Rachid Yazami is a French Moroccan scientist best known as a co-inventor of lithium ion batteries, rechargeable batteries and flouride ion batteries.
In 1980 Yazami was the first to discover a process that led to the creation of the lithium-graphite anode, now used in commercial lithium ion batteries, a market currently valued at over US$20B.
While holding a Research Director position with the CNRS in France, Yazami served as a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology between 2000 and 2010 conducting cooperative research on electrode materials including nanostructured materials such as carbon nanotubes, nano-silicon and nano-germanium anodes.
In 2010 Yazami was appointed a Nanyang Visiting Professor before becoming the Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor in Energy at the School of Materials Science and Engineering of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He currently serves as the Director of Battery Programs at the Energy Research Institute (ERIAN) and as a Co-Principal Investigator in TUM Create Center of Electromobility lab in Singapore.