Dr. Ilan Gur
Program Director and Technology to Market Senior Advisor
Ilan Gur is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His technical focus areas include: electrical and thermal energy storage, advanced battery management, solar energy, and new materials for energy conversion and storage. Dr. Gur also serves as a senior advisor helping lead ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market effort, which focuses on preparing breakthrough energy technologies for the transition from lab to market.
Dr. Gur has spent his career developing and commercializing clean energy technologies based on advances in materials science. Prior to ARPA-E, Dr. Gur served as a co-founder and director of Seeo, Inc., a venture-backed lithium battery start-up, bringing the company from lab-stage chemistry innovation to one of the top emerging startups in the sector. Previously, as a Ph.D. research fellow at U.C., Berkeley, Dr. Gur developed a new class of low-cost photovoltaics based on printed semiconductors. The key scientific contributions and patent portfolio resulting from this work served as the basis for Solexant, a company commercializing the technology for grid-parity solar power.
As a member of the Professional Faculty at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Dr. Gur developed a unique set of academic curricula that tie together technology, market, and policy considerations for advancement of new technologies, including multidisciplinary graduate courses in photovoltaics, advanced batteries, and technology entrepreneurship. Dr. Gur holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.