Organized by the Electrochemical Society IIT Madras Student Chapter. 

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Venue: TTJ Auditorium

12.30PM     Registration

01.15 PM – 02:00 PM      Plenary

Development Status of Battery Technologies at CSIR-CECRI
Dr. K. Ramesha, Director, CECRI

02:05 PM – 02:25 PM Key Note

Dr. Watanabe Ken,
Kyushu University, Japan

02:25 PM – 02:35 PM     Break

02:40 PM – 03:25 PM     Pedagogical Talks

Density Functional Theory Calculations and its Applications to Prediction of Electrochemical properties and Energy Storage
Prof. Venkatesan Subramanian, IIT Madras

03:30 PM – 03:50 PM      Invited Talks

Electricity Driven C-H Chalcogenation/ Chalcogenocyanation of Pharmaceutically Privileged Molecules
Dr. Satpal Singh Badsara, University of Rajasthan (5 min Q & A)

03:50 PM – 04:00 PM      Break

04:05 PM – 04:25 PM      Invited Talks

Prof. Pritam Mukhopadhyay
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (5 min Q & A)

04:30 PM – 04:50 PM      Invited Talks

Unlocking Lithium-Ion Battery Performance: Insights into the Electronically Conducting Carbon Binder Domain
Dr. Sahana B Moodakare, ARCI (5 min Q & A)

04:55 PM – 05:15 PM      Invited Talks

Prof. Amartya Mukhopadhyay,
IIT Bombay (5 min Q & A)

05:20 PM     Vote Of Thanks 


  • Energy Storage, Electrolyzer technology, and Green Hydrogen

  • Carbon Markets, Energy Economics, and Climate Finance

Venue: Hall 2

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM       Registration

09:00 AM – 09:30 AM      Summit Inauguration

Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras and Invited Chief Guests.

09:30 AM – 10:15 AM       Plenary

Energy Transition Priorities in the US
Dr. Bhima Sastri, Director – Department of Energy, USA

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM       Networking Break

10:30 AM – 12:00       Keynotes

Climate Finance – A need for economic model for Gap funding
Ajay Patil, CFO – Cummins India

Driving Investments for Energy Transition

Vishnu Venugopalan, IAS, MD & CEO Guidance TN

True all-solid-state battery based on Li-stuffed garnet electrolytes: What can we do by sintering?
Dr. Ken Watanabe, Kyushu University, Japan

12:00 – 01:00 PM       Invited talks

Session 1 – Fuel Cells

Venue: Hall 4

Chair: Prof. V. Subramanian, IIT Madras

Circular Solutions: Giving New Life to Polymer Electrolyte Membranes from Fuel Cells and Electrolysers
Dr. Raman Vedarajan, ARCI, Hyderabad

Surface Engineering on Mesoporous Carbon Nanofibers based Electrocatalyst Support Materials for Boosting Durability of PEM Fuel Cells
Prof. P. Biji, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore

Session 2- Materials for Energy Transition

Venue: Hall 2

Chair: Prof. Raghuram Chetty, IIT Madras

Solid-State Hydrogen Storage: Advancements in Nanoporous Materials and Neutron Scattering Techniques
Dr. Mi Tian, University of Exeter

Materials for enabling the hydrogen economy
Prof. Francois Aguey-Zinsou, University of Sydney

Green Energy and Water Cleanup: Biocrude Production and Advanced Remediation of Carbon and Nitrogen-Enriched Wastewater
Dr. Alejandro Montoya, University of Sydney

Session 3- Electro and Photocatalytic CO2 Conversion

Venue: Hall 1

Chair: Prof. P. Venkatakrishnan, IIT Madras

Electrochemical Technologies for Net Zero
Prof. Jay Wadhawan, University of Hull

Post Synthetic Modification of Cu-MOF with Riboflavin for Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2
Prof. R. Karvembu, NIT Trichy

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM       Networking Lunch

Venue: Campus Café, Terrace Hall

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM       Invited talks

Session 1 – DFT

Venue: Hall 1

Chair: Prof Indrapal Singh Aidhen, IIT Madras

DFT the workhorse for designing materials for energy storage and conversion
Prof. Gour P. Das, TCG CREST

Identifying Hybrid Anode Materials through First Principles Analysis and Exploring Limitations of Li De-Intercalation in Cathodes for LiBs
Prof. Ranjit Thapa, SRM University, AP

Session 2- Climate Policy Challenges

Venue: Hall 2

Chair: Prof. Santosh Kumar Sahu, IIT Madras

On-ground challenges in small commercial Biogas Plants
Prof. Anuradda Ganesh, Cummins India

The Rise of Protectionism and Sovereign Supply in the International Renewable Energy Sector: A Comparison of the Chinese and US Responses
Dr. Penelope Crossley, University of Sydney

Sustainability transition pathways for waste-to-energy projects in Australia
Dr. Olubukola Tokede, Deakin University

Session 3- Contributed Talks

Venue: Hall 4

Chair: Prof. P. Venkatakrishnan, IIT Madras

Dr. Raveendra Gundlapalli, IIT Varanasi

Prof. Indrajit Shown, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

Dr. Ajit Kumar, Deakin University

Dr. Radhakrishnan Sivaprakasam, Jeonbuk National University

 Vikas Makkar, Infosys

Sarvesh Devraj, Infosys

Qian Yu, University of Exeter

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM   Special session

Session 1 – Launch of Pilot Demonstrator(s)

Session 2- Best Poster Presentation Evaluation

Venue:   Lobby

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM       Panel discussion

Venue:   Hall 2

Topic: Alternate fuels and Green H2
Moderator: Prof. Aravind Kumar Chandiran, IIT Madras
Panel members:

  • Rahul Wagh (Baker Hughes)
  • Prof. Krishna Vasudevan (IITM)
  • Dr. Hariprasad J. Subramani, Chevron
  • Prof Francois Aguey-Zinsou (University of Sydney)
  • Sankar Gunasekaran (CPCL)

05:30 PM – 05:45 PM      Closing Summary


  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Management and Modeling, Building Energy

  • Power Conversion systems, Microgrids and Power Electronics

Venue: Hall 3

09:00 AM – 09:30 AM       Registration

09:30 AM – 10:15 AM       Plenary
Shell’s Next Generation Breakthrough Research
Dr. Marwa Al-Ansary, Shell

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM       Networking break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM       Keynotes
Energy Scenario Forecasting
Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy, IIT Madras

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Talk on CO2 Capture
Prof. Rajnish Kumar, IIT Madras

The Role of Digital Analytics in Energy
Dr. Chandu Visweswariah, CURE100 and Croton100

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM       Invited talks

Session 1 – Energy System Modeling       Venue: Hall 3     Chair: Prof. Himanshu Goyal, IIT Madras

Data-driven modelling for assessing the greenhouse gas emissions mitigation potential of heat pumps
Dr. Neha Mehta, University of Birmingham

Effective Heat Demand Prediction Using Minimum Input Parameters
Dr. Mohamad M. Abdel-Aal, University of Exeter

Trane Technologies: Energizing a Greener Future
Aditya Shrivastava, TRANE Technologies

Modelling Multiphase Flow in Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs): The Role of Porous Layer Roughness
Dr. Yixiang Gan, University of Sydney

Session 2- Digital in Infrastructure        Venue: Hall 1        Chair: Prof. Krishna Vasudevan, IIT Madras

Realizing Zero Trust Security in Emerging Energy Infrastructure
Dr. Adnan Anwar, Deakin University

Power Electronics and Green Hydrogen: Revolutionising the Energy Landscape at Deakin University
Dr. Saman Asghari Gorji, Deakin University

Green Hydrogen production and Offshore Wind Energy: Production and Integration
Prof. Philipp R. Thies, University of Exeter

Session 3- Power Conversion systems, Microgrids and Power Electronics         Venue: Hall 2        Chair: Prof. Arun Karuppaswamy, IIT Madras

Net Zero Realities: Exploring Digital Microgrids, Grid Integrity, and Power Electronics
Surya Srinivas Chavali, Dr. Satish Balantrapu, Infosys and Dr. Avishek Kumar, VFlow Tech

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM       Networking Lunch       Venue: Main Dining Hall

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM       Invited talks

Session 1 – Power Conversion systems, Microgrids and Power Electronics        Venue: Hall 2       Chair: Prof. Arun Karuppaswamy, IIT Madras

Integration of Renewable Energy Sources with Grid
Saikat Das, Entuple Technologies Bangalore

Future of Power Electronic Devices and advanced controllers in Improving Energy Efficiency
Dr. Raghavan Nagarajan, NXP Semiconductors

Session 2- Contributed Talks        Venue: Hall 1        Chair: Prof. P. Venkatakrishnan, IIT Madras

Dr. Vipin Valiyattoor, IISER, Bhopal

Arun Muthukkumaran, IIT Madras

Arunkumar L, KBR

Abhishek Sharma, Cognizant

Prakhar Chaudhary, Cognizant

Franklin Merlin, Cognizant

Swapnil Kumar, Cognizant

Abhishek P Singh, Cognizant

02:00 PM – 02:30 PM       Invited Talks           Venue: Hall 3        Chair: Prof. Santosh Sahu, IIT Madras

1. Pre-Occupancy Evaluation in VR – Towards the multi-sensory evaluation of designs enabled by virtual technologies
2. Living Materials for Sustainable Future (Myco-Materials)
Dr. Anastasia Globa, University of Sydney

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM       Special session        Chair: Dr. Rahul Muralidharan, IIT Madras

This two part session, first focuses on a bold imagination of a world not dependent on fossil fuels where everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy that can be created by balancing the energy trilemma. The second is an interactive session that provokes the audience to examine the benefits of accelerating India’s net zero goals to 2047 from the originally intended 2070 timeline.

Trilemma of Energy Transition
Neeraj Sethi, Country Director – India, Baker Hughes

India 2047
Dr. Chandu Visweswariah, Vice President, CURE100

Designed as an interactive session peppered with unsparing data on climate change along with live polls, the discussion will cover three main questions: should we, can we and why should we accelerate India’s net zero goals to 2047.

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM       Panel discussion

Topic: Importance of Digitalization in Energy Transition
Moderator: Prof. Santosh Kumar Sahu, IIT Madras
Panel members:

  • Dr. Subramanian Chidambaran, Cummins India
  • Sanjiva De Silva, Australian Government
  • Saarthak Khurana, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Pandiarajan Palanichamy, Infosys
  • Dr. Vikrant Urade, Shell Global Solutions

05:30 PM – 05:45 PM       Closing summary

Kotak – IIT Madras Save Energy Mission (KISEM) Day

Workshop on “Enabling Energy Efficiency in Indian MSMEs”

Venue: TTJ Auditorium

The Kotak-IIT Madras Save Energy Mission (KISEM) was launched with the CSR sponsorship of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, with a motivation to improve sustainability of Indian MSME. KISEM undertakes energy audits and detailed assessments to improve energy use through cutting losses and identifying newer technology implementation opportunities. There are 7 KISEM centers housed in various IITs (Madras, Bombay, Indore, Gandhinagar, Ropar, Guwahati & Hyderabad) across India through KISEM, and so far 100 plus MSMEs have been benefited out of this mission from various parts of India.

The workshop will feature an exposition to showcase futuristic products & services available for all manufacturing industries that help cut down overall energy cost by effective utilization of the available energy resources. Dignitaries from the Tamil Nadu state government, state nodal agencies, industrial associations, financial institutions, and other relevant stakeholders will be present to share their views and ideas. We expect over 200 delegates to be in attendance.

Sessions Agenda

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM            Inauguration and Keynotes

Officials of State govt. of TN, Kotak Bank & EESL, and launch of the KISEM Energy Audit Web Tool/App.

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM            Panel Discussion

A dialogue on “Roadmap for Successful Implementation of Energy Conservation Measures for Indian MSMEs”, participants from Industry, EESL, KMBL and KISEM.

12:30 PM to 02:30 PM             EXPO

Visit to stalls at the EXPO along with a networking lunch.

02:30 PM to 03:15 PM             Audit Case Studies from the KISEM Auditors

Sector wise potential for energy savings in major energy utilities

03:30 PM to 04:30 PM             Success Stories from Industrial Beneficiaries

Representation from various manufacturing sectors that have benefited directly from the energy assessments from the KISEM project

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The workshop is part of the project “Responsible AI for Net Zero – An Australia and India collaborative approach towards practice, governance, and ethics in energy future”, funded under the Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) by the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Workshop is organized jointly by Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), IIT Madras, and IIT Palakkad on the following days:

  • Workshop 1 – IIT Madras, 8th December 2023, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Workshop 2 – IIT Gandhinagar, 15th December 2023, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The aim of this project is to bring together industry and academic experts to discuss and identify key opportunities and challenges in the responsible use of AI in the energy sector supporting Net Zero targets of both countries. The outcomes of this workshop (which will be conducted as a design thinking style open discussion) will help shape the discourse of ethical guidelines for AI in the energy sector.

More information about the project can be found here: Responsible AI for Net Zero | Swinburne