Karthik Nithyanandam

Postdoctoral Researcher - Energy

Karthik Nithyanandam is a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA. His current research is focused on developing low-cost thermal energy storage system for concentrating solar power plants. Prior to joining UCLA, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech. His research contributions include developing phase change electrodes for irreversible electroporation (IRE) based cancer treatment, investigating graphene based nanocoatings for thermal management, modeling of polymeric flow in micromolds with integral microscreens during injection molding and designing polymer processing system for producing nonwoven filters by melt blowing process. Karthik received his PhD in 2013 from Virginia Tech where he investigated latent thermal energy storage systems for concentrating solar power. While at Virginia Tech, he was awarded the Edward H. Cahill Memorial Scholarship award in 2011. His other research interests are water desalination, two-phase heat transfer and humanistic engineering.