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 Dr. Debra R. Rolison. Hopkins received his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he worked on aqueous metal–air batteries with Professors Yang Shao-Horn and Douglas P. Hart. As a master's candidate also at MIT, he was part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) where he designed and fabricated gravity-driven flow batteries using semi-solid suspensions with Professors Yet-Ming Chiang and Alexander H. Slocum. He received his bachelor's from Harvard University and interned at Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.