Dr. Asegun Henry


The Thermal Battery Corporation (TBC) is a spinout from MIT that is based on technological breakthroughs pioneered by its founder and CEO Dr. Asegun Henry. TBC’s technology is based on technology patented at both MIT and Georgia Tech.

TBC’s founder Dr. Henry is a Robert Noyce Career Development Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he has been since 2018. Prior to being recruited to MIT in 2018, Dr. Henry was an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech for six years (2012-2018). Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) (2011-2012), he was a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University (2010-2011) and also at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) (2009-2010). Dr. Henry earned his Masters and PhD from MIT, where he was a MIT Lemelson scholar, and DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow (CSGF). He also earned is Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Florida A & M University (FAMU), where he was supported by the Distinguished Scholars Award.

Dr. Henry has made significant advances and contributions to several fields within energy and heat transfer, namely: solar fuels and thermochemistry, phonon transport in disordered materials, phonon transport at interfaces, and he has developed the highest temperature pump on record. This technological breakthrough, which is now in the Guinness Book of World Records, forms the foundation of the thermal battery concept, and has opened the door for other new high temperature energy systems concepts, such as methane pyrolysis for CO2 free hydrogen production.

Dr. Henry has also been the recipient of a number of awards including: the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award, the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer and he was the winner of the 2018 World Technology Award for Energy.