Venkat Srinivasan

Deputy Director, Research and Development

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.

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  • A Message from JCESR Director George Crabtree

    Despite the coronavirus challenges, JCESR continues to push the frontier of energy storage science as we telecommute from home, like much of the nation. We are turning our attention to computation, data analysis and paper writing which continues at a normal or higher pace, enabled … Read More

  • You’re invited: Idaho National Laboratory and JCESR webinar on energy storage (March 18 )

    Electrification is changing the energy landscape of the Mountain West region. While energy storage remains a key enabler to this transformation, infrastructure upgrade and supply chain development will be a key driver for this new economy. Join us on March 18 for a webinar where we’ll … Read More

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    A novel Mg cathode material – CuCo2S4 – was identified as a conversion material where direct nano-synthesis was required to provide the best electrochemical performance and deliver 350 mAh·g-1 at 60 °C, a capacity nearly double that of ball-milled material with similar dimensions. Read More

  • Quantifying Capacity Losses due to Solid Electrolyte Interphase Evolution

    We quantified the capacity loss originating in solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) growth during each cycle and extracted the proportionality constant for SEI growth following a parabolic growth law. This continuous SEI growth contributes to the increasing overpotential, leading to capacity fading at a given constant … Read More

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    In this viewpoint, we recommend methodology for (1) testing aqueous organic flow batteries to better understand the fade mechanisms and failure modes, and for (2) techno-economic assessment of these batteries that incorporates the costs associated with electrolyte decay and replacement to articulate a feasible design … Read More