Vinothkannan Mohanraj


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    Dr. Vinohkannan Mohanraj currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Hydrogen Research Theme at Coventry University. He collaborates with Prof. Oliver Curnick, Prof. John Graves, and Dr. Rong Lan on multiple projects within the Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS).

    His specialization lies in the development of polymer electrolyte membranes and membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), which he tests across various electrochemical devices, including PEM/AEM/bipolar water electrolyzers, fuel cells, and batteries. Additionally, he focuses on the development of electrocatalysts for electrochemical applications.

    He earned his Ph.D. in Energy Storage and Conversion Engineering, Jeonbuk National University (JBNU) in 2018. His doctoral research primarily concentrated on enhancing polymer electrolyte membranes for durable, low-humidity, and high-temperature fuel cells. During his doctoral studies (2015-2018), he was awarded the Merit International Student Scholarship at JBNU.

    Following his Ph.D., Dr. Mohanraj continued as an Assistant Research Professor at JBNU until 2021. In June 2021, he assumed the role of Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), participating in the Brain Korea-21 project. His work involved developing membranes for zinc bromine redox flow batteries, NOx electrolyzers, and fuel cells. In late 2022, he relocated to the UK to join Newcastle University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, where he is engaged in the development of pore-filling reinforced membranes for durable AEM electrolyzers.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    Education/Academic qualification

    Energy Storage and Conversion Engineering, Doctorate, Development of durable polymer electrolyte membrane for fuel cells, Jeonbuk National University

    1 Mar 201522 Aug 2018

    Award Date: 22 Aug 2018

    Chemistry, MSc, Madurai Kamaraj University

    Award Date: 22 Aug 2014

    Chemistry, Degree, Madurai Kamaraj University

    Award Date: 30 Apr 2012

    External positions

    Research Associate, Newcastle University

    3 Oct 202231 Mar 2024

    Post doctoral Research Associate, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST)

    31 May 20221 Jun 2021

    Research Assistant Professor, Jeonbuk National University

    1 Sept 201828 Feb 2021


    • QD Chemistry
    • Polymer electrolyte membranes
    • PEM/AEM/bipolar water electrolyser
    • Fuel cells
    • Redox flow batteries
    • Electrocatalyst


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