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Vijay K. Ramani, Ph.D.

Hyosung S. R. Cho Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: 

Room 235 Perlstein Hall

Phone: 

312.567.3064

Fax: 

312.567.8874

Email: 

Education 

Ph.D. from University of Connecticut (Chemical Engineering, 2004)
B. E. from Annamalai University, India (Chemical Engineering, 2000)

Expertise 

Electrochemical engineering

Energy conversion and storage

Multi-functional materials

Electrocatalysis

Ion containing polymers

Electrochemical and spectroscopic diagnostics

Research 

Multi-functional electrode and electrolyte materials for electrochemical systems (Acidic and Alkaline Fuel Cells, Batteries, Electrolyzers)

Component degradation and degradation mitigation in electrochemical systems, including accelerated testing methods

Electrocatalysis of liquid fuels and oxidants

Monopolar and bipolar ion containing polymers for energy conversion and separations

Kinetics and transport in porous electrodes

In-situ and ex-situ diagnostics to probe electrochemical systems/components (Fluorescence spectroscopy, 2D NMR spectroscopy)

Projects (Recently funded)

  • "ONR DURIP: Acquisition of Equipment to support ONR funded research" (2012-2013)
  • "Anion Exchange and Bipolar Membranes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion" (ONR - Young Investigator Program Grant (2010 – 2013)
  • "CAREER: Multi-functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion"; (NSF; CAREER grant; 2009-2014)
  • "Advanced membranes and electrochemical diagnostics for DMFCs" (DOE; Collaboration with Arkema (Lead) 2010-2013)
  • "Non-Carbon Electrocatalyst Supports" (DOE; collaboration with Nissan Motor Company; 2010-2013)
  • "Diagnostics and Modeling of Degradation Processes in PEM Fuel Cells" (DOE, collaboration with DuPont (Lead) and Nissan; 2010-2012)
  • "Electrocatalysts and Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline electrolyzers" (DOE/SBIR; collaboration with ProtonOnsite (Lead); 2012-2015)

Awards 

2012 - Hyosung S. R. Cho Endowed Chair in Engineering - Illinois Institute of Technology

2012 - Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society

2010-2013 - ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award

2010 - 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award

2009-2014 - NSF CAREER Award

2008 and 2009 - ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship

2010-2012 - Elected Chair, Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division, Electrochemical Society (ECS) Inc.; Member, ECS Board of Directors.

2011 - Elected Vice-Chair of Area 1E - Electrochemical Fundamentals – of AIChE

2005 - H. H. Dow Memorial Student Award of the IEEE Division of ECS

2002 - Fuel Cell Gordon Research Conference Student Award

Publications 

"2-D NMR spectroscopy reveals cation-triggered backbone degradation in polysulfonebased anion exchange membranes", C. G. Arges*, and Vijay Ramani,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110 (7) ( 2013) 2490-2495. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1217215110

"RuO2-SiO2 mixed oxides as corrosion-resistant catalyst supports for polymer electrolyte fuel cells", A. Kumar* and V. Ramani, Applied Catalysis B. (2013). DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.02.015

"Assessing the influence of different cation chemistries on the ionic conductivity and alkaline stability of anion exchange membranes", C. Arges*, J.Parrondo+, G. Johnson**, A. Nathan***, Vijay Ramani, J. Mater. Chem, 22 (9) (2012) 3733-3744. DOI: 10.1039/C2JM14898F

"Investigation of PEM chemical degradation and degradation mitigation using in-situ fluorescence spectroscopy", V. Prabhakaran*, C. Arges* and Vijay Ramani, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109 (4) (2012) 1029-1034. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1114672109

"SiO2-RuO2: A Stable Electrocatalyst Support", Chih-Ping Lo+, and Vijay Ramani, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4(11) (2012) 6109-6116.DOI: 10.1021/am3017416

"CeO2 surface oxygen vacancy concentration governs in-situ free radical scavenging efficacy in polymer electrolytes", P. Trogadas*, J. Parrondo+, and V. Ramani, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4 (10) (2012) 5098-5102.DOI: 10.1021/am3016069

"Degradation mitigation in polymer electrolyte membranes using metal nanoparticle additives", P. Trogadas*, J. Parrondo+ and Vijay Ramani J. Mater. Chem, 21 (48) (2011) 19381-19388. DOI:10.1039/C1JM14077A

"Platinum supported on CeO2 effectively scavenges free radicals within the electrolyte of an operating fuel cell" P. Trogadas*, J. Parrondo+, Vijay Ramani, Chem. Comm., 47 (41) (2011) 11549-11551.DOI:10.1039/C1CC15155J

"Influence of binder properties on kinetic and transport processes in polymer electrolyte fuel cell electrodes", S. Sambandam* and Vijay Ramani, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12 (2010) 6140-6149. DOI:10.1039/B921916A

"Degradation mitigation in PEMs using Cerium Oxide as a regenerative free radical scavenger", Panagiotis Trogadas*, Javier Parrondo+ and Vijay Ramani, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters; 11 (2008) B113-B116.DOI: 10.1149/1.2916443