Soundharrajan Vaiyapuri | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Soundharrajan Vaiyapuri | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Chungnam Nationan University | South Korea

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Soundharrajan Vaiyapuri's academic journey began with a strong foundation in Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering. He completed his Bachelor of Technology at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India. His passion for energy storage technology led him to pursue a combined master's and doctoral course at Chonnam National University, South Korea, where he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. His thesis, titled "Rapid fabrication and evaluation of high-energy cathodes for Sodium-Ion Battery," laid the groundwork for his future research endeavors in the field of energy storage.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Vaiyapuri's professional career is marked by significant contributions to the field of material chemistry and energy storage. He began his career as a Processing Engineer at Micropack Pvt Ltd in Bangalore, India, where he honed his skills in process control and development. His journey in academia and research took a major leap when he joined Chonnam National University as a Postdoctoral Researcher, leading the Engineering Research Center grant, the biggest research grant in South Korea. He later joined MEET - Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology in Germany, working on high-energy-density and safe zero-Co Li-Ion batteries using non-critical raw materials and green processes. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Chungnam National University, South Korea, leading a team in the BK-21 research grant for future batteries.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Vaiyapuri's research focuses on the design and implementation of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, and aqueous-ion batteries. His expertise encompasses various aspects of battery fabrication and characterization, including material synthesis, electrochemistry, and advanced battery analysis. He has developed high-energy inorganic cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries and aqueous-ion batteries, contributing significantly to the advancement of energy storage technology. His innovative approaches include the development of a new synthesis method for high-energy polyanion cathodes for sodium-ion batteries and the establishment of patents for novel cathode materials.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his career, Dr. Vaiyapuri has received numerous accolades and recognition for his contributions to the field of energy storage. Notably, he was awarded the Best Poster Award at the 2020 Virtual MRS Spring/Fall Meeting & Exhibit for his work on aqueous rechargeable Zn-Ion batteries. His research has been presented at prestigious international conferences, including the 4th International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy Systems in Macao, China, and the 6th International Symposium on Advanced Electromaterials in Jeju, South Korea.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Vaiyapuri's work has had a profound impact on the field of energy storage, particularly in the development of eco-friendly energy storage devices and high-energy cathodes for sodium-ion batteries. His innovative research has led to the improvement of energy efficiency and cost reduction in battery materials, contributing to the sustainability and advancement of energy storage technologies. His mentoring and leadership in guiding master's and Ph.D. students have also played a crucial role in shaping the next generation of researchers in the field.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Vaiyapuri's legacy is marked by his relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence in material chemistry and energy storage. His contributions have paved the way for future advancements in battery technology, with a focus on sustainability and efficiency. As he continues to lead and inspire research in the field, his future contributions are anticipated to drive significant breakthroughs in energy storage solutions, further cementing his position as a pioneering researcher in material chemistry.

 

Notable Publications

Two in one: The use of hexagonal copper sulfide (CuS) nanoparticles as a bifunctional high-performance cathode and as a reinforced electrolyte additive for an all-solid-state lithium battery 2024

Decoding the Manganese-Ion Storage Properties of Na1.25V3O8 Nanorods 2024 (1)

Pentlandite Compound-Anchored CuSCN as a Stable Electrocatalyst in Highly Alkaline Solutions 2024

Na3VMn0.5Ti0.5(PO4)3/C with active Na+ hopping sites for high-rate and durable sodium-ion batteries 2023 (7)

Exploring low-cost high energy NASICON cathodes for sodium-ion batteries via a combined machine-learning, ab initio, and experimental approach 2023 (6)

 

 

Haoming Ma | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Haoming Ma | Energy | Best Researcher Award

University of Texas at Austin | United States

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Haoming Ma's academic journey began with a Bachelor's in Energy Engineering, complemented by minors in Environmental Engineering and Energy Business and Finance. He pursued his passion further, earning a Master's in Energy and Mineral Engineering, exploring the impacts of blackout cost recovery on stock behavior among electric utilities. His academic pursuits culminated in a Ph.D. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, focusing on data-driven carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery models and their applications.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Ma's professional journey encompasses diverse roles, from a Sessional Instructor at the Schulich School of Engineering to a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Energy Emissions Modeling and Data Lab, University of Texas at Austin. He also served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary. His research interests span reservoir simulation, system-level modeling, machine learning applications, and life cycle assessment.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Ma's research integrates system modeling, data analytics, economic, and policy analysis to address economic and environmental challenges in energy systems and climate change mitigation. He has led and contributed to numerous research projects, focusing on CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration, as well as unconventional resources recovery and hydrogen production and storage. His work provides a scientific foundation for technology and policy development towards environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Ma's contributions have been recognized through various awards, including the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship and the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Graduate Excellence Award. He has also received accolades for his teaching excellence, including the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Ma's research publications, peer-reviewed articles, and conference proceedings demonstrate his significant impact on the field of energy and environmental engineering. His innovative approaches to techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment contribute to shaping sustainable energy solutions globally.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Ma's leadership roles, professional services, and academic mentoring reflect his commitment to advancing the field and nurturing the next generation of energy leaders. His ongoing research and collaborations aim to drive further innovations in energy technology and policy, leaving a lasting legacy in the pursuit of environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality.

Notable Publications

Technical analysis of a novel economically mixed CO2-Water enhanced geothermal system 2024

Comparative data-driven enhanced geothermal systems forecasting models: A case study of Qiabuqia field in China 2023

Thermo-economic optimization of an enhanced geothermal system (EGS) based on machine learning and differential evolution algorithms 2023

Numerical simulation of bitumen recovery via supercritical water injection with in-situ upgrading 2022 (12)

Optimized schemes of enhanced shale gas recovery by CO2-N2 mixtures associated with CO2 sequestration 2022 (21)

 

 

Gajendra Singh Chawda | Engineering | Best Extension Activity Award

Dr. Gajendra Singh Chawda | Engineering | Best Extension Activity Award

University of Michigan-Dearborn | United States

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Early Academic Pursuits

Gajendra Singh Chawda pursued his educational journey with a Bachelor of Technology in E & E Engineering from RGPV Bhopal, followed by a Master of Technology in Power System from NIT Kurukshetra. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Jodhpur, specializing in Renewable Energy Penetration and Adaptive Controls.

Professional Endeavors

As a Research Associate, Gajendra led projects in the development of novel high-frequency distribution systems and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and discharging control using machine learning-based algorithms. He also contributed significantly to the construction of DC Microgrid experimental prototypes.

Contributions and Research Focus

Gajendra's research interests encompass a wide array of topics, including power systems, power electronics applications in distribution systems, renewable energy penetration, and grid-forming inverters. He has extensively studied adaptive control algorithms, big data analysis, and the application of AI/ML in power systems.

Accolades and Recognition

Gajendra received prestigious awards such as the Vishweshwaraya Scholarship Award for his Ph.D. and travel grants from IEEE-PES and CSIR-India for international conferences. He has delivered expert lectures in various academic programs and actively participated in technical events and professional organizations.

Impact and Influence

His groundbreaking projects and innovative solutions in renewable energy systems and microgrid technology have had a significant impact on advancing sustainable energy solutions. His contributions to research and development have been published in reputable journals, including IEEE Transactions and Elsevier.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Gajendra's commitment to pushing the boundaries of research and developing sustainable energy solutions is evident in his ongoing projects and collaborations. He continues to share his knowledge through academic mentoring, expert lectures, and participation in conferences, contributing to the broader academic community's advancement in electrical engineering and renewable energy.

Notable Publication

A reactive power-based adaptive approach for synchronization of DFIG into the weak grid to support existing WE infrastructure 2024

Power Quality Improvement in Rural Grid Using Adaptive Control Algorithm to Enhance Wind Energy Penetration Levels 2023 (9)

Performance Improvement of Weak Grid-Connected Wind Energy System Using FLSRF-Controlled DSTATCOM 2023 (10)

Fuzzy logic based Vehicle to Grid Controller for Voltage Regulation in Distribution Network with Solar-PV Penetration 2023

Enhancement of Wind Energy Penetration Levels in Rural Grid Using ADALINE-LMS Controlled Distribution Static Compensator 2022 (29)