Professor Tony Vassallo holds the Delta Electricity Chair in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Sydney, in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. He took up this position in October 2008. Prior to this, he held the position of Senior Principal Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, followed by a period of consultancy to industry and government in the field of sustainable energy technology. Tony has a PhD in Chemistry from Macquarie University.
Tony's interest in energy storage started in 1993 when he realised that high surface area carbons were ideal for electrochemical energy storage. He then conceived, and led the CSIRO Carbon Supercapacitor Project from 1994 till 2001. This work led to the formation of cap-XX Pty Ltd, an Australian start-up company that has received over $40 million of investment funding from Intel Capital and other organisations. Cap-XX recently listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market, valuing the company at over $100 million. Tony's energy storage research has been recognised with the CSIRO Chairman's Medal, for the Low Emissions Vehicle Team (joint) in 2000. He also shared the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2004, as joint team leader of the High Power Supercapacitor Team.
Tony has over 80 fully refereed papers in international journals and 8 patents, 6 of which are US or other international patents. Professor Vassallo has also been engaged as a project reviewer for distributed energy technologies by the Australian Greenhouse Office and the US Department of Energy.
He is the immediate past President of the Australian Institute of Energy, and leader of the Clean Energy Research Cluster in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.