Company

About us

Founded in 2015 in California, Cuberg is commercializing a breakthrough battery technology for the electric mobility industry that delivers a generational improvement in performance while fully leveraging standard manufacturing processes.

In 2021, Cuberg was acquired by Northvolt, a supplier of sustainable, high-quality battery cells and systems, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Northvolt’s U.S. operations, led by Cuberg, will continue to develop next-generation battery cells for the electromobility market with better performance, increased safety, and competitive pricing.

Enabling electric mobility: from vision to reality

  • Richard Wang

    Founder and CEO

    Richard leads strategic planning, fundraising, external partnerships, and technology development at the company and is passionate about building the future of clean energy. While at Cuberg, Richard successfully raised $16M in private investment and grant funding from Northvolt, Boeing, the California Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, and others. Richard graduated with his PhD in materials science & engineering from Stanford in 2016, where his research with Prof. Yi Cui was supported by the NDSEG and NSF graduate research fellowships. He graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2011 and was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy in 2017. Richard led Cuberg to a successful acquisition by Northvolt in 2021 five years after spinning out the company from Stanford.

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  • Reza Nikfar

    Chief Operating Officer

    Reza oversees manufacturing scale up, product testing and QA, and supply chain. Reza brings a wealth of expertise with 25 years of experience managing global manufacturing, renewable energy, and corporate development projects throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Cuberg, Reza founded private consulting firm RFA Consulting in 2011 and has worked with over 15 companies across manufacturing, software development and professional services, spearheading several initiatives that have propelled them to 40% average compound annual growth. Reza served as VP/GM of Seagate Technologies in US/Singapore from 1998-2009 and later served as VP/CEO of Twincreeks Technologies in US/Malaysia from 2009 - 2011 where he was responsible for all aspects of worldwide operations. Reza graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Industrial Technology.

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  • Maxwell Dylla

    Data Scientist

    Maxwell is responsible for data-driven projects including data infrastructure, design of experiments, and machine learning. He works closely with both the R&D and production teams to develop our next-generation products. Prior to working at Cuberg, Maxwell worked at Citrine Informatics, a materials-focused software company. He worked on formulations design of advanced materials and chemicals. These projects leveraged machine learning to suggest high-performing formulations. Maxwell graduated from Northwestern University with a PhD in materials science & engineering. His thesis focused on solid-state transport in thermoelectric materials.

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  • Matthew Foster

    Chief of Staff to the CEO

    Matthew supports Cuberg's organizational planning and budgeting, cross functional operational integration with Northvolt, R&D strategy, and external communications. Prior to working at Cuberg, Matthew led the operations strategy team at Cruise, focused on scaling and operating fleets of autonomous electric vehicles around the world. Matthew also worked at Bain & Company, on projects including private equity diligence, industrial commercial excellence, and retail post-merger integrations. Matthew graduated from Duke University with a BS in economics and a BA in history.

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  • David Holm

    Test Engineering Manager

    David manages the operations and growth of Cuberg's testing capabilities for customer applications, R&D, and production. Prior to joining Cuberg, David worked as manufacturing manager at Casper where he managed NPI, supplier qualification, testing, and productivity projects. David also worked at HB Fuller on the process engineering team where he supported construction and commissioning on several plant expansion projects. David graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, and is an MBA candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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  • Andrew Karp

    Business Operations Manager

    Andrew focuses on creating scalable, efficient, and high throughput operations for logistics, administrative and financial systems. Prior to working at Cuberg, Andrew led business operations for venture-backed software companies Promise and Wonder, building systems for financial, people, and product operations. Andrew also opened and managed a restaurant and coworking space in New York City. Andrew graduated from Bates College with a BA in Philosophy and is still searching for a way to put that degree to use.

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  • David Koo

    Process Engineering Manager

    David manages Process Engineering at Cuberg, supporting cell production scale-up operations. Before joining Cuberg, David was a Staff Manufacturing Engineer with Carbon, where he ramped up novel processes to manufacture oxygen permeable optical components used in additive manufacturing tools. Prior to that, he was a Process Engineer with the Core Technology group at W. L. Gore & Associates. He worked in a highly cross functional role to commercialize next generation PTFE membranes for medical, industrial filtration, and technical fabric products David Koo received degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering management from Dartmouth College and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • Stephen Lawes

    Engineering Manager

    Stephen leads R&D projects on improving performance and safety of Cuberg's lithium-metal cells, as well as battery pack development for electric aviation applications. During his time at Cuberg, Stephen has led work scaling Cuberg's technology from coin cells to multi-Ah pouch cells. Prior to working at Cuberg, Stephen worked at OXIS Energy on the development of lithium-sulfur batteries. Stephen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering and from Western University with a MESc in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. His thesis focused on developing a novel process to inkjet print battery electrodes.

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  • Olivia Risset

    Project Manager

    Olivia oversees grants and leads complex technical projects at the crossroads between R&D, operations, and logistics. Olivia has deep experience in the development of new electrolyte blends, and the design of battery prototypes for harsh environments. Prior to joining Cuberg, Olivia worked at Natron Energy as a battery scientist where she developed and scaled up new electrolyte and cathode formulations for sodium-ion batteries. She graduated with her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2014.

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  • Eric Roth

    Director of People

    Eric leads talent strategy and organizational development for the rapidly growing team. Prior to joining Cuberg, Eric led human capital for several high growth companies in the health care technology space, scaling for two- and three-times growth with a focus on developing people to their greatest potential. Additionally, Eric worked at Edelman Silicon Valley and Paul Hastings LLP. Eric specializes in attracting and retaining top talent, building scalable and sustainable organizational infrastructure, and aligning business strategy with its most important asset, its people. Eric earned his MS degree in Human Resources Management at Golden Gate University, his BA degree from San Jose State University, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.

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  • Cassandra Turgman

    Production Manager

    Cassandra leads the production process for both R&D and commercial applications. She is responsible for producing high quality and high-performance cells, integrating systems, and scaling up the process. Cassandra’s passions for the environment and sustainable energy are what attracted her to Cuberg. Cassandra brings a wealth of process and manufacturing knowledge from various industries. Prior to joining Cuberg, Cassandra was the Lead Manufacturing Engineer at f’real foods where she spearheaded the company’s largest initiative dedicated to improving equipment reliability. She has demonstrated a strong aptitude for launching products commercially and driving manufacturing excellence. Cassandra graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a BS in Bioengineering and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and crafting special homebrews.

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Our values

Purpose

A shared vision for clean transportation through massive deployment of next-generation batteries

Pragmatism

Multiplying our impact by pursuing innovation while staying grounded and relentlessly efficient

Empowerment

Elevating our shared values, trusting our colleagues, and keeping each other’s best interests at heart

Integrity

Building greater trust in every engagement by being accountable to each other and to our customers

Humility

Forever learning, respecting each other, and embracing diversity in our midst

Cuberg's journey

  1. April 2015 | Company Founding

    Cuberg launches at Stanford with a vision to develop advanced batteries and ultimately partner with a manufacturer to supply the electric mobility industry.

  2. May 2016 | Cyclotron Road

    Cuberg joins the prestigious Activate Fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and moves into its first lab in Berkeley, CA.

  3. August 2016 | Lithion Power Group

    Cuberg signs a product development agreement with Lithion and pivots from a solid-state battery concept to a focus on advanced liquid electrolytes for lithium metal batteries.

  4. January 2018 | Seed Investment

    Cuberg closes its seed funding round led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures to develop lightweight and safe batteries for electric aviation.

  5. June 2018 | World Materials Forum

    Richard Wang meets Peter Carlsson, Northvolt CEO, at the World Materials Forum in France to explore a manufacturing partnership.

  6. August 2018 | Pilot Production

    Cuberg expands into 7,000 sf of labs and offices in Emeryville, CA and begins developing its pilot production capabilities.

  7. March 2019 | Lithium Metal Battery Flight

    Cuberg flies the world's first quadcopter powered by its safe lithium metal battery and demonstrates a 70% increase in flight time.

  8. February 2020 | Cuberg Signs With Northvolt

    Cuberg and Northvolt sign a term sheet outlining the principles for Northvolt to acquire Cuberg.

  9. June 2020 | US DOE Validation

    Cuberg receives independent validation from the US DOE proving the performance and cycle life of its lithium metal cells.

  10. March 2021 | Northvolt Acquisition

    Cuberg completes its merger with Northvolt. Together, the companies will scale up Cuberg’s technology to power the next generation of electric vehicles.

Awards

  • 2021
    CEC BRIDGE
    Grantee
  • 2020
    AFWERX SBIR
    Phase II Grantee
  • 2019
    U.S. Dept. of Energy SBIR
    Phase II Grantee
    AFWERX SBIR
    Phase I Grantee
    CEC EPIC Production Scale-Up
    Grantee
  • 2018
    U.S. Army xTechSearch
    Phase III Award Winner
    World Materials Forum
    2018 Grand Prix Winner
    U.S. Dept. of Energy SBIR
    Phase I Grantee
    NSF SBIR
    Phase I Grantee
  • 2017
    Forbes 30 Under 30
    Richard Wang (in Energy)
    CalSEED
    Phase I Grantee
  • 2016
    Activate Fellowship
    2016 Cohort
  • 2015
    TomKat Center at Stanford
    Innovation Transfer Awardee