Brandon J. Hopkins is a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory working on rechargeable zinc-based batteries with Debra R. Rolison. His research focuses on the design and manufacturing of multifunctional materials and energy systems. Hopkins received his PhD and Master's at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he primarily worked on aqueous metal–air batteries and semi-solid flow cells. He received his Bachelor's from Harvard University and interned at Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.