Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai gives a talk on "Garnet-Type Electrolytes for All-Solid-State Li Batteries"

Monday, July 31, 2017
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
The Energy Institute, 2301 Bonisteel Blvd., Room 2000A, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Monday, July 31st 2:30 pm-3:30 pm in room 2000A at University of Michigan Energy Institute

Please welcome Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai for his talk on  "Garnet-Type Electrolytes for All-Solid-State Li Batteries". 

Solid electrolyte is an ionic conductor and electronic insulator, and they are being employed in numerous solid-state energy conversion and storage devices, including all-solid-state batteries, fuel cells, and gas sensors. All-solid-state Li-ion batteries using a non-flammable inorganic solid electrolyte have been received much attention due to their safety and reliability compared with current organic liquid electrolyte based Li-ion batteries. In this talk, recent understanding in garnet-type solid electrolytes and their potential applications in all-solid-state Li ion batteries will be discussed, together with designing aspects of functional solid state electrolytes and electrodes. 

Short Biography:

Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai is full professor of chemistry at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom. He received his BSc from Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, India in 1989 and his MSc from Muthurangam Government Arts College in Vellore, India in 1991. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1999 and did his PDF at the University of Kiel, Germany. He received a prestigious PDF fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany. In 2004, Dr. Thangadurai received his Habilitation degree from the University of Kiel before starting his independent career in Calgary in 2005. In 2016, he received the prestigious Keith Laidler Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. His current research activities include discovery of novel ceramic membranes and mixed ion and electron conductors for all-solid-state-Li batteries, solid oxide fuel cells, solid oxide electrolysis cells, and electrochemical gas sensors.