Anil Virkar is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah. He is also the Director of NSF MRSEC at Utah on Plasmonics and Spintronics. He is a cofounder and Vice President of Materials and Systems Research, Inc. (MSRI) (www.msrihome.com), a small company based in Salt Lake City, Utah; a cofounder of Versa Power Systems, (VPS) (www.versa-power.com), a Colorado-based company with operations in Calgary. VPS since has been fully acquired by FuelCell Energy. He also was a founding member of Ceramatec, Inc., a small company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, he along with a few colleagues have a formed a new venture named Nano-Oxides, Inc (www.nano-oxides.com).
He received B.Tech. (Hons.) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India (1967); M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Louisiana State University in (1969); and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science in (1973).
He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, a Fellow of The Electrochemical Society, a Fellow of ASM International, and a member of the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society. He has received awards for research from The American Ceramic Society (Ross Coffin Purdy Award-1992), the University of Utah (Distinguished Research Award-1994), DOE Basic Science Division’s Chunky Bullets Competition Award (2002), Alkyl Amines Distinguished Speaker Award of the Indian Chemical Engineering Society (2003), Outstanding Achievement Award of High Temperature Division of The Electrochemical Society (2006), and was awarded the State of Utah Governor’s Medal of Science and Technology (2006). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, NAE (2007). He received the James I Mueller Award of The American Ceramic Society (2013).
He has been listed in the ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ database since 2001 in the Materials Science category as one of the most highly cited researchers (one of 290 worldwide) compiled by www.ISIHighlyCited.com. He has supervised Ph.D. thesis work of >25 students and M.S. thesis work of >20 students over the years, in addition to guiding the work of several postdoctoral fellows. He has five Ph.D. students currently conducting research under his direction. He is an author or co-author of over 250 research articles, and an inventor or co-inventor on more than 40 patents.
Dr. Virkar has conducted research on structural ceramics, phase transformation mechanisms and kinetics in ceramics, ion and electron conducting ceramics, and their applications in batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers. Work on electrochemical systems includes solid oxide fuel cells, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, sodium-sulfur and lithium-ion batteries. His recent work is focused on coupled transport in ceramic systems and phenomena away from equilibrium.