Energy Conversion and Storage
Supervising Faculty: Jianlin Li
Dhrupad Parikh works with the Battery Manufacturing Facility group at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current work focuses on developing advanced batteries that utilize the concept of free-standing electrodes for next-generation high energy silicon anodes.
Dhrupad is originally from India, but he was brought up in Tanzania, East Africa. Having spent his childhood in Tanzania, he understood the multifaceted impact of energy on the lives of people where coal is the only source of electricity. This was a driving force for him to pursue his career in mechanical engineering with interest in renewable energy, and later a research path as an engineer at the Energy Systems Research Laboratory (ESRL) at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. At ESRL, he worked on various projects from ethanol reforming for hydrogen production to modeling compact heat exchangers for industry application to implementing a misting system for effluent treatment in a pharmaceutical industry. With this research experience, Dhrupad decided to pursue his master’s in mechanical engineering with a concentration in thermal science and fluid mechanics. His master’s thesis work focused on experimentally understanding the two-phase flow through porous media for foam generation.
Apart from his research, Dhrupad loves to explore nature and landscape photography while hiking through the mountains, regularly plays tennis, and reads books
Next generation free-standing silicon anodes for advanced lithium ion batteries.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Colorado School of Mines
Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering - India
Vice-president for the ASHRAE Mines Students Chapter, 2016 - 2017
Solar Decathlon, Energy modeling for a net-zero energy tiny house, 2015 - 2016
Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) & ASHRAE, 2015 - 2017
Volunteer for Rocky Mountain Fluid Mechanics Symposium & Visioneers’ Leadership Club, 2015 - 2017
Awards and Recognitions
Continuance Fellowship, Colorado School of Mines, 2017
ASHRAE Winter Conference Scholarship, 2017
Finalist in a national competition to design and fabricate a tailless glider, IIT Madras 2012