Viswanathan Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University

Vision: Invent and Optimize Materials, Processes and Devices to Accelerate the Transition to Sustainable Transportation, Aviation, Chemicals and Fuels.

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Research

Research Areas

Our group’s research areas span a wide and always-evolving range, but all build on core expertise in materials science, electrochemistry, and computational modeling. Some representative research areas are listed here.

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Research Methods

Our group is primarily computational/theoretical, with a small but growing experimental presence in collaboration with Prof. Jay Whitacre, focused on integrating machine learning approaches with automated experimentation. We have a strong commitment to using and contributing to open-source software development efforts. We’re always learning more, but the current methods/tools most commonly used in the group are summarized here.

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Research Thrusts

We work toward improving performance, cost, and safety of virtually every kind of electrochemical system at every scale, from the atomic to the national. Some of the goals and vision that drive our research are listed here.

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People

PI

Venkat Viswanathan
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral Researchers

Pinwen Guan
Pinwen Guan
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Rachel Kurchin
MolSSI Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Lei Zhang
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Dong Zhang
Dong Zhang
Postdoc Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Emil Annevelink
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering
Valentin Sulzer
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering

Master's Students

Xiaoyu (Sean) Sun
Xiaoyu (Sean) Sun
Computer Science

Research Staff

Paul Shen
Paul Shen
Post-master's Researcher
Vedant Puri
Research Assistant
Dwaraknath Gnaneshwar
Research Assistant

Doctoral Students

Adarsh (Ady) Dave
Mechanical Engineering
Alec Bills
Alec Bills
Mechanical Engineering
Alex Wadell
Mechanical Engineering
Anirudh Mohan
Anirudh Mohan
Engineering and Public Policy
Archie Mingze Yao
Archie Mingze Yao
Mechanical Engineering
Holden Parks
Mechanical Engineering
Hongyi Lin
Hongyi Lin
Mechanical Engineering
Jiankun (Kian) Pu
Jiankun (Kian) Pu
Mechanical Engineering
Lance Kavalsky
Mechanical Engineering
Lydia Tsiverioti
Lydia Tsiverioti
Mechanical Engineering
Matt Guttenberg
Matt Guttenberg
Mechanical Engineering
Mgcini Keith Phuthi
Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Babar
Mohammad Babar
Mechanical Engineering
Shang Zhu
Mechanical Engineering
Shashank Sripad
Mechanical Engineering
Varun Shankar
Varun Shankar
Mechanical Engineering
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
Venkatesh Krishnamurthy
Materials Science and Engineering
Victor Venturi
Mechanical Engineering
Yumin Zhang
Yumin Zhang
Materials Science and Engineering
Celia Kelly
Celia Kelly
Mechanical Engineering
Ziqi Wang
Ziqi Wang
Mechanical Engineering

Postdoc Alumni

Abhishek Khetan Postdoctoral Researcher at Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research
Hasnain Hafiz Postdoctoral Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Zijian Hong Faculty at Zhejiang University

PhD Alumni

Oleg Sapunkov Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army CCDC GVSC
Vikram Pande Junior Professor at RWTH Aachen University
Zeeshan Ahmad Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Chicago
Gregory Houchins Co-Founder of CHEMent
Olga Vinogradova Postdoctoral Researcher at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

Master's Alumni

Abhinav Misalkar Cell Engineer at Tesla
Andrew Sams Experienced Consultant, West Monroe Partners
Colin Grossman-Cross Integration and Test Engineer, Astrobiotic
Lingyan Zhao PhD student at University of Pittsburgh
Mikael Matossian Energy Sector Senior Associate at Tetra Tech
Vaidish Sumaria PhD student at UCLA
Siddharth Deshpande PhD Student at Purdue University
Ying Fang PhD Student at University of Pittsburgh
Ying Yuan PhD student at UC San Diego
Yoolhee Kim Data Scientist at Citrine Informatics

Former Undergraduate Students

Andrew Lee PhD student at Northwestern University
Siying Li PhD student at UC Berkeley

Community

Our group is involved in several efforts to spur community-building and research dissemination efforts.

Prof. Viswanathan runs the Battery Modeling Webinar Series (BMWS). Find more information here.

Dilip has coordianted a Scientific Machine Learning (SciML) course, consisting of talks along with interactive code demonstrations. For more details and schedule, visit this page.

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