Our Next Energy (ONE) Hires Dr. Steven Kaye as CTO to Scale R&D Efforts in the Bay Area

Our Next Energy (ONE) Hires Dr. Steven Kaye as CTO to Scale R&D Efforts in the Bay Area

Following ONE’s 752 miles range demonstration, Dr. Steven Kaye will lead efforts to commercialize ONE’s Gemini cell chemistry.

NOVI, Mich. — Feb. 1, 2022 — Our Next Energy, Inc. (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage technology company, has hired Dr. Steven Kaye as Chief Technology Officer to lead the development of a new research and development facility based in the Bay Area of California.

At ONE, Dr. Kaye will scale cell research efforts, with a focus on bringing to market high energy chemistries and working with cell manufactures to accelerate scale-up of their technologies’ path to market.

“I am thrilled to welcome Steven to ONE as we invest in new facilities, labs, talent and equipment that will accelerate commercialization of the company’s high energy density Gemini range extender cell product,” said Mujeeb Ijaz, Founder and CEO of ONE. “Steven is a proven innovator of global repute in the battery field and his expertise will help us continue to develop our goal to reach 450 Wh/L in the Gemini battery system.”

After earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC-Berkeley, Dr. Kaye joined Wildcat Discovery Technologies and after two years was promoted to Chief Scientific Officer. During his tenure, the company developed many breakthrough battery technologies and successfully collaborated on more than 60 research and development projects with large material suppliers, device manufacturers and automakers. After Wildcat, Dr. Kaye started Mosaic Materials, which radically reduced the cost of chemical separations using metal-organic frameworks. Following that, Dr. Kaye joined Apple’s Special Projects Group, leading battery materials research and development.

“I am excited to take advantage of ONE’s hybrid architecture, which will enable us to accelerate ultra high energy density chemistries’ path to market,” said CTO Dr. Steven Kaye. “We are looking for great partners to help us scale, which is why I have decided to base my facility here in the Bay Area.”

Dr. Kaye holds over 60 patents covering a variety of battery-related innovations including cathode, anode, electrolyte, cell architecture, and pack designs. Additionally, his patents include synthetic methods, thermal materials, microfluidics, and medical diagnostics. His research has many implications in the scientific community, receiving more than 4,300 citations.

The ONE R&D facility, along with Dr. Kaye’s experience accelerating technology development for commercialization, will bolster the company’s efforts to accelerate electrification with safer, more sustainable, more powerful energy storage technology.

Learn more at www.one.ai


About Our Next Energy

Our Next Energy, Inc. (ONE) is a Michigan-based developer of innovative energy storage technology. Founded in 2020 by Mujeeb Ijaz, a battery systems engineer with more than 30 years of experience, the ONE team is focused on safer battery chemistries that use sustainable raw materials while creating a reliable, low cost and conflict-free supply chain. ONE will begin production of its first product, AriesTM, in late 2022 and will demonstrate a production prototype GeminiTM battery in 2023. For more, visit: www.one.ai


Mujeeb Ijaz

Founder and CEO

Mujeeb Ijaz, founder and chief executive officer of ONE, is a battery systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the development of electric vehicles and battery systems technologies. His career work has focused on furthering the adoption of electric vehicles through advancements in battery safety, range, and cost.

Mujeeb led teams at Ford Motor Co., where he developed Ford’s Edge with HySeries Drive, the Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 that set a land speed record at Bonneville in 2007, and the Chrysler ENVI project. He was president of A123’s Venture Technologies unit, where he and his team led the development of Li-Ion battery solutions for electric vehicles, and more recently, a senior director at Apple, where he developed novel energy storage solutions. Mujeeb holds 31 U.S. patents in the field of battery technology and energy management systems. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.