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Saurabh Pethe

Energy Conversion and Storage

Biography

Faculty Advisor: Parans Paranthaman

Saurabh Pethe joined the Bredesen Center in the Fall of 2021. His research focus is recycling of lithium-ion batteries. The meaning of energy independence will be redefined from an oil-based to critical elements-based economy in the coming decades. Critical elements needed to make batteries and EV’s will be very scarce and innovative ways to extract and reuse them are needed. Prior to joining the Bredesen center Saurabh got a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee. His research during the masters was focused on thermoplastic impregnation of textile-grade carbon fiber. Prior to that he worked in the composite pressure vessel and hazardous area electrical equipment industries for 3.5 years. In his free time, Saurabh loves to read, hike, and explore breweries and restaurants around town.


Research

Cathode material synthesis, coin cell fabrication, separation chemistry for recycling of batteries, lithium extraction from geothermal brine etc.


Education

Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, Pune


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