Elena Timofeeva, PhD

Elena Timofeeva, PhD

Founder, COO, Director of R&D

Elena is responsible for internal company operations, interactions and communications, and building and maintaining our corporate culture. As the Director of R&D, she leads Influit's pursuit for innovative technologies and is one of the inventors of NEF technology, including the synthesis process and the idea of using nanoparticles as charge carriers rather than ions.


Prior to Influit, she was at Argonne National Laboratory for 8 years, where she followed a career path from postdoc to principal chemist. She also went through I-Corps and CleanTech Open entrepreneurial training and served as a reviewer for SBIR grant proposals for the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. She is also a research associate professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry. Her expertise is in batteries, nanochemical systems engineering and heat transfer fluids. Elena is a recipient of a 40 Under 40 award, has authored over 50 research papers, has written 4 book chapters, and holds 5 patents.


Outside of work, she enjoys photography and running.