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A S PRAKASH
Prof. A S Prakash is a senior scientist in the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute Chennai, India. He joined Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) as Scientist in 2008. His research at CECRI Chennai unit primarily aims at developing improvised electrode materials for Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors by tuning crystal chemistry, composition and morphology. His activities are also extended to understand the role of nanomaterials based electrodes with more emphasis on synthesis, characterization and their high performance in Li-ion batteries.
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ABIR DE SARKAR
Prof. Abir Sarkar's research and educational interests are Computational Nanoscience and Surface Science, Molecular electronics:Interpreting STM image contrast, molecular switches and sensors; Predictive modeling of hydrogen storage materials and energy relevant materials, Gas sensors, band gap engineering in nanomaterials(tuning optical properties in nanostructures).He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata, India. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong. He received Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society, Berlin, Germany
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ANKUR JAIN
Prof. Ankur Jain is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2016. Dr. Jain directs the Microscale Thermophysics Laboratory, where he and his students conduct research on microscale thermal transport, energy conversion systems, semiconductor thermal management, bioheat transfer and related topics. Dr. Jain's research and education activities have been supported by grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Energy (DoE), Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and UT Arlington Research Enhancement Grant. Dr. Jain received his Ph.D. (2007) and M.S. (2003) from Stanford University, and B.Tech. (2001) with top honors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
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CHANDRA S SHARMA
Prof. Sharma's research areas include design and materials aspect of anode materials of Lithium ion battery, Electrospun nanofibers and Nature inspired functional surfaces. He has done his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur in 2010. He is the recipient of many awards like INAE Innovative Student Project Award 2011 for Doctoral Thesis IITK, Excellence Award for Community Services (2011) and Diamond Jubilee Research Intern Award (2004) National Metallurgical Laboratory, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, India.
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INDRANIL LAHIRI
Prof. Indranil Lahiri focuses on synthesis of nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, Graphene, other nanomaterials, thin films and its electronic applications of nanomaterials. From May 2005 to June 2007. Then he worked as senior scientist NFTDC, Hyderabad, India. From Dec. 2011 to Aug. 2012 he worked as post-doctoral researcher in Florida International University, after then, He worked as Research Assistant Professor in University of North Texas, USA. He is the recipient of many awards like Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) and the best Junior researcher award in 2011 nanomaterials symposium etc.
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M B SAHANA
Prof. M. B. Sahana research interests are in Electrode materials for lithium ion batteries, Microstructure Property Correlation. She has done her PhD from Indian Institute of Science in 2004.In 2005 she worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Stockholm University, Stockholm. After this she worked from 2006 to 2010 as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. She is the recipient of many awards like UNSECO/ROSET travel grant to attend "MRS Fall Meeting 2002" Boston, USA 2002 and CSIR and UGC travel grants to attend "MRS Fall meeting 2002" Boston, USA 2002.
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MUKESH KUMAR
Prof. Mukesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Punjab, India. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi for his research on numerous aspects of transparent conducting oxide nanostructures. He then moved to South Dakota State University, SD, USA in Feb 2010 for his post-doctoral research where he worked to develop novel scanning probe microscopy facilities for nanoscale charge transport in organic solar cell materials. Since Dec 2011, Dr. Kumar was working with Colorado School of Mines and National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, Colorado, USA for the development of reliable and flexible thin films for next generation flexible solar cells and cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. Before joining at IIT Ropar, Dr. Kumar was working for Hysitron Inc., USA
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NITASH BALSARA
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Prof. Nitash Balsara is the Vice Chair for Graduate Education, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and he is also associated in The Charles W. Tobias Professor in Electrochemistry. His research is based on soft microstructured materials such as block copolymer melts, polymer microemulsions, and colloidal suspensions along with quantification of thermodynamic interactions of microstructure formation etc. He is also developing experimental tools and the theoretical framework necessary to characterize the soft materials to obtain a fundamental understanding of processes such as nucleation and flow alignment .Prof. Nitash has been honoured by a number of prestigious awards namely, John H. Dillon Medal, American Physical Society Award for Polymer Physics (1997); Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1998); Hendrick C. Van Ness Lectureship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1998); Fellow of the American Physical Society, (2000); Charles M.A. Stine Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for Materials Engineering and Science (2005).
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PARTHA MUKHERJEE
Prof. Partha Mukherjee focuses on developing a holistic approach toward fundamental understanding of the materials-transport-interface interactions in energy storage and conversion. He is specialist in exploring mesoscale physics and stochastics pertaining to physicochemical and reactive transport phenomena coupling electrochemistry and electro-kinetics/-statics, functional materials and manufacturing in clean energy. His current emphasis is on fundamental understanding of mesoscale and interface interactions in electrochemical energy storage and pertinent implications in performance, life and safety. Dr. Mukherjee is named Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow. He is a recipient of the TEES Young Faculty Award alongwith TMS Young Leaders Award of the Functional Materials Division in 2016.
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PRIYA JOHARI
Prof. Priya Johari is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences at Shiv Nadar University, India. Professor Priya Johari's research and educational interests are electronic structure properties, two-dimensional materials (graphene, graphene oxide, transition metal dichalcogenides and their hybrid films) conjugated polymers, organic and bio-molecules, interfaces/thin film growth and Li-ion batteries. She contributed to the development of USPEX code by including the code to calculate electron energy loss spectrum (EELS) in the USPEX package (http://han.ess.sunysb.edu/EELS/)One of her article: "Tuning the electronic properties of semiconducing transition metal dichalcogenides by applying mechanical strains", P. Johari* and V. B. Shenoy, ACS Nano 6, 5449 (2012) , has been listed as Top 20 Articles in the Domain since its publication.
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R.PRAKASH
Prof. Praksh is an Senior Scientist in ARCI,Hyderabad. His current research interest's include Lithium-ion Battery, Electrochemistry, Material Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Self Assembly, and Singular Molecule Magnets. He has many honors to his credit, his research interests are came out in the form of many peer reviwed journals and patents.
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RAVI PRASHER
Prof. Ravi is the Division Director of Energy Storage and Distributed Resources division at LBNL. Ravi joined LBNL in June 2015. Prior to joining LBNL, Ravi was the VP of product development of Sheetak Inc., a startup developing solid state thermoelectric energy converters. Ravi earlier worked as one of the first program directors at ARPA-E. At ARPA-E, Ravi created the BEET-IT (on cooling/heating of buildings) and HEATS (on thermal storage) programs. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Ravi was the technology development manager of thermal management group at Intel. He was also an adjunct professor in the school of engineering at ASU from 2005 to 2013. At ASU Ravi's research was funded by NSF and ONR. Ravi has published more than 85 archival journal papers in top science and engineering journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters and Journal of Heat Transfer. He holds more than 30 patents in the area of thermoelectrics, microchannels, heat pipes, thermal interface materials, nanostructured materials and devices. He has served on the PhD. committee of students at Stanford, UC Berkeley and ASU. He is a fellow of ASME and a senior member of IEEE. He was the recipient of Intel achievement award (highest award for technical achievement in Intel). He is also a recipient of outstanding young engineer award from components and packaging society of IEEE. He is on the editorial committee of Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources, Nano and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering and IEEE CPMT. He has given multiple invited talks all over the world on Nano to macroscale thermal energy process and systems.
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SAGAR MITRA
Prof. Sagar Mitra is one of the famous battery researcher in the current scenario. At present he is an Associate Professor in the department of Energy Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. His main focus into the development of various potentially viable cathode materials and Anode materials into the Li-ion battery technology led him towards many scientific articles. His main research interests includes Nanostructured Materials-synthesis, organization and integration, Lithium ion Batteries, Na-ion and Magnesium ion batteries, LiS and room temperature Na-S battery for large scale storage, Hybrid Ionic electrolyte for battery applications, Battery electrode design and fabrication. At present he is the Editorial Board member, Nature's Scientific Reports.
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SOUMIK BANERJEE
Prof. Soumik Banerjee is presently an Assistant Professor in School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University. His research interests focuses on modeling materials relevant to energy conversion and storage. In particular, performing atomistic, molecular and mesoscale simulations to investigate energy conversion, transport and storage mechanisms in a range of materials including carbon nanotubes, organic crystals, fullerenes, and conjugated polymers.And his is particularly involved in modeling chemical kinetics at interfaces, thermal and charge transport phenomena and growth and agglomeration of nanomaterials.
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SOURINDRA MAHANTY
Prof. Mahanty research interests are in Lithium sulphur battery Alternative energy generation & storage, Fabrication of lithium-ion coin cells and electrochemical testing, Synthesis & characterization of nano-materials for lithium-ion battery & supercapacitor applications, Structural, electrical & optical characterizations of powders and thin films for optoelectronics & solar cell applications. He has done his Ph.D in IIT, Kharagpur. After that he has done Post-Doctoral Research in Univeristy Autonoma, Madrid, Spain. He visited many places such as Visiting Scientist, Tokushima Univeristy, Japan, 1998-2000, Research Scientist, Univeristy of South Carolina, USA, 2000-2001, Pool Officer (CSIR), Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, 2002-2005, Fellow Scientist, Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, 2005-2007.
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SURENDRA KUMAR MARTHA
Prof. Surendra Kumar Martha is an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India. Professor Surendra Kumar Martha's research and educational interests are synthesis and investigation of new materials and study on their electrochemical and interfacial properties. He is designing new electrodes and electrolytes for energy storage and conversion systems. His works in the field of nonaqueous electrochemistry are advanced lithium-ion batteries, beyond lithium-ion batteries, ultracapacitors. In the field of aqueous electrochemistry he is working on lead-acid batteries, lead-carbon ultra capacitors and ultra-batteries.
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TOM FULLER
Prof. Tom Fuller from School of chemical & biomolecular engineering, Gorgia Tech, is one of the most reliable researcher in the field of battery modelling. His research interests includes the following areas namely Analysis and mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage. Investigating durability of batteries and fuel cells, particularly for transportation applications, with the objective of predicting life and developing mitigation strategies for specific failure mechanisms. Applying concentration solution theory to measure and correlate transport properties of electrolytes used in fuel cells and batteries.
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VENKATASAILANATHAN RAMADESIGAN
Prof. Venkatasailanathan Ramadesigan is presently an Assistant Professor in the department of Energy Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. Professor Venkatasailanathan Ramadesigan's research and educational interests are Modelling & numerical simulation of electrochemical energy storage systems, model based design and optimisation of Li-ion batteries ,solar-PV- battery integrated performance models ,large scale energy storage for grid level and EV applications.
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VENKAT SUBRAMANIAN
Prof. Venkat Subramanian's research and educational interests are at the confluence of electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, applied mathematics and systems engineering. Currently he is working on Model reformulation for increased computational efficiency,Battery management system (BMS) using physics based efficient reformulated models,Nonlinear model predictive control lab for lithium-ion batteries. Electrochemical and energy systems engineering Multiscale simulation and design of energetic materials are also his area of interests.
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WILSON CHIU
Prof. Chiu, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering joined the University of Connecticut in August 1999. He published 79 journal articles and 127 conference articles/abstracts.Among his honors, he received the Rutgers University School of Engineering Medal of Excellence Award for Distinguished Young Alumnus in 2010, the United Technologies Corporation Professorship in Engineering Innovations in 2008, the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer in 2006, the USA Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2005, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and The Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2001. Currently he is serving as chairman of the ASME Advanced Energy Systems Division Technical Committee on Electrochemical Energy Conversion and associate editor for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer as well as International Journal of Thermal Sciences.

CONTACT

Prof. Sagar Mitra
Department of Energy Science And Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,Mumbai,India
Phone:+912225767849
Email sagar.mitra@iitb.ac.in
Prof. Ankur Jain
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX, 76019-0018
Email jaina@uta.edu