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 research center MOBI at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. During her studies, she was a visiting researcher in different international universities, 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”. During her post-doctoral research, she has been responsible for project management, business development and innovation grant writing at the MOBI research center for projects regarding the energy management transition, mainly focused on projects commissioned by the European Commission in the framework of H2020. She was granted with a FWO senior post doctoral grant.
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 in the field of batteries. The expertise of the Battery Innovation Center includes 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 head of this group she focuses on developing new consortia, management of promising innovative projects and supervising the quality of the R&D of her group.
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 of several Conferences (EVS, VPPC, Batteries2030+ Conference) and Journals (Energies, Applied Energy, Journal of Power Sources). She has participated as jury member in several PhD thesis, both at VUB, and in other universities.