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Shrihari "Shri" Sankarasubramanian
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Postdoctoral Training in Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, USA, 2017-18
PhD in Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, 2016
BE in Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, 2012
8/21 - present - Assistant Professor - Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio
3/20 - 8/21 - Senior Staff Research Scientist - Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
11/18 - 3/20 - Research Scientist - Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
2/17 - 11/18 - Postdoctoral Research Associate - Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
9/12 - 12/16 - Research Assistant - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
1/12 - 4/12 - Intern - Cell Technology and Process Engineering Division, Tata BP Solar India Ltd. (Presently Tata Power Solar India Ltd.)
7/10 - 11/10 - Intern - Materials Research Laboratory, GE India John F. Welch Technology Center
About me: I am presently a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to this I was 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 with Prof. Jai Prakash. Over the course of my PhD, 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 the Senior Staff Research Scientist 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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