We believe how we work together is as important as our vision!
Founded in 2019, we are a group of highly motivated individuals with a strong background in lithium-ion battery technology, acquired through intensive cutting-edge research and development at the MEET Battery Research Center of the University Muenster led by the renowned material scientist Prof. Prof. h.c. mult. Dr. Martin Winter. Through our cooperation with one of the leading companies in the development and series production of tailor-made lithium-ion battery cells, battery systems and electrodes, CUSTOMCELLS®, we are confident that we are cutting the edge of technology development.
We believe that for a successful company a strong and diverse team, as well as reliable partners, are mandatory
Head of Technology
Dr. Kolja Beltrop
Dr. Kolja Beltrop studied chemistry at the University of Muenster and obtained his doctorate in the group of Prof. Dr. Winter in the field of novel electrolytes based on ionic liquids and advanced electrolyte additives for lithium-ion batteries and alternative energy storage systems. Since 12/2017, Kolja Beltrop is the responsible laboratory manager for the synthesis and electrochemical characterization of electrolyte components at the MEET Battery Research Center. Furthermore, he worked as a project coordinator for a BMWi-funded industrial project, where he was responsible for the scientific supervision of doctoral students, as well as the reporting and coordination with project partners.
He has overall 6 years of experience in the field of lithium-ion batteries and is first author (5) and co-author (7) of 12 scientific publications and inventor of 1 patent application.
Since May 2019 Kolja Beltrop is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of the E-Lyte Innovations GmbH.
Head of Production
Dr. Stephan Röser
Stephan Röser studied chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and received his doctoral degree at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona, Spain. Since then he has gathered many years of research experience in various fields of technology, including homogeneous catalysis for artificial photosynthesis, OLED technology and of course lithium-non battery technology. In 2013, he joined the MEET Battery Research Center as a team leader and was responsible for the synthesis and development activities as well as its electrochemical characterization of novel electrolyte components for LIBs as well as the associated laboratory setup and management. Furthermore, he has several years of experience in project management.
He is involved in 24 scientific publications and 7 patent applications, as of April 2020.
Since May 2019 Stephan Röser is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and co-founder of the E-Lyte Innovations GmbH.
Dr. Ralf Wagner
Ralf Wagner studied chemistry (B.Sc.) at the RWTH Aachen University and business chemistry (M.Sc.) at the University of Muenster. He graduated with a PhD in the field of electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries in the working group of Prof. Martin Winter at the MEET Battery Research Center of the University of Muenster. During that time, Ralf Wagner works as an independent technology consultant in the field of lithium-ion technology for more than a year. Since 2018, Ralf Wagner has been working for Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH as a senior project planner and sales manager.
He has overall 9 years of experience in the field of lithium-ion batteries and is author/co-author of 37 scientific publications and inventor of 7 patent applications.
Since May 2019 Ralf Wagner is managing director (CEO) and co-founder of the E-Lyte Innovations GmbH.
Dr. Mario Gehrlein
Mario Gehrlein, PhD studied Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.) at the DHBW in Mannheim and Chemical Engineering (M.Sc.) at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim.
He graduated with a PhD in the field of International Business, Management and Marketing at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. During that time, Mario Gehrlein worked as an Area Sales Manager in the Export Department at FUCHS SCHMIERSTOFFE GmbH for more than 6 years. In his role, he was responsible for developing the business in several regions and countries, e.g. USA, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland and Kazakhstan. Since the beginning of 2022, Mario Gehrlein has been working for FUCHS LUBRICANTS GERMANY GmbH as head of the electrolyte project.
He has more than 6 years’ experience in the global chemical industry and in particular in the field of functional fluids.
Since September 2022, Mario Gehrlein is managing director (CEO) at E-Lyte Innovations GmbH.
Head of Public Funded Projects
Dr. Mirco Ruttert
Mirco Ruttert studied chemistry at the University of Münster and did his PhD in the group of Prof. Dr. Martin Winter at the MEET Battery Research Center. In his thesis he developed new anode materials for the use in high-energy lithium-ion batteries. As part of his work as a research assistant, he also worked on an industrial project funded by the BMWi.
Mirco Ruttert is involved in 10 scientific publications.
Since January 2021 he is coordinating the publicly funded projects at E-Lyte Innovations GmbH.
Head of Marketing and PR
Sebastian Staiger studied “Chemistry with Marketing” (B.Sc.) at the European School of Business in Reutlingen and “Business Chemistry” (M.Sc.) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. After his studies, he was able to complete his marketing knowledge at the full-service marketing agency interface medien GmbH in the field of online marketing. Afterwards, Sebastian Staiger worked for 2 years as a project manager of marketing campaigns for media agencies and SMEs at cynapsis interactive GmbH. At the end of 2017, Mr. Staiger received certification as a consultant for the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises. Until May 2018, he worked exclusively as an independent consultant. Since June 2018, Mr. Staiger has been co-founder and managing director of the digital agency MA.STA Vision.
Sebastian Staiger is co-founder of E-Lyte Innovations GmbH and is responsible for marketing and public relations.
Head of QA
Franziska Winterstein studied Chemical Engineering at University of Applied Sciences in Münster and obtained her M.Sc. degree in 2019. Throughout her studies, she has gained extensive theoretical and practical knowledge about polymers, luminescent hybrid materials as well as electrochemical and spectroscopic analytical methods. Following her graduation, she enhanced her scientific skills by working on a BMBF project in the field of photonics. She worked for SMBs in various areas such as research and development, application technology and quality assurance.
Since October 2021, she is working as QA manager at E-Lyte Innovations GmbH.
CUSTOMCELLS® is one of the world’s leading companies in the development of special lithium-ion battery cells and electrode production. It is also one of the leading manufacturers of customer-specific battery cells. CUSTOMCELLS® produces – Made in Germany – from prototypes to small and medium series.
MEET Battery Research Center
Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) at the University of Münster is one of the foremost battery research centers in Germany.
FUCHS Lubricants Germany GmbH
FUCHS Lubricants Germany GMBH has been a financial and technological partner of E-Lyte Innovations GmbH since May 2022. The goal of this Strategic Partnership is primarily to build an industrial closed-loop production facility by summer 2023. To enable rapid industrialization, scaling and further growth, the necessary manufacturing infrastructure will be built at a FUCHS site in Kaiserslautern.