Parans Paranthaman has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The association is honoring Paranthaman for his contributions to the field of chemistry, including materials for superconductors, solar cells, lithium ion batteries, and processing of magnetic materials. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Paranthaman has held a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Bredesen Center as a professor since 2010. He is a Distinguished Research Staff Member and a Group Leader of Materials Chemistry at the Chemical Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and a Distinguished UT-Battelle Inventor at ORNL.
Paranthaman has authored or co-authored more than 400 journal publications with an “h-index” of 55) and issued 30 U.S. Patents related to superconductivity, energy storage and solar cells. He has commercialized and licensed his technologies to six companies. He ranked #2 in worldwide citations in the high temperature superconductivity research in the decade from 1999-2009.
Since 2004, Paranthaman has served as the associate editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.
His present research focuses on the development of radiation resistant polymer composites, coated conductors, additive manufacturing of permanent magnets, lithium separation from geothermal brine, recovery of carbon composite anodes from recycled tires and energy storage materials.