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.
Energy Density in Batteries: Accelerating the Timeline
Electrolyte Technology: Batteries for Electric Vehicles
2013 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
2008 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
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.
Viswanathan quoted on eVTOL batteries
MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in eVTOL on the “AND” problem of Lilium’s eVTOL batteries.
Viswanathan quoted on batteries
MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted by WHYY on batteries for electric vehicles.
Viswanathan quoted on sustainable aviation
MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in Bloomberg on France’s push to make aviation more sustainable.
Viswanathan mentioned on EV prices
MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was mentioned on Enrg.io about the prices of electric vehicles.
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.
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.
Viswanathan interviewed about batteries
MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was interviewed by Bloomberg Green on batteries for electric cars and airplanes.
The surprising strength of liquid crystals
In the quest for safer and longer-lasting batteries for electric cars, trucks, and planes, researchers explore a new class of materials to suppress the formation of dendrites.
Viswanathan quoted on batteries
MechE’s Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in the Financial Times on batteries.