About Us

  • Staff



  • Pirmin Ulmann obtained a diploma in chemistry from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2004 and a PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in 2009. Thereafter, he carried out research as a JSPS Foreign Fellow at the University of Tokyo (Japan). From 2010 to 2016, he was a coinventor of 7 patent families related to high energy and high power lithium-ion batteries, while working at a major battery materials manufacturer in Switzerland. He was in charge of collaborations with academic and industrial partners, such as the Paul Scherrer Institute, and evaluated outside technologies for the corporate strategy department. Pirmin has co-authored scientific articles that have been cited more than 1,300 times.

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  • Michael Schmidt studied economics at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). He started his career in the late 1980ies in the financial world by trading worldwide currencies, futures and options for a bank and a financial institute. He continued his career as a risk manager for a leading consumer goods manufacturer. At the beginning of this century, he worked successfully as a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) supervising a factory, which belonged to a global holding company. From 2010 until 2015, he was Head of Purchasing and Sales Manager for a major battery materials manufacturer in Switzerland. Since 2015, he works as a coach and consultant.
  • Our Swiss-based IT team covers more than 15 years of experience in the implementation of big data solutions for the chemical & health care industry. It has developed the cloud-based IT and machine learning framework that provides patent search results with unprecedented relevance. Our IT security has been externally reviewed.
  • Location

  • We are incorporated as b-science.net GmbH (LLC) in Appenzell, Switzerland (CHE-326.638.973).
  • Our mission

  • Facilitate energy storage research & development by providing access to advanced information analysis tools and collaborations.
  • Impact enterprise

  • We are an impact enterprise. As such we first target to maximise our impact. The achievement of a financial gain is a secondary goal for us to the extent that it is helpful to grow our enterprise and increase our impact.
  • Commitment to stakeholders

  • In case that a dividend or the like is paid to shareholders, at least 5% of this amount will be paid to other stakeholders.
    We are committed to respecting the interests of all stakeholders, which include future generations, the environment, customers, the academic & industrial energy storage research community, local communities, staff, shareholders and other partners.
  • Theory of change

  • Theory of change

    We formulate a 'theory of change' based on first defining our targeted impact area: stop global warming.
  • Our targeted outcome is: make a contribution towards accelerated introduction of novel energy storage technologies into the market.
  • We connect the outcome to the following output metrics:
    1) Number of reports sent to researchers and decision makers
    2) Number of machine learning based searches made by researchers and decision makers
    3) Number of mediated contacts
    4) User survey scores related to time savings, improved technical understanding, successful collaborations
  • We think expenditure of the limited resources required to establish this service is justified by this 'theory of change'.
  • Our 'theory of change' shapes our business model:
    1) The basic option of our offering is free
    2) We charge fees in order to be a sustainable and independent enterprise, free of advertising, with a professional IT infrastructure and a strict privacy policy
  • Disclaimer

  • We are committed to listen to and provide high quality services to the energy storage community, but we cannot guarantee that our services are free of errors. All warranties and liabilities on the part of b-science.net GmbH (LLC) and its affiliates are excluded. Please check the Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Policy.
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