Michl Binderbauer

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Born1969 (age 51)
Salzburg, Austria
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine, Ph.D. Plasma Physics 1996
OccupationCEO of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAE_Technologies
Years active1998 - present
Known forPlasma physics and fusion research

Michl Binderbauer is an Austrian-American physicist, entrepreneur and CEO of TAE Technologies, a private company dedicated to commercializing non-radioactive nuclear fusion power and other sustainable technologies. He is a co-inventor of many of the company’s advances in fusion energy, power management, and particle accelerators, and holds more than 100 U.S. and international technology patents[1]. Binderbauer has published papers on plasma physics and Aneutronic fusion|fusion in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Physical Review Letters and Nature Communications. Binderbauer has been featured in Time[2], the New York Times, MIT Technology Review[3], and PBS NewsHour[4].


Over the last two decades, Binderbauer has established TAE as an industry leader in the field of fusion and expanded its portfolio to include power management solutions for electric mobility, grid storage and efficiency, and more[5].  

Binderbauer originally joined TAE as CTO, a position he held for 17 years. He then served as President for 18 months before being appointed CEO in 2017[6]. Binderbauer is an expert in advanced beam-driven Field-reversed configuration|Field-Reversed Configurations and non-radioactive aneutronic fusion systems[7], two key differentiators in TAE’s approach to fusion power. As architect of the company’s research and development program, Binderbauer spearheaded a partnership with Google to apply machine learning and AI technology to fusion research[8] in order to accelerate progress. In 2014, TAE and Google jointly developed the Optometrist Algorithm, which proves that combining both human and computer intelligence exponentiates the efficiency of learning.

In 2017, drawing upon his previous experience in healthcare and infection control startups in both Europe and the United States, Binderbauer led the launch of TAE’s first subsidiary, TAE Life Sciences, which leverages TAE’s patented particle beam design for boron neutron capture technology (BNCT).

Binderbauer serves on the Board of Directors of both TAE Technologies and TAE Life Sciences.


Binderbauer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Plasma Physics, a Master of Science degree in Physics from University of California, Irvine. He earned his Ph.D in Plasma Physics from UC Irvine in 1996, under the guidance of fusion energy pioneer, Professor Norman Rostoker[9]. Binderbauer continued postdoctoral research with Rostoker at UC Irvine and, post-formation of TAE, collaborated extensively with another of Rostoker’s proteges, Toshiki Tajima. Binderbauer is a recipient of UC Irvine’s prestigious Lauds & Laurels Award[10] and was one of  the inaugural inductees into UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences Hall of Fame[11]. He serves as Chairman of the Dean’s Leadership Council for UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences and sits on the Board of UCI Beall Applied Innovation[12].


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  2. "Inside the Quest for Fusion, Clean Energy's Holy Grail". Time. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  3. "Finally, Fusion Takes Small Steps Toward Reality". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  4. "Is alluring but elusive fusion energy possible in our lifetime?". PBS NewsHour. 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  5. "Most Influential 2015: Michl Binderbauer". Orange County Register. 2015-12-27. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  6. "TAE rearranges its leadership and gets ready for next chapter in fusion quest backed by Paul Allen". GeekWire. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  7. "Michl Binderbauer, TAE Technologies Inc: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  8. Bennett, Jay (2017-07-26). "Google's Nuclear Fusion Project Is Paying Off". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  9. "Norman fusion device reaches 'long enough' milestone - World Nuclear News". www.world-nuclear-news.org. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  10. "UCI names 18 recipients of 46th annual Lauds & Laurels awards". UCI News. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  11. "Alumni | UCI". ps.uci.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  12. "Board". UCI Beall Applied Innovation. Retrieved 2020-12-16.

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