Hiring Opportunities

Job Seekers – Outside the CEC

Opportunities are listed in reverse chronological order.


14141 W. Highway 290, Building #400 Austin, TX, USA 78737
+1 (512) 387-2553
Cell Engineer
Rolled-Ribbon Battery Company is a privately-held company that has developed and patented Rolled-Ribbon® technology – game-changing technology that produces the best high-power high-capacity Li-ion cells and batteries. The company is preparing for the commercialization of its technology, including the development of its first commercial products and the construction of a manufacturing facility in Austin, TX. Currently, the company is growing its core team to bring Rolled-Ribbon® products and technology to market. This position represents an opportunity to be a significant part of creating the next “big thing” in Li-ion battery systems. The company provides competitive compensation and excellent benefits.
The Cell Engineer will be responsible for conducting projects and tasks under the supervision of the Manager of Cell Engineering and in collaboration with mechanical, electrical, and software engineers. As the company is a young startup, the candidate should be interested in all electrochemical, chemical, materials, mechanical, environmental, and safety aspects of Li-ion cells and batteries. Previous relevant industrial (preferred) and/or academic experience is desired; however, a candidate possessing high-level critical thinking and analytical skills, strong quality and work ethics, disciplined and teachable attitudes, and an internal drive for problem solving and achieving results, while possibly lacking specific battery experience, will be successful for this position. Initially, development projects and pilot line production tasks will center on the designs and builds of the initial product offerings as the company seeks “design wins” from prospective customers. This is a key position with planned progression to leading projects, and possibly supervising teams as the company grows. Accordingly, the candidate should be an experienced hands-on engineer/scientist with good teamwork and communication skills. The candidate should be forward-thinking, proactive and attentive to detail.
BS, MS or PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science with knowledge of/experience in the design, build, and testing of electrochemical systems, and an interest in Li-ion cell and battery production
Experience in three or more of the following areas:
o Planning and executing technical experiments and investigations, including documenting (a plus)
o Manipulating, interpreting, and reporting test data
o Selecting, procuring, and using instruments, equipment, tools, and materials
o Working in a laboratory (including using a glovebox) and special environments (e.g., dry room)
o Designing and building electrochemical cells (Li-ion, a plus)
o Testing and characterizing – performance and safety – Li-ion cells (a plus)
Knowledge of Li-ion cell production processes, cell testing methods, and applications
Knowledge and exercise of relevant environmental, health and safety practices
Proficiency with computer software; Microsoft Office® (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint – Visio a plus)
Good communication skills: oral, written, and interpersonal
Application Information:
If you are interested in this position and feel that you are qualified, please forward your resume to Donald Pile, Manager of Cell Engineering, at donald.pile@rolled-ribbon.com.
April 25, 2018


 Fernando Godinez 

Texas State University- Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

601 University Dr., San Marcos Tx, 78666. 

fernandogodsa@gmail.com. Cell: 512 804-9152 

Key skills and achievements 

• Experience in preparation and optimization of membrane electrode assemblies for fuel cells and electrolyzers

• Broad technical background in different areas, including synthesis and characterization of materials and organic compounds, electrochemistry and corrosion. 

• Experience in characterization equipment, including fuel cells test station, analytical instruments, and electrochemical analysis

• Strong research experience and abilities starting-up new projects, setting and improving evaluation protocols, SOP’s at lab-scale. 

• Highly research experience as prove my current 16 publications in international peer reviewed journals and 1 US provisional patent application 6583-05301, 2017

• Hard team worker with strong international experience and communication skills, since I speak three languages (English, Spanish and French). 




• Project development, assist in manuscript and grant preparation as well supervision of students involved in various projects related to the design of nanomaterials for energy conversion devices. 



• Project development, membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) preparation and testing. 



• Dissertation on synthesis of nanomaterials for hydrogen and formic acid fuel cells-Collaboration with European College of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials



• Dissertation on development and performance of organic corrosion inhibitors for oil industry-Collaboration with The Mexican Oil Institute. 



• Dissertation on synthesis and characterization of di-hydroquinolines through retro Diels-Alder reaction- Collaboration with Center for Research and Advanced Studies. 


Skills & Abilities 

• Strong background in designing, synthesis and characterization of forefront nanomaterials for energy conversion

• Highly experienced in organic synthesis procedures and characterization. 

• Broad experience in various characterization techniques for organic materials and nanomaterials: XRD, NMR, MS, SEM, FTIR, BET, TGA, TPR, TPO, Corrosion, Electrochemistry, RDE. 

• Experience on preparation and evaluation of membrane electrode-assembly for fuel cells. 


Page 2 

• Equipment experience: SEM, FTIR, AA, BET, XRD, NMR. 

• Strong abilities to start up new research and solving problems. 

• Social competencies, team worker and interact effectively with others. 



1. Enhanced Electrochemical Lithium Ion Charge Storage of Iron Oxide Nanosheets; S. Niu, R. McFeron, F. Godinez-Salomon, B.S. Chapman, C.A. Damin, J.B. Tracy, V. Augustyn, C.P. Rhodes. Chem. Mater. (2017) 29 (18) 7794. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02315 

2. Tuning the Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Ni(OH)2@Pt/C Catalysts Through Controlling Pt Surface Composition, Strain and Electronic Structure: F. Godínez-Salomón, Christopher P. Rhodes, K. Suarez Alcantara, Qiushi Zhu, S.E. Canton, H.A. Calderon, J.L. Reyes-Rodríguez, M.A. Leyva, O. Solorza-Feria. Electrochim. Acta. (2017) 247, 958. doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2017.06.073 

3. Metallic Two-Dimensional Nanoframes: Unsupported Hierarchical Nickel-Platinum Alloy Nanoarchitectures with Enhanced Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction Activity and Stability; Godinez-Salomon Fernando, Mendoza-Cruz, Ruben; Arellano-Jimenez, M. Josefina; Jose-Yacaman, Miguel; Rhodes, Christopher P. ACS Appl. Mater Interfaces (2017) 9 (22) 18660. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b00043. 

4. Y-OH-decorated-Pt/C electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction; M.M. Tellez-Cruz, M.A. Padilla-Islas, F. Godinez-Salomon, L. Lartundo-Rojas, O. Solorza-Feria; Int. J. Hyd. Energy (2016) 41 (48) 23318. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.10.063 

5. Maintaining the genuine structure of 2D materials and catalytic nanoparticles at atomic resolution; H.A. Calderon, C. Kisielowski, P. Specht, B. Barton, F. Godinez-Salomon, O. Solorza-Feria, Micron (2015) 68, 164. doi.org/10.1016/j.micron.2014.08.007. 

6. Challenges of modelling real nanoparticles: Ni@Pt electrocatalyts for the oxygen reduction reaction; G. Ramos-Sanchez, S. Praserthdam, F. Godinez-Salomón, C. Barker, M. Moerbe, H.A. Calderon, L.A. Lanturdo, M. A. Leyva, Perla B. Balbuena; Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2015) 17, 28286. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00503E. 

7. Atomic Resolution Characterization of Ni Base Nanoparticles for Energy Devices; H.A. Calderon, F. Godinez-Salomon, O. Solorza-Feria, P. Specht, C. Kisielowski; Microsc. Microanal. (2014) 20 (S3), 1138. doi.org/10.1017/S1431927614007429. 

8. Activity and durability of PEFCs alloys core-shell Catalysts: Role of surface oxidation; G. Ramos- Sanchez, F. Godinez-Salomon, O. Solorza-Feria, P. Balbuena; Adv. Sci. Tech. (2014) 93, 31. 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.93.31. 

9. RRDE Study on Co@Pt/C core-shell Nanocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction; J.L. Rodríguez-reyes, F. Godínez-Salomón, M.A. Leyva, O. Solorza-Feria; Int. J. Hyd. Energy, (2013) 38 (28), 12634. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.12.031. 

10. Effect of Electron Dose on Imaging of Ni@Pt Nanoparticles for the Fuel Cells; F. Godínez-Salomón, O. Solorza-Feria, C.F. Kisielowsky, H.A. Calderon. Microsc. Microanal. (2013) 19 (S2) 1532. doi.org/10.1017/S1431927613009653 

11. Enhanced electroactivity for the oxygen reduction on Ni@Pt core-shell Nanocatalysts; F. Godinez-Salomon, M. Hallen-López, O. Solorza-Feria; Int. J. Hyd. Energy, (2012) 37 (19) 14902. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.01.157. 

Page 3 

12. A DFT Study of Strecker Intermediates as Scavengers for Cyanides; C.A. Flores-Sandoval, F. Godínez-Salomón, J.M. Hallen-López, H.I. Beltran, R. Hernandez-Altamirano, D.A. Nieto-Alvarez, L.S. Zamudio-Rivera; Asian J. Chem. (2012) 24 (10) 4243. 


13. Electrochemical Study of the Pt Nanoparticles Size Effect in the Formic Acid Oxidation; F. Godinez-Salomon, E. A. Estrada, J. M. Hallen; Int. J. Electrochem. Sci., (2012) 7, 2566. http://www.electrochemsci.org/papers/vol7/7032566.pdf 

14. Electrocatalysts of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction on Pd0.5M0.4Pt0.1 (M = Cu, Ni, Fe, Co) Nanoparticles; F. Godínez-Salomón, J.M. Hallen-López, O. Solorza-Feria; ECS Transactions, (2011) 36 (1) 541. doi:10.1149/1.3660649 

15. A Bis(di-n-butyltin)-Quinone Derivative as a Simultaneos Chemo and Bioactive Corrosion Inhibitor; Victor Barba, Edgar Vega, Herbert Höpfl, Luis S. Zamudio-Rivera, Marco A. Domínguez-Aguilar, Rocío George-Tellez, Fernando Godínez-Salomon, José M. Hallen-Lopez, Hiram I. Beltran; Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., (2007) 2007 (7) 927. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.200600953 

16. Strecker intermediates as non-pollutant scavengers for cyanides; Fernando Godinez-Salomon, Jose M. Hallen-Lopez, Herbert Höpfl, Adela Morales-Pacheco, Hiram I. Beltrán and Luis S. Zamudio-Rivera; Green Chem., (2005) 7 (10) 716. doi.org/10.1039/B504406E 


• U.S. Patent Application,15/789,651, “Catalyst Nanoarchitectures with High Activity and Stability” C.P. Rhodes and F. Godinez-Salomon, Filing Date: October 20, 2017. 

• U.S. Provisional Patent Application, 62/411,161 “Two-dimensional Nanoframes for High Activity and Stability Catalysts” C.P. Rhodes and F. Godinez-Salomon, Filing Date: October 21, 2016. 

International Presentations 

• Rhodes, C.P.;Godinez-Salomon, F. ; Albiter L. ; (2017)-Two-Dimensional Iridium-Nickel-Oxide Nanoframes for High Activity Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts- 232nd ECS Meeting, National Harbor, Maryland. 

Godinez-Salomon, F.; Yakaman, M.; Mendoza, R.; Arellano-Jimenez, J.; Rhodes, C.P.; (2017)- Unsupported Two-dimensional Ni-Pt Nanoframes with High Activity and Stability Towards the Oxygen Reduction Reaction-231st ECS Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Godinez-Salomón F.; Ramos-Sanchez G. Balbuena P.B.; Calderon H.A.; Solorza-Feria O.;(2014)-Optimizing of advanced Ni@Pt core-shell catalysts for application in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. XXIII International Materials Research Congress 2014-Cancun México. 

Godinez-Salomón F.; Hallen-Lopez J.M.; Solorza-Feria O.; (2011)-Electrocatalyst of the ORR on Pd0.5M0.4Pt0.1 carbon supported nanoparticles-4th Meeting of the Mexican Section ECS- Mexico D.F. 

• Martinez-Casillas D.C.; Godinez-Salomon F.; Calderon H.A.; Solorza-Feria O.; (2013)-Electrocatalysis on nanostructured materials with low content of platinum as cathodes for polymer fuel cells-IV international congress and XIII Mexican congress of catalysis- Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. 

Godinez-Salomón F.; Halle-Lopez J.M.; Bonnefont A.; Shankar M.V.; Maillard F.; Savinova E.R.; (2010)-CO Electro-oxidation on Pt/TiOx Catalysts: Influence of Strong Metal-Support Interaction 


Page 4 

on Pt Nanoparticles Electrocatalytic Properties-VIII international symposium of the E.S.I.Q.I.E-NPI-Mexico D. F. 

Godinez-Salomón F.; Olivares O.; Galicia M.; Arce-Estrada E.M.; Hallen-Lopez J.M.; Zamudio-Rivera L.S.; (2004)-Control of Blistering on 1010 carbon steel surface in sour media utilizing aminoethers. 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry- Thessaloniki-Greece. 




• My duties consisted on teaching lectures of general chemistry, applied general chemistry, applied organic chemistry and advanced instrumental methods as well as coordination of the laboratories of environmental chemistry and applied organic chemistry, completing a total of 433 hours. 



• Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico (SNI): Level 1 

• Member of the Accredited Assessors for the National Science and Technology Council of Mexico.