About Venkat

Venkat Srinivasan received his Bachelors in Electrochemical Engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in Karaikudi, India, in 1995 and his PhD from the University of South Carolina in Chemical Engineering in 2000.  His thesis topic included various aspects in electrochemical capacitors and Ni-MH cells.  He was the recipient of the Student Research Award of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society in 2000 for his research into Ni-MH cells.  He then worked as a research associate at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University for 18 months where he was involved with projects in lead-acid, alkaline, Ni-MH, and Li-ion batteries.  Subsequently he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/University of California at Berkeley as a postdoc working on Li-ion batteries for use in vehicular applications.  Venkat is now a Staff Scientist at LBNL where he contributes towards solving the multitude of problems that prevent Li-ion batteries from being used in Hybrid Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles.  He also serves as the Program Manager of the Batteries For Advanced Transportation Technologies Program.

Venkat’s research interest is primarily in the area of energy storage devices (batteries and capacitors) where he uses both theoretical and experimental techniques to understand their behavior.  His approach spans both the fundamental and the applied aspects of their operation.  He also maintains an active interest in the electrochemical processes that are used in the semiconductor industry.  Venkat can be reached at vsrinivasan@lbl.gov.