"Electrochemistry and the Future of the Automobile"
Balasubramanian Lakshmanan is a staff scientist and Lab Group Manager for the Materials Systems interface group at the Electrochemical Energy Research Lab (EERL) for General Motors research and development. His primary focus is to understand the impact of material choices, operating conditions and system interactions, and the tradeoffs within these options on the durability and reliability of fuel cell stacks. His industry experience includes designing and testing the membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) and leading a team that improved the durability of the fuel cell stack for the project driveway fuel cell market test program. He was recipient of the GM’s 2008 Chairman’s award, which recognizes “Best of the Best” accomplishments and the 2009 MCCuen research award within the company. He has 6 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded eight patents by the US Patent Office with more than 25 additional patent applications filed.