April 6, 2023: Hammond Group has formally announced the appointment of Enqin Gao as R&D director, who is also heading up the company’s E=(LAB)² research unit in Indiana.
Hammond confirmed the appointment today, although Gao (pictured) told Batteries International he took up the post last November.
Gao has more than three decades of management and R&D experience in the lead acid battery industry.
He has previously worked on the manufacturing side of the industry with both Trojan Battery and Camel Group and has held a number of top industry posts during his career including chief engineer, product specialist and research chemist.
He received his MS in physical chemistry from Peking University and a BS in chemistry from Wuhan University.
He also studied materials science and engineering as a PhD student at Iowa State University.
Hammond president and CEO Terry Murphy said Gao was uniquely qualified to lead E=(LAB)², which was set up in 2015 to work with industry to improve battery charge acceptance and cycle life.
“Lead acid batteries are central to the growing demand for energy storage as the world transitions away from fossil fuels, but we have to continue innovating,” said Murphy.
“Enqin is a key addition to our R&D team as we help drive further innovations for the industry.”
Gao said Hammond’s technical assistance programs allow customers to treat the lab as an extension of their own.
“Using our state-of-the-art instruments, many of which our customers don’t have in their own labs, our engineers can perform TGA/DSC analysis, BET analysis, SEM and more on material evaluation and cell and battery tests.
“Our team is composed of experts from material science, battery research, design, manufacturing and testing with total industry experience over 200 years.”