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Venkat Srinivasan

Director, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS)
Deputy Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
Argonne National Laboratory

Venkat Srinivasan is a Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (LBNL), the Director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) and Deputy Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR, the battery “Hub”). His research interest is in developing next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and stationary applications.  Dr. Srinivasan and his research group develop continuum-based models for battery materials and combine them with experimental characterization to help design new materials, electrodes, and devices.

In addition to his research, Dr. Srinivasan is deeply passionate about moving technologies from the lab to the market and has been exploring ways to develop an ecosystem, focused on batteries, to accelerate technology commercialization.   In this role, Dr. Srinivasan conceived the idea of CalCharge, a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership in energy storage.  He has explored the role of such consortiums in enabling US manufacturing of batteries and has developed a roadmap for such a transition.  

Prior to joining Argonne National Lab, Dr. Srinivasan was a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he served, at various times, as the technical manager of the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program, as the acting director of the BATT program, as department head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) department at LBNL, and the interim director of the ESDR Division.

Dr. Srinivasan joined the scientific staff at LBNL in 2003 after postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Pennsylvania State University.  He received his PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2000.  He is also the author of a popular battery blog titled, “This Week in Batteries” found at http://thisweekinbatteries.blogspot.com/