Prof. R Vasant Kumar, FIMMM, FEI, FIAAM, FRSC
PhD (McMaster University, Canada)
Adjunct Professor, IIT Bhilai
Professor R Vasant Kumar, FIMMM, FEI, FIAAM, FRSC;
Professor and Head of Materials Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Fellow of Trinity Hall in Natural Sciences, Director of Studies and Tutor
PhD in Materials Engineering (McMaster University, Canada);
B.Tech (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering (IIT Bombay)
Professor Kumar has obtained his PhD from McMaster University, Canada and B.Tech (Hons) from IIT-Bombay in Materials Science & Metallurgy. He is the Head of Materials Chemistry Group and a Fellow of Trinity Hall in University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), The Institute of Energy (UK), a Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials (Sweden) and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (UK). His research has helped advance new knowledge in materials chemistry with innovations in sensors, batteries, fuel cells, electrolytic cells and photocatalysis. He has supervised over 40 PhD students, 40 post-doctoral researchers, 20 visiting students and hosted 15 visiting professors. He is Honorary/Adjunct Professor in 6 overseas Universities (2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2021 and 2022). Has received Honorary Engineering Degree in University of Malaysia (2011), Kroll Medal from IOM3 for translating research into industrial applications (2014). Many of his research has led to licenses and industrial practices and he has helped found four start-up companies commercialising some of his inventions, including Multi Nano Sense Technologies Pvt Ltd in Mumbai-Nagpur under License from University of Cambridge. He is a technical consultant to numerous companies globally.
Editor-in-Chief of “Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy” for the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, since 2004; Editorial Board Member of (i) “Advances in Nanoparticles” of Scientific Research Publishing from 2012; (ii) “Materials Today Chemistry” of Elsevier Ltd from 2017; (iii) Materials Circular Economy, Singapore from Oct 2018.
Board Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)’s technical division Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy since April 2012; Advisory Board Member of TECHMET Ltd, London (from 2019) and Korea National Lithium Research Center (from 2020)
Publications/Plenary / Keynote / Invited Lectures: Over 370+ papers, 20+ patents, 15+ chapters in handbooks and 2 edited books on Batteries (VCH-Verlag); Plenary lecturer in over 35 international conferences/seminars and keynote/invited lecturer in over 50 conferences/seminars.
Current Project Areas:
- Batteries: Li-S, Li-ion, Na-ion, K-ion, Lead Acid, High temperature batteries – synthesis of advanced materials, fabrication of components and devices, characterization methods
- Environmental: Circular Economy, Recovery, Upgrading, Recycling, carbon capture
- Fuel Cells: Solid Oxide Fuel cells, Photocatalytic reactions
- Sensors: Electrochemical, Optical, Semiconducting CMOS-MEMS, Thermal
- Metallurgy: Iron & Steel, Base Metals, Molten Salt processes, Electrochemical
- Hydrogen and low-carbon technologies