Mahendra Sunkara

Professor, Chemical Engineering

About

Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Scholar and the director for the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research (Conn Center) at University of Louisville. Dr. Sunkara received his B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University (India) in 1986 and M.S., Ph. D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in 1988 and Case Western Reserve University in 1993, respectively. He worked at Faraday Technology, Inc. in Dayton, OH from 1993-1996 as a Project Engineer for various electrochemical technologies toward environmental remediation and corrosion sensing and mitigation.

He has published over 100 articles in refereed journals and proceedings, four book chapters and was awarded ten U.S. patents along with several additional U.S. patent applications pending. He coauthored a book entitled “Inorganic Nanowires: Applications, Properties and Characterization” published by CRC Press. Several national and international news articles appeared on his research work in the area of nanoscale materials and their use
in energy conversion and storage applications.

In the last ten years, Dr. Sunkara delivered over fifty invited and keynote lectures in Germany, US, Greece, Taiwan, Slovenia and India. Four of his research
articles appeared on the covers of prestigious journals, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemical Communications and Carbon. He was awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty in Engineering award in 1999 and was the first recipient of the prestigious CAREER grant in Speed School
from the National Science Foundation in 1999. In 2002, the Louisville Magazine placed him in the list of top 25 young guns in the city of Louisville. In 2009, he
received the UofL President’s distinguished faculty award for research and United Phosphorus CDS Award from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers in December 2009.

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Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include chemical vapor deposition, materials characterization, energy challenges, materials science, electrochemical engineering, transport phenomena, reactor design, thermodynamics and computer applications in chemical engineering.

Research Interests

Current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process
development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires, novel carbon morphologies.