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Sri Narayan

Professor (Research) of Chemistry

Contact Information
E-mail: srnaraya@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5965
Office: LHI 305

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. Electrochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 12/1988
M.S. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 7/1981
 

Postdoctoral Training

Resident Research Associate, NASA- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, 1992-1993   
Resident Research Associate, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, 1990-1991   
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Exeter, England, 01/03/1989-01/01/1990  
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Research Professor, University of Southern California, 05/2010-  
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Resident Research Associate of National Research Council, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory , 01/08/1990-06/01/1992  
Research Fellow, University of Exeter, Dept. of Chemistry, 03/01/1989-01/07/1990  
 

Other Employment

Head, Technical Group Supervisor, Electrochemical Technologies Group, NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 06/01/2003-05/14/2010  
Member of Engineering Staff (Various Levels), NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 06/01/1992-06/01/2003  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Prof. Narayan's research focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemical energy conversion and storage to reduce the carbon footprint of energy use and by providing energy alternatives to fossil fuel. To this end, group focuses on three major topics: 1. Large-scale energy storage in batteries to enable renewable energy generation 2. Developing advanced materials and systems to enable commercialization of high-energy density fuel cell and battery technologies 3. Converting carbon dioxide and sunlight to liquid fuel by electrochemical routes
 

Research Keywords

Batteries, Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, Electrochemistry, Energy Conversion
 

Research Specialties

Electrochemistry, Energy Materials, Energy Storage Technologies, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Electrocatalysis
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Thin Film Deposition System (Army Research Office), Sri Narayan, $150,000, 10/01/2012-09/30/2013  
An Inexpensive and Robust Iron-Air Battery for Grid-Scale Energy Storage (DoE- ARPA-E), Sri R Narayan, G. K. Surya Prakash, $1,824,153, 10/01/2010-09/30/2013  
Redox Flow Batteries based on Iron couples (US Army), Sri Narayan, $190,000, 01/01/2012-12/31/2012  
Anhydrous Membrane for Electrochemical Compressor (Creare Inc., MDA-SBIR), Sri R Narayan, $35,000, 06/30/2010-10/29/2010  
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Collaborative Researcher
National Energy Technology Laboratory /DoE, Collaborative Researcher
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Co-Investigator
US Army Research Lab, Collaborator
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Novel Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells", American Chemical Society , Lecture/Seminar, Abstract, Anaheim, CA, American Chemical Society, Invited, 09/2010-  
"Effect of Additives on the Performance of the Iron Electrode", Electrochemical Society 2012 Fall Meeting, Talk/Oral Presentation, 2012-2013   
"Electrochemical Energy Storage ", Winston Chung Energy Center Inaugural Symposium, Lecture/Seminar, University of Riverside, Riverside, CA, Invited, 2012-2013   
"Fundamentals of Electrochemical Energy Storage ", AIChE Conference, Lecture/Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, AIChE, Invited, 2012-2013   
"Materials Challenges for Large Scale Energy Storage ", Invited lecture at Univeristy of Maryland, Lecture/Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park, Energy Center, UMD, Invited, 2012-2013   
"Overview of Metal-Air Batteries", 2102 Electrochemical Society Spring Meeting, Lecture/Seminar, Boston, MA, Electrochemical Society, Invited, 2012-2013   
"Oxygen Evolution on Lanthanum Cobalt Manganese Perovskite", Electrochemical Society 2012 Fall Meeting, Talk/Oral Presentation, 2012-2013   
"Oxygen Reduction on Lanthanum Cobalt Manganese Perovskite ", Electrochemical Society 2012 Fall Meeting, Talk/Oral Presentation, Honolulu, HI, 2012-2013   
"Understanding Formation of Iron Electrode", Electrochemical Society 2012 Fall Meeting , Talk/Oral Presentation, Honolulu, HI, 2012-2013   
"Bifunctional Catalysts for Alkaline Batteries", Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Boston MA, ARPA-E, 2011-2012   
"Carbonyl Iron Electrodes for Iron-Air Batteries", Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Boston MA, ARPA-E, 2011-2012   
"Effect of Chain Length of the Adsorption of Thiol Additives", Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Boston MA, ARPA-E, 2011-2012   
"Effect of Organic Additives on Efficiency of Iron Electrode", Gordon Research Conference on Energy Storage, Talk/Oral Presentation, Ventura, CA, Invited, 2011-2012   
"Organosulfur Additives to Suppress Hydrogen Evolution ", Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Boston MA, ARPA-E, 2011-2012   
"Dual Feed High Pressure Water Electrolyzer ", 218th Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Las Vegas, CA, Electrochemical Society of America , 2010-2011   
"Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Energy through Electrochemical Energy Technology", Lecture/Seminar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore , Dept. of Solid State and Structural Chemistry , Invited, 2010-2011   
"Platinum Alloy Catalysts by High Energy Ball Milling ", 218th Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Las Vegas , CA, Electrochemical Society of America, 2010-2011   
"Ternary Alloys of Pt-Co-Zr for Oxygen Reduction Reaction ", 218th Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Las Vegas , CA, Electrochemical Society of America, 2010-2011   
"Materials Challenges for Iron-Air Batteries", European Materials Society-Bilateral Energy Conference, Lecture/Seminar, Paper, Nice, France, EMRS, Invited, 06/2011  
"Anhydrous Proton Conductors based on P2VP Phosphate", Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Montreal, Canada, MDA, 05/2011  
"Fuel Cell Technology for DoD Applications ", Navy Workshop on Needs for High Energy Power Sources , Roundtable/Panel, Bloomington, Indiana, US Navy , Invited, Spring 2010   
"High Efficiency Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid in Alkaline Membrane Cell", 217th Electrochemical Society Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Vancouver, Canada, Electrochemical Society of America, Spring 2010   
 

Other Presentations

"Challenges for Large Scale Energy Storage", Invited Seminar -Maryland Energy Center, University of Maryland , College Park, MD, 09/02/2011-  
"Iron -Air Battery for Grid-Scale Energy Storage", ARPA-E Summit, ARPA-E- DOE, Washington DC, 04/2011-  
"Advanced Batteries", Chevron Summer Camp, USC- CSOFT, USC, Fall 2011   
"Iron-Air Battery for Large-Scale Energy Storage", Energy Summit, ARPA-E, San Diego, CA, Fall 2011   
"Materials Challenges for Large Scale Energy Storage", Distinguished Lecture Series -Viterbi School, USC Viterbi School of Engg, USC Chem Engg, Fall 2011   
"Electrochemical Technology for Sustainable Energy Solutions", Visit by Trade Delegation from Gujurat India at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory , Pasadena, CA, 2010-2011   
 

Other Research

Development of Anhydrous Membrane for Electrochemical Compressors, Catalysts for Direct methanol fuel cells, Iron-Air Battery Development., 2010-2011   
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

US Patent, 8,183,174 Iridium-doped ruthenium oxide catalyst for oxygen evolution , 2011-2012   
US Patent , 8,202,663 Solid Acid Electrolytes for Electrochemical Devices, 2011-2012   
 
 

Guest Lectures in Courses

Alternative Energy: Batteries for Large-Scale Energy Storage One lecture on Batteries, Fall 2011   
MASC 524: Electrochemical Techniques Two Guest Lectures : 1. Energy Storage Technology 2. Fuel Cells for Energy Conversion , Fall 2010   
 

New Courses Developed

Materials and Processes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, Chemistry, The course provides overview of Chemistry, Processes and Systems in Energy Conversion and Storage with specific emphasis on Electrochemical Systems. Graduate Level Class, 2010-2011   
 

Honors and Awards

Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in recognition of individual contributions to the field of Electrochemistry, 2012-2013   
 

Service to the University

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Chevron Summer Camp Lecturer, Fall 2011   
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Chair, Energy Technology Divison, Electrochemical Society, Executive Committee, 05/01/2010-05/01/2012  
 

Conferences Organized

Co-Organizer , Joint General Session of Battery and Energy Technology Division, Boston MA, Part of the Electrochemical Society Conference, Oct 2011, Fall 2011   
Organizer, Large-Scale Energy Storage Symposium, Boston MA, Part of the Electrochemical Society Conference, May 2011, Fall 2011   
Organizer, Joint General Session of Battery and Energy Technology , Las Vegas , CA, Part of the 218th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, USA, 2010-2011   
Organizer, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells 10, Las Vegas, CA, Held as part of the 218th meeting of the Electrochemical Society, USA, 2010-2011   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editor, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells X, 2010-2011   
 
 
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