We’re on a mission to revolutionize energy storage and power a decarbonized future, and we’re starting with transportation. Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of the next transportation revolution, but in the technology’s current form, they fall short of meeting the needs of drivers in key areas like battery life, charging speed and cost. QuantumScape was founded in 2010 to create a battery that doesn’t make compromises — and after a decade of hard work, we’ve built a technology that enables the fast charging, long-lasting and safer batteries required to power zero-emissions transportation.
The key to our technology is a patented solid ceramic electrolyte separator, the material that keeps the anode and cathode from touching and moves lithium ions from one side of the battery to the other during charge and discharge. Our technology creates the lithium anode in situ during the first charge, an innovation that dramatically simplifies battery design and makes it fundamentally cheaper to manufacture. The solid electrolyte allows us to use lithium-metal for the anode, which is the lightest metal on the planet and nearly 10 times more energy dense than what’s used in today’s batteries. And the ceramic separator is non-flammable and noncombustible, making our batteries safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries.
In order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we must electrify transportation and turn internal combustion engines into a way of the past. Replacing this century-old technology won’t happen overnight, but with the help of our automotive partners, our dedicated team of world-class scientists and engineers is working around the clock to put our breakthrough, solid-state technology on the road as soon as possible. The future is solid.
Mr. Singh is QuantumScape’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Singh joined the QuantumScape Board in May 2010. Mr. Singh co-founded QuantumScape and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since QuantumScape’s incorporation in May 2010. Prior to joining QuantumScape, he was the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN), a telecommunications company, from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Singh holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park, an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Prof. Prinz joined the QuantumScape Board in December 2010. Prof. Prinz has served as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy since September 2010. He has also served as the Finmeccanica Professor at the School of Engineering at Stanford University since September 1994. Prof. Prinz holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Holme is QuantumScape’s Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Holme has served as QuantumScape’s Chief Technology Officer since January 2011. Prior to joining QuantumScape, he was a Research Associate at Stanford University from June 2008 to January 2011. Dr. Holme holds a B.S. in Physics, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Singh is QuantumScape’s Chief Development Officer. Dr. Singh has served as QuantumScape’s Chief Development Officer since June 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Singh served as QuantumScape’s Vice President, Research and Development and Engineering from April 2014 to June 2015. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Singh conducted post doctorate research in Chemical Engineering at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Singh holds a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Tulane University.
Mr. Hettrich is QuantumScape’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hettrich has served as QuantumScape’s Chief Financial Officer and head of Business Operations since September 2018. Prior to this, Mr. Hettrich served as QuantumScape’s Vice President of Business Operations from March 2016 to March 2018, as Senior Director of Finance and Product Management from March 2014 to March 2016, as a Director of Product Management from March 2013 to March 2014, and as a Manager of Product Management from January 2012 to March 2013. Prior to joining QuantumScape, Mr. Hettrich served as a Private Equity Associate of Bain Capital, an investment firm, from September 2007 to July 2009. Mr. Hettrich also served as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, from September 2004 to July 2007. Mr. Hettrich holds a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College, a M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a M.S. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
Mr. Hussain is QuantumScape’s Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining the company in 2020, he served as Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Customer Experience and Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bloom Energy. Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Current Group and as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Hussain holds a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Mr. McCarthy is QuantumScape’s Chief Legal Officer and Head of Corporate Development. Mr. McCarthy has served as QuantumScape’s Chief Legal Officer and Head of Corporate Development since March 2013. Mr. McCarthy also currently serves on the board of QSV Operations LLC. Prior to joining QuantumScape, he was the Chief Administrative Officer at Infinera Corporation from April 2003 to March 2013. From September 1997 to April 2003, Mr. McCarthy served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Ciena Corporation, a network strategy and technology company. Mr. McCarthy currently serves as a member of the boards of several privately-held companies. Mr. McCarthy holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Celina Mikolajczak is the Chief Manufacturing Officer. Prior to joining the company, Celina was the Vice President of Engineering and Battery Technology for Panasonic Energy of North America. In this role, Celina leads a team of approximately 250 passionate engineers, analysts and other technical staff who work to continuously improve lithium-ion cell manufacturing and to bring the latest cell technologies to mass production for Tesla Motors, Inc. at the Gigafactory facility in Sparks, Nevada. Prior to joining Panasonic in 2019, Celina served as Director of Engineering focused on battery development for rideshare vehicles at Uber Technologies. There, she worked to develop battery packs for bicycles, scooters and aircraft. Before that, Celina worked at Tesla Motors as the Senior Manager for Cell Quality and Materials Engineering, helping to develop the battery cells and packs for Tesla’s Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Roadster Refresh. From 1999 to 2012 Celina developed a technical consulting practice at Exponent focusing on lithium-ion cell and battery safety and quality. She helped develop many safety and quality concepts that were initially applicable to consumer electronics battery packs but are now standard considerations for electric vehicle battery packs. Celina continues to be an active participant in development of fire codes and standards related to EVs, ESS, and battery production facilities. With more than 20 years of experience, Celina is a recognized leader in the lithium-ion industry. Her technological expertise, engineering background and leadership skills have been instrumental in ushering in milestones in battery technology production and efficiency. Celina is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mr. Underwood is Vice President of Sales at QuantumScape, where he works directly with the world’s largest automotive companies on the electrification of the powertrain. He has been with the company since January 2013. Prior to QuantumScape, he held multiple roles at Infinera ranging from international sales to product planning and software development. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary, a M.S. in Music Technology from the University of Limerick and a M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He enjoys exploring the outdoors (mostly by going uphill) and trying to do impactful things with great people.
Mr. Patch started his career at Micron Technology in Boise Idaho in 2001 as a shift Equipment Engineer. In 2006 he transferred to Intel-Micron Flash Technologies (IM Flash) in Utah to be part of the 300m start-up team as the Diffusion Section Manager. While at IM Flash, Clayton spent time as the Diffusion Section Manager, Photo Section Manager, Process Engineering Director, and Fab Manufacturing Sr Director. During this time Clayton implemented many of the Manufacturing BKM’s that are used by both Intel and Micron technology today. Clayton also played a pivotal role in the ramp up and formation of the R&D Lehi Technology Center (LTC). His considerable experience in process manufacturing, technology advancement, and organizational development were invaluable assets to the team in Lehi as they ramped the first generation of 3DxP technology. After the IM Flash ownership transferred back to Micron Technology in November 2019, the LTC formed by Clayton became the Advanced Development and Technology team (ADT). The ADT organization under Clayton leadership developed and advanced and emerging memory solutions for Micron’s X100 SSD product. Clayton has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration both from Brigham Young University.