Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Prof. Sivaram Arepalli joined the new department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, Korea in March 2009 under the World Class University project. He was the Chief Scientist of the Applied Nanotechnology Program at NASA-Johnson Space Center where he worked for 21 years before moving to Korea. His current interests include synthesis and processing of nanomaterials for energy applications such as fuel cells, solar cells, batteries and supercapacitors.
He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1979. He finished postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to joining Lockheed Martin at Houston in 1987. He developed the laser laboratory to support aerothermal fluid flow analysis for thermal protection material development at NASA-JSC. In 1997, he initiated the carbon nanotube project at NASA by starting nanotube production using a double pulse laser oven process. His activities were focused on nanomaterials, including the production, processing, and application of carbon nanotubes for aerospace requirements. He was responsible for improving understanding of the nanotube growth mechanisms. He helped ISO to establish standards for nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes.
Dr. Arepalli is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of APS. He was nominated 1999 for the “Rotary Stellar Award for Space” for his contributions to the development of “Glow-gas” for leak detection in MIR space station. He was the recipient of the “Chairman's Award for 1998” from G. B. Tech., Inc. and “President’s Award for 2005”, from Jacobs Technology for his support of NASA-JSC. In 2007, he received “Rotary National Space Achievement Award” for the accomplishments of the Carbon Nanotube Team. He received the “Nanocarbon 2008 Award” from the Carbon Society of Japan in 2008. Sivaram has more than 80 publications and more than 30 invited talks related to nanotechnology. He conducted several Nanotehnology based workshops and conferences. In 2009, he organized the first International Green Energy Nanocarbon Conference. He currently serves as an associate editor for the “Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” and as editor-in-chief for the “Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research”.