The first two battery seminars
were organized by Dr. Nikola Marincic in 1978 and 1979 in Boston with the
generous scientific counsel and support of Prof. B. E. Conway. With the help of
another associate, the seminars were moved to Florida and continued annually
with Prof. Conway’s scientific support until the end of his life. The
participation of Dr. Marincic in the Florida Battery Seminars ended in 2004.
International Seminar on Double Layer Capacitors and Hybrid Energy Storage
started in 1990 and has continued as an annual event under the direction of Dr.
Marincic since that time. Activity in this field has been invigorated by the
initial marketing of hybrid electric vehicles from Japan and by the prospects of
the development of the US Freedom Car, all of which were planning to introduce
electrochemical capacitors as a part of their hybrid power sources. This, the
first annual event dedicated specifically to double layer capacitors, continues
to be a forum for the annual review of progress in this exciting area of
electrochemical engineering and advanced transportation technology.
has earned both an Engineering Degree and a Doctorate Degree in Chemical
Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. His post-doctoral
studies in the kinetics of fuel cell processes were with Prof. B. E. Conway at
the University of Ottawa, Canada.
spent seven years at Duracell bridging the gap between research and the production
of alkaline batteries before forming the engineering group at GTE Laboratories.
The main results of the GTE engagement were the first lithium implantable
pacemaker battery and the largest primary battery ever built, 300 kWh, for the U.S.
Air Force ICBM System. Both these products were based on the lithium/thionyl
chloride battery system and were carried through to the production stage.
Dr. Marincic founded Battery Engineering, Inc. in order to meet the need for
high temperature batteries in oil drilling and to produce batteries for special
military applications. The company operated for 14 years and was eventually sold to Hitachi Maxell of
Dr. Marincic was a co-founder of Ultralife
Batteries, Inc. and still serves as the Chief Technology Advisor of Engineered
Power Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of batteries for oil and gas drilling and
exploration. He has published over 30 scientific and technical papers and holds
over 30 battery related US patents.