Mining and lithium-ion battery recycling technology firm American Battery Metals Corporation (ABMC) has hired former Tesla engineer August Meng as its principal chemical engineer.
Chemical engineer Meng specialises in the design and development of thermochemical conversion based systems throughout the renewable energy and lithium-ion battery sector.
His new job will include the development and commercialisation of systems in those sectors as well as contributing to ABMC’s battery recycling pilot plant and its primary metal extraction development work.
Meng was a lead subject expert in the battery cell materials and engineering R&D team at Tesla, and also helped design of its Nevada Gigafactory.
AMBC’s chief technology officer, Ryan Melsert, has worked with Meng twice before, including at Tesla.
He said: “We worked together closely on several projects including the design and synthesis of selective sorbents for the extraction of aqueous lithium from brines, the design and development of a grid-scale high-temperature (~800C) thermochemical energy storage system, the development of a system for solid-state power generation from geothermal resources, the gasification of biomass and coal feedstocks for power generation and the synthesis of high-value chemicals, and the hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass feedstocks.”