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Sergio Baron (M.S. '12), CEO and Co-Founder, Dynami

Sergio Baron (M.S. '12), CEO and Co-Founder, Dynami

 

Lithium Batteries have existed for quite some time now, but usability is still evolving. Normally, products requiring lithium batteries as their main energy source must adapt to available forms on the market.

Dynami, an Argentinian lithium battery startup company co-founded by Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Sergio Baron (M.S. ‘12), is transforming lithium battery production by producing batteries in a range of shapes and sizes.

Dynami has become not only Latin America’s first ultrathin battery engineering firm, but one of the few companies developing batteries for devices such as the Internet of Things (IoT), wearable technology, sensors, and medical devices.

In a recent interview with Contxto, Baron explains how Dynami creates customized lithium batteries for clients and produces them safely and at rapid speed. What sets Dynami apart from other lithium battery manufacturers is the firm’s use of a patent-pending battery assembly machine for prototype creation of innovative battery cell shapes.

Lithium battery technology is critical to run many types of devices, and the smaller and lightweight they are, the better. Because Dymani develops batteries to be compatible with other products, they increase product usability and durability.

“Today’s IoT, Medial and Wearable devices run on chips made with very advanced microelectronics technologies. Batteries, on the other side, have advanced chemistry but very outdated fabrication techniques. At Dynami, we are creating battery design and fabrication technology to bridge this gap,” says Baron.

Sergio Baron earned his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2012. While at UMD, Baron conducted research on nanostructures for electrical energy storage as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) - Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES) program, led by Distinguished University Professor Gary Rubloff (MSE/ISR). Baron was also a Fulbright Scholar while at Maryland.

Countries such as Argentina and Bolivia produce 85 percent of lithium worldwide, so Baron took the technology to Buenos Aires and started Dynami in 2017 along with partners Brent Goldfarb, Associate Professor in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Carlos Kaplan, Partner at Kaplan Abogados.

Dynami Battery Corp is a Delaware C-corp with headquarters in Bethesda, MD and R&D labs in Buenos Aires, funded by U.S. and Argentine capital. The company plans to develop more technology and patents, and continue to steadily grow its team.



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