Welcome to Sundaresan’s Research Group at The Ohio State University.

Research Mission

Sundaresan’s Research Group in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University

 focuses on ionic (chemoelectrical/chemomechanical) materials and material systems in sensing, actuation and energy storage.

Specific focus in the last five years has been towards developing novel materials and material systems for structural applications (self-healing thermoplastic ionomers), energy storage (conducting polymers) and environmental functions (bioderived materials).

The team of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working with Dr. Sundaresan explore multi-domain interactions in electroactive polymers, biomolecules and smart materials and develop multi-material constructs integrated at their fundamental scales of interaction. The material systems thus formed are referred to as an ‘Integrated Material System’ and has novel properties. An overview of current and past research projects, and research focus is presented in the image below.


If you have any specific questions about ongoing research activities (or) future pursuits, feel free to write to sundaresan.19@osu.edu


We thank our current sponsors,

National Science Foundation (2010-present, 4 awards)
Honda R&D Americas (2014-present)
Ford Motor Company (2016-present)
Parker-Hannifin Corporation (Fluid Connectors Group) (2014-present)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (2017-18)
Army Research Office (ARO) (2017-present)

and our previous sponsors,

Army Research Office (ARO) (2011)
Emerson Electric (2015)
HEKA Elektronik GmbH (2015-2016)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (2009-’11)
OSU Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) (2016-present)
OSU Institute of Materials Research (2013-’14)
Office of Naval Research (ONR) (2011-’12)

for supporting past and ongoing research activities of this lab and scientific pursuits.