Meet our founders.

Ming Qi, PhD.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Qi obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology before pursuing further studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. During his time at the University of Tennessee, he focused on studying organo-metallic catalysts used in aqueous air electrodes. Through his research, he identified a unique composition of organo-metallic catalyst that led to the discovery and further exploration of a new type of oxygen electrochemical reaction. His work resulted in the proposal of two innovative applications: a high-efficiency hydrogen peroxide electrolyzer and an aqueous reversible air battery. This groundbreaking research led to the founding of Phase Two Chemicals, Inc.

As the CEO of Phase Two Chemicals, he provides leadership and direction for the company.

Mengqi Zhang, PhD.

Director of Manufacturing

Dr. Zhang earned his undergraduate degree from Nanjing Tech University before pursuing further studies at the University of Tennessee, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. With a focus on fundamental electrochemistry on aluminum electrodeposition in ionic liquids, Mengqi has dedicated years to research in this field. He is credited with inventing innovative flow battery and hybrid supercapacitor that utilize a unique ionic liquid capable of reversibly conducting aluminum deposition/dissolution.

In his role as Director of Manufacturing, Mengqi oversees all aspects of our manufacturing processes at Phase Two Chemicals. He ensures that our products are manufactured efficiently, cost-effectively, and in adherence to high-quality standards.

Mengqi lives in Shaoxing and weekly travels to live with his family in Wenzhou. He enjoys playing basketball and fishing with his friends.

Alan Pezeshki, PhD.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Pezeshki received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and later earned his Ph.D. from the Bredesen Center, a joint program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During his doctoral studies, Alan developed innovative methods to probe the performance and durability of carbon electrode materials used in vanadium redox flow battery applications. His work identified mechanisms of electrode performance loss which enabled him to develop a new electrode, resulting in a battery with improved rate performance and stable capacity over extended cycling.

At Phase Two Chemicals, Alan currently spearheads the research and development of new technologies and the continued development of the company’s innovative phase dispersion electrode technology in the hydrogen peroxide electrolyzer.

Alan lives in the Lowell area with his spouse and their extensive board game collection. In his free time, Alan enjoys ultimate frisbee, co-hosting gatherings with food and friends, and visiting family.

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