UNC Clean Tech Speaker
Dr. Brian Morin is co-Founder and CEO of the Soteria Battery Innovation Group, a growth company advocating for lithium-ion battery safety. Soteria has formed a consortium of companies and licensees of it’s technology to support this mission, whose initial members include NASA, Mercedes, DuPont, Teijin, Applied Materials, Bosch, Motorola and others, who will work together to set aggressive safety standards and use branding to drive adoption. Soteria has a technology that acts as a fuse inside the battery, preventing ignition in almost all circumstances and making the batteries far more resistant to damage, abuse and manufacturing defects. Soteria was named the #1 Most Fundable Company by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2018 and the #1 Advanced Material company by the US China Innovation Alliance. Brian was President and co-Founder of Dreamweaver International, and was founder and CEO of Innegrity LLC, a high-performance fiber company, from 2004 – 2010.
Brian received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in materials physics from The Ohio State University, his B.S. degree in physics from the University of North Carolina and was a member of the fourth graduating class from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Brian has applied for over 200 US & international patents on subjects ranging from molecular magnetic materials to polymer additives to advanced fibers and battery materials. There are several billion dollars of annual sales of products based on his inventions, which are used in such brands as Nike, Head, Intel, IBM, Rubbermaid and others. He sees his strength as leading the commercialization of innovative technology.
Brian served on the Technical Advisory Council of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (2016-18), on the External Advisory Board for the Clemson University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (2007-12), and on the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation Board (2010-16). Brian has been Vice President and/or Director of NAATBatt International from 2013 through the present. He has also volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem in Greenville, SC, representing the best interests of foster children in the court process, and is a small group leader for 12th grade boys at his church.