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ORNL’s Nanda elected fellow of the Materials Research Society

Topic: Materials

Jagjit Nanda, a distinguished staff scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society, or MRS. The lifetime appointment recognizes outstanding members whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized.

MRS awarded Nanda for “pioneering development on multiscale and multimodal Raman, X-ray and neutron imaging and spectroscopic techniques leading to materials discovery and innovation in rechargeable batteries and energy conversion devices.”

Nanda leads ORNL’s Energy Storage and Conversion Group in the Chemical Sciences Division. The group’s basic and use-inspired portfolio focuses on a range of pathways to advance materials for clean energy technologies. His research includes the design and discovery of materials for solid-state batteries, novel electrodes and architectures to enhance battery safety and efficiency, and new chemistries and systems for long-duration energy storage at grid-scale. Nanda has also led development of new microscopy, imaging and neutron scattering methods to probe energy storage materials at the nanoscale.

Nanda received a doctorate in solid state chemistry and materials science from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Prior to joining ORNL in 2009, he held positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Ford Motor Company.

He is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society and an active member of the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society.

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