Prof. Vilas Pol is Associate Professor at Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering, USA. Before joining Purdue University, he was a materials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA. He has 15 years of research experience in the fields of energy storage, chemistry, engineering and electrochemistry. Prof. Pol’s scientific breakthroughs have been featured in various media outlets including New Scientist, Discovery, ACS, MRS and TV (NOVA, ABC7, Asia TV, and Univision) news. He has authored or co-authored 115 research publications (h index 34), authored 4 book chapters and an inventor on 15 US patents/applications. He is ACS Grand Prize winner, was honored with distinguished ‘Directors postdoctoral fellowship’, MRS science as art first prize, Intel prize, 2013 British Carbon Society’s Brian Kelly award and is a ‘Gold Medalist’ in Sports. In 2015, his sustainable materials development technology own R and D 100 award (Oscars of Invention).
Professor Pol's extensive research background includes electrochemical engineering, nano-material & composite technology, colloid and interfacial science, surface chemistry, and environmental engineering. His current passion lies in electrochemical energy storage technologies, primarily the scalable design and effective optimization of electrode materials for lithium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and sodium-ion systems.