Venkat Srinivasan, JCESR Deputy Director, Research and Development, facilitates and integrates the center’s many research activities across the entire program and delivers the programs’ progress to the Executive Committee.
Srinivasan is also director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS). ACCESS provides the vision and coordinates the energy storage programs at Argonne and serves as a point of entry for industry to take advantage of the unique capabilities and facilities at Argonne to solve their problems in energy storage.
Before joining Argonne, Srinivasan was a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2003. At Berkeley Lab, Srinivasan conceived the idea of CalCharge, a public-private partnership in California working to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new energy storage technologies for the consumer, transportation, and grid markets.
Srinivasan’s research methods span the fundamental and applied aspects of energy storage. He successfully integrates mathematical modeling and controlled experiments to extrapolate from fundamental material properties to real world performance. His projects investigate the performance limitations of cathode and anode materials for advanced lithium-based and beyond-lithium-ion batteries in vehicles and the development of low-cost flow batteries for stationary energy storage.
While at Berkeley Lab, Srinivasan also served 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, and the interim director of the ESDR Division.
Srinivasan carried out his postdoctoral work on iron phosphate-based lithium-ion cells at Berkeley Lab and the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina.
Since 2010, Srinivasan has hosted a popular blog called This Week in Batteries, which examines the technical and market impacts of battery technologies.