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Principal Investigator

Professor Vasant Kumar

Head of Materials Chemistry Group, Professor in Materials Chemistry,kumarDepartment of Materials Science & Metallurgy, 

Fellow, Director of studies and Tutor of Trinity Hall

Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining,

Qualifications: PhD (McMaster); BTech Hons. (IIT, Bombay)

Tel: + 44 1223 334327


Professor Kumar has over 25 years of research experience in electrochemistry, energy devices, materials chemistry synthesis and sensors. He has published over 250 papers, 12 patents, 4 Chapters in Handbooks and 1 edited book (High energy density Li batteries, Wiley-VCH 2010). He has supervised over 35 PhD students, 20 post-doctoral researchers, over 15 visiting students and hosted 8 visiting professors. Currently, Professor Kumar’s research group consists of 7 PhD students, 8 post-doctoral researchers and 3 visiting researchers working on a number of research products underpinned by harnessing of electrochemical reactions in a variety of applications that range from energy devices such as batteries and fuel cells to environmental research in mineral carbonation, sensors, sustainability and recycling of materials and photocatalytic reactions. Our group has worked very closely with industry and research organizations and has been successful in transferring technology to industry. 

Honour & Awards

  • Kroll Medal and Prize 2014, awarded by IOM3, in recognition of significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of materials
  • DOW Sustainability Innovation Students Award Grand Prize on “High energy density Li-S batteries”, won by my PhD student Kai Xi, June 2013
  • DOW Sustainability Innovation Students Award Runners-Up on “Photocatalytic Materials” won by my PhD student Najeeb Ullah, June 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate of Engineering at University of Malaysia, Perlis,  17 September 2011
  • Guest Professorship at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China awarded, 29 March 2011
  • Armourers & Brasiers Venture Prize for the invention of a new technology for recycling automotive batteries in an environmentally friendly process, June 2007
  • Honorary Professorship at Hebei University, Tansheng, China awarded, 14 September 2006
  • Innovative Metrology Award  DTI/NPL,  “Emission measurement of exhaust gases” - Nov 2000

Links to relevant sites:

  1. Founder & Director of start-up company producing high temperature gas sensors for environmental monitoring, process control and energy reduction: 
  2. Founder & Director of start-up company producing instruments for safety monitoring, hydrogen measurement & control and leak detection:
  3. Editor of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) journal Trans. IMM: Section C, incorporating Proc. AusIMM:
  4. Staff Fellow, Director of Studies, Tutor of Trinity Hall, Cambridge:
  5. Board Member of the IOM3’s technical division Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy:
  6. Editorial Board Member of “Advances in Nanoparticles” of Scientific Research Publishing from 2012:
  7. Founder & Director of CAMSES Ltd a spin out company for synthesising materials and fabricating devices for photocatalytic applications: (under construction)
  8. DoITPoMS - Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS); Teaching & Learning Packages, Supervised construction of a number of packages: Batteries, Recycling, Thermal Analysis, Ellingham Diagrams: