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Jan 24 2023

Mesoscale Physics and Stochastics in Energy Storage and Conversion

MIE Special Seminar

January 24, 2023

11:00 PM - 12:00 PM


ERF 1043


842 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

Presenter: Partha P. Mukherjee, PhD, Purdue University

Abstract: Advances in electrochemical pathways are critical toward decarbonization and enabling the development of energy storage and conversion systems for vehicle electrification, renewable energy integration into the electric grid and electric aviation. Recent years have witnessed an urgent need to accelerate innovation toward realizing improved and safe utilization of high energy and power densities, for example in lithium-ion and advanced battery chemistries. These are complex, dynamical systems which include coupled processes encompassing electronic/ionic/diffusive transport in solid/electrolyte phases, electrochemical reactions, diffusion induced stress generation, and thermal transport in porous electrodes. Fundamental understanding of the underlying transport, chemistry, microstructure, and interface interactions in these architectures is of critical importance. This talk will highlight the role of mesoscale complexations and stochasticity with exemplars from energy storage and conversion systems.

Speaker Bio: Partha P. Mukherjee is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University. His prior appointments include assistant professor and Morris E. Foster faculty fellow of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (2012-2017), staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2009-2011), director’s research fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2008-2009), and engineer at Fluent India (subsidiary of Fluent Inc., currently Ansys Inc., 1999-2003). He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. His awards include Scialog Fellow’s distinction for advanced energy storage, University Faculty Scholar and Faculty Excellence for Early Career Research awards from Purdue University, Young Faculty Fellow and Dean of Engineering Research Excellence awards from Texas A&M University, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Young Leaders Award, invited presentations at the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium, Gordon Research Conference – Batteries and faculty lectureship at the International Center for Theoretical Physics – Trieste, Italy, to name a few. His research interests are focused on mesoscale physics and stochastics of transport, chemistry, and materials interactions, including an emphasis in the broad spectrum of energy storage and conversion.


Prof. Subramanian Sankaranarayanan

Date posted

Jan 17, 2023

Date updated

Jan 17, 2023