Nitin Muralidharan

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

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  • 2023-present: Assistant professor, Chemical Engineering IITM
  • 2021-2023: R&D Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Research Areas

  • Lithium-ion, beyond Li and metal Batteries
  • Battery Material and Device R&D for EVs and EVTOLs
  • Solid-state and Extreme Environment Batteries
  • Mechano-electrochemistry and multifunctional energy storage
  • Ceramic Processing

Selected Journal Publications

  • N. Muralidharan, M. Dixit, A. Bisht, C.J. Jafta, C.T. Nelson, R. Amin, R. Essehli, M. Balasubramanian, I. Belharouak “Tailoring of the Anti-Perovskite Solid Electrolytes at the Grain-Scale.” ACS Energy Letters 8, 5, 2356–2364 (2023)
  • N. Muralidharan, E. C. Self, M. Dixit, Z. Du, R. Essehli, R.l Amin, J. Nanda, I. Belharouak. “Next‐Generation Cobalt‐Free Cathodes–A Prospective Solution to the Battery Industry’s Cobalt Problem.” Advanced Energy Materials 12, no. 9 (2022): 2103050.
  • S. Hongbin, N. Muralidharan, R. Amin, V. Rathod, P. Ramuhalli, I. Belharouak. “Ultrasonic nondestructive diagnosis of lithium-ion batteries with multiple frequencies.” Journal of Power Sources 549 (2022): 232091.
  • M. Dixit, A. Parejiya, R. Essehli, N. Muralidharan, S. U. Haq, R. Amin, I. Belharouak. “SolidPAC is an interactive battery-on-demand energy density estimator for solid-state batteries.” Cell Reports Physical Science 3, no. 2 (2022).
  • U. Nisar, N. Muralidharan, R. Essehli, R.Amin, I. Belharouak. “Valuation of surface coatings in high-energy density lithium-ion battery cathode materials.” Energy Storage Materials 38 (2021): 309-328.
  • Y. Bai, N. Muralidharan, Y. K. Sun, S. Passerini, M. S. Whittingham, I. Belharouak “Energy and Environmental Aspects in Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries: Concept of Battery Identity Global Passport.” Materials Today 41, 304-315 (2020)
  • N. Muralidharan, R. Essehli, R. P Hermann, R. Amin, C. Jafta, J. Zhang, J. Liu, Z. Du, H. M. Meyer III, E. Self, J. Nanda, I. Belharouak, “Lithium Iron Aluminum Nickelate, LiNixFeyAlzO2—New Sustainable Cathodes for Next‐Generation Cobalt‐Free Li‐Ion Batteries,” Advanced Materials, 2002960 (2020)
  • N. Muralidharan, C. Meng, E. Teblum, K. E. Moyer, G. D. Nessim, C. L. Pint, “Multifunctional structural ultrabattery composite,” Nano letters 18, 7761-7768 (2018)
  • N. Muralidharan, C. N. Brock, A. P. Cohn, D. Schauben, R. E. Carter, L. Oakes, D. G. Walker, C. L. Pint. “Tunable mechanochemistry of lithium battery electrodes.” ACS Nano 11, no. 6 (2017): 6243-6251.
  • N. Muralidharan, M. Li, R. E. Carter, N. Galioto, C. L. Pint, “Ultralow Frequency Electrochemical–Mechanical Strain Energy Harvester using 2D Black Phosphorus Nanosheets,” ACS Energy Letters 2, 1797-1803 (2017).
  • A. P. Cohn, N. Muralidharan, R. Carter, K. Share, and C. L. Pint. “Anode-free sodium battery through in situ plating of sodium metal.” Nano letters 17, no. 2 (2017): 1296-1301.
  • A. Douglas, R. Carter, N. Muralidharan, L. Oakes, C. L. Pint. “Iron catalyzed growth of crystalline multi-walled carbon nanotubes from ambient carbon dioxide mediated by molten carbonates.” Carbon 116 (2017): 572-578.
  • R. Carter, L. Oakes, N. Muralidharan, C. L. Pint. “Isothermal sulfur condensation into carbon scaffolds: improved loading, performance, and scalability for lithium–sulfur battery cathodes.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, no. 14 (2017): 7718-7727.
  • N. Muralidharan, A. S. Westover, H. Sun, N. Galioto, R. E. Carter, A. P. Cohn, L. Oakes, C. L. Pint, “From the Junkyard to the Power Grid: Ambient Processing of Scrap Metals into Nanostructured Electrodes for Ultrafast Rechargeable Batteries,” ACS Energy Letters 1,1034-1041 (2016).
  • N. Muralidharan, R. Carter, L. Oakes, A. P. Cohn, C. L. Pint. “Strain engineering to modify the electrochemistry of energy storage electrodes.” Scientific reports 6, no. 1 (2016): 1-9.
  • N. Muralidharan,^ A. Douglas,^ R. E. Carter, K. Share, C. L. Pint, “Ultrafast triggered transient energy storage by atomic layer deposition into porous silicon for integrated transient electronics,” Nanoscale 8, 7384-7390 (2016).

Research Projects

  • Low, zero cobalt cathode material development for modern LIBs

Patent Details

  • L. Pint, and N. Muralidharan. “Energy harvesting devices and methods of making and use thereof.” U.S. Patent 11,588,418, issued February 21, 2023.
  • Belharouak, and N. Muralidharan. “Battery materials scale-up and processes.” U.S. Patent 11,508,962, issued November 22, 2022.
  • Belharouak, M. Wood, C. Mao, J. Li, J. Nanda, and N. Muralidharan. “Cobalt-free layered oxide cathodes.” U.S. Patent 11,362,333, issued June 14, 2022.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Trend Setter Grant Award – Energy Consortium, IITM – 06/2023
  • R&D 100 Award Winner for SOLIDPAC – 09/2022
  • Innovation Award – Technology Licensing, ORNL – 11/2020
  • R&D 100 Award Winner for Co-Free Cathode development – 09/2020
  • Best Lightning Talk Award – Judges Choice, ORNL – 07/2019
  • Finalist for Weinberg Distinguished Staff Fellowship, ORNL – 08/2018
  • Vanderbilt Travel Grant – 04/2018
  • American Vacuum Society Travel Grant – 11/2016
  • Best poster award, VINSE Symposium, Vanderbilt University – 1/2015
  • Graduate Incentive Award, University of Cincinnati – 8/2013-7/2014
  • University Grants Scholarship, University of Cincinnati – 8/2012-7/2013