Narayanan Receives Prestigious Scialog Fellowship

Jan. 3, 2024

By Danielle Henson

Dr. Badri Narayanan, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been selected as a Scialog Fellow, recognizing his innovative work in materials science.

Narayanan first joined the faculty of the University of Louisville in 2018 after holding appointments at Argonne National Laboratory as an Assistant Materials Scientist and postdoctoral associate. His research group, the Predictive Materials Modeling Laboratory, aims to gain an accurate molecular-level understanding of material structure-property relationships and reactive interfaces applicable to energy technologies.

The Scialog Fellowship, supported by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, brings together top early-career scientists to advance laboratory automation and apply artificial intelligence to chemical synthesis and analysis.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this fellowship,” said Narayanan. “It provides an amazing opportunity to collaborate with leaders across disciplines who share my passion for autonomous materials synthesis.”

Narayanan’s research at Speed School centers on integrating materials modeling, data science, and machine learning to accelerate cutting-edge materials development for energy applications. Through Scialog, he aims to develop new avenues by merging modeling techniques with machine learning to automate synthesis pathway identification, structure-property relationships, and analysis of spectroscopy/microscopy images.

The fellowship involves annual conferences where fellows engage in rigorous discussion, collaborate on untested ideas, and seek novel solutions to key challenges. Narayanan is among approximately 50 diverse scientists chosen from chemistry, materials science, engineering, and AI backgrounds.

“I see this not just as a chance to advance my own work, but significantly contribute to our collective pursuit of groundbreaking discoveries,” added Narayanan.

The Scialog Fellowship is poised to elevate Narayanan’s research endeavors at Speed School while also fostering valuable collaborations and catalyzing pioneering advances in autonomous materials synthesis.