Prof Dr Ir Maitane Berecibar obtained her PhD in Engineering of Sciences at the VUB in August 2017 titled “Development of an Accurate State of Health Estimation Technique for Lithium-Ion Batteries”. Her PhD was a collaboration between the Technology Research Centre Ikerlan, located in Spain, and the VUB inside the MOBI research centre During her studies, she also collaborated with other universities from abroad, like the New Jersey Institute of Technology (US), and the Brno University of Technology (CZ) developing the following projects “Estimating Storage Requirements for Wind Power Plants” and “Quality of Service of Free Space Optical Links”. Afterwards, she has been working as a senior researcher, grant writing and project manager at the MOBI research center for the European projects and other projects regarding energy management transition which we are facing.
Since 2019, prof Berecibar is the Head of the Battery Innovation Center in the MOBI research group at VUB. She is now in charge of R&D innovation and strategy on the field of batteries considering; emerging battery technologies (gen 3, gen4 and other), battery manufacturing, self-healing properties, sensor integration, modeling activities (electrochemical, thermal, electrical, lifetime), smart SoX estimations, cooling system development, management strategies (thermal and electrical), recycling, second life and safety. As the team leader she focuses on developing new consortium, management of promising innovative projects and supervising her group which counts with 24 FTE (17 PhD students and 7 senior profiles).
During 2020, Prof Berecibar was granted with a FWO senior post doc grant. She is an official member of the IEC standardization body, concretely in TC-69 and TC-21 related to the battery topic or charging infrastructure. She is scientific reviewer on several Conferences (EVS, VPPC, Batteries2030+ Conference) and Journal Publications (Energies, Applied Energy, Journal of Power Sources). She has participated as jury member in several PhD thesis, both at VUB, and in other universities.