Ion Storage Systems (ISS)

The University of Maryland

Ion Storage Systems (ISS) is focused on developing the most energy dense and safest batteries that can be deployed in any environment. Their breakthroughs in solid state battery technology have led to a battery that meets mission critical needs for the defense and aerospace industries, and are safer, lighter, and smaller for consumer electronics and electric vehicles. This startup recently closed an $8M investment round led by Alsop Louie Partners.


Dr. Eric D Wachsman, Director of the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute and Executive Chair of Ion Storage Systems, is the William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research with appointments in both the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Wachsman is Senior Vice President of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), Editor-in-Chief of Ionics, on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, Energy Systems, and Energy Technology, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the International Society for Solid State Ionics. He is a Fellow of both ECS and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS); elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics; the recipient of the 2017 Carl Wagner Award from ECS; the 2014 Sir William Grove Award from the International Association for Hydrogen Energy; the 2014 Pfeil Award from The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining; the Outstanding Invention of 2013 award from the University of Maryland Office of Technology Licensing; the 2012 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Award; and the 2012 HTM Outstanding Achievement Award from ECS. His research is focused on ion-conducting materials including the development of solid-state batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, ion-transport membrane reactors, solid-state gas sensors, and the electrocatalytic conversion of CH4, CO2, and NOx, using advanced ion conducting materials. He has more than 270 publications and 35 patents/patent applications on ionic and electronic transport in materials, and their catalytic properties, and device performance, and to date three companies have been founded based on these technologies.

Ricky Hanna, CEO, has 22 years of experience in the battery industry. At his most recent role as executive director of battery operations at Apple, Ricky was responsible for manufacturing batteries for all Apple consumer electronic devices. He was tasked with shepherding the technology from a lab in Cupertino, through scale-up to a million batteries per day in a very short period of time. Ricky’s experience with automation and scaling manufacturing for one of the largest battery producers in the world will help guide and de-risk key decision making.

Greg Hitz, CTO, led the development of its patented core technology, the design and execution of the company’s prototype manufacturing plan, and has built a world-class team to propel ISS to the state it is at today. Greg’s extensive experience and knowledge of the core framework of ISS’s technology and expertise in Good Manufacturing Practice is guiding ISS’s transition from lab research to manufacturing operations.

Dr. Elizabeth Santori, Director of Cell Development, has previously conducted cell R&D and testing across multiple technologies, both for the USG and within the private sector. In her previous role with the USG, Dr. Santori managed application testing for custom prismatic Li-ion cells, which will directly translate to the evaluation of ISS solid state cells for the critical requirements of the U.S. military. At Lockheed Martin, she was a key technical lead on cross- company efforts in the development of an advanced grid scale battery. Liz’s previous experience qualify her to lead cell design and fabrication, optimization, and performance evaluation.