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Chief Investigator
Research Theme Leader

Associate Professor Chris Menictas is a distinguished figure in the Australian energy storage landscape with over 20 years of experience in the energy efficiency sector. Currently heading the Energy Storage and Refrigeration Research Group at UNSW Sydney, he combines academic insight with practical industry experience.


As Theme Leader for the ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions and Director of External Affairs for the UNSW School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dr. Menictas is a strong advocate for fostering collaboration between academia and industry. His pivotal role as a founding member of the AUS-NZ Flow Battery Network and collaborations with global institutions like Fraunhofer ICT (CENELEST) underline his dedication to advancing energy storage technologies globally.


Dr. Menictas is a member of AIRAH, the Electrochemical Society of the USA, is on the organising committees of multiple international energy storage conferences and is a reviewer for several reputed international journals. He has developed a new undergraduate course in energy storage system design that is currently being offered at UNSW and is a prolific researcher with interests that include flow batteries, fuel cells, energy harvesting, and HVAC system optimisation.


Dr. Menictas' expertise in Vanadium flow battery technology, including his ongoing collaboration with its inventor, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, to innovate and advance this long-duration energy storage technology, positions him as a key influencer in the continual evolution of energy storage solutions in Australia.

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