Dr. Rangachary Mukundan (Mukund) is a senior Scientist in the Energy Technology area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He worked for 25 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining Berkeley labs in September of 2022. His research interest includes Fuel cells, Electrolyzers, Flow Batteries and Sensors. His current projects are focused on the durability of polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyzers and fuel cells. He is serving as deputy director in DOE’s Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M2FCT) and Hydrogen from Next generation Electrolyzers of Water (H2NEW) consortia. His primary research focus in these consortia is durability and development of accelerated stress tests. Mukund received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) in February 1997. He is the co-inventor on 8 US patents and has authored over 190 peer-reviewed journal and transaction papers, cited over 10,000 times. His work has also been recognized through numerous awards including two R&D 100 awards (1999, 2017), the Scientific American’s top 50 Science and Technology achievements for 2003, theJ.B Wagner Award of the High Temperature Materials Division of the Electrochemical Society in 2005 and the Sensor Division outstanding achievement award in 2016. He is a fellow of the ECS, served on the Board of Directors of the Electrochemical Society from 2006-2008 as the sensor division chair and was the technical editor in the area of Sensors and Measurement Sciences for the ECS Journals from 2011 to 2018.
2023 Annual Merit Review Award from DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office - June 8th 2023
Dr. Rangachary Mukundan (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) for outstanding leadership in developing the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck national lab consortium's accelerated stress test protocols to predict durability of next-generation fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles.