Alex Bates


Alex Bates

Mechanical Engineer

Contact Information

Alex Bates / (505) 269-3480


Alex Bates is a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Power Sources Technology Group at Sandia National Laboratories. Alex has been working in the energy storage field for 15 years including direct work on fuel cells, flow batteries, Li-ion batteries, and solid-state batteries. His current work involves grid and vehicle energy storage safety with a focus on Li-ion and advanced Li-ion cells including packs and modules.


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, 2020

M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, 2015

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, 2014

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Alex Bates

Key Publications

A.M. Bates, Y. Preger, L. Torres-Castro, K.L. Harrison, S.J. Harris, J. Hewson “Are solid-state batteries safer than lithium-ion batteries?” Joule, Vol 6(4), 20 April 2022, pp 742-755, DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2022.02.007.

A.M. Bates, W.F. Paxton, J.M. Spurgeon, S.D. Park, M.K. Sunkara “Earth-abundant redox couples using durable boron doped diamond electrodes: Beyond vanadium redox couples” Applied Energy, Vol 282, 15 January 2021, pp 116252, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116252.

A.M. Bates, S. Mukherjee, N. Schuppert, B. Son, J.G. Kim, S. Park “Modeling and simulation of 2D lithium‐ion solid state battery” International Journal of Energy Research, Vol 39 (11), September 2015, pp 1505-1518, DOI: 10.1002/er.3344.

J.G. Kim, B. Son, S. Mukherjee, N. Schuppert, A.M. Bates, et al. “A review of lithium and non-lithium based solid state batteries” Journal of Power Sources, Vol 282, 15 May 2015, pp 299-322, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2015.02.054.

A.M. Bates, S. Mukherjee, S. Hwang, S.C. Lee, O. Kwon, G.H. Choi, S. Park “Simulation and experimental analysis of the clamping pressure distribution in a PEM fuel cell stack” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol 38, Issue 15, 20 May 2013, pp 6481-6493, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.03.049.

Key Patents

Redox Flow Batteries Employing Diamond, provisional patent filed June 10, 2019