Dr. Amy L. Prieto
Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Chair of Board of Directors
Dr. Amy Lucía Prieto is the Founder of Prieto Battery, Inc. She serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Company. Dr. Prieto launched the Company in 2009 with the goal of bringing an advanced lithium-ion battery technology out of the academic lab and into the marketplace. The first funds raised went towards setting up a lab and hiring key scientists dedicated to bringing this idea to commercialization. Dr. Prieto spends the majority of her time advancing the technology and overseeing the team of scientists and researchers.
Dr. Prieto holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her postdoctoral research training at Harvard University. She was a Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellow at Berkeley and a L’Oreal Foundation Fellow at Harvard. In 2011, she was named the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellow, a prestigious honor given to one scientist chosen each year out of a national field. A year later, Dr. Prieto received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Her recent research includes new architectures for high surface area lithium ion batteries, the synthesis of nanoparticles of earth abundant, nontoxic elements for advanced photovoltaics and hydrogen storage, and the development of chemical vapor deposition methods for novel nanostructures. Dr. Prieto is recognized as one of the world’s experts in solid state chemistry and nanostructured materials.