Dr. Venkat Srinivasan is a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the Director of the Argonne Center for Collaborative Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR, the battery “Hub”). His research interest is in developing next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and stationary applications. Dr. Srinivasan and his research group develop continuum models for battery materials and combine them with experimental characterization to help design new materials, electrodes, and devices.
Dr. Srinivasan has extensive experience with numerous battery chemistries, including Li-ion systems, Li-S and Li-air batteries, Ni-MH, lead acid, and alkaline Zn-MnO2 batteries. In addition, Dr. Srinivasan has worked on flow batteries for grid storage applications and electrochemical capacitors for high-power applications. His recent research involves understanding methods to prevent dendrite growth in Li-metal cells, estimating transport properties from electrochemical and NMR methods, incorporating microstructural details into continuum simulations, and visualizing and modeling battery manufacturing processes.
Prior to joining Argonne National Lab, Dr. Srinivasan was a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he served, at various times, as the technical manager of the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program, as the acting director of the BATT program, as department head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) department at LBNL, and the interim director of the ESDR Division. Dr. Srinivasan joined the scientific staff at LBNL in 2003 after postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2000. He is also the author of a popular battery blog titled, “This Week in Batteries” found at thisweekinbatteries.blogspot.com