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Venkat Viswanathan is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Viswanathan’s research focus is on identifying the scientific principles governing material design, inorganic, organic, and biomaterials, for novel energy conversion and storage routes. The material design is carried out through a suite of computational methods being developed in his group, and validated by experiments. Some key research thrusts include identifying principles of electrolytes design (organic material) that can tune electrode catalysis, identification of new anode, cathode (inorganic materials), and electrolyte materials for next generation batteries, and new electrocatalysts (inorganic) and biomaterials for energy storage and separation applications. In addition to material design, his group is involved in several cross-cutting areas such as battery controls, electric vehicle security, and GPU accelerated computing.

Viswanathan received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2019, Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry in 2018, the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016, the American Chemical Society PRF Young Investigator Award in 2014, and the Electrochemical Society Daniel Cubicciotti Award in 2010. He was a finalist for MIT TR Innovators Under 35 in 2014, and was an Electrochemical Society Herbert H. Uhligh Summer Fellow in 2009.

Office
5109 Scott Hall
Phone
412.268.4675
Email
venkvis@cmu.edu
Google Scholar
Venkat Viswanathan
Websites
Viswanathan Group Website
Venkat Viswanathan’s Website

Energy Density in Batteries: Accelerating the Timeline

Electrolyte Technology: Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Education

2013 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

2008 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Media mentions


MIT Technology Review

Viswanathan quoted on electric trucks

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in the MIT Technology Review on the feasibility of electric heavy-duty trucks. While electric short-haul trucks are close to commercial reality, more innovation is needed to replace diesel trucks for long-haul trips.

Physics

Viswanathan quoted on enhancing electric vehicles by using AI to find climate-friendly materials

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in Physics on using AI to discover more environmentally-friendly materials for EV batteries.

CMU Engineering

An atomic look at lithium-rich batteries

An international collaboration explored the workings of a lithium-rich battery at the atomic scale. The research opens up pathways for improving existing battery cathodes—and designing new ones.

TIME for Kids

Viswanathan quoted on electric vehicles and batteries

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in TIME for Kids on the future of electric vehicles and batteries. He’s confident that “electric is the future,” especially as electric vehicles become more accessible.

The Academic Times

Viswanathan quoted on new invention

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in The Academic Times on researcher’s new invention, INCEPTS.

eVTOL

Viswanathan quoted on eVTOL batteries

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in eVTOL on the “AND” problem of Lilium’s eVTOL batteries.

WHYY

Viswanathan quoted on batteries

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted by WHYY on batteries for electric vehicles.

Bloomberg

Viswanathan quoted on sustainable aviation

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in Bloomberg on France’s push to make aviation more sustainable.

Enrg.io

Viswanathan mentioned on EV prices

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was mentioned on Enrg.io about the prices of electric vehicles.

CMU Engineering

AI-fueled batteries

A team of CMU mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering researchers are using AI to optimize battery electrolyte designs, and they found new electrolytes that researchers hadn’t thought of.

Multiple outlets

Viswanathan quoted on battery breakthrough

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in multiple outlets—including Fortune, Wired, MIT Technology Review, The Verge, and The Mobilist—on a new breakthrough in battery technology.

Bloomberg Green

Viswanathan interviewed about batteries

MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was interviewed by Bloomberg Green on batteries for electric cars and airplanes.