Dr. Parans Paranthaman is a Distinguished Corporate Fellow and a Group Leader of Materials Chemistry at the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Paranthaman is also a Distinguished UT-Battelle Inventor at ORNL, and fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Materials Research Society (MRS), AAAS, American Physical Society (APS), American Ceramic Society, ASM International and the Institute of Physics (IOP), London, UK. He has a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Bredesen Center as a Professor since 2010. He earned his PhD degree in materials science and solid state chemistry under the guidance of Professor G V Subba Rao from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1988. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor John Goodenough (1988-1991) at the University of Texas, Austin, Center for Materials Science and Engineering and a research associate with Professor Allen Hermann (1991-1993) at the superconductivity laboratories, Department of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He joined the Chemistry Department at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in May 1993. He was named the Lockheed-Martin (ORNL) scientist of the year in 1997. He was named ORNL Inventor of the year in 2016. He has authored or co-authored more than 410 journal publications with an â€œh-indexâ€ of 62 (Google scholar citation) and issued 45 U.S. Patents related to superconductivity, energy storage and solar cells. He has commercialized and licensed his technologies to six companies. He ranked #2 in worldwide citations in the high temperature superconductivity research in the last decade (1999-2009). He has also coedited several books and co-organized several conferences and workshops. He has won several awards including DOE outstanding mentor awards, seven R&D; 100 Awards and three National and two Regional Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for developing high performance second-generation superconducting wires for electric-power applications and flexible thin film crystalline Silicon photovoltaics on RABiTS. Since 2004, he is one of the associate editors for the Journal of American Ceramic Society. He also particpates as the National Academy of Inventors Fellow Selection Committee member.His present research focuses on the development ofadditive manufacturing of permanent magnets and motors, lithium separation from geothermal brine, recovery of carbon from recycled tires for clean energy applications, and development of electrode materials for energy storage applications.