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Mert Akin, founder and CEO of mining technology company EELI, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami with a focus on electrochemical energy storage. Formerly a scientist at a leading battery company, Akin led advancements in battery chemistries and recycling processes. Coming from the battery industry, Akin is on a mission to fortify the domestic battery supply chain by developing sustainable and efficient critical mineral extraction technologies leveraging innovations in electrochemistry and materials science.

EELI develops chemical-free lithium extraction and purification solutions with zero carbon emissions. Leveraging breakthroughs in electrochemistry and material science, EELI’s electrified lithium extraction enables low-cost, efficient, and sustainable lithium production from untapped low-grade sources. Transforming unusable lithium deposits into feasible sources, EELI aims to unlock the full potential of American resources.