Dr. Dane Boysen
Dr. Dane Boysen currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His main focuses include: electrochemical energy conversion and storage; natural gas conversion and storage technology; and materials for energy storage and conversion. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Boysen led the development of a grid-scale energy storage liquid metal battery at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under Professor Donald Sadoway. In 2004, Boysen co-founded Superprotonic Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up company dedicated to the commercialization of solid acid electrolyte-based fuel cells. Successfully raising two rounds of venture capital, Boysen and co-founder, Dr. Calum Chisholm pioneered the use of solid acid electrolytes in fuel cells, resulting in the first new class of fuel cell electrolytes in nearly half a century. This work has led to numerous patents and publications in eminent periodicals, such as Science (January 2004) and Nature (April 2001). Boysen received his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology—where he investigated the transport properties, phase transitions, and atomic structure of solid acid proton conductors under Professor Sossina Haile.