Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Aninda Jiban Bhattacharyya is Professor and Chair of the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He also holds the position of Amrut Mody Chair Professorship. He works on frontline areas of experimental physical and materials chemistry. His research mainly focuses on studies related to diverse electrochemical processes at the interface of chemistry and biology and also specializes in the chemical design of novel and advanced multifunctional materials having very high relevance to field of energy, environment and chemical biology. Bhattacharyya has been awarded the C.N.R. Rao National Prize for Chemical Research, CRSI, 2016, Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal, 2013, and Indo American Frontiers of Science Award (IAFOS), 2013. He is also a member of several scientific societies within India and abroad. He was elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru in 2017.
SESSION 2B: Inaugural lectures by Fellows/Associates
E D Jemmis, IISc, Bengaluru
Electrochemical energy storage via batteries: Prospects and limitations
Among the various possible alternatives for energy storage, the electrochemical method provides great opportunities for efficient energy storage and sustainable development. It is now widely recognized that electrochemical energy storage systems such as batteries have tremendous potential in large scale applications such as electric mobility, electric power grids and also for integration with renewables, e.g., solar and wind. The extent of energy that can be stored in a battery is largely driven by the underlying redox chemical reaction. Since the evolution of batteries, many unique redox mechanisms have been demonstrated which have led to devices ranging from mere laboratory demonstrations to successful mass scale industrial production. Despite the deep emphasis on applications, battery (electro)chemistry poses formidable basic research challenges in various fields of chemistry as well as allied areas of science. The talk will cover various scientific challenges in the context of energy storage mechanisms, materials and future prospects and limitations of rechargeable batteries.