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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.”

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

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.

Curriculum vitae

Senior research engineer

2017
Developed cathode materials for solid state batteries

Postdoctoral research fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2013
Developed high energy density cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB)

2012
Young Investigator Award, Developed cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries with excellent cycling stability and superior-rate capability

National University of Singapore

2011
Received gold medal for most outstanding PhD thesis in chemistry and World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD prize in Environmental & Sustainability Research

Selected publications

  • Mesoscale Chemomechanical Interplay of the LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2 Cathode in Solid-State Polymer Batteries

    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
  • Revealing Anisotropic Spinel Formation on Pristine Li‐ and Mn‐Rich Layered Oxide Surface and Its Impact on Cathode Performance

    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
  • Phase transformation mechanism in lithium manganese nickel oxide revealed by single-crystal hard X-ray microscopy

    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
  • A study of room-temperature LixMn1.5Ni0.5O4 solid solutions

    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
  • The First Report on Excellent Cycling Stability and Superior Rate Capability of Na3V2(PO4)3 for Sodium Ion Batteries

    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
  • Redox‐Active Metal‐Centered Oxalato Phosphate Open Framework Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

    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
  • Lithium storage in a metal organic framework with diamondoid topology–a case study on metal formates

    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
  • Mesoporous TiO2 with high packing density for superior lithium storage

    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
  • Morphology controlled synthesis of LiFePO4/C nanoplates for Li-ion batteries

    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
  • Storage performance of LiFePO4 nanoplates

    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

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

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.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Senior engineer Energy storage and conversion

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.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Senior engineer Energy storage and conversion

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.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Senior engineer Energy storage and conversion

What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?

Cost and durability of the electrode materials in electric vehicles.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

Senior engineer Energy storage and conversion

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.

Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.

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Saravanan Kuppan, Ph.D.
Senior engineer Energy storage and conversion
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