Research Interest

  • Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials and Devices
  • Battery Technology for Electric Vehicles
  • Solid State Chemsitry, Materials Science, Electrochemistry
  • Carbon Materials, Metal Oxide Materials, Metal Oxide-Carbon Composites
  • Sustainable material chemistry, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Li/ Na-ion Batteries, Supercapacitors, Hybrid Capacitors, Li/Na Sulphur Batteries
  • Prototype Device Fabrication, Characterization and Validation

  Academic Background

  Professional Experience


  • Awarded Prof Werner Prize for the best Ph. D thesis in Chemistry during the 57th convocation of IIT Madras
  • Qualified in a global competition among young scientists worldwide to participate in the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting at Lindau, Germany, June-July 2022
  • Recipient of DST-DFG award from Government of India to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2022
  • Selected with Institute Research Award for Excellence in research work by IIT Madras
  • Recipient of Young Scientist award in Chemistry for the year 2019 from Dr. K.V. Rao Scientific Society, Hyderabad, India
  • Recipient of Travel grant from TRC-Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India to attend the 235th ECS Meeting at Dallas, USA, May-June 2019
  • Award for Best Poster presentation at “Battery Technologies & Electric Mobility” conference, organized by HP Green R & D Centre, Bangalore, March 2018
  • Award for Best Oral presentation at “National Conference on Carbon Materials 2015” conference, organized by NPL Delhi & Indian Carbon Society at New Delhi, November 2015
  • Awarded Senior Research Fellowship,, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
  • Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
  • Qualified CSIR-JRF, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

  Sponsored Projects

  • Synthesis and Application of Sustainable Carbon Materials for High Energy Lithium-ion Capacitor, SEED-Scheme for Young Scientists & Technologists, sponsored by DST, Project duration : 2024-2026, Project cost : Rs 34.5 lakhs, Role : Principal Investigator
  • Development of novel & low-cost porous carbon materials for high performance super capacitor and their application for e-mobility, sponsored by HPCL Bangalore, Project duration : 2018-2021, Project cost : Rs 98.5 lakhs, Role : Co-Principal Investigator
  • Supercapacitor powered Hybrid E-Rickshaw, B1 project of DST sponsored TRC project, Project duration : 2017-2022, Project cost : Rs 780 lakhs, Role : Core Team member

  Patents & Publications


  • Metals-embedded resorcinol-formaldehyde xerogel-based carbon cathode for high-performance batteries and a method of preparation thereof, Sony K. Cherian, Chandra S. Sharma, K. Nanaji, B V Sarada, and Tata N Rao, Indian patent application number, 202341042659 filed on 26th June 2023
  • A biomass-derived porous carbon as sulfur host for energy storage device and a method of preparing thereof, Sony K. Cherian, K. Nanaji, B V Sarada, Tata N Rao and Chandra S. Sharma, Indian patent application number, 202341033390 filed on 11th May 2023
  • A dry process of preparation of a composite electrode material, K. Nanaji, Rajesh Mekkat, K Ramesha, Aditya R, Nagur baba, Vishal S, Sachin shet, Patent application number, 202341018316, filed on 17th March 2023
  • Fabrication of tab-less and high power cylindrical LFP-LTO cell for fast charging lithium-ion battery application, S. Anandan, K. Nanaji, R. Vijay, Tata N. Rao”, Indian patent application number, 202341004527, dated 23rd January 2023
  • Method of producing nanoporous graphene sheet-like structured high and low surface area carbon sheets from petroleum coke, K. Nanaji, V. Pavan Srinivas, S. Anandan, T. Narasinga Rao, K. Narayanan, B. Ramachandra Rao and M. Pramanik, Patent Appln. No. 202011007399 dated 20th Feb.2020
  • Method of producing graphene like structured nanoporous carbon material from Jute stick based bio-waste for Energy Storage applications and the product Thereof, K. Nanaji, S. Anandan, Tata N. Rao, Indian Patent Appl. No. E-2/276//2018/DEL, 16th February 2018. Patent Granted on 7th April 2022 with Patent No. of 394477

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Message From Director

I am pleased to extend my greetings to students and their parents as well as colleagues near and far. IIT Bhilai was established on 7 August 2016. We are located in Chhattisgarh, the rice bowl of India, in a state rich in natural resources as well as cultural memory and heritage. Read More


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