Dr. Apparao Rao, Director of the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) at Clemson University, is the Lead Principal Investigator of one of the four inaugural Stimulus Research Program (SRP) grant teams. The Program was developed to strengthen South Carolina’s research capacity and research competitiveness. Each proposal was submitted by a collaborative team consisting of at least two of the three comprehensive research universities and two predominately undergraduate institutions. Dr. Rao’s team for the project, “High Performance Li-S Batteries,” includes Drs. Ramakrishna Podilla, Clemson University; Simona Onori, Clemson University; John Weidner, USC; Marlena Washington, Claflin University; and Narayanan Kuthirummal, College of Charleston.
Says Rao, “Both Christopher and Ky-Mani, Claflin University students, were able to spend their summer at CNI thanks to funds provided by the SRP grant.”
Pictured below are Christopher Etteh (with hands in glove box) and Ky-Mani Miller who are learning to prepare and test battery electrodes. The aim of their research at the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute was to assemble working cells by the end of summer.
Members of Team Rao (l to r): Drs. Ramakrishna Podilla, Apparao Rao and Marlena Washington (not shown are Drs. Simona Onori, John Weidner and Narayanan Kuthirummal)