Madhavi Srinivasan graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, India) and did her PhD dissertation on lithium ion batteries from National University of Singapore. She did her post-doctoral research on meso-macroporous materials for photocatalysis/ ion-exchange ceramics at the Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) and joined the School of Materials science and Engineering (NTU).

She has been awarded the prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO for women in Science National Fellowships in 2010 and was also one of the three “Great Women of Our Time” in the Science and Technology Category awarded by “Singapore Women’s Weekly” Magazine in 2011. She is one of the 10 young scientist worldwide (future leaders forum) awarded at the Science and Technology forum, 2011, Kyoto (Japan). She has won the  “Nanyang Excellence in Teaching” award in 2012 and “Nanyang Excellence in Research” award in 2014.

Current Research Interests

Her research interest lies in fabrication, investigation and application of nanoscale materials/architectures in electrochemical energy storage devices. Dr. Srinivasan’s research focuses on enhancing energy storage capabilities of devices such as lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors and advanced batteries by employing nanoscale materials. These energy storage technologies would be used in conjunction with renewable energy sources and also to power electric vehicles thus cutting down overall carbon dioxide emission and reducing global warming. The energy storage technologies that she is developing will be vital for the future of a “clean energy landscape”. Her research also includes nanoscale materials combining several functions into a single layer leading to multifunctional electrodes resulting in lightweight, flexible and even printable batteries. In addition, she has an ongoing effort on recycling of precious metals from e-batteries waste.

Project: Hybrid Electrochemical Capacitors for Building Energy Storage

The heart of the research activities would be to design new electrode and electrolyte so as to allow optimum transfer of ions within and between electrodes, as well as of electrons between the operative redox couples and the current collectors that contact the external electric circuit.

Selected Publications

Hui Min Lim, Sudip K. Batabyal, Stevin S. Pramana, L. H. Wong, Shlomo Magdassi and S. G. Mhaisalkar, Chemical welding of binary nanoparticles: room temperature sintering of CuSe and In2S3 nanoparticles for solution-processed CuInSxSe1−x solar cells, Chem Comm (Advance Article 2013).

PD. Tran, M. Nguyen, L.H. Wong, et al, Copper molybdenum sulfide: a new efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen production from water, Energy & Environmental Science Volume: 5 Issue: 10 Pages: 8912-8916.

Xi, Lifei; Bassi, Prince Saurabh; Chiam, Sing Yang; L.H. Wong, et al, Surface treatment of hematite photoanodes with zinc acetate for water oxidation, Nanoscale 2012, Volume: 4 Issue: 15 Pages: 4430-4433.

Xi. L., Tran, P.D., Chia, S.Y., Bassi, P.S., Mak, W.F., Mulmudi, H.K., Batabyal, S.K., Barber, J. and Loo, J.S.C. and Wong, L.H. (2012) Co3O4 decorated hematite nanorods as efficient photoanode for solar water oxidation J. Phys. Chem. C. 116, 13884-13889.

Xi. L, L.H. Wong et al, A novel strategy for surface treatment on hematite photoanode for efficient water oxidation, Chem. Science., 2012, Volume: 4 Issue: 1 Pages: 164-169.

M.Nguyen, P.D. Tran, SS. Pramana, Rui Lin Lee, Sudip K. Batabyal, Nripan Mathews, L.H. Wong and Michael Graetzel, In situ photo-assisted deposition of MoS2 electrocatalyst onto zinc cadmium sulphide nanoparticle surfaces to construct an efficient photocatalyst for hydrogen generation, Nanoscale (2013) Volume: 5 Issue: 4 Pages: 1479-1482.

Cai Y, J. Ho, S.K. Batabyal, Y. Sun, W. Liu, S.G. Mhaisalkar and L.H. Wong, Nanoparticle-induced grain growth of Carbon-free solution processed CuIn(S,Se)2 solar cell with 6% efficiency, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5 (5), pp 1533–1537.

J. Ho, S.K. Batabyal, L.H. Wong et al, Optical and Electrical Properties of Wurtzite Copper Indium Sulfide Nanoflakes, Materials Express 2012 Vol. 2, No. 4, p 344-350.

J. Sun, C. Sun, S.K. Batabyal, P.D. Tran, S.S. Pramana, L.H. Wong, S.G. Mhaisalkar, Morphology and stoichiometry control of hierarchical CuInSe2/SnO2 nanostructures by directed electrochemical assembly for solar energy harvesting, Electrochemistry Communications, 2012, 15(1), 18-21.

T.Z. Oo, N. Mathews, G.Xing, B.Wu, B. Xing, L.H. Wong, T. C. Sum, and S. G. Mhaisalkar, Ultrafine Gold Nanowire Networks as Plasmonic Antennae in Organic Photovoltaics, J. Phys Chem C, 2012, 116 (10), 6453-6458.