Faculty & Research

Venkat Subramanian

Venkat Subramanian

Venkat Subramanian 

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor of Chemical Engineering and Clean Energy

Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering 

Office: 253 Benson
Phone: 206-543-2271
Fax: 206-543-3778
E-mail: vsubram@uw.edu
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/maple/




  • B. Tech, Chemical & Electrochemical Engineering, Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, India, 1997.
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2001.


Research Interests

High energy and power batteries are critical for the next generation of clean energy grid and transportation technologies

  • They store energy from renewables like Solar and Wind then make it available later when needed.
  • Batteries can dispatch energy in a blink, so they let the grid and transportation operate at maximum efficiency.


Professor Subramanian’s model and software will make next generation batteries

  • Safer
  • Have higher energy storage capacity
  • Recharge faster
  • Last longer


Professor Venkat Subramanian’s research and educational interests are at the confluence of electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, applied mathematics and systems engineering. His current research interests are summarized below.

  • Model reformulation for increased computational efficiency
  • Battery management system (BMS) using physics based efficient reformulated models
  • Nonlinear model predictive control lab for lithium-ion batteries
  • Design of new electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries
  • Reliability, system level integration and control of batteries for renewable grids
  • Electrochemical and energy systems engineering
  • Multiscale simulation and design of energetic materials
  • Understanding AC impedance data using detailed physics based models
  • Software development and hardware implementation of electrochemical models for electric vehicles and the electric grid
  • Solvers and optimizers for differential algebraic equations


Selected Publications

  • P. W. C. Northrop, B. Suthar, V. Ramadesigan, S. Santhanagopalan, R. D. Braatz and Venkat R. Subramanian, "Efficient Simulation and Reformulation of Lithium-Ion Battery Models for enabling Electric Transportation", J. Electrochem. Soc., 161(8), E3149-E3157 (2014).
  • M. Lawder, B. Suthar, P.W.C. Northrop, S. De, M. Hoff, O. Leitermann, M. L. Crow, S. Santhanagopalan and Venkat R. Subramanian, "Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and Battery Management System (BMS) for Grid-scale applications", Proceedings of IEEE, 102(6), 1014-1030 (2014).
  • B. Suthar and V. R. Subramanian, "Lithium Intercalation in Core-Shell Materials–Theoretical Analysis," J. Electrochem. Soc., 161(5), A682-A692 (2014).
  • B. Suthar, V. Ramadesigan, S. De, R. D. Braatz and V. R. Subramanian, "Optimal Charging Profiles for Mechanically Constrained Lithium-ion Batteries," Phy.Chem.Chem. Phy., 16(1), 277-287 (2014).
  • S. De, P.W.C. Northrop, V. Ramadesigan and V. R. Subramanian, "Model-Based Simultaneous Optimization of Multiple Design Parameters for Lithium-ion Batteries for Maximization of Energy Density," J. Power Sources, 221, 161-170 (2013).
  • V. Ramadesigan, P. W. C. Northrop, S. De, S. Santhanagopalan, R. D. Braatz, and V. R. Subramanian, “Modeling and Simulation of Lithium-Ion Batteries from a Systems Engineering Perspective,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 159(3), R31-R45 (2012).
  • P. W. C. Northrop, V. Ramadesigan, S. De, and V. R. Subramanian, “Coordinate Transformation, Orthogonal Collocation and Model Reformulation for Simulating Electrochemical-Thermal Behavior of Lithium-ion Battery Stacks,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 158(12), A1461-A1477 (2011).
  • V. Ramadesigan, K. Chen, N.A. Burns, V. Boovaragavan, R. D. Braatz, and V. R. Subramanian, “Parameter Estimation and Capacity Fade Analysis of Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Reformulated Models,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 158(9), A1048-A1054 (2011).
  • R. N. Methekar, P. W. C. Northrop, K. Chen, R. D. Braatz, and V. R. Subramanian, “Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation of Surface Heterogeneity in Graphite Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries: Passive Layer Formation,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 158(4), A363-A370 (2011).
  • R. E. White, and V. R. Subramanian, “Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering with Maple,” Springer Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-642-04310-9, Springer, 2010.