Venkat Viswanathan receives a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research

Venkat Viswanathan received a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research to research how to improve battery safety in low temperatures.

His research focuses on designing materials for novel energy conversion and storage capabilities, making batteries an important part of his research. He is currently working with graduate students Shashank Sripad and Dilip Krishnamurthy to improve the widespread lithium ion batteries.

They hope to improve battery safety by preventing dendrite growth at its source—the anode. They are focusing specifically on dendrite growth in lower temperatures. When the battery’s environment is cold, “the energetic barriers become more important,” Krishnamurthy says. “Meaning it will take not be as easy to push the lithium ions into the anode.”

For this research, Viswanathan received a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The Young investigator Program supports young academic scientists and engineers in researching topics that could benefit the goals of the Navy and Marine Corps. As the recipient of the award, Viswanathan will work closely with other NRL researchers, to make the work relevant for naval applications.

Written by Anna Boyle

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