Dr. K. Ramesha


CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute

Karaikudi - 630003

Tamil Nadu, India


Area of Research: Energy materials - Materials for Li-ion batteries, Na-ion batteries, Li-S batteries, All Solid-State Batteries, Magnetic, Multiferroic & Spintronic Materials

Dr. K. Ramesha assumed charge as Director, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi on April 29, 2023. He obtained his M. Sc. (Chemistry) in 1993 from Mangalore University and Ph. D. (Solid State & Structural Chemistry) in 2000 from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Dr. K. Ramesha is a recipient of the K. P. Abraham Medal for Best Ph.D. Thesis from IISc, Bangalore.

Dr. K. Ramesha was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, USA, University of California, USA, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA during the period 2001–2006. During his Ph.D. and Postdoctoral research, his work was on understanding structure-property relationships in magnetic, multiferroic and spintronic  materials. In 2007, he joined the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore as a Fellow and worked there until he joined in CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) as a Quick Hire Scientist in 2008. Since then, Dr. K. Ramesha has been working at CSIR-CECRI in various positions before being appointed as Director of CSIR-CECRI.

Dr. K. Ramesha’s areas of specialization are materials for energy storage, particularly for Li-ion batteries and other futuristic energy storage devices such as Na-ion, Li-S, Li-Air, and all-solid-state batteries. He has published about 100 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals including two papers in the prestigious journal Nature Materials. For the first time, he established the role of reversible anionic redox chemistry in doubling the capacity of layered cathodes of Li-ion batteries. He has developed five technologies and has transferred two process/know-how. Further, he has also filed two patents. Dr. K. Ramesha has guided 10 Ph.D. scholars and a number of post-graduate students.

Before taking charge as Director, Dr. K. Ramesha was leading the team involved in developing indigenous Li-ion battery prototypes. He was involved in fabricating cylindrical-type Li-ion batteries containing various cathode chemistries such as LiNMC, LiNCA, etc. He was also involved in developing all-solid-state Li-ion battery technology.

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