Author: Integrated Material Systems Lab

Dr. Sundaresan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He directs the research work and thesis of students enrolled in doctoral, masters and undergraduate honors program in mechanical engineering. He has a Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated from Prof. Donald J. Leo's group in May 2007. His doctoral thesis 'Biological Ion Transporters as Gating Devices for Chemomechanical and Chemoelectrical Energy Conversion' explored the use of transmembrane proteins to design micro hydraulic actuators and energy conversion systems.

New Projects – Announcements

We are pleased to announce new collaborations and research awards from NASA and Army Research Office on structural composites. Official announcements and award abstracts are available at the following links:

NASA Phase-I STTR  – Structural-Health Aware Failure-Tolerant Engineered to Respond (SAFER) Additively Manufactured Systems

ARO Phase-I SBIR – Self-Rerouting and Curative Interconnect Technology (SERCUIT)


Candidacy Exam – Congratulations

Travis Hery – a graduate student in the lab defended his thesis plans and successfully passed the candidacy exam. His thesis titled “Development of Pore Spanning Conducting Polymer as a Reversible Shutdown Membrane Separators for Li-ion Batteries” will continue to investigate the application of ionic redox transistors as shutdown membrane separators.

Congratulations Travis!

Candidacy Exam – Congratulations

Srivatsava Krishnan – a graduate student in the lab defended his thesis plans and successfully passed the candidacy exam. His thesis titled “Effect of Interfacial Adhesion on the Luminance of Mechanoluminescent Smart Structures” will continue to investigate the optical multifunctional structures for structural design, health monitoring and prognosis.

Congratulations Srivats!

Candidacy Exam – Congratulations

Prasant Vijayaraghavan – a graduate student in the lab defended his thesis plans and successfully passed the candidacy exam. His thesis titled “Investigating the Effect of Thermoelectric Processing on Ionic Aggregation in Smart Material Ionomer Composites” will continue to investigate and develop our approaches to 3D printing smart thermoplastic composites.


Vijay Venkatesh wins a poster award at T2C Regenerative Medicine and Wound Care Conference for the group

Vijay Venkatesh presented his poster titled ‘Near-Field Electrochemical Imaging of Tissues using Surface Tracked-Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (ST-SECM)’ at the 10th Annual Translational to Clinical (T2C) Regenerative Medicine Wound Care Conference at The Ohio State University on 10 March 2017. His poster won the 2nd place at this conference. Congratulations! Vijay

Announcement – Paul Gilmore’s Candidacy Exam

We are kicking-off the year’s academic exams with Paul Gilmore’s candidacy exam. Details for the exam are provided below:

Proposed Dissertation Title:
Design of Conducting Polymer Cathodes for Potassium-Air Battery

3rd Feb 2017 between 1pm and 3pm

E525 Scott Lab, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH – 43210

We thank financial support from National Science Foundation’s CBET Division for enabling this research.



Congratulations! Victoria Yee and Chris Marino

Undergraduate researchers in the lab pursuing honors research program

  • Victoria Yee – B.S. (Aerospace Engineering)
  • Chris Marino – B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)

receive College of Engineering scholarships for their research proposals. They join the list of four other lab alumni that have received similar scholarships, and we are proud of their achievements!

Go Bucks!