Prof. Dr. Philippe Vereecken obtained his PhD in physical chemistry in 1998 from Ghent University. After seven years of experience in the US, first as a postdoctoral researcher at The Johns Hopkins University and then as Research Staff Member at IBM Research, he joined imec in 2005, working in the Nanomaterials group. In 2010, he was appointed Associate Professor at the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven. In the same year, Prof. Vereecken started up the energy storage activities at imec. At the present time, his work is focused on the development of solid-state Li-ion batteries.