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    Vijay K. Ramani - Hyosung S. R. Cho Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Vijay K. Ramani

    Hyosung S. R. Cho Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Office: Room 235 Perlstein Hall

    Phone: 312.567.3064
    Fax: 312.567.8874
    Web: Research Group Webpage


    • Electrochemical engineering
    • Energy conversion and storage
    • Multi-functional materials
    • Electrocatalysis
    • Ion containing polymers
    • Electrochemical and spectroscopic diagnostics


    • B. E. from Annamalai University, India (Chemical Engineering, 2000)
    • Ph.D. from University of Connecticut (Chemical Engineering, 2004)


    • Multi-functional electrode and electrolyte materials for electrochemical systems (Acidic and Alkaline Fuel Cells, Batteries, Electrolyzers)
    • Component degradation and degradation mitigation in electrochemical systems, including accelerated testing methods
    • Electrocatalysis of liquid fuels and oxidants
    • Monopolar and bipolar ion containing polymers for energy conversion and separations
    • Kinetics and transport in porous electrodes
    • In-situ and ex-situ diagnostics to probe electrochemical systems/components (Fluorescence spectroscopy, 2D NMR spectroscopy)

    Projects (Recently funded)

    • "ONR DURIP: Acquisition of Equipment to support ONR funded research" (2012-2013)
    • "Anion Exchange and Bipolar Membranes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion" (ONR - Young Investigator Program Grant (2010 2013)
    • "CAREER: Multi-functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion"; (NSF; CAREER grant; 2009-2014)
    • "Advanced membranes and electrochemical diagnostics for DMFCs" (DOE; Collaboration with Arkema (Lead) 2010-2013)
    • "Non-Carbon Electrocatalyst Supports" (DOE; collaboration with Nissan Motor Company; 2010-2013)
    • "Diagnostics and Modeling of Degradation Processes in PEM Fuel Cells" (DOE, collaboration with DuPont (Lead) and Nissan; 2010-2012)
    • "Electrocatalysts and Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline electrolyzers" (DOE/SBIR; collaboration with ProtonOnsite (Lead); 2012-2015)

    Current Projects


    • 2012 - Hyosung S. R. Cho Endowed Chair in Engineering - Illinois Institute of Technology
    • 2012 - Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society
    • 2010-2013 - ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award
    • 2010 - 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award
    • 2009-2014 - NSF CAREER Award
    • 2008 and 2009 - ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship
    • 2010-2012 - Elected Chair, Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division, Electrochemical Society (ECS) Inc.; Member, ECS Board of Directors.
    • 2011 - Elected Vice-Chair of Area 1E - Electrochemical Fundamentals of AIChE
    • 2005 - H. H. Dow Memorial Student Award of the IEEE Division of ECS
    • 2002 - Fuel Cell Gordon Research Conference Student Award



    Selected Publications

    "2-D NMR spectroscopy reveals cation-triggered backbone degradation in polysulfonebased anion exchange membranes", C. G. Arges*, and Vijay Ramani,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110 (7) ( 2013) 2490-2495. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1217215110

    "RuO2-SiO2 mixed oxides as corrosion-resistant catalyst supports for polymer electrolyte fuel cells", A. Kumar* and V. Ramani, Applied Catalysis B. (2013). DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.02.015

    "Assessing the influence of different cation chemistries on the ionic conductivity and alkaline stability of anion exchange membranes", C. Arges*, J.Parrondo+, G. Johnson**, A. Nathan***, Vijay Ramani, J. Mater. Chem, 22 (9) (2012) 3733-3744. DOI: 10.1039/C2JM14898F

    "Investigation of PEM chemical degradation and degradation mitigation using in-situ fluorescence spectroscopy", V. Prabhakaran*, C. Arges* and Vijay Ramani, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109 (4) (2012) 1029-1034. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1114672109

    "SiO2-RuO2: A Stable Electrocatalyst Support", Chih-Ping Lo+, and Vijay Ramani, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4(11) (2012) 6109-6116. DOI: 10.1021/am3017416

    "CeO2 surface oxygen vacancy concentration governs in-situ free radical scavenging efficacy in polymer electrolytes", P. Trogadas*, J. Parrondo+, and V. Ramani, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4 (10) (2012) 5098-5102. DOI: 10.1021/am3016069

    "Degradation mitigation in polymer electrolyte membranes using metal nanoparticle additives", P. Trogadas*, J. Parrondo+ and Vijay Ramani J. Mater. Chem, 21 (48) (2011) 19381-19388. DOI:10.1039/C1JM14077A

    "Platinum supported on CeO2 effectively scavenges free radicals within the electrolyte of an operating fuel cell" P. Trogadas*, J. Parrondo+, Vijay Ramani, Chem. Comm., 47 (41) (2011) 11549-11551. DOI:10.1039/C1CC15155J

    "Influence of binder properties on kinetic and transport processes in polymer electrolyte fuel cell electrodes", S. Sambandam* and Vijay Ramani, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12 (2010) 6140-6149. DOI:10.1039/B921916A

    "Degradation mitigation in PEMs using Cerium Oxide as a regenerative free radical scavenger", Panagiotis Trogadas*, Javier Parrondo+ and Vijay Ramani, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters; 11 (2008) B113-B116. DOI: 10.1149/1.2916443

    Professional Society Memberships

    Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Perlstein Hall, Suite 127
    10 W. 33rd Street
    Chicago, IL 60616
    Phone: 312.567.3040
    Fax: 312.567.8874