Driving tomorrow's energy research today

Dr. Palani Balaya
Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae

Department of Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Science Program
Faculty of Engineering, Block EA, #02-07
National University of Singapore
9 Engineering Drive 1
Singapore 117575

Tel: 65-6516-7644 (O)
Fax: 65-6775-4710 (O)

Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Science Program


  • After graduating from Hyderabad University, India (1993) in the area of Solid State Ionics, Dr. Palani Balaya joined IISc, Bangalore as a Research Associate (1994-1996) and worked on insulating materials. He later joined the Inter University Consortium Mumbai, as a Scientist (1996-2001) before moving to Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart as a Guest Scientist (2001-2006) to work in the area of Nano-ionics.

    Dr. Palani Balaya joined the Faculty of Engineering, NUS in January 2007, currently he works as an Associate Professor. His research areas include energy storage, for e.g., fast chargeable lithium-ion battery for EV applications, sodium-ion battery for micro-grid and solar housing applications. He is one of the founding members of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore in NUS.

    He serves as a Topical (Battery, Fuel Cell, Capacitor) Editor for the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry since Jan. 2012. He was a recipient of Global Star Award (2015) from American Ceramic Society, prestigious US DARPA grant twice on battery research, Shell Ideas360 Passionate Mentor from Shell Companies in Singapore, Max Planck Fellowship etc. He served in Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change as a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, in 2011. He serves in international advisory boards for several conferences on Energy Storage, also has successfully organized several conferences/ symposia on Batteries and Energy Storage in Singapore, USA, Canada, Mexico etc.,

    Till date, he has published 95 articles, filed 20 patents during his stay at NUS and delivered about 60 plenary/invited/keynote talks.

    He gives importance to heath care and practices yoga for fitness


  • Ph.D. , M.Phil. (University of Hyderabad, India)
    M.Sc. (Annamalai University)
    B.Sc. (University of Madras)

Modules Taught

  • ESP3401 Photovoltaics Devices and Systems
    ME5207 Solar Energy Systems
    ME5516 Emerging Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies

Research Interests

  • Energy storage: Lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries, organic batteries
    Energy storage: Supercapacitors

Roles in Conferences/Symposia