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Yvonne Chen

Yvonne ChenSenior Research Scientist, Space and Defense Division of Saft
Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests

The development of advanced Li-ion cells for production manufacturing; High performance novel anode materials.

Prior to joining Saft, her research work at University of Texas, Austin focused on high voltage (5V) spinel material for Li-ion battery. Ms. Chen has over a decade of experience in research and development of portable electrical energy for direct energy weapon systems and ground combat vehicles.

Professional Experience

  • Research Engineering Associate 1999 – present
    Institute for Advanced Technology, University of Texas, Austin, TX
    - Research of high voltage cathode materials for lithium ion batteries, currently focusing on 5V spinel with dopant metal for improved cycle life.
    - Research of ultra high pulsed power sources for applications in kinetic and direct energy weapons, which included battery cell testing as well as system modeling and simulation.
  • Assistant Professor 1991 – 1996
    Department of Engineering Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
    - Full time faculty member in electrical Engineering Technology program
    - Developed courses in control systems and C/C++ programming
  • Member of Technical Staff 1988 – 1991
    Bell Laboratories, Whippany, NJ
    - Engineering research in the areas of signal processing and adaptive control


  • University of Texas at Austin, Materials Science & Engineering, Ph.D Candidate currently
    - Advising professor: Prof. A. Manthiram
    - Thesis Topic: High Voltage Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering 1985
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering 1979


  1. E. C. Dierks , Y. Y. Chen, and S. Fish, “Modeling of Lithium-Ion Battery Cells for Ultra-High Pulsed Power, Low Duty Cycle Applications,” 15th Electromagnetic Launch Technology Symposium (EML), May 17–20, 2010, Brussels, Belgium.
  2. S. Fish , Y. Y. Chen, and E. Dierks, “The Utility of Modern High Power Li+ Batteries for Efficient Load Leveling in Combat Vehicles,” The 24th International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition, Stavanger, Norway, May 13–16, 2009.
  3. Y. Y. Chen, K. Nechev, and C. Persad, “Pulsed Power Performance of Saft Very High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries under High-Temperature Conditions,” 2007 IEEE Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference, June 17–22, 2007, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  4. Y. Y. Chen, N. Shepard, and J. A. Mallick, “Experimental Results from a Physical Scale Model Alternator Pair as a Pulsed Power Source Simulator,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 230–233, Jan. 2007.
  5. N. Shepard, Y. Y. Chen, and J. A. Mallick, “Physical Scale Model Alternators as a Pulsed Power Source Simulator,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 265–269, Jan. 2007.
  6. Y. Y. Chen and A. Sitzman, “Testing a Lithium Ion Battery as a Pulsed Power Source,” IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, June 13-17, 2005, Monterey, California.


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