Dr. Parans Paranthaman
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Dr. Parans Paranthaman

Oak Ridge National Lab

Corporate Fellow

Dr. Parans Paranthaman is a corporate fellow at the Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Paranthaman is also fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, Materials Research Society, AAAS, American Physical Society, American Ceramic Society, ASM International and the Institute of Physics, London, UK. He earned his PhD degree in materials science and solid state chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He was a postdoctoral fellow with 2019 Chemistry Nobel prize winner Professor John Goodenough at the University of Texas, Austin and a research associate with Professor Allen Hermann at University of Colorado, Boulder. He joined the Chemistry Department at ORNL in May 1993. He was named the Lockheed-Martin (ORNL) scientist of the year in 1997. He was named ORNL Inventor of the year in 2016. He was named the Top Scientist of the year at ORNL in 2019.

He has won several awards including several DOE outstanding mentor awards, eight R&D 100 Awards and three National and two Regional Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for developing high performance second-generation superconducting wires for electric-power applications and flexible thin film crystalline Silicon photovoltaics on RABiTS. Since 2004, he is one of the associate editors for the Journal of American Ceramic Society. He has authored or co-authored more than 450 journal publications with > 21,820 citations and an “h-index” of 72 and a total of >90 inventions including 56 issued U.S. patents related to his research. He has licensed his technologies to more than eight industries for commercialization.

He ranked #2 in worldwide citations in the high temperature superconductivity research in the previous decade (1999-2009). He has also coedited several books and co-organized several conferences and workshops. He has mentored over 100 students, visitors, postdocs and early career researchers. He has given several invited talks and key note speeches.

He leads ORNL corporate fellow council, several internal and external committees and participates as the National Academy of Inventors Fellow Selection Committee member. His present research focuses on the development of additive manufacturing of N95 fabrics and antiviral coatings, additive manufacturing of rare earth permanent magnets for motors and generators, lithium separation from geothermal brine, clay minerals, recycled lithium-ion batteries, recovery of carbon from recycled tires for clean energy applications, and development of electrode materials for energy storage applications.

Presentations

Panel Session: Rare Earth Materials & Magnet Recycling - relieving the supply chain shortages

Rare earth materials are essential in numerous industries including, Critical Infrastructure & Energy, Defense, EV & Automotive, Healthcare and many more. We are seeing exponential growth for the demand of rare earth and critical elements. Similar to where the steel industry was 15 years ago, the need to recycle these elements and materials is important and vital to the future of the market.

Recycling will become an increasingly integral part of the supply chain and will be driven by partners that have focused on collaboration.

Join industry experts as they discuss this demanding industry including the future and importance of the recycling industry and the challenges and barriers facing the market. Hear how the government is playing a role and the new technologies that are changing the Rare Earth Materials Recycling.