Venkat Viswanathan's Electrochemical Energy Group at the University of Michigan

Vision: Invent and Optimize Materials, Processes and Devices to Accelerate the Transition to Sustainable Transportation, Aviation, Chemicals and Fuels.

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Research

Research Areas

Our group’s research areas span a wide and always-evolving range, but all build on core expertise in materials science, electrochemistry, and computational modeling. Some representative research areas are listed here.

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Research Methods

Our group is primarily computational/theoretical, with a small but growing experimental presence in collaboration with Prof. Jay Whitacre, focused on integrating machine learning approaches with automated experimentation. We have a strong commitment to using and contributing to open-source software development efforts. We’re always learning more, but the current methods/tools most commonly used in the group are summarized here.

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Research Thrusts

We work toward improving performance, cost, and safety of virtually every kind of electrochemical system at every scale, from the atomic to the national. Some of the goals and vision that drive our research are listed here.

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People

PI

Venkat Viswanathan
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral Researchers

Roby Gauthier
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Andrew B. Li
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering

Doctoral Students

Alex Wadell
Mechanical Engineering
Amal S Sebastian
Mechanical Engineering
Anoushka Bhutani
Mechanical Engineering
Archie Mingze Yao
Mechanical Engineering
Changwen Xu
Mechanical Engineering
Chenyang Huang
Mechanical Engineering
Hancheng Zhao
Hancheng Zhao
Mechanical Engineering
Hongyi Lin
Hongyi Lin
Mechanical Engineering
Jiankun (Kian) Pu
Jiankun (Kian) Pu
Mechanical Engineering
Mgcini Keith Phuthi
Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Babar
Mohammad Babar
Mechanical Engineering
Shang Zhu
Mechanical Engineering
Tianyi Zhang
Mechanical Engineering
Victor Azumah
Victor Azumah
Mechanical Engineering
Celia Kelly
Celia Kelly
Mechanical Engineering
Ziqi Wang
Ziqi Wang
Mechanical Engineering

Postdoc Alumni

Dong Zhang Assitant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Abhishek Khetan Junior Professor at RWTH Aachen University
Hasnain Hafiz Postdoctoral Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Zijian Hong Faculty at Zhejiang University
Rachel Kurchin Research faculty in CMU MSE
Valentin Sulzer Co-Founder and CEO at Ionworks
Pinwen Guan Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Lei Zhang Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Emil Annevelink Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Matt Guttenberg founder, INCEPTS

PhD Alumni

Oleg Sapunkov Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army CCDC GVSC
Vikram Pande Senior Research Engineer at Tesla
Zeeshan Ahmad Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Chicago
Gregory Houchins Co-Founder of CHEMent
Dilip Krishnamurthy Senior Systems Software Engineer, NVIDIA
Olga Vinogradova Postdoctoral Researcher at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
Yumin Zhang Battery Materials Simulation Scientist, ByteDance
Anirudh Mohan Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton Andlinger Center
Victor Venturi Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT
Holden Parks Software Developer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy Senior Engineer, Our Next Energy
Varun Shankar Mechanical Engineering
Alec Bills Mechanical Engineering
Lance Kavalsky Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master's Alumni

Abhinav Misalkar Cell Engineer at Tesla
Andrew Sams Experienced Consultant, West Monroe Partners
Colin Grossman-Cross Integration and Test Engineer, Astrobiotic
Lingyan Zhao PhD student at University of Pittsburgh
Mikael Matossian Energy Sector Senior Associate at Tetra Tech
Vaidish Sumaria PhD student at UCLA
Siddharth Deshpande PhD Student at Purdue University
Ying Fang PhD Student at University of Pittsburgh
Ying Yuan PhD student at UC San Diego
Yoolhee Kim Data Scientist at Citrine Informatics
Yuanyi (Yara) Huang Chemical Engineering

Former Undergraduate Students

Andrew Lee PhD student at Northwestern University
Siying Li PhD student at UC Berkeley

Community

Our group is involved in several efforts to spur community-building and research dissemination efforts.

Prof. Viswanathan runs the Battery Modeling Webinar Series (BMWS). Find more information here.

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