Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
Invited Seminar

Speaker: Prof. Venkat Viswanathan, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Title: Fundamentals of Li-ion batteries: From the Electric Car Revolution to Next-Generation Batteries for powering Electric Aviation

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: SSCU Auditorium

Abstract: Li-ion batteries have revolutionised portable electronics and led to the commercial development of all-electric cars. In this tutorial style talk, I will discuss the science behind the dramatic improvements that led to this
highly successful battery technology. I will discuss the requirements for taking the next leap to developing electric aviation.

Speaker Bio: Venkat Viswanathan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Physics (by courtesy) at Carnegie Mellon University and has been in this role since August 2014. He
received his PhD at Stanford University in 2013 and subsequently spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. At Carnegie Mellon, he leads an interdisciplinary group comprises of ∼25 researchers working on technologies that can
accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Finalist. He has been widely quoted on the
topic of Li-ion batteries in Wired, NYT, Washington Post, etc. He has been a leading authority on electrification of semi-trucks and aviation. He has been widely quoted related the unveiling of the Tesla Semi and Roadster. He has
broad expertise in materials related to Li-ion batteries, next-generation technologies such as solid-state batteries, Li-air batteries. He is also an expert on the topic of synergies between autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles.
He has been a technical consultant for Quantumscape Inc, since 2015 advising on next-generation battery technologies. He hold