Nicholls chemistry to host co-founder of Advano

Dr. Shiva Adireddy

THIBODAUX, La. — The co-founder of a Metairie-based battery startup that raised funding in Silicon Valley to support a 20-person research operation will discuss his experiences to Nicholls students next week.

Nicholls chemistry invites you to hear Dr. Shiva Adireddy, the chief technology officer who co-founded Advano with Alex Girau, present a seminar titled “Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Better Using Silicon Nanotechnology” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 22 in Beauregard 104.

“Chemists, businessmen, entrepreneurs, students and faculty should all consider attending,” said Dr. Chad Young, chemistry department head. “Dr. Adireddy has been on a wild ride with this up-and-coming startup company. I’m eager to hear his story and the outcomes of his work.”

While the topic is broad-ranging to anyone interested in business and science, it is important for Nicholls chemistry because Dr. Adireddy studied chemistry in college and the company uses silicon chemistry in its nanotechnology.

“Nicholls chemistry exists to equip students for success in the chemical sciences,” Dr. Young said. “That mission is not realized unless we inform our students about what they can do with a chemistry degree.”  

Dr. Adireddy, who also earned his MBA from Tulane University, has presented on science topics all over the U.S. and world, including Romania, Japan and India. He received his doctorate from the University of New Orleans in Nanomanufacturing for Advanced Energy Devices and did his postdoctoral work at Tulane.

He and Girau co-founded the company in 2014 and they worked on the product, business plan and pitch before in 2017 bringing the company to Silicon Valley, where they earned $5 million in investments.

Advano is building and optimizing large-pouch-cell batteries for products including automobiles, drones and phones. The technology, which enables the company to scale the product on a commercial level at a low price, enables batteries with superior charge-performance. For more information, visit


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