Faculty & Research

Venkat R. Subramanian

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Venkat R. Subramanian

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2001
  • BTech. Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering, Madurai Kamaraj University, India, 1997

Venkat Subramanian comes to the Department of Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an associate professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering. He will be an adjunct associate professor in the department of electrical engineering and will also hold a dual appointment at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Venkat’s research is driven towards creating cost-effective and energy-efficient electrochemical systems, particularly in batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, and sensors. He designs high power, maintenance-free sustainable alternative power sources by development and real-time simulation/optimization of multiscale electrochemical reaction models. He seeks to maximize the efficiency of existing technology like lithium-ion batteries while striving to address fundamental issues in new electrolytes and materials like multivalent redox flow batteries for gridscale applications. Venkat is working toward optimal control and sizing of solar-storage and renewable-storage hybrids by implementing detailed microscale models for these hybrid systems.

He is a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He recently received a DOE ARPA-E award for developing a model based Battery Management System (BMS) for lithium-ion batteries.