You’re invited to discuss how clean energy can de-carbonize transport applications, December 16

Venkataraman Thangadurai
Venkataraman Thangadurai

Venkataraman Thangadurai, a chemistry professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, will lead a discussion around clean energy applications at ASU’s Polytechnic campus on Friday, December 16, 2022.

Clean Energy Sources for Transport Applications
Friday, December 16, 2022
10–11 a.m.
Peralta Hall (PRLTA) 201, Polytechnic campus [map]


Renewable energy sources are critical for decreasing the growing greenhouse gas emissions. They play a vital role in the transition to a decarbonized economy. Because renewable sources such as solar and wind are intermittent, reliable energy storage and conversion systems are crucial for their utilization. Fuel cells and batteries can be implemented to store and convert energy from renewable sources for transport and grid-scale applications. For example, grid-scale batteries based on the redox flow concept can store excess generation from renewable energies. Solid oxide cells operating as fuel cells and electrolyzers can be coupled with renewable energy sources to provide a closed-loop, pollution-free energy economy. Finally, high-energy-density Li-metal batteries can accelerate electrification in both transport and peak shaving applications. In this talk, Thangadurai’s recent activities on solid-state metal electrode-based batteries will be presented.

About Venkataraman Thangadurai

Venkataraman Thangadurai is a professor of chemistry at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a highly cited researcher — his work has been cited over 17,900 times — with more than 235 peer-reviewed papers in journals and with an overall H-Index of 60. In 2020, he was among the top 1% of Royal Society of Chemistry, or RSC, journals in terms of citations. Thangadurai is an elected fellow of the RSC UK, and fellow of the Electrochemical Society, USA. He has received the Keith Laidler Award from the Canadian Chemical Society, or CSC, for outstanding early career contributions to physical chemistry in Canada and the Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry by the CSC. He has also received the Peak Scholar award from the University of Calgary in 2019. Thangadurai was appointed as a scientist and mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab-Rockies, a nonprofit organization that offers programming to enhance the success of scalable, seed-stage science-and technology-based companies. He is also the founder of two start-ups based on his lithium electrolytes research. His current research activities include the discovery of novel solid-state materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices.