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Shrihari "Shri" Sankarasubramanian
Welcome to the research website of Dr. Shrihari "Shri" Sankarasubramanian!
PhD in Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, 2016
BE in Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, 2012
3/20 - present - Senior Staff Research Scientist - Washington University in St. Louis
11/18 - 3/20 - Research Scientist - Washington University in St. Louis
2/17 - 11/18 - Postdoctoral Research Associate - Washington University in St. Louis
9/12 - 12/16 - Research Assistant - Illinois Institute of Technology
1/12 - 4/12 - Intern - Tata Power Solar India Ltd.
7/10 - 11/10 - Intern - GE India John F. Welch Technology Center
About me: I am presently a Senior Staff Research Scientist (equivalent to a research assistant professor with the ability to submit grants as a Co-PI) at Washington University in St. Louis in the lab of Prof. Vijay Ramani. I engineer electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices for grid-scale energy storage, electric automotive drive-trains and for use in the extreme environments of space and the deep ocean. I am also the technology to market lead for a $4M Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) project seeking to develop anion exchange membranes for redox flow batteries.
I obtained my PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology where I was at various times the Energy Technology Fellow and Dean's Scholar. During the course of my PhD, I worked with the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) to understand the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in high energy density lithium-oxygen batteries. The insights from my work resulted in 6 papers and a granted US patent for lithium-oxygen battery cathode catalysts.
Following my PhD, I joined Washington University as a postdoc in 2017 to work on large scale redox flow batteries. I was promoted to the position of Research Scientist towards the end of 2018 and assumed my present role in early 2020. In these roles I have also helped lead the technology development, intellectual property protection and tech-to-market activities for the above mentioned ARPA-E project. This has resulted in $100,000 in external funding for technology translation and in 4 patents filed.
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