Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.
Developing and understanding next-generation materials for Zero Emission Vehicles (FCEV, BEV)
“Transition to a carbon-neutral society requires everyone’s contribution.”
I am a passionate chemist, with focus areas in synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical device design, especially for energy storage and conversion. I have developed materials for energy storage applications and I study the structure-property-performance relationships of such novel solids using synchrotron radiation and various state-of-the-art spectromicroscopic techniques. The insights gained from my work are used to develop cost-effective and efficient solutions for energy storage and conversion, specifically for the widespread commercialization of zero-emission vehicles. I have also developed a new concept together with our team for an electrochemical water purification system.
- Developed cathode materials for solid state batteries, Senior research engineer
- Developed high energy density cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, Postdoctoral research fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Young Investigator Award, Developed cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries with excellent cycling stability and superior-rate capability, International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB)
- Received gold medal for most outstanding PhD thesis in chemistry and World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD prize in Environmental & Sustainability Research, National University of Singapore
M.M. Besli et al. (2019)Mesoscale Chemomechanical Interplay of the LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 Cathode in Solid-State Polymer Batteries
- M.M. Besli, S. Xia, S. Kuppan, Y. Huang, M. Metzger, A.K. Shukla, G. Schneider, S. Hellstrom, J. Christensen, M M. Doeff, Y. Liu
- Chemistry of Materials 31 (2), 491-501
S. Kuppan et al. (2017)Revealing Anisotropic Spinel Formation on Pristine Li‐ and Mn‐Rich Layered Oxide Surface and Its Impact on Cathode Performance
- S. Kuppan, A.K. Shukla, D. Membreno, D. Nordlund, G. Chen
- Advanced Energy Materials 7 (11), 1602010
S. Kuppan et al. (2017)Phase transformation mechanism in lithium manganese nickel oxide revealed by single-crystal hard X-ray microscopy
- S. Kuppan, Y. Xu, Y. Liu, G. Chen
- Nature communications 8, 14309
S. Kuppan et al. (2015)A study of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 solid solutions
- S. Kuppan, A. Jarry, R. Kostecki, G. Chen
- Scientific reports 5, 8027
S. Kuppan et al. (2012)The First Report on Excellent Cycling Stability and Superior Rate Capability of Na3V2(PO4)3 for Sodium Ion Batteries
- S. Kuppan, C.W. Mason, A. Rudola, K.H. Wong, P. Balaya
- Advanced Energy Materials 3 (4), 444-450
M. Nagarathinam et al. (2012)Redox‐Active Metal‐Centered Oxalato Phosphate Open Framework Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries
- M. Nagarathinam, S. Kuppan, E.J.H. Phua, M.V. Reddy, B.V.R. Chowdari, J.J. Vittal
- Angewandte Chemie 51 (24), 5866-5870
S. Kuppan et al. (2010)Lithium storage in a metal organic framework with diamondoid topology–a case study on metal formates
- S. Kuppan, M. Nagarathinam, P. Balaya, J.J. Vittal
- Journal of Materials Chemistry 20 (38), 8329-8335
S. Kuppan et al. (2010)Mesoporous TiO2 with high packing density for superior lithium storage
- S. Kuppan, K. Ananthanarayanan, P. Balaya
- Energy & Environmental Science 3 (7), 939-948
S. Kuppan et al. (2010)Morphology controlled synthesis of LiFePO4/C nanoplates for Li-ion batteries
- S. Kuppan, P. Balaya, M.V. Reddy, B.V.R. Chowdari, J.J. Vittal
- Energy & Environmental Science 3 (4), 457-464
S. Kuppan et al. (2009)Storage performance of LiFePO4 nanoplates
- S. Kuppan, M.V. Reddy, P. Balaya, H. Gong, B.V.R. Chowdari, J.J. Vittal
- Journal of Materials Chemistry 19 (5), 605-610
Interview with Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.
Senior engineer Energy storage and conversion
Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
The possibility of making e-mobility a reality, which offers cleaner air to future generations.
What makes research done at Bosch so special?
Even though the research I do at Bosch is fundamental, it will have a direct impact on the quality of people’s lives.
What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
1) Understanding the aging behavior of catalyst materials in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) to improve their durability. 2) Developing environmentally-friendly and commercially-viable electrode materials for batteries. 3) Developing new host materials for electrochemical water purification.
What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
Cost and durability of the electrode materials in electric vehicles.
How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
We are developing next-generation electrode materials for zero-emission vehicles to make electrified mobility everyone’s reality and not a dream. This will enable cleaner and sustainable transportation for generations to come.