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Academic background:

   I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Newman College, Thodupuzha in 2018 and Masters in Physical Chemistry from School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, in 2020. I have joined for PhD programme at IISER Tirupati in August 2022. Currently I am working on the development of electrodes for Dual–ion batteries under the guidance of Dr. Vanchiappan Aravindan.

Group web page- Aravindan Research Group

Research interest:

The current world economy depends on energy based on fossil fuels that are not sustainable and cause environmental pollution. Although renewable energy sources like solar, tidal, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy can be used to create electricity, their intermittent and diffuse natures make them difficult to use directly, necessitating the development of effective energy storage facilities. Li-ion batteries (LIBs) have already established their dominance in this category. As a feasible alternative to traditional LIBs, dual-ion batteries (DIBs) have gained attention as the best option for effective energy storage with the advantages of low cost, high safety, and environmental friendliness. Scalable synthesis of nanoscale materials, especially SnO2, for DIBs applications with high energy and power densities, high durability, and tolerance to high currents by using hydrothermal/solvothermal and sol-gel methods is the prime objective of my research. I am also interested in the recycling of spent Li-ion batteries.

Advisor information:

Dr. Vanchiappan Aravindan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at IISER Tirupati. His research interest includes the development of high-performance electrodes and electrolytes for Li-ion, Na-ion, and dual-ion batteries and beyond, including recycling spent Li-ion batteries and discarded solar panels. Further, he is also focusing on hybridizing the batteries and supercapacitors to realize high energy and high-power capability called “metal-ion” capacitors/hybrid electrochemical capacitors. He has authored and co-authored over 270 articles with an h-index of 72. He was admitted as a Fellow member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the Institute of Physics (FInstP), UK. Also, the recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship (2020) in Physical sciences by DST, Govt. of India. The recipient of the MRSI Medal (2020) and MRSI Materials Science Annual Research Prize (2021) by the Materials Research Society of India are notable recognitions. Currently, he is serving as an editor of the Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (Elsevier, BV)

Courses taken:

4 courses (total of 16 credits) were taken in the first year of the Ph.D. program.

  1. CHM623 – Organometallic Chemistry
  2. CHM626 – Electrochemistry
  3. CHM711 – Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy
  4. CHM713 – Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

Internal Teaching Assistantships:

  • CHM121 – Chemistry – II (BSMS 2022 batch, 2nd semester, Spring 2023)
  • CHM212 – Chemistry Lab – II (BSMS 2022 batch, 3rd semester, Monsoon 2023)

External Teaching Assistantships:

  1. Instrumental Methods and Applications (at Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Tirupati)


  1. Academic Excellence Award 2024, IISER Tirupati
  2. GATE 2023,2022,2021 in Chemical Sciences
  3. 3rd Rank, MSc. Physical Chemistry
  4. IIT – JAM 2018 in Chemistry

Publications and Patents:

  1. Jayan, P., Anjali, A., Park, S., Lee, Y.S., Aravindan, V., Controlled Synthesis of SnO2 Nanostructures as Alloy Anode via Restricted Potential Toward Building High-Performance Dual-Ion Batteries with Graphite Cathode. Small 2024, 20, 2305309. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202305309
  2. Anjali, A., Jayan, P., Akshay, M., Lee, Y.S., Aravindan, V., SnO2 as an alloy anode for Li-based dual-ion battery with enhanced performance. Next Materials 2024, 2, 100117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nxmate.2024.100117
  3. Aravindan, V., Akshay, M., Viswanathan, A., Jayan, P., Anjali, A.,

    Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices and Method for Manufacturing Thereof (Indian Patent, Patent Application No: 202341090059).