Venkat Viswanathan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2013

Venkat Viswanathan's research focus is on identifying the scientific principles governing material design, inorganic, organic and biomaterials, for novel energy conversion and storage routes. The material design is carried out through a suite of computational methods being developed in the group validated by experiments.  Some key research thrusts include identifying principles of electrolytes design (organic material) that can tune electrode catalysis, identification of new anode, cathode (inorganic materials) and electrolyte materials for next generation batteries, new electrocatalysts (inorganic) and biomaterials for energy storage and separation applications. In addition to material design, our group is involved in several cross-cutting areas such as battery controls, electric vehicle security and GPU accelerated computing.

Research interests:

  • Computational material design
  • Density functional theory simulations
  • Phase-field modeling
  • Next generation batteries, fuel cells
  • Electrocatalysis for energy conversion and storage
  • Data-driven material discovery
  • Bio-inspired and bio-mimetic materials
  • Controls for energy systems
  • GPU accelerated computing

Mohammad Babar

Graduate Student
5109 Scott Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy

Postdoctoral Fellow
5109 Scott Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Materials Science & Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Victor Venturi

Graduate Student
5109 Scott Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Mechanical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Most Cited Publications
  1. "The Twin Problems of Interfacial Carbonate Formation in Non-aqueous Li-O 2 Batteries." Bryan D McCloskey, Angela Speidel, Rouven Scheffler, Dolores C Miller, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan, Jens Strabo Hummelshøj, Jens K Norskov, Alan C Luntz. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.
  2. "Solvating additives drive solution-mediated electrochemistry and enhance toroid growth in non-aqueous Li–O2 batteries." Nagaphani B Aetukuri, Bryan D McCloskey, Jeannette M García, Leslie E Krupp, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan, Alan C Luntz. Nature Chemistry.
  3. "Electrical conductivity in Li2O2 and its role in determining capacity limitations in non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries." V Viswanathan, KS Thygesen, JS Hummelshoj, JK Norskov, G Girishkumar, BD McCloskey, AC Luntz. Journal of Chemical Physics.
  4. "Universality in Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis on Metal Surfaces." Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan, Heine Anton Hansen, Jan Rossmeisl, Jens K Nørskov. ACS Catalysis.
  5. "Practical challenges hindering the development of solid state Li ion batteries." Kian Kerman, Alan Luntz, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan, Yet-Ming Chiang, Zhebo Chen. Journal of The Electrochemical Society.
Recent Publications
  1. "Benchmarking conductivity predictions of the Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM) for aqueous systems." Adarsh Dave, Kevin L Gering, Jared M Mitchell, Jay Whitacre, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan. Journal of The Electrochemical Society.
  2. "The Future of Vehicle Electrification in India May Ride on Two Wheels." Shashank Sripad, Tarun Mehta, Anil Srivastava, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan. ACS Energy Letters.
  3. "An Autonomous Electrochemical Test stand for Machine Learning Informed Electrolyte Optimization." Jay F Whitacre, Jared Mitchell, Adarsh Dave, Sven Burke, Venkatasburamanian Viswanathan. J. Electrochem. Soc..
  4. "Uncertainty Quantification of DFT-predicted Finite Temperature Thermodynamic Properties within the Debye Model." Pinwen Guan, Gregory Houchins, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan. arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.07891.
  5. "Computational Screening of Current Collectors for Enabling Anode-Free Lithium Metal Batteries." Vikram Pande, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan. ACS Energy Letters.

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