Katherine He

Investment Associate

Investment Areas:

Energy and Battery Technologies

Katherine He is an Investment Analyst at TDK Ventures. She supports the research and landscape building in energy-storage materials and battery technologies and leads technology scouting on startups in the energy sector. She is a published author with 12 peer-reviewed publications, two patents, and one book chapter.

Prior to joining TDK Ventures, she was a battery researcher and engineer with eight years of experience developing high-energy density lithium-ion batteries and energy-storage technologies. With a Ph.D. in materials science and a deep understanding of technology, she was also trained by government and national lab programs in commercializing lab innovations. Additionally, she had leadership roles in deep tech and entrepreneur communities. She is a founding member of the largest global battery community, “Volta Foundation,” which includes more than 20,000 battery professionals. She also co-founded BatteryBits and BatteryStreet, and serves as an executive member of MIT CEO, actively bridging the academia, industry, and venture worlds to accelerate the cleantech revolution.

Katherine enjoys reading, hiking, working out, and having hot pot together with family and friends. She also practices Chinese traditional dancing, and spends time serving battery communities.

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Current & Upcoming Deep Explorations

Category: Energy & Cleantech

Geothermal Power

For the first time in two decades, the demand for electricity is expected to skyrocket, stressing the need for clean, firm, baseload power. Geothermal's technological and political tailwinds are coinciding with this market demand to propel it as a frontrunner to supply renewable electricity, storage and industrial heat.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Advanced Cooling

As technologies advance in the AI industry, data centers must adopt newer and more efficient ways of cooling. This exploration focuses on investigating advanced cooling technologies that could cut energy consumption to help make significant environmental impact.

Previous Deep Explorations

Categories: Energy & Cleantech, Mobility

Decarbonization of Aviation

Aviation is an industry that is hard to decarbonize. However, emerging technologies on batteries and fuel cells are unlocking new business opportunities to electrify and decarbonize aviation industry.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Fast Charging

This exploration reviews multiple materials, components, BMS, and pack-level technologies that would help mass adoption of EVs.
Category: Mobility

Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Communication

This exploration provides learnings about Vehicle to Everything communication as it can improve driving safety, reduce air pollution, and increase traffic efficiency.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Silicon Anode Battery Tech

This exploration reviews various Si-anode technologies that could provide higher energy density and better range for EVs.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Solid State Batteries

This exploration investigates various next-generation solid-state technologies for safer, longer range, faster charging batteries.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Charging Infrastructure

This exploration provides learnings about energy storage and generations that diversify from centralized resources as solutions are needed to orchestrate and enable a more decentralized energy ecosystem.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Lithium Extraction

This exploration provides learnings about the exploration in the novel lithium extraction technology, which could potentially provide a much cleaner, faster, and more efficient lithium extraction process.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Heavy Duty Electrification

This exploration provides learnings regarding how the future will feature sustainable heavy transport where trucks, ships, and ferries could be electrified.
Category: Energy & Cleantech

Residential Energy Storage

This exploration provides learnings about the future of home energy storage, where individual homes can be resilient and have sustainable backup power.
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