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Venkateshkumar (Venky) Prabhakaran, PhD

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Venkateshkumar (Venky) Prabhakaran, Ph.D.
Adjoint Professor, PNNL

Development of a predictive molecular-level understanding of complex interfacial reactions and rational design of efficient electrochemical interfaces for applications in ion separation, energy storage, electrochemical energy conversion, and corrosion science.

Dr. Prabhakaran’s web page at PNNL

Office: PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Education & Credentials

  • 2014–2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2014 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering/Electrochemistry, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • 2009 B.Tech, Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, India


Dr. Venkateshkumar (Venky) Prabhakaran is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Separations and Analysis Group in the Physical Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Dr. Prabhakaran joined PNNL as a postdoctoral fellow in 2014. In 2017, he was awarded the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory’s M.T. Thomas Award for outstanding postdoctoral work. Dr. Prabhakaran became a research scientist at PNNL in 2017.

Dr. Prabhakaran’s research is focused on the confluence of molecular-level understanding of ionic interactions and nanoscale phenomena at electrochemical interfaces, and the rational design of efficient and sustainable systems for electrochemical separation and energy storage. His research activities include: (i) obtaining a molecular-level understanding of chemical transformations occurring at well-defined electrode-electrolyte interfaces prepared using ion soft landing, (ii) development of in-situ and operando techniques for studying electrochemical processes at well-defined electrode-electrolyte interfaces, and (iii) application of multimodal spatially-resolved electrochemical imaging techniques coupled with optical spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

Research Interests

  • Electrochemical separations
  • Energy storage and conversion
  • Soft landing of mass-selected ions
  • Electrode-electrolyte interfacial science
  • Electrochemical imaging and mass spectrometry