Dr. Binson Babu | Department of Physics


Dr. Binson
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
School of Natural Sciences (SNS)
R-004D, Shiv Nadar University
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Profile Summary 

Dr. Binson Babu obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research-Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM) (2019) and M.Sc. in Physics from Kariavattom Campus, University of Kerala (2012). After his Ph.D., he joined as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany (2019-2022), where he worked on the ‘LiNaKon’ project focusing on the development and characterization of electrode and electrolyte materials for high-power energy storage devices. In 2022, he joined as a post-doctoral researcher in an industrial collaborated project ‘HYDRA’, in the Department of Chemistry and Materials for Energy (MOST – IMCN), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, where his focus was on developing high voltage Li-ion batteries. He has published 24 articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a book chapter. He has given several oral and poster presentations at many national and international conferences. His research interest is primarily in developing novel energy storage materials and advanced (liquid/solid) electrolytes for different electrochemical energy storage devices such as rechargeable batteries, electrochemical capacitors, and hybrid-ion capacitors.

Website: https://sites.google.com/snu.edu.in/nerl

Educational Qualifications 
Ph.D. in Physics
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Thiruvananthapuram (IISR-TVM), Kerala
M.Sc. in Physics
University of Kerala
B.Sc. in Physics
University of Kerala
Work Experience 
Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University,
I currently work here
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium,
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry,   Friedrich-Schiller-Universität,
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Teaching Interests:

Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Mathematical methods for Physics, Electrodynamics, Experimental Methods in Physics, Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices, Materials & Device Characterization Technique (Physical and Electrochemical Measurements), Nanoscale Physics, Materials growth,  Processing, and Characterization techniques.

Teaching Courses:

  • PHY 206: Electronics I (Lab)

Research Interests:

Electrode materials and electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage devices such as Metal (Li/Na/K)-ion batteries, Metal batteries, Metal- Sulphur batteries, Metal-air batteries, Solid-state batteries, Anode-free batteries, Dual-ion batteries, Organic batteries, Hybrid-ion capacitors, and Supercapacitors; Interfacial and bulk electrochemistry; Flexible and miniaturized energy storage devices.

Conferences (Select): 
  • 7nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, 29th August – 3rd September, 2021, Jeju Island, Korea.
  • 1st German-French Summer Workshop on high power devices, 14-17 September 2020, FSU-Jena, Germany.
  • MRS Spring Meeting -2018, April 2-6, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, US.
  • E-MRS Spring Meeting-2017, May 22-26, Strasbourg Convention Centre, France.
  • Cochin Nano 2016 conference, 2016, Feb 20-23 CUSAT, Kochi, Kerala, India.
  • IUMRS-ICYRAM 2016 conference, Dec 11-15, IISC-Bangalore, India.
  • ETAFM 2016 conference, 2016, Jan 18-21 Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India.
  • ICAER 2015 conference, 2015, Dec 15-17, IITB Mumbai, India.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022 (HORIZON-TMAMSCA-PF-EF) by the European Commission. (Not pursuing it as I got an assistant professorship at SNIoE).


SERB-DST International Travel Support (ITS) Grand
Grand for attending MRS Spring Meeting -2018, April 2-6, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, US.


Best Poster Presentation Award
Award at Cochin Nano 2016 conference, Feb 20-23 CUSAT, Kochi, Kerala, India.


Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), 2013

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

Selected Publications:

  1. Babu, B.* ; Neumann, C.; Muench, S.; Enke, M.; Medenbach, L.; Leibing, C.; Balducci, A. L.; Turchanin, A.; Schubert, U. S.; Balducci, A., “ Diglyme-based Gel Polymer Electrolytes for K-ion capacitors” Energy Storage Mater. Energy Storage Mater. 2023, 56, 342–350(*corresponding author)
  2. Babu, B.; Enke, M.; Prykhodska, S.; Lex-Balducci, A.; Schubert, U. S.; Balducci, A., “New diglyme-based gel polymer electrolytes for Na-based energy storage devices”, ChemSusChem 2021, 14 (21), 4836-4845.
  3. Babu, B.; Shaijumon, M. M., “Understanding how degree of crystallinity affects electrochemical kinetics of sodium-ion in brown TiO2 nanotubes”, ChemElectroChem, 2021, 8 (12), 2180-2185. (Feature the paper on the front cover).
  4. Babu, B.; Neumann, C.; Enke, M.; Lex-Balducci, A.; Turchanin, A.; Schubert, U. S.; Balducci, A., “Aging processes in high voltage lithium-ion capacitors containing liquid and gel-polymer electrolytes”, J. Power Sources 2021, 496, 229797.
  5. Babu, B.; Balducci, A., “Self-discharge of lithium-ion capacitors”, J. Power Sources Advances 2020, 5, 100026.
  6. Babu, B.; Simon, P.; Balducci, A., “Fast charging materials for high power applications”, Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10 (29), 2001128.
  7. Babu, B.; Shaijumon, M. M., “Studies on kinetics and diffusion characteristics of lithium ions in TiNb2O7, Electrochim. Acta 2020, 345, 136208.
  8. Babu, B.; Ullattil, S. G.; Prasannachandran, R.; Kavil, J.; Periyat, P.; Shaijumon, M. M., “Ti3+ induced brown TiO2 nanotubes for high performance sodium-ion hybrid capacitors”, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2018, 6 (4), 5401–5412.
  9. Babu, B.; Shaijumon, M. M., “High performance sodium-ion hybrid capacitor based on Na2Ti2O4(OH)2 nanostructures”, J. Power Sources, 2017, 353, 85-94.
  10. Babu, B.; Lashmi, P. G.; Shaijumon, M. M., “Li-ion capacitor based on activated rice husk derived porous carbon with improved electrochemical performance”, Electrochim. Acta, 2016, 211, 289-296.

Books & Book Chapters

Book Chapter

Babu, B.; Balducci, A., “High power sodium-ion batteries and sodium-ion capacitors”, Book chapter for the book titled "Sodium-Ion Batteries: Materials, Characterization, and Technology” Wiley Publications 2022; pp. 573–601 ISBN 978-3-527-82576-9.

For a full publication list, please visit: Google Scholar