Dr. Manohar Kakunuri

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

National Institute of Technology, Warangal - 506004, Telangana, INDIA

: manohar@nitw.ac.in

: 7288967777

Interests: Synthesis of Carbon Nanomaterials (Carbon thin films, Nanoparticles, and Nanofibers), Catalytic Graphitization, Carbon Xerogels, Energy Storage Devices (Lithium-ion Batteries, Sodium-ion Batteries, Supercapacitors), Electrospinning, Micropatterning (Photolithography), Soft lithography, Multi-scale Structures for Tunable Surface Wettability.

 Positions Held

 

Overseas Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore (Jan-June 2018)

National Postdoctoral Fellow,  ARCI Hyderabad (April-Dec 2017)

Research Associate, DST-UKIERI project, IIT Hyderabad & University of Exeter, UK (May 2015-March 2017)

 

Education

Ph. D, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad,  2011-2015

M. Tech,  Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, 2007-2009

B. Tech, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur, 2002-2006

Course Taught Previously

 CH 302: Mechanical Operations

CH 254: Chemical Reaction Engineering

CH 202: Fluid and Particle Mechanics

Publications

Peer-reviewed International Publications:

  1. SS Sikarwar, GD Surywanshi, VS Patnaikuni, M Kakunuri, R Vooradi, Chemical looping combustion integrated organic Rankine cycled biomass-fired power plant-Energy and exergy analysis, Renewable Energy, 150,  931-949 (2020).
  2. MM Gaikwad, Manohar Kakunuri, C S Sharma, Enhanced catalytic graphitization of resorcinol formaldehyde derived carbon xerogel to improve its anodic performance for lithium ion batteryMaterials Today Communications, 100569 (2019).
  3. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, “Resorcinol-Formaldehyde derived Carbon Xerogels: A Promising Anode Material for Lithium-ion BatteryJournal of Materials Research, 33, 1-14 (2018).
  4. Mamidi Suresh, Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, Fabrication of SU-8 Derived Three-Dimensional Carbon Microelectrodes as High Capacity Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries, ECS Trnsactions, 85, 21-27 (2018)
  5. Mayur Gaikwad, Manohar Kakunuri and Chandra Shekhar Sharma, “Catalytically Graphitized Nanostructured Carbon Xerogels As High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium Ion Battery”85, 1-10 (2018)
  6. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal, Stephen J. Eichhorn “Fabrication of Bio-inspired Hydrophobic Self-Assembled Electrospun Nanofiber Based Hierarchical StructuresMaterials Letters, 196, 339-342 (2017).
  7. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, “Effect of the current collector and pyrolysis temperature on the electrochemical performance of photoresist derived carbon films”  Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, 6(6), M3001-M3006 (2017). (7th Most downloaded article in January 2017)
  8. Shiva Kalyani A, Mrunalini G, Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal, Stephen J. EichhornEffect of Micropatterning induced Surface Hydrophobicity on Drug Release from Electrospun Cellulose Acetate Nanofibers” Applied Surface Science, 426, 557-562 (2017).
  9. Manohar Kakunuri, Nandula D. Wanasekara, Chandra S. Sharma, Mudrika Khandelwal, Stephen J. Eichhorn ”Fabrication of Hydrophobic Three Dimensional Cellulose Acetate Nanofabric Surface by Template Assisted ElectrospinningJournal of Applied Polymer Science, 134, 339-342 (2017).
  10. Manohar Kakunuri, Shubham Kaushik, Ayush Saini, Chandra S. Sharma, “SU-8 derived electrospun carbon nanofibers as high capacity anode material for lithium ion batteryBulletin of Material Science, 40, 435-439 (2017).
  11. Mamidi Suresh, Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma“Resorcinol Formaldehyde Based Carbon Fibers as Anode Material for Lithium-Ion BatteriesECS Transactions,77,331-7 (2017).
  12. Manohar Kakunuri, Ramya Araga, Mudrika Khandelwal, Chandra S. Sharma “Cellulose Acetate Derived Free-Standing Electrospun Carbon Nanofibrous Mat as Anode Material for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery” ECS Transactions, 80, 419-424 (2017)
  13. Manohar Kakunuri; Suresh Kali; Chandra S. Sharma, “Catalytic Graphitization of Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Xerogel and Its Effect on Lithium Ion Intercalation”, Journal of analytical and applied pyrolysis, 2016, 117, 317-324 (2016).
  14. Manohar Kakunuri, Shubham Kaushik, Ayush Saini, Chandra S. Sharma, “SU-8/MWCNT derived Electrospun Composite Carbon Nanofabric as a High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium Ion BatteryECS Transactions, 72(1), 69-74 (2016).
  15. Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma, “Candle Soot derived Fractal-like Carbon Nanoparticles Network as Anode Material for High Rate Lithium-ion Battery”, Electrochimica Acta, 180, 353-359 (2015). (Most downloaded Electrochimica Acta article on ScienceDirect)(Recognized as an Important Article by Elsevier)

    This work on Candle soot electrode received the attention of worldwide international media and appeared in news such as Elsevier Scientific discovery, Science daily,  Nanowerk, phys.org, UPI, Yahoo news, Business-Standard, EurekalertandIBTimes, and Elsevier has considered this work as Interesting and chosen for the free promotion to the scientific community through Elsevier's communication channels. Links

  16. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, “Effect of Pyrolysis Temperature on Electrochemical Performance of SU-8 Photoresist Derived Carbon FilmsECS Transactions, 66(9), 57-66 (2015).

  17. Manohar Kakunuri, Sheetal Vennamalla, Chandra. S. Sharma, “Synthesis of Carbon Xerogel Nanoparticles by Inverse Emulsion Polymerization of Resorcinol-Formaldehyde and Their Use as Anode Materials for Lithium-ion BatteryRSC advances, 5, 4747-4753 (2015).

  18. K. M. Gopalakrishnan, Manohar Kakunuri, and Chandra S. Sharma, ”Effect of Disorder Induced By Ball Milling on the Electrochemical Performance of Catalytically Graphitized Carbon Xerogel As Anode for Lithium Ion BatteriesECS Transactions, 66 (8), 41-51 (2015).

  19. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, “Photoresist Derived Carbon Films as High Capacity Anodes for Lithium Ion BatteryECS Transactions, 61(7), 37-43 (2014).

Book chapter
  1. C S. Sharma, and Manohar Kakunuri "Organic Xerogel Materials for C-MEMS in Carbon: The Next Silicon? "Ed. Marc Madou, Momentum Press (2015).
  2. Uday B. Bagale, Shirish H. Sonawane, Bharat Bhanvase, Vikas S. Hakke, Manohar Kakunuri, Sivakumar Manickam and S. S. Sonawane" Multifunctional coatings based
    on smart nanocontainers in "Advances in Smart Coatings and Thin Films" Elsevier, (2019).

Invited Talks

  1. Small Angle X-Ray Scattering, TEQIP workshop on X-ray scattering, Dec 28, 2015, IIT Hyderabad.
  2. Effect of Physicochemical Properties on Lithium-ion Intercalation into Carbon-based Anode Materials, C-MEMS international meeting, Dec 6, 2018, IIT Hyderabad
  3. Effect of electrode material physicochemical properties on lithium-ion batteries,  Feb 08, 2019, TEQIP workshop, JNTU Anantapur
  4. Carbon-based Anode materials for Li-ion Batteries, Materials for Energy Conversion & Storage Devices, December 2019, JNTU Ananthapur
  5. Recent advances in rechargeable battery technologies, "Recent advances in Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Technologies" July 2020, MGIT Hyderabad.

PHDs Supervised

 Ongoing: 02

Workshops/Conferences

  • Workshops organized as convener:

  • Advanced soft materials: synthesis and applications (ASM-2018), December 17-21,2018
  • International conference presentations (outside India):

    1. Shailesh Singh Sikarwar, Gajanan Dattarao Surywanshi, Basant Kumar Pillai, Venkata Suresh Patnaikuni, Manohar Kakunuri , * Ramsagar Vooradi, Interaction between Coal-Ash and Iron-Or in Chemical Looping Combustion, SEGT 2019, Bangkok.

    2. Suresh Mamidi, ManoharKakunuri, S. Sharma, Fabrication of SU-8 Derived Three-Dimensional Carbon Microelectrodes as High Capacity Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries, 233nd Electrochemical Society Meeting, May 13-17, 2018, Seattle, USA.

    3. MM Gaikwad, Manohar Kakunuri, and S. Sharma, Catalytically Graphitized Nanostructured Carbon Xerogels As High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Battery, 233nd Electrochemical Society Meeting, May 13-17, 2018, Seattle, USA.
    4. Mamidi Suresh, Manohar Kakunuri., Chandra S. Sharma, Resorcinol-formaldehyde derived Carbon Nanofibers as High Capacity Anode for Li ion Batteries, May 28-June1, 2017, New Orleans, USA
    5. Manohar Kakunuri, Shubham Kaushik, Chandra S. Sharma, “Biomass (Neem leaves) Derived Carbon As Low Cost and High Capacity Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Battery” 232nd Electrochemical Society Meeting, October 01-05, 2017, Washington, USA.
    6. Manohar Kakunuri, Ramya Araga, Mudrika Khandelwal, Chandra S. Sharma, “Cellulose Acetate Derived Free-Standing Electrospun Carbon Nanofibrous Mat As an Anode Material for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery” 232nd Electrochemical Society Meeting, October 01-05, 2017, Washington, USA (Oral).
    7. Sharma, C.S., Khandelwal, Manohar Kakunuri, Eichhorn, S. Template assisted micro-patterned electrospun nanofibrous mat as a potential carrier for controlled drug release. AIChE Annual Meeting, Oct. 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
    8. Mamidi Suresh, Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, Resorcinol-formaldehyde derived Carbon Nanofibers as High Capacity Anode for Li-ion Batteries, May 28-June1, 2017, New Orleans, USA
    9. Manohar Kakunuri, Araga, R., Khandelwal, M., Sharma, C.S. Cellulose acetate derived free-standing electrospun carbon nanofibrous mat as anode material for rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 232nd ECS Meeting, Oct. 1-5, 2017, National Harbor, MD, USA.
    10. Manohar Kakunuri, Shubham Kaushik, Ayush Saini, Chandra S. Sharma, “SU-8/MWCNT derived Electrospun Composite Carbon Nanofabric as a High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Battery” 229th Electrochemical Society Meeting, May 29-June 2, 2016, San Diego, USA.
    11. Suresh, M. Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, SU-8 Photoresist Derived 3D Carbon Microelectrode As High Capacity Anode Material For Lithium-Ion Battery, 229th ECS Meeting, May 29-June 2, 2016, San Diego, CA (USA). (Oral)
    12. Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma; “Candle Soot Based Carbon Nanoparticles as Anodes for High Rate Li-Ion BatteryICMAT-2015, June 28-July 3, Singapore.
    13. M. Gopalakrishnan; Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma; “Effect of Disorder Induced By Ball Milling on the Electrochemical Performance of Catalytically Graphitized Carbon Xerogel As Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries”, 227th Electrochemical Society meeting, May 24-28, 2015, Chicago, USA. (Oral)
    14. Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma; “Effect of Pyrolysis Temperature on Electrochemical Performance of SU-8 Photoresist Derived Carbon Films As Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Material”; 227th Electrochemical Society meeting, May 24-28, 2015 Chicago, USA. (Oral)
    15. Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma, “Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Xerogel Derived Carbon Nanoparticles as Anode Material for Lithium-Ion BatteryAIChE annual meeting, 2014, Atlanta, USA.
    16. Chandra S. Sharma, Manohar Kakunuri, 1st International Conference on Carbon MEMS Research Ring, Irvine, September 14-16, 2014, University of California, USA.
    17. Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma, “Photoresist Derived Carbon Films as High Capacity Anodes for Lithium-Ion Battery” 225th Electrochemical Society meeting, May 11-15, 2014 Orlando, FL, USA.

     

    International conference presentations (within India):

    1. Manohar Kakunuri, C. S. Sharma "Effect of Physicochemical Properties on Lithium-ion Intercalation into Carbon-based Anode Materials"Carbon MEMS:New Horizons 2018 (IIT Hyderabad)
    2.  Pranav Kulkarni, Manohar Kakunuri, Geetha, Balakrishna, M.V Reddy, R. S. Rawat, Insight on the reduction of Mo based oxides and investigating its electrochemical performance as anode material for Lithium-ion batteries, INCEEE 2019, NIT Warangal.
    3. Chandra S. Sharma, Manohar Kakunuri, Nanostructured Carbon Materials as High Capacity Anodes for Lithium-ion Battery, International Conference on Advanced Materials and Energy Technology (ICAMET 2014), December 17-19, 2014, IIEST Shubpur
    4. Manohar Kakunuri; Chandra S. Sharma, “SU-8 Derived Carbon Thin Films for Lithium-ion Battery Anode” Asian Academic Seminar-2012, IIT Bombay, India

    National conferences:

    1. Chandra S. Sharma, Manohar Kakunuri, Ayush Saini and Shubham Kaushik, SU-8/MWCNT Photoresist Derived Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers as High Capacity Anodes for Lithium Ion Battery, National Conference on Carbon Materials (NCCM)-2015, Organized by Indian Carbon Society, Nov. 24-26, 2015, New Delhi.
    2. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, ” Carbon Nanoparticles as High-Performance Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Battery” ChEmference-2015, December 5-6, 2015, IIT Hyderabad.
    3. Manohar Kakunuri, Chandra S. Sharma, ” Resorcinol – Formaldehyde derived Graphitized Carbon Xerogel as Lithium-ion Battery Anode Material” National Conference on Carbon Materials, November 26-28, 2015, New Delhi, India.
    4. Manohar Kakunuri and C. S. Sharma “Resorcinol Formaldehyde Xerogel Derived Carbon Nanoparticles As Anode Material for Lithium-Ion BatteryAMDA-2014, BITS Hyderabad.
    5. M. Gopalakrishnan, M. Kakunuri, and C. S. Sharma, ”Effect of Disorder Induced By Ball Milling on the Electrochemical Performance of Catalytically Graphitized Carbon Xerogel As Anode for Lithium-Ion BatteriesAMDA-2014, BITS Hyderabad.
    6. Manohar Kakunuri, and C. S. Sharma ”Characterization of Carbon Films Prepared at Different Temperature: A Basic Study for Carbon-based MEMS”, ChEmference 2011, IISc Bangalore.

Projects

  1. Seed Research Grant (SERB):  Rs. 27.2 lakhs (2019)
  2. Exfoliated Carbon Nanofibers as High Capacity Anode Material for Na-Ion Batteries, Research Seem Money, Rs. 5 Lakhs (2018)
  3. Activated Graphene/ Carbon composite Nanofibers as High Capacity Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries, Science and Engineering Research Board, Rs. 25.2 Lakhs (2017).
  4. Engineered Carbon nanomaterials as High Capacity Anode Materials for Sodium-Ion Battery,  SERB,  Rs. 19.2 Lakhs, (2016)

 

Awards and Honors

  • Science and Engineering Research Board-Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship, SERB, 2017
  • International Travel support grant by Science and Engineering Research Board to attend ECS Meeting at Washington, USA., 2017
  • Science and Engineering Research Board-National Postdoctoral fellowship (SERB), 2016
  • Electrochemical society travel grant award: 227 ECS meeting Chicago, USA, 2015
  • Best oral presentation award at the National conference: ChEmference-2015
  • Research Excellence award for the year 2014, IIT Hyderabad
  • Best oral presentation award, Research scholars day, IIT Hyderabad, 2015
  • Best oral presentation award, Research scholars day, IIT Hyderabad, 2011

Additional Responsibility

 Faculty advisor for the II B.Tech.

Member of FIST project implementation team.

Member of annual reports committee.

Incharge: Biometric attendance

Incharge: Chemical Reaction Engineering Lab

Incharge: Website

Colloquium Coordinator