Professor Sampath Srinivasan

Professor, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Areas of Interest:

Electrochemical energy systems – batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells; Lithium-ion, metal-air, metal-sulfur, magnesium and sodium - based batteries. Electrochemical sensors; Solid electrolytes; Interfacial studies involving solid-liquid; solid-solid and liquid-liquid interfaces; Organic thin films related to lubrication, molecular level study of wear and friction; STM and AFM microscopies..


Energy storage devices based on novel materials – anodes, cathodes and electrolytes. Next generation batteries such as lithium-air, magnesium-air and zinc-air batteries; Fuel cells with novel catalysts; Development of supercapacitors and hybrid capacitors. Fundamental studies involving interfaces – hydrophobic interactions useful in biological systems, corrosion, lubrication.

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Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Private Agencies, Individuals

Major Professional Contributions:

Prof. Sampath’s work is in the area of interdisciplinary engineering comprising basic science and applications demonstrating prototypes of various energy storage systems such as super capacitors, fuel cells, batteries and sensors. He has been part of a team that has worked on the improvement of iron based electrodes for Ni-Fe batteries (Indian Patent Application no. 2177/CHE/2013). This is being taken up further for prototyping with the help of an industry. He has developed and patented metal-air batteries. He has also contributed significantly to the development of lubricant additives for oil industries (IOCL, India and GM, USA). He has also made important and significant contributions in the area of interfacial chemistry..

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2009- present
  • Asso. Prof, IISc., Bangalore, 2003-2009
  • Asst. Prof, IISc., Bangalore, 1997-2003
  • Post Doc, Hebrew University, Israel, 1994-1997
  • Post Doc, Osaka University, Japan, 1992-1994


Energy systems, batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, sensors, graphene, gel electrolytes, interfaces.


Contact Information


Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry,
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore – 560012

Phone: 080-22933315
Mobile: 9483742993
Fax: 080-23606867

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  • BSc, Chemistry, 1981, Madurai Kamaraj University.
  • M Sc, Chemistry, 1983, Madras University
  • PhD, Electrochemistry, 1991, IIT, Madras

Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • S S Bhatnagar Prize, CSIR, 2006
  • Materials Res. Society of India, Medal, 2005
  • Chemical Res. Soc. of India, Medal, 2003
  • Electroanal. Society of India, Medal, 2009
  • Fellow – Indian National science Academy (FNA)
  • Fellow – Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc.)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated X: Interdisciplinary Engineering and Special Fields

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2016

Year of Birth: 1961