Vineeth specialises in engineeering the electrochemical properties of polymer electrolytes for sodium metal batteries

​Vineeth Sasikumar Kala works in the broad area of energy storage technology. In particular, he is focused on a polymer-based electrolyte for sodium metal batteries. His areas of interest include modification of polymers, bio-nano materials, nanotechnology, polymeric nanocomposites, electrospinning technique, solution-processable flexible materials, polymer electrolytes for energy storage devices, and organo-electronics. 

​Vineeth Sasikumar Kala is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Queensland – IIT Delhi (UQ-IITD) Joint Ph.D. Program. He has graduated in Polymer Engineering and Technology from the Department of Polymer & Surface Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. He completed B.Tech in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in 2018. His major B. Tech project was on the fabrication of polymer nanocomposite as a dielectric layer for organic field-effect transistor (OFET). He also worked on polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries and published a book chapter on electrospun blend polymer electrolytes for Lithium-ion batteries. As a master's student, during his internship in R & D lab, Pidilite Industries, Mumbai, he worked on modifying PVA, PVAc, starch, tannin, and cellulose-based adhesives. His master project was titled the ‘Developments in chemical modification of micro and nanocellulose'. He has published research papers and review papers in various international journals.

Key Publications

  1. ​Vineeth, S.K., Chhail Bihari Soni, Sungjemmenla, C. Sanjaykumar, Liu, S., Han, M. and Kumar, V. (2023). A quasi-solid state polymer electrolyte for high-rate and long-life sodium-metal batteries. Journal of Energy Storage, 73, pp.108780–108780. doi:
  2. ‌Vineeth, S. K., Soni, C. B., Sun, Y., Kumar, V., & Seh, Z. W. (2021). Implications of Na-ion solvation on Na anode–electrolyte interphase. Trends in Chemistry4(1), 48-59.
  3. Vineeth, S. K., Tebyetekerwa, M., Liu, H., Soni, C. B., Zhao, X. S., & Kumar, V. (2022). Progress in the development of solid-state electrolytes for reversible room-temperature sodium–sulfur batteries. Materials Advances3(16), 6415-6440.
  4. Eng, A. Y. S., Soni, C. B., Lum, Y., Khoo, E., Yao, Z., Vineeth, S. K., ... & Seh, Z. W. (2022). Theory-guided experimental design in battery materials research. Science advances8(19), eabm2422.
  5. Vineeth, S. K., Sreeram, P., Vlad, A., Joy, R., Raghavan, P., & Pullanchiyodan, A. (2023). Polymer blend nanocomposite electrolytes for advanced energy storage applications. In Polymer Blend Nanocomposites for Energy Storage Applications (pp. 203–238). Elsevier Inc.