Rana Mohtadi is one of the Toyota Technical Center’s leading battery researchers, making strides in battery electric and fuel cell electric transportation. With 14 patents and a Top 100 recognition from R&D Magazine for her collaborative battery research with Savannah River National Laboratory, she is a rising star in a cutting-edge field.She studied chemical engineering at the University of Jordan in her native country and earned a master’s degree at Technische Universitaet Hamburg-Harburg in Germany. Toyota hired Mohtadi in 2004, after she completed a doctorate at the University of South Carolina, with a focus on fuel cell vehicle applications.“I had an option to go into academia or to industry,” she says. “As a chemical engineer, I like to see what I work on finally make it into production.”Mohtadi’s patents have challenged the difficulty of storing hydrogen on board a vehicle. That requires a bulky fuel tank to contain the gaseous element. Her patents involve using materials that chemically contain hydrogen, then extracting the hydrogen from the smaller, solid-state form by using heat generated by the fuel cell stack to loosen the chemical bond.Another, related set of Mohtadi’s patents could result in the “eureka” battery that will allow the industry to move beyond lithium ion technology. Mohtadi’s research into hydrogen-storage materials also has ties to magnesium battery chemistry, which means she is working on both battery electric and fuel cell vehicle technologies.Mohtadi’s work at Toyota’s tech center in Ann Arbor, Mich., is very future-think, so none of her recent breakthroughs will be part of Toyota’s 2015 fuel cell vehicle.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Rana Mohtadi and other top speakers and celebrities.