Novel Nanomaterials for a Green and Sustainable Future Energy

Sangaraju Shanmugam
DGIST, Korea
16:00~16:45,November 20th, 2015



To achieve a drastic CO2 reduction in the world, the realization of electric vehicles and energy network systems are essential. For the further progress in the development of polymer electrolyte fuel cells, their materials require to be controlled and designed in nanometer scale. To satisfy these requirements, electrochemical nanotechnology is fascinating and advantageous in terms of its direct synthesis of nanomaterials with improved properties for energy conversion and storage technologies. In this presentation, I will describe our recent research activities on development of highly efficient materials for energy conversion and storage applications. The nanostructured materials showed a remarkable electrocatalytic activity towards oxygen reduction and evolution in an aqueous alkaline medium. The extraordinary bi-functional catalytic activity towards both ORR and OER was observed by the low over potential (0.84 V), which is better than that of noble metal catalysts [Pt/C (1.16 V), Ru/C (1.01 V) and Ir/C (0.92 V)], making them promising cathode materials for metal–air batteries. Furthermore, the rechargeable Zinc/Li–air/O2 batteries with non-precious bi-functional electrocatalyst displays high activity and stability during battery discharge, charge, and cycling processes.



Prof. Sangaraju Shanmugam obtained his doctorate in 2004 from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in the field of heterogenous catalysis. Thereafter, in 2005, he joined Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where he investigated “Sonoelectrochemical Synthesis of metal nanoparticles”. In late 2007, he joined as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Waseda University and continued his research in “Catalysis for energy applications”. In 2011, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at DGIST, Korea. Shanmugam currently has 62 referred publications to his credit, 5 Indian Patents and filed 4 Korean patents. His technical contributions have been recognized by many awards including JSPS Fellow from Japan, Samuel and Helene Soref Young Scientist from Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Prof. Langmuir Prize for the Best Thesis, IIT Madras. Shanmugam’s current research interests focus on the development of cost-effective, durable electrode materials for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. His areas of research encompass synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and their applications towards energy conversion and storage, biosensors and biomedical applications.

Professional Activities:


  • 2013.3-present Adjunct Associate Professor, Applied Physical Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 2015.3-present Associate Professor, Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST)
  • 2011.8-2015.2 Assistant Professor, Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST)
  • 2009.9-2011.6 Assistant Professor, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007.9-2009.8 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2006.12-2007.5 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 2004.12-2006.12 Postdoctoral Research assistant, Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • 1999.6-2004.11 Ph. D., Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • 1997.6-1999.5 M.S. in Department of Chemistry, Anna University, Chennai, India
  • 1993.6-1996.5 B.S. in Chemistry, University of Madras, India