed climate change and sustainability.
“At KPCB, we set out to find and fund transformational technologies. One of those grand challenges was to find a technology that could make a solid-state battery,” said Joy. “I’m proud to work with and invest in Ionic Materials’ innovation to bring better performance, safety and lower cost to next-generation batteries.”
Mike Zimmerman was formerly at Bell Laboratories, where he rose to the highest technical rank (top one percent of the technical community), and is also currently a Professor of the Practice in the Mechanical Engineering Department, teaching and performing research in materials science at Tufts University. He is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of iQLP, Inc.
“Jan is an experienced technology executive and operating partner. We are glad to have him serve as our Chairman and devote more of his energies to our success,” said Zimmerman. “And Bill is one of the foremost leaders in impact investing, with unparalleled industry expertise from his years as an inventor and investor. Having both Jan and Bill on our Board, and their advice and energy furthers Ionic Materials’ mission to deliver a solid polymer that can be used in every battery. We’re excited to have their support as we expand our business into safe energy storage solutions for consumer devices, electric cars and the energy grid.”
About Ionic Materials
Ionic Materials is a materials technology company that enables next-generation solid-state batteries. Its breakthrough polymer is the first solid electrolyte to fully function at room temperature and be compatible with multiple electrode chemistries to significantly improve battery safety, performance and cost. Developed by a world-class team of polymer scientists, Ionic Materials is headquartered in Woburn, MA. For more information, please visit www.ionicmaterials.com.