Mariappan Parans Paranthaman was born in India, in 1960. He received his Ph.D. degree in materials science and solid state chemistry from IIT, Madras, in 1988. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow (with Professor John Goodenough) at the University of Texas at Austin (1988-1990) and a Research Associate (with Professor Allen Hermann) at the University of Colorado (1990-1993). He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1993. He serves as a Distinguished Scientist and as a Leader of the Materials Chemistry Group of the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a Professor and CIRE (Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education), Faculty of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. His research activities have focused on developing novel substrates and buffers for growing high temperature superconductor oxide films, bandgap narrowing of oxide semiconductors using noncompensated n-p codoping for enhanced solar energy utilization, growth of c-Si thin films on flexible metal templates, and developing cathodes, anode materials, and electrolytes for high energy storage batteries and fuel cells. He served also as a Guest Editor for the MRS Bulletin. In 2004, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London, UK. He was named the Lockheed-Martin Scientist of the Year in 1997. He has (co)authored more than 312 publications with an “h-index” of 41 and issued 23 US Patents in his area. He currently ranks no. 2 in worldwide citations in the high-temperature superconductivity research in the last decade (1999-2009). He has won several awards including three R&D 100 Awards and three National Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for developing high performance second generation superconducting wires for electric-power applications. Since 2004, he is serving as the Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.
Biography Updated on 26 January 2011