Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor and professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. 

Ramani, also the university’s vice provost for graduate education and international affairs, was one of 15 new members of the 2022 Class of ECS Fellows. The designation recognizes advanced individual technological contributions to the fields of electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology and for service to the society. The society elects no more than 15 fellows each year out of its 8,000 members, and only about 400 fellows have been named since the inception of the Fellows program more than 30 years ago. 

Ramani’s research focuses on electrochemical engineering, materials science and renewable energy technologies, with an emphasis on electrochemical energy conversion and storage (low temperature fuel cells, electrolyzers and redox-flow batteries). Broad research directions in his lab include the design and development of multi-functional electrolyte and electrocatalyst materials for electrochemical systems, analyzing the source and distribution of overpotential in electrochemical systems, mitigating component degradation in electrochemical devices, and the use of in situ diagnostics to probe electrochemical systems. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, ARPA-E and the Department of Energy.

Ramani has been affiliated with ECS since 2001 and is a life member. He was co-editor of ECS Interface from 2013 to 2017 and is a past chair of the ECS Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering division.

The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 165 full-time faculty, 1,420 undergraduate students, 1,614 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

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